Firm Profile > Lawdit Solicitors > Southampton, England

Lawdit Solicitors
4 Brunswick Place
Southampton
SO15 2AN
England

The  Firm

Lawdit Solicitors  is a commercial law firm that was established in England and Wales in 2001 by Dr Michael Coyle and Izaz Ali, who are both Solicitor Advocates. These two individuals have developed a unique approach to law over the last two decades. This has gained the firm both national and international clients, primarily through client and professional referrals.

Lawdit Solicitors  has always had its finger on the pulse when it comes to intellectual property rights.  The firm has been involved in representing a number of clients in complex intellectual property disputes. This involves trade mark infringement, copyright and patent disputes.  The most notable example is Dr Michael Coyle’s involvement in the patent dispute Sabaf SpA v MFI  Furniture Centres Limited, which was heard in the House of Lords.

The firm has built a reputation for assisting businesses of all sizes with commercial matters. This includes advising on an international business sale in excess of $24 million, assisting with corporate restructuring,  drafting distribution agreements between their clients and leading UK retailers and assisting in the acquisition or disposition of commercial property/assets.

 

Sectors 

Intellectual Property

Lawdit Solicitors has built a reputation for its intellectual property expertise throughout the UK. Dr Michael Coyle leads the intellectual property department with over 20 years of experience.  He takes a holistic approach to their clients’ IP portfolio, whilst keeping their services competitive.

Social Media 

The social media team at Lawdit Solicitors assists the commercial, intellectual property and dispute departments. It deals with the increased involvement of social media platforms used by companies to market businesses and reach a wider audience.  Consequently, the social media team advises their clients on the most pragmatic and effective ways to protect/defend their individual/company’s reputation whilst using social media platforms.

Commercial 

The commercial team is led by Izaz Ali who has over twenty years of legal experience. He advises in both UK and international matters involving businesses of all sizes with selling and acquiring assets and other businesses. He specialises in businesses that are in the IT, software/data sector. Lawdit Solicitors also offer a software/data escrow service and are often engaged by other lawyers for their expertise in this field. Clients seek Izaz’s straight-talking and practical approach that focuses on the facts of each case to bring about a satisfactory solution.

The commercial property department is led by Inam Ali who has over fifteen years of legal expertise in both residential and commercial transactions. Inam deals with lease extensions, assignment of leases,  lease surrenders, rent deposit deeds, option agreements and the splitting of title for commercial purposes. Inam’s focus on the details ensures that clients are made aware of any potential liabilities. It is this transparency combined with a drive to meet the client’s expectation that has grown the commercial property department.

 

 

IT and Internet

The IT and Internet department advises clients on escrow, software contracts and data protection matters. The team offers technical knowledge in plain language whilst keeping costs competitive. This team is led by Izaz Ali who provides his commercial expertise to ensure that clients understand both the legal position and the business implications.

Dispute

The dispute team advises on both commercial and civil matters. This team is led by both Dr Michael Coyle and Izaz Ali. This team has vast experience in representing both large companies and private clients. Additionally, the team have dealt with family disputes. This eclectic mix of  work allows the team to take an empathetic approach when seeking solutions for their clients.

Blockchain

Lawdit Solicitors has experience in working with leaders in this industry. Dr Michael Coyle advises clients on how to best to protect their ownership/rights to their products.

E Commerce 

Lawdit Solicitors  will be launching a website called ‘Stay Legal’. It reviews and amends the terms and conditions, privacy requirements, cookie notice, accessibility, e-commerce,  security protection and other legal requirements of websites to ensure that they are GDPR compliant

Department Name Email Telephone
Intellectual Property Michael James Coyle michael.coyle@lawdit.co.uk 02380235079
Commercial Izaz Ali izaz.ali@lawdit.co.uk 02380235079
Commercial Property /Residential Property Inam Ali inam.ali@lawdit.co.uk 02380235079
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Inam Ali  photo Mr Inam Ali Head of Residential and Commercial Property
Mr Izaz Ali  photo Mr Izaz Ali Co-founder/Solicitor Advocate
Mr Michael James Coyle  photo Mr Michael James Coyle Co-founder/Solicitor Advocate
Solicitor Advocates : 2
Associate : 1
Solicitor : 1
Trainee Solicitor : 3
Consultants : 2
Support Staff : 2
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Lawdit was founded in 2001 with a mission to be a law firm consisting of diverse individuals reflective of its community.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that our workforce incorporates people from different backgrounds, races, cultures, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, age, education, disability, socio-economic background and family status.

Additionally, we provide a safe environment for all of our staff members to express individual or collective concern over the potential violation of the above. As a result, Lawdit has taken active steps in engaging, supporting and promoting diversity amongst staff members to create a more collegiate environment.

We understand that a diverse workforce is essential to accumulating a variety of expertise and perspectives necessary to providing our Clients with high quality service in a relatable manner.

Michael James Coyle, Director/Solicitor Advocate

Director Michael James Coyle explains Lawdit’s unique approach to the current legal climate.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?

