Carving a niche already…

22nd November 2018

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.

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Two senior and key appointments

4th October 2018

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 […]

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EHL Law Officially Launch Commercial Division

11th September 2018

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.

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