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DMH Stallard LLP

NORTH WEST OFFICE SUITE, 1ST FLOOR, ONE JUBILEE STREET, BRIGHTON, BN1 1GE, ENGLAND
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Work 01273 329833
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2703 BRIGHTON-1
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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

The substantial and growing DMH Stallard LLP team now includes corporate finance expert Helen Mead, who joined from asb law LLP. The 'knowledgeable and effective' practice serves a range of large and upcoming regional businesses on the the gamut of M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions and many of its transactions involve an international element. Jonathan Grant heads the group and, together with the highly rated Abigail Owen  and Kate Norgett, offers extensive skills across corporate deals.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Grant

Other key lawyers:Abigail Owen; Kate Norgett; Helen Mead; Danos Athanas; John Yates

Testimonials

'From my initial phonecall to completion some 12 months later I felt confident that they understood my fears and my needs.'

'They provide a broad legal offering, which covers many disciplines. This allows them to provide flexible advice to its clients from an office unit that covers the local region.'

'Kate Norgett has a vast experience of MBOs. As in all business transactions professionalism is paramount and key to bringing delicate negotiations to a successful conclusion. I would unhesitatingly recommend this firm without reservation.'

'Kate Norgett made herself available often at short notice to assist with matters. It was a difficult transaction, but her calm demeanour gave her the edge, helping to keep the transaction on track.'

'Abigail Owen is knowledgeable and professional and has an ability to put a client at ease.'

Key Clients

Autobox Machinery/ British Converting Solutions

Get-a-bed

Hunt and Palmer PLC

Pelham Principal Holdings/Pelham companies

Ridgeview Winery

Benyfit Natural

Valens Resources Group plc

Integer Research

Agathos Management

Leumi ABL

Work highlights

  • Acted for individual sellers on the sale of the entire shareholding in Autobox Machinery and British Converting Solutions and two international subsidiaries in the US and Mexico, to international manufacturing group Kolbus.
  • Advised on an international merger with RoomsXML Solutions, an Indian group which operates on a number of continents.
  • Advised the global, bespoke air charter business on its acquisition of the entire share capital of a competitor business, Aircraft Chartering Services.
  • Advised on the on the sale of Glazewing; the two businesses had been acquired and subsequently, the commercial waste business was sold to Veolia.
Leading individuals

Abigail Owen - DMH Stallard LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP is highlighted for its 'all-round capability and excellent value for money.' The 'excellent' Simon Elcock, who is appreciated for being 'very pragmatic, commercial and user friendly' heads the litigation and debt recovery practices and has broad experience across banking, commercial and professional negligence disputes. With 'excellent instincts' James Colvin is entrusted with a range of matters from shareholder disputes to fraud. Partners from Clive Lee and Kelly Mills through to the most junior team members such as Emma Pumfrey-Selman are all recognised for both their skills and client care abilities.

Practice head(s):Simon Elcock

Other key lawyers:James Colvin; Clive Lee; Jonathan Compton; Kelly Mills; Emma Pumfrey-Selman

Testimonials

'I have experience dealing with a number of their partners and associates and am aware of the general feedback on the team; they are excellent and an absolute pleasure to work with. The quality of work is very good and the team are extremely efficient.'

'They are a wonderful team who are a pleasure to work with and create a productive environment for working together and getting the best result for the client.'

'They made a stressful time for us less stressful with a pragmatic but firm approach. Knowledge of their subject matter and processes are all good. In hindsight, they got us a good result in a pragmatic way.'

'Simon Elcock is intelligent, decisive and professional.'

'Kelly Mills has great attention to detail and has good intuition'.

'James Colvin and Simon Elcock stand out - attentive, bright and willing to roll up their sleeves. It is always a pleasure to work with them.'

'Emma Pumfrey-Selman is a rising star.'

'Simon Elcock leads the team very well, he has excellent client management skills and a very good feel for the merits of a case and the correct way to progress.'

'James Colvin has excellent instincts, his initial view for a case is rarely incorrect and he is very efficient.'

'Kelly Mills has excellent instincts. Kelly is always responsive and has great communication skills with clients.'

'Emma Pumfrey-Selman - always very well prepared and on top of the facts of cases.'

