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 Stubbs has overseen the firm’s acquisition of Nottinghamshire law firm Sheltons solicitors, which joins the Group with three offices and 30 staff.
Edward Hands & Lewis, which has 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 Stubbs’ 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.
As managing partner, Stubbs will oversee all of the firm’s delivery on client matters, infrastructure, personnel, client experience and firm development.
He said: “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”.
Southall’s practice is in commercial and chancery law, with an emphasis on intellectual property and insolvency. 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”.
Meanwhile, 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.
Snowdon 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”.