Our Team

Martin Elliott established the firm in 1992 and has worked hard ever since providing personal and friendly legal advice to the people of Colchester and nearby. We are a small firm of dedicated professionals:

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Martin Elliott


Martin qualified as a Solicitor in 1982 and has been in practice since then. Originally as an assistant and then as a junior partner in another firm and since 1992 on his own account as Martin Elliott & Co. Martin specialises in property and private client work.

Megan Harding-Payne

Trainee Legal Executive

Megan has been with us since June 2018. Megan has completed and passed her final Legal Executive exams and is now qualified as a Graduate Legal Executive. Megan will now continue her qualification and work based learning to become a Fellow Member of CILEX.

Carol Cooper

Senior Secretary

Carol is a Senior Secretary and has been with us since 2005. Prior to joining the firm Carol worked for many years in estate agency.

Lucy Clark

Senior Secretary

Lucy is a Senior Secretary and has been with us since 2010.

Deborah Price

Senior Secretary

Debbie is a Senior Secretary and has been with us since 2015.

Elaine Clark


Elaine Joined us in 2020. Elaine is our Receptionist / Clerical Assistant.

Sarah Jackson

Legal Assistant/Senior Legal Secretary

Sarah Joined us in 2020 as a Legal Assistant/Senior Legal Secretary. Sarah came to us having worked for 4 years in Central London in new build and plot sales.

Luke Jackson

Legal Assistant & IT Support

Luke Joined us in 2020. Luke is a Legal Assistant with several certifications in IT and assists the firm in IT support and background development.

Carol Fox

Carol has worked for Martin Elliott and Co since year 2 – 1993. Carol works on all things admin. Carol is in the first year of her Masters Degree in Law incorporating the SQE Solicitor training and assists Martin with his probate matters.

Michelle Hawkins

Legal Secretary

Michelle Joined us at the end of 2022 and has been in conveyancing since 2017. Prior to this Michelle worked in London for various Companies as a Personal Secretary.

Isobel Harding-Payne

Legal Secretary

Isobel has been with us Since 2022 and is a Legal Secretary working primarily for Megan.

Helen Jacobs

Accounts Assistant

Helen has joined us in 2022 as an Accounts Assistant. Helen comes to us with many years experience in the commercial sector.

Natalie Golby

Natalie has worked for the firm since she left college in 2001. After a break to start a family Natalie has re-joined the firm on flexible hours. Natalie is currently on maternity leave.

What our Clients Say

Very pleased with service and would have no hesitation recommending!

October 2023

We found the team very efficient and professional

December 2022

Megan and her team were extremely helpful and supporting throughout the transaction process. She was kind and prompt in response to my queriesi and I will not hesitate torecommend you to anyone

December 2022

May I pass on a big thank you to you and all your staff for guiding me through the whole process with efficiency, patience and kindness. It made a rather stressful time so much more bearable.

May 2023

We would like to thank Megan for all her hard work in dealing with our sale and purchase - very porfessional and would highly recommend.

October 2022

100% service from Martin Elliott & Co every step of the way. ***** five stars.

July 2023

An extra thank you to Megan. A very competent legal representative throughout. Swift responses in a professional capacity and very pleasant to work with.

March 2022

The fee earner and staff being helpful and easy to do business with was especially relevant to us being overseas, you treated us like humans and not robots!

March 2022

I have used Martin Elliott a few times now and you have always been good. Megan who looked after my account this time was excellent.

January 2022

I found you very helpful and made me feel confident, you were so thorough with searches etc. Special thanks to Martin and Sarah.

December 2021

Martin and his team were most helpful and professional at all times. This has always been our experience over the many times and occasions over the we have engaged Martin.

June 2023

We were very happy with the service received. As first time buyers you made the process as easy and stress-free as it could be. 5* service.

October 2021

Very professional company. I would have no hesitation in recommending Martin Elliott &Co. Reception team are really lovely too!

January 2022