Chelmsford showcases its ‘business hotspot’ status with increased presence of legal firms

The financial services and legal sectors continue to flourish in Chelmsford with the recent expansions of Tees Law and Ellisons Solicitors in the city. Financial and insurance sector businesses currently represent around 20% of businesses in Chelmsford. The expansion of the companies into new premises ensures the increased presence of legal firms within Chelmsford.

Tees Law InteriorINVEST Essex played a part in guiding Tees Law's decision-making process to move to expanded space in Chelmsford. Their input in the changing landscape in Chelmsford and knowledge of Tees Law property requirements were all drivers towards Tees Laws final decision.

“Our clients in Chelmsford expressed a desire for more focus on legal advice aimed at businesses and their owners. Tees are well known for our private client work and our business clients wanted to work with us for commercial matters. Our objective is to be the business lawyers of choice in Essex for clients who want pragmatic, commercially-focussed advice that supports their business growth ambitions, and which is delivered locally by experienced experts in a cost-effective manner.”


Richard Payne, Head of Company and Commercial, Tees Law

Why legal firms are choosing Chelmsford

Tees Law and Ellisons Solicitors are a number of established businesses making a firm commitment to Chelmsford. Chelmsford offers easy access to London without the prohibitive costs of a base in the Capital. With journey times of approximately 30 minutes to London by road or rail and proximity to three airports (Stansted, City, Southend). Nearby ports include London Gateway, Tilbury and Harwich as well as the imminent arrival of Crossrail.

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Ellisons Solicitors, who have been established in the East of England for over 250 years, has almost doubled in size over the past four years. This is the sixth office for the firm which already has offices in Colchester, Ipswich and Tendring.

“We’re delighted to have opened the new Chelmsford office.  We are looking forward to bringing our exceptional service standards, and philosophy of providing straightforward, clear advice to our existing clients and contacts in the Chelmsford area, as well as the wider marketplace.  Located within 35 minutes of London, Chelmsford is also an excellent location for the continued expansion of our practice into London, and the further development of our International Business team.  This is an exceptionally exciting time for the firm, and a very positive start to 2018.”


Guy Longhurst, Senior Partner, Ellisons Solicitors

The benefits of Chelmsford as a business location

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In general, Essex is a stronghold for legal activities, with more than 6000 people employed in the sector. The University of Essex has an internationally-acclaimed law school while Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)'s law degree is ranked within the top third nationally. According to a report by the Department of Trade & Industry Essex has access to an annual supply of nearly 34,000 business and law graduates.

“Chelmsford has certainly earned its status as a great place for business outside of London. Those in the know use Tees as a hidden gem in the city to support their legal needs.  We saw the value in investing in a bigger team with a renewed focus on the Chelmsford market.  We identified a demand in particular for business law services, whether employment law, company and commercial or commercial property.  We’ve invested in those areas and feel we have a top tier offering to meet that demand. Business has been booming as a result.”


Rob Whitaker, Executive Partner and Head of Employment, Tees Law

How INVEST Essex can help businesses looking to relocate

INVEST Essex promotes Essex as a prime UK business solution location to international and UK companies. Delivering a ‘total solution’ that can guide and support businesses through every stage of a business relocation or expansion project.

INVEST Essex, having recently set up a new base in Chelmsford themselves, believe their own relocation has provided a boost to the work being undertaken by the agency.

“As an investment promotion agency (IPA) and business support provider it made sense for us to locate our expanded service centrally in the county. We chose the City of Chelmsford for its thriving economy, over 17,000 businesses and 85,000 jobs which contribute over £3.5 billion to the national economy, and fast connectivity to London and the rest of the county.”


David Rooke, Location Services Director, INVEST Essex

For more information about Tees Law see here.

For more information about Ellisons Solicitors see here.

Corinne Hearne
Corinne Hearne

Inward Investment Manager (London-Essex UK Finance Corridor)

+44 (0) 7702 900667


With over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Global Relocation industries, Corinne has developed an extensive, specialist, commercial network and has successfully supported projects focused on the strategic development and growth of both overseas and UK companies in business, professional and financial services sectors.