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Joanne Ellis



Joanne became a Partner at Stephensons in 2010 and is manager of the consumer land team.

She became a trainee solicitor at Stephensons upon graduating in 2001 after completing the LLB (Hons) exempting law degree at Northumbria University in Newcastle. She qualified as a solicitor in 2003 specialising in land law issues.

Joanne has dealt with a wide variety of land issues since she qualified and has vast civil litigation experience. 

Joanne and her team act for people in land disputes all over England and Wales. This includes rights of way and access disputes, issues between neighbours, boundary disputes, party wall act problems, tenancy and mortgage problems. She has a formidable reputation.

Joanne has provided training for local authorities to assist in their homeless decisions and a number of charities and organisations working with the general public, particularly on bedroom tax issues.

Joanne recently trained the national homelessness charity CRISIS on the legalities of homelessness. 

Joanne’s team is recognised in Chambers for being in the client’s corner:

"They’re really effective in acting for tenants. They will fight tooth and nail for their clients."

Client comments

"Joanne Ellis provided the exact expert advice and instruction to me to help me end a 6 year dispute regarding neighbouring dangerous trees. Without her input, I would just have been another layperson trying to get the council to intervene without success. Often, it pays to invest in a good solicitor to elicit action, so it is money well spent. Thanks so much for being professional attentive and value for money!"

"I can’t rate Joanne enough. We experienced a dispute with a neighbour during our property sale and required Joanne’s assistance. She was helpful & knowledgeable but also warm and friendly during what was a stressful time. She acted quickly and her advice and support got the result needed. Thank you very much Joanne."

"Having had a boundary dispute brought against us we started out making the mistake of using the firm of solicitors that managed the legal cover provided by our house insurers and received a less than satisfactory service. We were fortunate to arrive at the door of Stephenson’ solicitors, where Joanne Ellis picked up our case and was a breath of fresh air, always available to give and explain her advice in a straight forward, pleasant and caring manner, guiding us through long, difficult, frustrating dispute bringing it to a very satisfactory conclusion..It was a very comforting to know we had her in our corner and could trust her advice." 

"Superb. I wish more businesses were like this one. I had full confidence throughout, clearly guided, extremely quick responses throughout. I am sure there are cheaper, but the service received here was not about cutting corners, but providing a service I highly valued."

"A fantastic experience working with Joanne Ellis and her team. She was calm, considered, and sure-footed at every stage and with every aspect of the case. Her guidance throughout the life of the dispute meant that we were incredibly well positioned when it came time to settle just before trial. We could not be happier. If you are litigating a land, right of way or boundary dispute, ask for her by name."

"We really appreciated the professional advice and very constructive services provided by Joanne... for our dispute. Her expertise was excellent and was also undertaken in a friendly manner."

"I would like to thank you for your patience, kindness and advice during the long-running issues with my neighbours. I have especially appreciated your calmness and clear thinking which have helped to steer me through the most stressful of times."

"Expertly steered the case to the desired conclusion with endless patience and skill and for this I am extremely grateful."

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      • Greater Manchester
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