Long standing Leicestershire practise Edward Hands and Lewis Limited has separated out its Commercial arm in order to create EHL Commercial LLP.
This follows the acquisition of the Commercial arm by Stuart Southall and as owner of EHL Commercial LLP he now steps up as a Member and Managing Partner – but continues in his role as a Commercial and Chancery litigator operating in Insolvency, Intellectual Property and Sports law.
To evidence its breakaway, EHL Commercial LLP will be based at a new office location – the historic Crescent building in Leicester. The team is deliberately small at present but has a number of new starters commencing in September, with the aim of having no more than 15 – 20 staff. It also has an office in Central London, just minutes away from the Royal Courts of Justice.
EHL Senior Partner Jason Hathaway says: “Given the commercial law talent we now have on board, it’s a natural progression for us and this new team is already working very hard to build an exceptional firm against much larger competition. EHL Commercial LLP has a tangibly different and extremely focused approach, that’s also holistic and down-to-earth, and if it’s perceived that we are ‘punching above our weight’ or otherwise, we are more than ok with that.”
Stuart Southall (age 39), Managing Partner of EHL Commercial, adds: “We’re all about challenging the norm and the traditional perception of lawyers and law firms. Our dynamic, new team are all specialists in their fields and they only practice in their area of law, so that they can continue to develop their knowledge and endeavour to be the best around. This helps us, as a firm, drive forwards to offering quality, bespoke and practical advice at competitive prices.
“We also like to keep things simple and to the point and we stick to what we know and where we can add real value. A particular point of difference is the exclusive professional partner network we have forged with similarly minded firms in Washington DC, plus the Eastern Bloc of the European Union. Operating in this way enables us to service our clients from the Unites States of America to the Channel Islands to Eastern Europe as well as the UK.”
EHL Commercial LLP clients are currently SME businesses with turnovers in between £250,000 to £65million. They also represent start-up businesses, charities and entities that are ready to float on the Stock Market, as well as hedge funds, property developers and professional service providers.
However, Mr Southall – who has experience of working in Washington DC for its Shadow Senator in his legal practice as well as assisting the Chief of Staff, plus in Manhattan New York for a boutique practice, as well as West Midlands regional heavyweights – is also increasingly acting for high net worth individuals in matters such as Shareholder & Partnership disputes, Film Scheme litigation Class Actions and cross-jurisdiction litigation.
Pic shows Jason Hathaway (right) and Stuart Southall sealing the deal.