Chartered Legal Executive
Commissioner for Oaths
Allied Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
Accredited Civil & Chancery Mediator
FA Registered Intermediary (IMS004174)
Since completion of his undergraduate law degree [which also encompassed Psychology, Sociology and Criminology] in the early 2000’s, Stuart has secured experience in a wide range of niche and boutique practices. This has enabled him to obtain not only a wide range of knowledge in areas such as litigation, sports, media and Intellectual Property but it has also exposed him to a wide range of principals and client matters which have helped him substantively develop his client skill set and his approach to the practice of law.
Stuart undertook an LLM in Intellectual Property from Southampton Solent University in 2001.
On completion of his LLM, Stuart spent time working in Washington DC for an Attorney who was also Washington DC’s Shadow Senator. This enabled Stuart to work closely with the Senator’s Chief of Staff and Legal Affairs whilst appearing in the Superior Court of Washington DC undertaking advocacy [under the supervision of Senior admitted members of the DC bar] and working on class actions and as a “Guardian Ad Lidem”. After just over 12 months of working in DC, Stuart returned home where he worked for the Law Society before returning to America in 2005 where he worked for 13 months for a boutique litigation practice in New York City until he returned home in May 2006.
Following his return, Stuart joined, trained and qualified with one of the largest regional practices in the West Midlands undertaking a full range of Commercial and Chancery litigation. After 4 years with this practice, Stuart moved to another Legal 500 regional Midlands heavyweight where he specialised in Intellectual Property litigation. After a short stint with this practice, Stuart joined a leading Northampton practice where he returned to undertaking a full case load of Commercial and Chancery work. Stuart joined Edward Hands and Lewis Solicitors in January 2015 and thereafter acquired its commercial arm to make Southall Hathaway & Co LLP. Stuart now continues with his day to day practice of Commercial and Chancery litigation. However, within that practice Stuart regularly deals with Insolvency and Intellectual Property disputes.
As such, Stuart’s clients regularly range from corporate entities to high net worth individuals covering a wide range of matters. These include but are not limited to, ‘soft’ Intellectual Property disputes (these being trade mark disputes, copyright disputes, breach of confidence and trust, database rights and registered designs), Shareholder and Partnership disputes, Film Scheme litigation, Banking litigation, Construction disputes, Class Actions and cross-jurisdiction litigation. Stuart also acts on behalf of Insolvency Practitioners in respect of recovering monies owed by Debtors and former Directors, Unfair Prejudice actions against Administrators, wrongful and/or fraudulent trading matters and assists in restructuring Companies.
Stuart also acts as a Mediator and so works with Parties in trying to bring about a resolution to their dispute without the need (or minimising the need) of the Court. Stuart also assists the Corporate team in drafting documents where he utilises his litigious knowledge to try and reinforce the best position possible for his clients.
In addition to the above, Stuart is also undertaking his Higher Rights qualification in November 2019 and is a Part – Qualified Trade Mark Attorney. Stuart is also a FA Registered Intermediary and is able to assist players, clubs and the alike in respect of negotiating contracts (whether they relate to playing contracts, cancellation of contracts or image rights). Stuart is also a Member of the British Association for Sport and Law.