Key Clients

DO LLP

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory &Property Management UK

CAE (UK) Plc

Esme Loans Limited

Lancing College

Moore Stephens LLP

Quattro Group

RSM Restructuring & Advisory LLP

Westcon Group

XPEL Inc

Work highlights

  • Successfully brought a claim for breach of contract and negligence against civil engineers and a construction company with a matter value of £1.3m.
  • Regularly instructed to undertake debt recovery and litigation work for BDO LLP Financial Services, often involving allegations of professional negligence.
  • Acting for Captain Wayne Bayley in bringing a Judicial Review challenge against the Civil Aviation Authority alleging breach of its public sector equality duty.
  • Advising Westcon Group  in a range of matters including a recent financial dispute with a major international supplier.
  • Providing a range of litigation services to this well known accountancy firm.
Leading individuals

Simon Elcock - DMH Stallard LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP undertakes all commercial debt recovery work as well as handling service charge and ground rent arrears on behalf of property managers and local authorities. The practice also advises on credit control checks and insolvency matters. Simon Elcock  advises on all aspects of credit control and recovery claims, while other key figure Kelly Mills acts for corporate clients in commercial litigation and debt recovery.

Practice head(s):Simon Elcock

Other key lawyers:Kelly Mills

Testimonials

'They offer great advice and commercial support which helps the client decide on the best course of action.'

'The team are very helpful, approachable and knowledgeable. They are always available to talk to discuss any issues.'

'The team are quick to assist and offer concise and pragmatic advice, covering every angle of the debt recovery/litigation process.'

'Both Simon and Kelly are very thorough in their approach and advice is always concise, factual and attentive to details.'

 

Key Clients

Banque et Caisse D’epargne De L’Etat Luxembourg

Kennedy Hygiene Products Limited 1

BDO LLP

The Royal Borough of Kensington &Chelsea

Penfold Verrall Limited

Work highlights

  • Continues to handle various claims on behalf of this key client such as recovering unpaid professional service fees, employee loans and overpayment of salaries. Most recently, the firm pursued a claim for unpaid professional service fees of £32,000 from an individual debtor.
  • Acting for the bank  in recovery of mistaken payments and sums due under personal guarantees given in respect of a commercial loan books.
  • Assisting a local authority with the recovery of unpaid rent and service charge arrears.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP advises banks, asset based lending and other financial providers on all aspects of banking and finance law. The practice has a number of high-profile bank panel appointments, while also acting for borrowers and guarantors. With offices in Brighton, Gatwick, Guildford and Horsham, the practice has a wide geographical coverage of the South East. Gwen Godfrey heads the team from Gatwick. Anne Milne and associate Elina Ong, who are also based in Gatwick are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Gwen Godfrey 

Other key lawyers:Anne Milne; Elina Ong

Testimonials

'They are a friendly approachable team whilst always maintaining extremely high standards.'

'I know they are all extremely well qualified and experienced which gives me absolute faith when dealing with them and the firm has certainly become my one of choice when compared to others which we have used in the past.'

'The team are an absolute credit to the wider firm and I have no issue in constantly recommending them.'

'They are always looking for sensible solutions to problems and are responsive and flexible'.

'A highly experienced banking and property team in particular, who are easy to deal with, responsive and provide clear recommendations.'

'A very professional team, knowledgeable and approachable, they always try to simplify the matters without using a too much of a jargon.'

'Gwen Godfrey is fantastic at guiding clients through complicated matters and whilst she is firm with the other side, she also demonstrates the ability to work well with the other side's counsel and client. She provides a very pragmatic approach and slick, supportive service for her clients. A joy to work with.'

'Anne Milne in particular is a highly experienced lawyer and is easy to deal with, from agreeing fee quotes with a simple and consistent formula, to providing regular updates and also clearly identifying potential issues, along with recommendations.'

'I found Elina Ong to be a very professional team member, knowledgeable and approachable, she always tries to make the process as smooth as possible whilst putting the bank's interest first. Elina is flexible and reachable whenever needed, a great partner to work with.'

Key Clients

Leumi ABL Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Leumi ABL Limited on its acquisition finance for Venture Engineering Group Limited.
  • Acting for a leading bank on the refinancing of a care home and the acquisition of another by means of a share purchase.
  • Instructed by a bank to act for them in relation to a loan totalling £5.4m secured over various properties.
  • Advised on development finance provided by a bank client for 12 flats in Tunbridge Wells.
  • Instructed by a bank to act for them in relation to loans totalling £8.5m secured over various properties in London.
Rising stars

Elina Ong - DMH Stallard LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

Since practice head Tim Symes joined the team in 2013, the restructuring and insolvency team at DMH Stallard LLP 's Gatwick office has become firmly established firm within the region for insolvency matters. The 'well-balanced' team acts predominantly for insolvency practitioners working on both contentious and non-contentious cases across corporate and personal insolvency.

Practice head(s):Tim Symes

Testimonials

'Prompt. commercially sensible and practical with good attention to detail.'

