Leicester-based niche commercial law practice Southall Hathaway & Co LLP has retained an award-winning trainee solicitor as a Commercial Litigator.  

Neusha Mazaher (age 28 from Birstall) is due to be admitted as a Higher Court Solicitor Advocate (Civil) next month (March 2019) – having recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma/Legal  Practice Course at De Monfort University and being awarded their Irwin Mitchell Prize for Best Overall Performance.

A delighted Neusha, who has been with the company in its various guises as Edward Hands and Lewis and EHL Commercial since leaving university in 2014, says: “Working a full-time job and studying was difficult at times, but the journey taught me a lot about myself and the profession. Winning the LPC award was a bit of a shock, but a great feeling, and it shows that hard work and dedication really does pay off.

“I can’t wait to be admitted and having completed the additional Higher Rights of Audience course too, I’ll be able to offer a complete service to clients by representing them through their entire case and then advocating on their behalf at trial. I’m so looking forward to my new chapter as a fully qualified Solicitor Advocate and 2019 feels like a fresh and exciting start for the new Southall Hathaway & Co too. I’ve no doubt it will be a positive and successful year for the business and feel privileged to be a part of it.”

All trainee solicitors must undertake training in at least three distinct areas of law to enable them to qualify as a Solicitor. Neusha began in the Advisory & Dispute Resolution department dealing with breach of contract claims, insolvency matters, possession proceedings and boundary disputes. A seat in the Employment department followed, which proved to be a great transition as the Employment Tribunal runs very similar to the way the Civil Courts do.

Latterly, Neusha has been completing her final seat in the Commercial Property department, assisting on the sale and purchases of commercial properties and reviewing leases. Neusha has also been engaged on Commercial matters including drafting terms and conditions and shareholders agreements.

Neusha adds: “I’m due to qualify into my preferred Advisory& Dispute Resolution department and will continue to work alongside owner and managing partner Stuart Southall on a number of matters going forward. He’s both an excellent litigator and mentor and has greatly helped develop my skills as a lawyer – and I’m looking to repay his faith in me straight away.”