On the 1st October 2009, Ellisons merged with Marshall Legal in Colchester, reinforcing the position of Ellisons as one of the most prominent providers of legal services in the region. The merger decision came just a year after the firm attracted PTL Solicitors to unite their respective practices. The combined firm, which is known as Ellisons, has 23 partners and approximately 25 other lawyers. It now offers greater strength across all practice areas but in particular: Property, Civil Litigation, Private Client and Family.

Ellisons’ Senior Partner, Peter Powell, is delighted that Marshall Legal, which has a history almost as long as that of Ellisons, has joined forces: “Marshall Legal has roots in Colchester going back to 1829 and Ellisons has evidence of beginning at least sixty years earlier. Such a solid historic foundation is important but much more pertinent is the fact that we believe we have a strong future together.

Marshall’s former Senior Partner Charles Penfold is equally positive. “Choosing the right partners is always important but must be more so when we were making such a significant move. This merger reflects our mutual confidence that the Marshall practice fits well with Ellisons’ plans for the future and the new combined firm will provide a strong platform from which to further develop our business and service the needs of our clients”

This merger reflects the commitment of both firms to growth, achieved through a combination of organic development and strategic mergers. The vision of the newly merged firm reflects the desire of each merger partner to focus on commercial work, particularly through the Colchester office but still maintain a strong private client base. The combined firm will offer greater strength across all practice areas but in particular: Property, Civil Litigation, Private Client and Family.

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