'Tim Symes  always maintains high levels of service and is always able to provide exactly what I need.'

'Down to earth, friendly and professional.'

 

Key Clients

FRP Advisory (London)

Begbies Traynor

Menzies

Carter Backer Winter

Compass Financial Recovery

CVR Global

Firestones

McTear Willams and Wood

Quantuma

Apollo Insolvency

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP continues to benefit from its merger with Rawlison Butler. Simon Bellm is the regional head of the employment and immigration offering and Adam Williams heads the newly set up Guildford team where senior associate Abigail Maino has joined from asb law LLP. The 'just brilliant' Tony Hyams-Parish has a wealth of experience advising national and international  businesses on all aspects of employment law and has an especial focus on equality and discrimination issues. Greg Burgess' recent work includes the handling of several complex discrimination actions.

Practice head(s):Simon Bellm

Other key lawyers:Tony Hyams-Parish; Greg Burgess; Adam Williams;

Testimonials

'The team makes efforts to understand our challenging and complex business in order to provide us with the appropriate advice and recommendations. They are easily approachable, reliable and quick to respond in a friendly manner. We find their employment law seminars informative and beneficial for the work we do.'

'Tony Hyams-Parish has a great understanding of the grey within organisations and has the ability to advise not only just on the legal black and white but how to navigate the grey.'

'Tony Hyams-Parish, Adam Williams, John Yates are open minded, friendly, approachable, reliable, positive, knowledgeable and have wide expertise in different fields.'

Key Clients

Change Grow Live

St Marys University

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Crawley Borough Council

Cineworld Cinemas

Brewers Decorator Centres

TC Facilities Management Limited

Swarovski

The BRIT School

Ashcroft Academy

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice on harmonisation issues arising from merger of City College (Brighton) and Northbrook FE Colleges.
  • Provided representation in a complex Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Advising on a collective consultation during a large-scale restructuring and redundancy process.
  • Conducted the successful defence of a five dayTribunal case brought by a former manager alleging unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Acted for the client against whistle blowing claims brought by a pilot in respect of cabin crew members alleged to be under the influence of alcohol.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's business immigration practice advises corporate clients in the areas of strategic planning of international moves of key personnel, prevention of illegal working, and sponsorship of non-EEA nationals under the UK’s points-based system. Employment lawyers Adam Williams and Phillip Vallon provide wide-ranging corporate support to a range of clients in the financial services, technology, oil and gas and charitable sectors.

Practice head(s):Adam Williams

Other key lawyers:Phillip Vallon

Testimonials

'The team are responsive and have a very flexible approach.'

'Adam Williams provides very good targeted advice in this area of the market.'

Key Clients

Westcon Group European Operations Limited

Wateraid

Vivo Energy UK Services

Fairvue Partners

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the first sponsorship of a switch of a Tier 1 visa holder to permanent employment under a Tier 2 visa sponsored by the business.
  • Assisted Wateraid in respect of several matters including refugee status and the right to work under UK visa/immigration rules. Also  advised on sponsor licensing under Tier 5 of the points-based system.
  • Assisted with the sponsorship and international transfer of a senior director and with the sponsor compliance requirements and applications associated with its UK corporate restructuring.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP has 'an extremely strong and commercial clinical negligence department' headed by Tessa Grayson. The practice group has extensive experience across the spectrum of negligence matters with a focus on birth injury claims, surgical errors, and misdiagnoses. Lucienne Westbrook is also recommended and has expertise in multiple injury claims.

Practice head(s):Tessa Grayson

Other key lawyers:Lucienne Westbrook;

Testimonials

'Tessa Grayson is a dynamo of a solicitor, easy to work with, great with clients and a tough negotiator. She is a solicitor who gets results.'

'The team is adept at recognising when claims should or should not be run and/or settled. All the solicitors have a knack for getting a good result, even in ostensibly less promising cases. Although small, they are undoubtedly up there with the most effective firms I know.'

'Lucienne Westbrook is a very experienced and canny lawyer, who has a great depth of knowledge and an instinct for a good argument.'

Work highlights

  • Involved in a medical negligence matter involving up to six parties.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

At DMH Stallard LLP, the 'very capable and experienced' personal injury group handles the full scope of matters with particular attention to brain and spinal injuries, accidents at work and accidents abroad. Group head Tessa Grayson has expertise in catastrophic claims and a specialism in dental negligence.

