The Cathay Associates network member in London, United Kingdom:
ELS Legal

Established: 2004

Staff: 25

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

— Winston Churchill

ELS Legal is an international law firm based in London with more than 50 partner offices across the world. As part of the Cathay Associates global legal network, we are the first choice law firm for a number of British businesses and overseas clients.



  • £50 finance facility for large lender client;
  • Large mergers and acquisitions;
  • Litigation team won over $11m of damages in case listed in The Lawyer top 20 cases of the year 2016;
  • Litigation team chosen by administrators of Lehman Brothers to represent them in largest ever UK court hearing of its type in respect of how to distribute money after the collapse of Lehman Borthers;
  • Large real estate acquisitions in London and around UK for both UK and non-UK clients;
  • Tax structuring for UK and non-UK client.


Richard Spector



ELS Legal is a law firm based in the City of London. Although located in one of the most historic and traditional streets in Europe, we are a modern and forward thinking organisation.
ELS Legal understands the pressures and concerns individuals and businesses have when it comes to their legal needs. Whether we are instructed by private clients or large companies, we put the same determination, focus and skill into our work, which is evident in the results we achieve.
We have extensive experience in real estate law, often helping overseas clients to successfully manage the legal requirements of dealing with property in the UK. Furthermore, we have a wide-ranging knowledge in both international and ‘transnational’ litigation managing disputes among businesses/or individuals residing or based in different countries, as well as UK-based high value litigation.
We also have thriving corporate and commercial and tax law departments available to clients. Our corporate and commercial department focuses on client’s needs both in the UK and overseas and deals with a range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and complex commercial contracts.
Whilst we believe in the traditional values of client service, transparency, honest advice and long lasting close relationships with our clients, we also take a modern and flexible approach. An example of this is our use of the full spectrum of the law in order to find a solution for our clients and our willingness to discuss fixed fees and performance billing.
As a result of this philosophy, our clients come away knowing that they have received the best service possible, and ELS Legal continues to grow year on year.


  • Corporate
  • Tax
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate



1st Floor, 10-12 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY

+44 20 7269 5120