Posted on 22-Nov-2018

Exciting new re-brand…

Leicestershire’s newest niche commercial law practice is rebranding as it seeks to further establish its own real identity.

As of 1st January 2019, ehl Commercial LLP (which only recently separated out from long standing practice Edward Hands and Lewis Limited following the acquisition of the commercial arm by Stuart Southall) will become Southall Hathaway & Co LLP to boost growth and direction and help eliminate any confusion of the two firms.

The name change references both surnames of the new firm’s partners – Stuart Southall as owner, Managing Partner and Member, plus Emeritus Senior Partner Jason Hathaway – as it continues to build an exceptional team of specialists against much larger competition.

Stuart Southall explains: “Whilst I am very proud to have been a Partner at Edward Hands and Lewis and the reputation that firm has, in order to assist this new firm in growing and forging a standalone identity, this is a natural progressive step – and what better day to change your name  than 1st January. I very much believe that it will further assist us in attracting the right calibre of clientele and finest legal talent around, so that we can grow and develop quickly as a bespoke and boutique commercial practice.

“To some extent, it also adds a  legacy to my grandfather’s firm Southall & Co (where my father also worked and assisted in developing my love for the law) which for 50 years, prior to his death, was a leading  Midlands practice whose standing and reputation is still recognised and respected by clients and professionals alike.”

Mr Southall adds: “Whilst our name may be changing, the ethos and principles that we have remain the same and we will still be seeking to challenge the norm and the traditional perception of lawyers and law firms. Our dynamic team are all endeavouring to be leaders in their fields and to do this they only practice in their area of law. This helps us, as a firm, drive forwards to offering quality, bespoke and practical advice at competitive prices.”

Posted on 22-Nov-2018

Carving a niche already…

It’s highly appropriate that as a leading niche commercial practice we sponsored the ‘Business Growth’ category for the Niche Magazine Business Awards, 2018.  

The delighted winners were Mo Bros, a rapidly expanding boutique men’s beard grooming and barber shop from Leicester, who recently appeared on Dragon’s Den and successfully won more funding.

Stuart Southall, Managing Partner of EHL Commercial LLP, says: “Huge congratulations to our category winner Mo Bros, it was very well deserved in a highly competitive category. We also offer a massive thank you to Jenny and her team at Cross Productions Limited for creating the NICHE awards and the time and effort that went into what was a truly glamorous event at Athena Conference & Banqueting.

“EHL Commercial LLP is proud to be a sponsor and very much looks forward to continuing its backing – and assisting in recognising and celebrating outstanding Leicestershire businesses and business professionals.”

The Niche Business Awards have been created to highlight and reward excellence across the county and accompanying areas; supporting both the private and public sectors to herald local companies who truly go the extra mile – and make a valued contribution to the regional economy.

Pic shows Stuart Southall (left) with the victorious Mo Bros team.

Posted on 04-Oct-2018

Launch party formalises lift off…

Friday 21 September was the official launch party of niche law practice ehl Commercial LLP at stylish Leicester city venue Manhattan 34 on Rutland Street.

Also a selective networking event, special guest was Rugby World Cup-winning and England/Leicester Tigers legend, Neil Back.

Stuart Southall, managing partner of EHL Commercial based in the historic Crescent building on Leicester’s King Street, says: “It was a well-attended event and it was great to receive the support that we did from client, contacts and friends alike. The creation of a new and niche law firm is exciting and stressful, but with the calibre of business and personnel we manage to attract, I am sure that we can be a resounding success and I am relishing the forthcoming years. Next year will be additionally exciting, so watch this space.

“I want to thank everyone who attended – it is always great to catch up with clients and associates in a more informal and social environment, but a huge thank you has to go to our Helen Norman who tirelessly organised, invited, chased, prepared and photographed everything to ensure that it was a success. Without her, it just wouldn’t have happened, or run so smoothly and efficiently. As a firm, we are only as good and strong as our team – and she is a rock!”

Posted on 04-Oct-2018

Two senior and key appointments

New niche Leicester law firm EHL Commercial has made two key appointments as it continues to build an exceptional team of specialists against much larger competition.

Jatinder Kandola joins as Principal Associate and Head of Commercial Property, while Tim Hussein brings a very broad set of experience and solicitor skills in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Jatinder’s specific interest and expertise is focussed on acquisitions and disposals, developing and letting property and land, working for developers, investors, owner occupiers, lenders and especially for charities and in ecclesiastical property law.

Tim’s invaluable knowledge and connections in his native Southern Africa compliment the strong international links that EHL Commercial LLP (already well aligned in the USA and Eastern Europe) are developing and driving forwards as a specialism.

Managing Partner Stuart Southall says: “The recruitment of Jatinder and Tim is evidence that we can attract the finest talent around and in doing so, can grow and develop quickly as a leading niche commercial practice.”

Jatinder from Mountsorrel gained her initial experience with national concern Eversheds LLP and Legal 100 firm Harvey Ingram Solicitors (now Shakespeare Martineau) before spending five years as Head of Legal for The Methodist Church, which is one of the largest in the UK. Working closely with the Department for Education, she has also advised a number of schools on their charitable responsibilities and trust arrangements, plus has worked extensively with the Charity Commission.

Consequently, Jatinder is particularly adept at negotiating, drafting and agreeing complex commercial contracts including, agreements for lease, conditional contracts, s. 106 agreements, land registration schemes, as well as franchise and overage agreements.

She says: “I find a niche and boutique commercial-only law firm a very attractive proposition and look forward to developing the Commercial Property team as a real specialist and go-to leader in this very diverse and exciting field. I have also worked in-house for a national retailer Timpson and assisted on their purchase of Johnson’s Dry Cleaners last year, so this increasingly active and competitive arena is also of particular interest.”

Tim from Wigston was originally admitted as a Solicitor, Notary and Conveyancer in Zimbabwe in 1992 and very quickly ran his own leading practice in Harare, representing clients in the corporate, manufacturing and mining sectors and assisting start up businesses and entrepreneurs. He also has extensive business law lecturing experience (back home and here) for universities and FE colleges.

Now registered in England & Wales, as well as Scotland, Tim’s expertise covers share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, management buy-outs, commercial contracts, negotiating and drafting intellectual property agreements, plus UK competition law. Tim is also a strong advocate and litigator in both the Court and the Employment Tribunal.

Due to his knowledge of Roman Dutch law and the cultural and political nuances of the Southern African region – and especially with Brexit pending – Tim is uniquely placed to receive instructions from companies and organisations seeking to explore this alternative and expanding market.

He says: “A bespoke legal firm that specialises in commercial work is rare, so I’m delighted to be on board too, plus EHL Commercial benefits from a traditional family-orientated ethos – unlike the conglomerates – and has a truly client focused approach. They also have a vision to look and develop globally and that matches my own experience and outlook. Stuart and I have the same dedicated litigation and advocacy background and that will also be a desirable commodity.”