Practice head(s):Tessa Grayson

Other key lawyers:Catherine Smith; Julie Payne

Testimonials

'There are no weak performers in this team. All the fee earners have substantial expertise and possess extremely reliable and sound judgement. They are willing to take a chance on cases when other firms are not and will invariably exhaust all possibilities before "pulling the plug". '

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South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

The DMH Stallard LLP team undertakes a range of contentious financial work, especially in instances of non-disclosure and hidden assets. Mark Rennie acts on high-value matters involving businesses and assets based in the UK and abroad and is adept in drafting nuptial agreements. He and Siobhan Lomasney also deal with children issues. Collaborative lawyer Nigel Winter focuses on wealth preservation and senior associate  Marwa Hadi-Barnes has developed a specialism in pensions.

Practice head(s):Siobhan Lomasney; Mark Rennie

Other key lawyers:Nigel Winter; Marwa Hadi Barnes

Testimonials

'They have a tight-knit team that provides superb legal advice from small cases to the complex.'

'They have a local touch and understand the local judiciary.  They stand out for the local and regional competitors for their diligence and quality of work.'

 

Work highlights

  • Handling a highly contentious divorce with financial proceedings concerning an owner-managed business and the value of funds and assets. An FDR has been agreed to explore a settlement.
  • Advised on a divorce where the client owned a number of businesses and properties and where there were children from the present and previous marriage. Valuation of the husband's assets, tax and a review of family trusts were involved.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP is considered to be 'a one-stop shop with specialists in every sector and discipline'.  Since its merger with Rawlinson and Butler the team has continued to grow its numbers with new recruits such as senior associate Sara McGrigor. Covering Brighton and London, practice head Lorna Fairbairn   heads the group and Claire Carberry, Robert Knight, Camilla Bishop  and Michael Derrick are the key partners who cover the South East. It handles the gamut of private client work from the administration of high-value estates with complex UK and foreign assets to supporting vulnerable or elderly clients on the management of their estates.

Practice head(s):Lorna Fairbairn

Other key lawyers:Claire Carberry; Robert Knight; Camilla Bishop; Michael Derrick; Sara McGrigor; Fiona Higgott

Testimonials

'Fiona Higgott is knowledgeable, approachable, commercial and super-friendly - an ideal combination in a lawyer.'

 

Work highlights

  • Assisted on high-value, complex wills for a re-married couple with children from first marriages.
  • Handled the administration of a discretionary trust.
  • Acting for professional and lay attorneys under a registered lasting power of attorney over property and financial affairs.
  • Representing a beneficiary of a deceased’s will with assets in both the UK and overseas.
  • Provided succession and tax planning for an ultra HNW business owner.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP provides a comprehensive service on property transactions, secured lending and the property elements of corporate sales and acquisitions. Nick Pentecost heads the real estate development team at Crawley; Anne Milne handles all types of non-contentious commercial property and also acts for major banks. Tina George deals with high-value transactions and related finance work. Well-regarded senior associate Jonathan Crook has a focus on charity sector clients.

Practice head(s):Tina George

Other key lawyers:Richard Pollins; Nick Pentecost; Anne Milne; Jonathan Crook

Testimonials

'Excellent value for money from the lawyers we have worked with.'

'Jonathan Crook is a technically excellent, thorough and committed real estate lawyer.  We are lucky to have access to him at such reasonable rates.'

Key Clients

Liverpool Victoria LV

Portsmouth Naval Base PropertyTrust

Motoring & Leisure Services Limited(Boundless/CSMA)

De Havilland Aircraft Museum

Chartwell Land & New Homes

Change Grow Live (CGL)

Country Homes Group Companies

Tesco

Ilchester Estate

Geneva Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing client in respect of an option to acquire land as part of a town centre regeneration project valued at £5m.
  • Acted for a group of leaseholders,  including BVI-registered companies on a complex collective enfranchisement (purchase of freehold) of high-value prime central London property from the Grosvenor Estate. The combined value of leasehold properties is around £25m.
  • Acting for a charity on a business sale of an attraction at the Portsmouth Naval base, including the grant of a new long lease to the buyer.
  • Advising on the acquisition of significant hotel premises and business, valued at £5.28m.
  • Acting for a land owner in relation to a promotion agreement for the development and sale of land in Surrey with an estimated development value of £60m.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's 'accessible' planning and environment department has particular expertise in environmental litigation (including nuisance and defence work), environmental impact assessments and water infrastructure agreements. Sustainable drainage and flooding has been an area of notable growth for the team. Elsewhere, the group advises waste companies on various planning issues. Heidi Copland, who heads up the practice, advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Chloe Karamian is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Heidi Copland

Other key lawyers:Chloe Karamian

Testimonials

'The team has particular experience dealing with complex planning litigation in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal'.