Our main strengths are our team and work ethic. We have sought to retain the same personnel for many years now. Thus, our clients have benefitted from the firm’s transparent, approachable and collaborative style. The firm is proud that it has a strong track record of recruiting its key people who join when at University for work experience and then train with the firm as Assistant Solicitors to become Solicitors and Solicitor Advocates. Lawdit always ensures that there is close Client/Solicitor work relationship on all matters. Additionally, there is an element of fluidity between all of our departments allowing us to adapt in accordance to fluctuating demands.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Lawdit has two sub brands namely Protectyourdesign.com and Staylegal.co.uk. The latter is our very exciting legal compliance package. Staylegal.co.uk is designed to ensure that websites are legally compliant. This helps a company to maximize their brand by ensuring its online terms and conditions are up to date and their website is accessible. It is never more relevant than in today’s troubled times. In addition Lawdit has a non-contentious sister company called Trademarkroom.com which instructs Lawdit on all contentious matters. Trademarkroom.com runs a cost-effective service that allows Lawdit to continue to grow its specialism in dealing with contentious matters.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Due to Brexit and the pandemic, Lawdit has had to reevaluate how to service its Clients effectively and safely. Consequently, it has done the following in the last 12 months:

– Grown its presence in Spain through a partnership with Del Canto Chambers.
– Obtained an office space in Cork Ireland (appointment only).
– Divided the workforce between the UK offices in Southampton and the Isle of Wight to protect staff whilst serving our Clients.
– Continue to charge Clients fixed fees and no charges for initial advisory calls.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Prior to the pandemic, Lawdit encouraged its Clients to come into the offices for meetings and to discuss any questions or paperwork. However, during this pandemic, Lawdit has had to interact with its Clients through Zoom, telephone communication and emails. As a result, Lawdit has invested more into making its website more accessible, informative and transparent whilst keepings its inherent quirkiness (use of individualized avatars representing each member of the team).

Additionally, the firm has started the process of creating podcasts to inform, engage and help students know more about the legal industry and specialist areas in practice e.g. splitting of title in conveyancing.

In the future, Lawdit will need to review investing more in video-conferencing.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

The Trademarkroom was contacted by one of its clients. They had a problem with a competitor infringing its logo through unauthorised use. As this was a contentious matter, the Trademarkroom contacted Lawdit and it in turn sent a cease and desist which threatened legal action.
The effective relationship between the two companies meant that value was added to the Client due to our efficient processes.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three year’s time?

With the plans that Lawdit has started to implement and its growing presence, we see the firm continuing to grow and expand with a continued specialism in contentious IP matters, IP protection and commercial litigation.

Additionally, Lawdit looks to grow its practice/services relating to Social Media, Escrow, Blockchain and Staylegal.co.uk.

 

Izaz Ali, Co-founder/Solicitor Advocate

Solicitor Advocate Izaz Ali, discusses Lawdit’s future plans and continued growth.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Lawdit from your competitors?

Since its inception, Lawdit has always held at the centre of its approach the use of technology to assist in collaboration with its Clients, having a clear and commercial outlook and being cost-effective.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

As a result of the pandemic, many businesses have resorted to using online platforms to sell their products, provide services, expand their brand and break into new markets. Hence, Lawdit’s non-contentious and contentious Intellectual Property department is likely to grow. Our sister company Trademarkroom deals wholly with non-contentious IP matters allowing Lawdit to effectively work on contentious matters. Additionally, the increased use of social media has meant that our Defamation department has grown with more businesses/individuals wanting to protect their goodwill/reputation online.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

At the moment it is a challenge for any firm to remain profitable where there is economic uncertainty. However, Lawdit has made the following changes:
– Dividing staff between our two main UK offices –This means that each office is able to function and there is an equitable distribution of resources and personnel. This ensures that our Assistant Solicitors receive a diverse quality of training whilst meeting our Clients’ demands. However, during the pandemic the pandemic most staff are working from home.
– Strengthening our international links – Lawdit continues to increases its presence internationally through partnerships in Spain and Italy. Additionally, Lawdit has more involvement in multijurisdictional intellectual property work new and existing Clients.
– Obtaining an office space in Cork (Ireland), Madrid (Spain) (appointment only) – increases Lawdit’s European presence post-Brexit and allows Lawdit to better serve its Clients in Europe.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Yes. A new case management system, a new Lawdit website enquiry facility and we conduct more meetings using Zoom.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

As a firm of our size and experience, we regularly work with clients early on to help them nurture their business for sale in the future. We undertake due diligence on all aspects of the business and assist them to with these matters.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three year’s time?

Our Clients are looking for stability and in three years I see the firm continuing to work closely with our Clients to assist them in putting in place documentation, practices, procedure etc necessary to facilitate their commercial needs. I see Lawdit continuing to grow its international presence with its non-contentious and contentious Intellectual Property department. Lawdit will be operating out of four main offices based in Southampton, Isle of Wight, Cork (Ireland) and Madrid (Spain).