Founded in Eastbourne in early 2016, SO Legal has made significant progress since its launch. With the addition of Brighton and Uckfield offices in 2017 and a move to larger Eastbourne premises earlier this year, the firm has achieved impressive revenue growth over the past two years.
With parallel growth in the team from five to almost thirty- spanning Commercial, Litigation, Property and Private Client – over the same time period and the addition of a London office to its expanding operation in July, the future looks bright.
Success to date is underpinned by a responsive, efficient and technological approach to delivering legal services to local, regional and national clients and the team continually seeking to improve the client journey and look at how technology can assist that process.
Director, Jamie Salvidge, says: “As a growing technology-driven law firm, we recognise the delivery of legal services is changing. Our business, commercial, property and personal services clients are seeking an efficient approach. Leveraging technology and a paperless process in our delivery model has helped us maintain the expected degree of quality while delivering a responsive client experience. We’ve grown month on month over the past two and half years and our clients are the key to that growth as they value our efficiency and responsiveness. Our technology makes it possible to work from anywhere at all.”
That growth has enabled SO Legal to invest in attracting quality lawyers and staff to the firm, launch a Paralegal to Trainee Scheme and to back a range of sporting, charitable and community initiatives across Sussex.
“We love our sport and have committed to working with and supporting sports clubs and individuals at junior, grassroots and elite level”, continues Jamie, “including Sussex Futsal, Hailsham Town FC, Lewes Rugby Club, Eastbourne Cricket Club’s Big Bash League and a multi-year sponsorship of Sussex County Cricket Club’s Executive Suite.”
The firm has set up a dedicated Sports Law department, acting for sports stars, clubs and professional organisations. The focus on technology has also allowed them to expand into new areas and regularly come up against heavy weight firms. As a boutique firm, SO Legal is certainly going places.
Meet the Commercial Team
SO Legal’s Corporate and Commercial team offers a diverse range of legal services – including General Business Law; Business Purchase or Sale; Corporate Law; Retail & Commercial Leases; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Property Law; Landlord and Tenant issues including Leases, Licences and Variations – for businesses of all sizes.
“When it comes to serving clients we strive to create a close professional relationship and provide quality tailored legal advice to match the business’ needs and requirements,” says Director and Head of Commercial Property, Hamish Smith. “Our aim is to take away the timeconsuming, expensive and sometimes damaging legal issues, which allows business owners to focus on what they do best – running their company.”
Hamed Ovaisi, Head of Commercial Legal Services
Hamed oversees the Commercial Team and has experience in commercial property law, business purchases and sales, business purchase contracts, company advice, property matters, landlord
and tenant issues and leasehold advice.
Hamish Smith, Head of Commercial Property
Hamish joined SO Legal in 2018 as a Director and specialises in all aspects of non-contentious commercial property work and& development, commercial property transactions and projects acting for landlords, tenants, sellers, buyers, lenders and borrowers alike. He has extensive experience in property finance and investment transactions, acting for banks and lenders.
Seema Anant, Solicitor
Seema has experience in all commercial / residential property matters and business purchases / sales, asset purchase contracts, landlord and tenant and leasehold transactions.
Adam Gray, Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Adam’s works covers all aspects of commercial and civil litigation, including contractual claims, commercial and residential property litigation, landlord and tenant disputes and debt recovery.
David Platt, Solicitor
David worked at a magic circle firm for over 10 years before moving to Sussex. He works for large developers in all matters relevant to development and construction.
Steven Holt, Solicitor
Steven specialises in general commercial and property litigation matters including service charge issues, dilapidations, lease extensions, enfranchisement and right to manage, easements, boundary issues
and party wall disputes.
Carolyn Olive, Litigation Executive
Carolyn’s areas of expertise include property related disputes, possession claims, recovery of rent, service charge / leasehold disputes and advice, debt recovery, and general contractual / civil
James Halpin, Trainee Solicitor
James has experience in all general property related matters including freehold and leasehold sales and
purchases, auctions, new build developments, lease extensions and remortgages.
SO Legal partners with Barclays
Eagle Labs Lawtech Incubator Following the launch of a new lawtech incubator by Barclays Eagle Labs, SO Legal has joined major law firms as well as leading universities UCL, The University of Liverpool and the Law Society, in offering its support. The venture aims to turbo-charge the UK’s lawtech sector, helping companies start up and scale up, and become international leaders in their field – matching the UK’s reputation as a leader in the legal services sector. The law-tech Eagle Lab will open in Notting Hill, London, and create a centre of excellence, co-working space and support for up to 100 individuals. Events and meet-up space will follow on.
Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive of Barclays UK, says, “Lawtech is an area where the UK has every reason to be a world leader. It is home to some of the greatest law firms in the world and we
want to help build on the success of its legal sector, and play a leading role in
transforming law-tech in the future. The impressive range of partners supporting
this initiative shows just how important this is.
Our Eagle Labs are supporting thriving new businesses up and down the country, and our Notting Hill lab will lead the way as an industry centre of excellence for lawtech.”
Jamie Salvidge, Director of SO Legal Solicitors, comments: “Serving an existing client base across London and the South East, we are delighted to play our part in supporting and collaborating with startups and fledgling lawtech firms through this latest Barclays Eagle Lab. We’re excited to be involved at a time when tech is really changing the delivery of legal services.”
The new incubator will provide access to mentoring and workshops. It will be supported by a dedicated Ecosystem Manager and Barclays’ colleagues who will provide on-site advice for entrepreneurs on areas including business and personal finance, as well as connections into Barclays’ international
Legal Geek, a start-up community, will also play a vital role in organising events to encourage the sharing of ideas, and help entrepreneurs network and collaborate. Partnering law firms will provide
feedback and guidance to help entrepreneurs develop, test and refine their products, with the potential to implement new technology into their firms. Academic support will come from UCL and The University of Liverpool, which have valuable expertise in artificial intelligence and lawtech.
Christina Blacklaws, vice president of the Law Society of England and Wales said: “As new technologies continue to be developed, they are changing the way solicitors and their clients approach legal issues. Lawtech is an important area of focus for us as we seek to help solicitors and law firms keep pace with evolving client expectations. We want to ensure the profession is promoting and adopting new ideas and technologies to provide the best possible service to their clients. This collaboration will create a forum for solicitors to learn and innovate with entrepreneurs and developers for the common good of the legal sector. We encourage all our members to get involved.”
Find out more about SO Legal Solicitors at www.solegal.co.uk
01323 407555 / @SOLegalUK