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As a growing business, we are always keen to hear from individuals who feel that they could make a positive contribution to the firm, and who believe that they have an affinity with our values, in terms of our approach to caring for staff and clients as individuals with individual needs.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you feel we’re the right firm for you, regardless of whether or not we have a specific vacancy which fully matches your background. We are always happy to receive speculative enquiries from prospective recruits.

The Firm’s Ethos

Founded in 1893, Ellis-Fermor & Negus is a well-respected East Midlands practice with offices at Beeston, Long Eaton, Ripley, and Belper. We deliver a high-quality service to a wide range of private and business clients.

The mission of the firm is to establish a lifelong relationship with all our clients, ensuring that they and staff alike are treated as individuals with individual needs. Relationship building is a key part of our ethos.

Our Christian values are important to us in the way we approach our work and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in terms of everything we do.

Why Join Us

Our ethos means that we endeavour to provide our staff with all the leadership, encouragement and support they need. We want everyone to feel truly appreciated for the contribution they make to the firm. We like to think that this is manifested by the fact that many of our Directors and staff have been with the firm for many years.

A happy and motivated team means that we are well placed to offer a competitive and dynamic service to our clients, thus ensuring the continued success of the firm!

Current Vacancies

Commercial Property Lawyer, Belper or Ripley Office (Full-time or Part-time – minimum 20 hours over 5 days)

Ellis-Fermor & Negus is a full service high street solicitors practice with an enviable reputation in the East Midlands for the quality of our work.

Our commercial property department is growing and we are looking for a Commercial Property lawyer able to handle the wide range of work that comes into our successful Commercial Property Team. This exciting opportunity presents the applicant with the ability to develop and contribute to the success of one of the East Midlands’ oldest practices.

A considerable proportion of the work of the commercial property department across all four offices of the firm involves helping Churches and Christian charities in buying and selling property, leasing property for both Landlords and Tenants, mortgaging property and transferring property as part of structural re-organisations.

As a member of the Association of Christian Law Firms, the firm is ideally placed to provide the support required for Trustees and Ministers and other members of the leadership teams of Churches and Charities to make decisions which will have long term impacts on their congregations, communities and beneficiaries.

Our Christian values, by which we live and work, lead us to show genuine care and concern for our colleagues, customers and suppliers.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of handling commercial property transactions in the charity sector. An ability and willingness to market your services and those of the commercial property department and to be involved in firm-wide marketing initiatives will be important. You will need to be able to show an appreciation of the commercial aspects of commercial property transactions and the ability to work under pressure with limited supervision.

For more information please contact Simon Hale on 0115 922 1591 or email your CV to  

Training Contract Vacancy for September 2019

We are a growing firm with a large number of young lawyers and a proven track record of training, developing and retaining trainees.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and capable trainee to begin a training contract in autumn 2019.

You will be given up to 4 ‘seats’ training in departments across our offices in the East Midlands over your two-year contract. You can expect quality, helpful and “open door” training whilst being given the independence to manage your own cases.

In addition to academic ability, you will need good interpersonal skills and evidence of working well as part of a team. The successful candidate will be able to show a willing and committed attitude and a desire to contribute to the long-term future of the firm.

We are looking for young lawyers with a demonstrable commitment to our ethos who would like to enjoy a genuine work/life balance in the East Midlands. Connections to the East Midlands are beneficial but not essential.

To apply for this role please send an email together with your CV to

Please see below for further application details.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a position at Ellis-Fermor & Negus, please send your CV, together with a covering email or letter to Martin Jessop, our Practice Manager.

If your application is not for one of our advertised roles then please include details, in your covering letter, outlining the type of role you are seeking.


Martin Jessop
Practice Manager
Ellis-Fermor & Negus
5 Market Place

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