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Welcome to Ellis & Ellis, the home of econveyancing.

Along with our full Town Agency facility, we provide a comprehensive suite of law searcher services for conveyancing and litigation purposes. With our blend of a quick and easy-to-use ordering platform, over 130 years of know-how, and a quality after-sales experience, we provide clients with a superior searching and litigation support service.

Why not join the 1000’s of users who trust Ellis & Ellis to deliver them a competitive edge?

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Solicitors can request via this on-line portal, all the usual searches types required for the sale of property.

Other searches can also be ordered for use in boundary or title disputes, probate, litigation, fitness and probity and a variety of other matters.

You may register via the ‘register’ icon on the home page, or by contacting us via e-mail at info@ellis.ie, or you can call us at 01 8723460. Once registered, we will do a 2-minute demo to get you started.

When you are ready to order simply log- on, select the search types required. Then fill out the details in the ‘required’ fields; and click on ‘submit’ for results in seconds.

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In 1890, fourteen years before James Joyce’s Ulysses sent Leopold Bloom on his epic tour of Dublin, co-founder Charles Ellis joined with the already established company of James T. Ellis, Law Searchers to form a new firm Ellis & Ellis (Pedigree, Law & Patent Searching Agents). In the intervening 130 years or so, this fully Irish and family-owned company has continued to serve solicitors and legal professionals, with great pride in its work ethic, traditions, and durability. Ellis & Ellis face into this third century confident in our aim to continue serving the legal profession to the high standards, and reliability that have become our bywords.



What is a Sheriff (Civil) Search?  – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

The Sheriff (Civil) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. The Sheriff’s Office origins lies in Irish pre-independence and English legal antiquity. Originally levelled with the discharge of Crown duties, the (high) sheriff’s functions included the enforcement of court judgments.  However, in Ireland following the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, the vestigial office of (high) sheriff was abolished, with the supervision and execution of court decrees devolved to the newly established County Registrars. Due to a combination of circumstances only Dublin (City and County) and Cork (City and County) retained the title of sheriff’s office. Accordingly, every county

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What is a Sheriff (Receiver of Fines) Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

The Sheriff (Receiver of Fines) offices – Their role and record keeping in a conveyancing context. Predating Irish independence, and with a genesis in English legal antiquity, the evolution of the various Sheriff’s Offices has developed over time to meet the demands of the Irish state.  Presently all taxes, interest and duties owning to the state are collected via the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. They in turn can confer their Sheriff’s power to the offices of the local sheriffs, authorising them to carry out the enforcement of certificates issued.  However, the power of the Sheriffs (Revenue) or Sheriff (Civil)

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What is a Planning Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

When the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 came into force in October 1964 all local authorities (except town commissioners) were granted planning powers for the localities under their control. At the same time, it made generally exempt all previous developments, builds and alterations already completed. This in effect made 1964 the de facto starting date for planning regulation and compliance today. Under these new powers local authorities were obliged to prepare and adopt development plans which would enhance their decision-making policies on physical planning. It also allowed the authorities to take control (by granting or refusing permission) of

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What is a Registry of Deeds Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

In order to answer the above, we must first ask the question…what is a deed? A deed can broadly be described as any written, attributable and executable document that has been signed, attested, and delivered (sometimes sealed), which authorises the transfer or re-assignment of a property, right or interest.  In this blog, we are primarily considering deeds searching in connection with the transferring/ conveyancing of property title and/or associated rights or interests on land. As such, we need to consider how and where such deeds might be registered and how they might be searched against. To that end, we turn to the office

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What is a Business Name search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

For some a business name is considered the ‘brand’ of an enterprise. A business name can help create a corporate identity, setting up as it does either perceived or real client expectations around service, production or intent. A business name can equally be used to influence company culture or merely act as a mission statement for the body corporate. However, whatever the ultimate motivation in selecting and/ or operating under a business name, from a legal perspective it means that the business name owner(s) are persons or entities carrying out their trade under a brand, i.e., a name other than

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Register of Beneficial Ownership

Ellis & Ellis have recently been in correspondence with the Central Register of Beneficial Ownership of Companies and Industrial and Provident Societies. We have been informed that ‘…Following a recent judgement [sic] by the European Court of Justice the search facility on the RBO register for beneficial ownership information is now suspended…’ Moreover, we are also informed that the ‘…RBO is currently working on providing access for Designated Persons only…’. (Note: A designated person is defined on the RBO’s website (Section 15) as follows: Frequently Asked Questions About The RBO – RBO) Ellis & Ellis will continue to keep a

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Launching Our New Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Process When Ordering Searches

Ellis & Ellis are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) process when ordering searches. Designed to assist users in maintaining tighter controls on office expenditure, this streamlined and easy-to use PAYG option allows clients to pay for services as you use them. When ordering searches via www.ellis.ie and before the final submission of search requests, users will be given the choice to either ‘Pay later’ (default position) or ‘Pay now’ in the ‘Pay by Credit or Debit Card now?’ section of the website. If users opt to Pay As You Go, they simply click on the

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What Is An Insolvency Service Of Ireland Search? – An Ellis & Ellis Explainer

What is the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI)? The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) is an independent statutory body established on 1 March 2013 under the provisions of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012. It is responsible for administering and supervising the operation of the various personal insolvency solutions as prescribed in the said act. The objective of which is ‘…to restore insolvent persons to solvency….’. What registers do the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) maintain? If successful in reaching an agreement with their creditors, the personal details and type of debt solution debtors have agreed are recorded in relevant registers

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