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.
EHL Commercial LLP (which has recently separated out from Edward Hands and Lewis Limited following the acquisition of the commercial arm by Managing Partner Stuart Southall) welcomes Jatinder Kandola 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.
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 – unlike the conglomerates – and has a truly client focused approach. They also have a vision to look and develop globally and that matches my own experience and outlook. Stuart and I have the same dedicated litigation and advocacy background and that will also be a desirable commodity.”