Law firm Edward Hands and Lewis has strengthened its growing team with three new senior appointments, including the promotion of solicitor and director Paul Stubbs to managing partner.
Since October Paul has overseen the firm’s acquisition of Nottinghamshire law firm Sheltons solicitors, who join the Group with three offices and 30 staff.
Edward Hands & Lewis, with its head office in Leicester, currently employs 160 people across a national network of 17 offices and is looking to expand its services in all areas of commercial and private client work.
In addition to Paul’s promotion, Stuart Southall, formerly an associate in the commercial dispute resolution team has been promoted to director, while property lawyer Ella Snowdon is now branch partner of the Hinckley office.
Paul, who is 37, joined EHL in February 2009 from a law firm in Burton-upon-Trent.
Originally from the North West, he read law at the University of Hull and took his Legal Practice Course at York College of Law.
A highly experienced civil litigation lawyer, Paul has been on BBC national radio, providing a legal opinion on a range of news topics and consumer affairs.
His clients include professional footballers and other high profile sportspeople, whom he represents on contentious and non-contentious issues.
As managing partner, Paul will oversee all of the firm’s delivery on client matters, infrastructure, personnel, client experience and firm development.
He added: “The role will allow me to advance elements of the firm’s business plan from inception to conclusion. “I get to see EHL’s business matters through from start to finish, which is helpful for continuity of management decisions.
“There are a number of challenges that come with the change in role, but I’m enjoying them.
“It’s easy in business to focus only on the immediate client experience, but our focus is on having an excellent client experience delivered by having the correct team of staff, who are properly engaged, trained and motivated. We find that a great client experience is a natural by-product of having a great environment within which our staff can work and grow.”
“As a firm we’ve been through periods of extensive growth in office staff and client numbers. We now look forward to a period of consolidation in 2018 and 2019, and, whatever Brexit has in store, people will still need access to good legal services.”
Paul, who lives in Derbyshire with his wife and young child, likes to relax through physically demanding sports. A fan of the Great Outdoors, he enjoys running marathons and half-marathons, cycling and walking.
Stuart, who joined EHL in January 2015, has worked in both Washington DC and New York City as well as for several large law firms in the West Midlands.
His practice is in commercial and chancery law, with an emphasis on intellectual property and insolvency.
In addition to his degree in law from Southampton Solent University, Stuart also holds a Masters of Law (LL.M), with his postgraduate law degree specifically orientated towards intellectual property law.
He is currently building a team of experts who each specialise in different areas of litigation.
He said: “We are also undertaking Higher Rights of Audience, a qualification which will provide us with the skills to conduct civil advocacy in the higher courts.
“This will enable us to offer the full package of advocacy services to clients rather than outsourcing.
“As someone who comes from a family of solicitors and barristers, as well as working at several other law firms, I can see can see how EHL is different.
“This firm has an energetic management team with a refreshing approach. EHL has allowed me to grow into my role and it has reignited my passion for the law.”
Married with two children, Stuart lives in Solihull. In his free time he enjoys boxing and lifting heavy weights as well as spending time with his young family.
Ella Snowdon, a senior conveyancing executive, takes up the role of branch partner at Hinckley. She joined EHL in December 2015 after working at solicitors in Derby and Coalville.
Ella is responsible for the general management and development of the Hinckley office. Conveyancing and wills and probate services are based at the branch, however all of EHL’s commercial and private client expertise can also be accessed from Hinckley.
She said: “My main aim as a property lawyer is to ensure a quick and smooth transaction, with focus on client care, clear communication and professional advice.
“In respect of my role as branch partner, I plan to grow the team both in size and experience.
“EHL is a progressive, forward thinking firm which is fun to work for, and, as such there will be many more opportunities in the future for both the Hinckley branch and the firm as a whole.”
Ella, who is 31 and grew up in Leicester, started her conveyancing career with a Leicester-based conveyancing firm in 2010. As well as being promoted, Ella is also getting married this year and enjoys travel and playing roller derby with the Leicestershire Dolly Rockit Rollers team.