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Ellisons and Gross & Co. merger


Law firm Ellisons Solicitors has extended its business to West Suffolk and beyond via a merger with Bury St Edmunds-based firm Gross & Co.


The merger is effective from 1 August and gives Ellisons a London base and a second office in Suffolk. The firm established its Ipswich office five years ago and now has seven offices in total, including its head office in Colchester, Essex.


Ellisons says it has been keen to expand its presence in the region – both firms agree that integral to their success is a commitment to delivering excellent client service from start to finish.


Gross & Co. was established in 1848 and brings a high level of complementary expertise and 25 additional staff into the Ellisons’ fold. 


“With its reputation for immigration and charity law, Gross & Co. will help to bolster Ellisons’ offering nationally and internationally,” said a statement.


The newly merged firm will become Ellisons incorporating Gross & Co. for an initial period. 


All current staff at Gross & Co. will continue in their roles and remain in the Grade II-listed premises on Guildhall Street in Bury St Edmunds. 


Senior Partner Graeme Kirk and Finance Partner Sohan Sidhu will continue as Partners, while Elizabeth Hodder will remain in her role as head of the Family team in Bury St Edmunds. 


Graeme Kirk will also take a place on Ellisons’ Management Board, the body responsible for the firm’s overall management and strategy.


Managing Partner at Ellisons, Guy Longhurst, said:


“We are delighted to be announcing this merger with Gross & Co., not least because there is so much synergy between our firms. We truly believe that our respective service offerings and firm cultures are as near perfect a match as you’ll ever find.


“Bury St Edmunds is a fantastic location – and having previously acquired Wanham Longhurst & Co., my father’s firm, we are confident that our new and existing clients and colleagues will benefit from the greater opportunities and services presented by the merger with Gross & Co.”


Commenting on the merger, Graeme Kirk added:


“I’m very excited to welcome Ellisons to its new home in Bury St Edmunds. It is a wonderful opportunity to grow the business further – and with Guy’s family connections within Bury St Edmunds’ legal community, I’m very much looking forward to developing our client relationships both past and present.”



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