'Heidi Copland and Chloe Karamian are exceptional; they always go the extra mile for a client and are exceptionally well prepared'.

Key Clients

Newhaven Port and Properties

Crest Nicholson

Countryside Properties

The Community Stadium Limited

Albemarle Shoreham Airport Limited

Sweeptech Environmental Services Limited

Oxted Residential Limited

Hollamby Estates (2005)/LowerHerne Developments

Private client (Mr Constantinou)

Private client (Mr and Mrs Pearson)

Work highlights

  • The firm acts for Crest Nicholson on a number of highways matters, including agreements under sections 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980 and s104 and s185 of the Water Industry Act 1991.
  • The firm acts for Countryside Properties on a number of highways and infrastructure matters, including agreements under sections 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980 and s104 and s185 of the Water Industry Act 1991.
  • The firm is acting as the lead planning consultant and legal adviser on the proposed development of land to the north of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s training ground at New Monks Farm, Lancing.
  • The firm assisted Sweeptech Environmental Services Ltd with obtaining planning permission for a waste recycling facility, which involved environmental impact assessment screening.
  • The firm assisted Oxted Residential with lodging evidence and objections against an application made by a local action group to secure public rights of way across a site that the client seeks to release from the Green Belt for a housing development.  
Leading individuals

Heidi Copland - DMH Stallard LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP fields three in-house planners, who are able to advise on all types of strategic planning issues. In addition to handling a steady flow of section 106 agreements, and highways and infrastructure agreements, the group acts for both claimants and defendants in planning-related judicial reviews. In addition, it distinguishes itself with its specialist knowledge of heritage issues. Heidi Copland heads up the team, which includes Chloe Karamian; both practitioners are 'experienced and tactical thinkers'.

Practice head(s):Heidi Copland

Other key lawyers:Chloe Karamian

Testimonials

'Good understanding of the real issues on the ground'.

'The team has particular experience dealing with complex planning litigation in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal'.

'This is the go-to firm for Judicial Review and statutory review'.

'Daniel Frisby and Heidi Copland have an outstanding approach and are always well prepared with advice'.

'Heidi Copland and Chloe Karamian are both exceptional; they will always go the extra mile for a client'.

'Heidi Copland is very experienced, pays attention to detail and knows the rules'.

'Chloe Karamadian is an exceptional junior talent - a really good legal brain'.

Key Clients

Crest Nicholson

Brighton & Hove Albion FootballClub/The Community Stadium Ltd

Albemarle Shoreham Airport Ltd

Hollamby Estates (2005) Ltd/LowerHerne Developments Ltd

Countryside Properties

Crawley Borough Council

Lewes District Council

Welbeck Strategic Land

Keepmoat Homes

Park Lane Homes (South East) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Crest South on its infrastructure work and advised it on s106 Water Industry Act matters and on a footpath diversion issue.
  • Acting as lead planning consultants and legal advisors on the proposed development of land to the north of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s Training Ground at New Monks Farm, Lancing.
  • The firm is acting as legal adviser to Hollamby Estates/Lower Herne Developments on a strategic housing allocation on land within their ownership.
  • Instructed by Crawley Borough Council on a number of matters, including s106 agreements and related advisory work on a large-scale residential development.
  • Act for Countryside Properties on a number of highways and infrastructure matters, including agreements under sections 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980 and s104 of the Water Industry Act 1991.
Leading individuals

Heidi Copland - DMH Stallard LLP

Next Generation Partners

Chloe Karamian - DMH Stallard LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's property litigation department has extensive expertise in residential and commercial property, with a notably strong track record in professional negligence claims, business ratings cases, social housing and collective enfranchisement. Practice head Emily Wood is on the Property Litigation Associate Law Reform Committee. Tina George, Vanessa Joll and senior associate Kristine Ng are also names to note.

Practice head(s):Emily Wood

Other key lawyers:Tina George; Vanessa Joll; Kristine Ng

Testimonials

'The firm has a well-regarded property litigation department, which provides cost-effective and holistic advice across the south-east region; the department goes toe-to-toe with leading London practices and always acquits itself well'.

'Strong specialist knowledge of Upper Tribunal procedures and very good on the client engagement front'.

'The team has genuine specialist knowledge and experience of property litigation; their approach is both highly practical and commercial'.

'The advice I receive from DMH Stallard is always clear and either comprehensive or concise, depending on what is called for'.

'Vanessa Joll is a calm, assured and unflappable litigator who delivers sound and reasoned advice with a friendly manner'.

'Kristine Ng is a confident and competent litigator who gets to the heart of problems and achieves results'.

'Emily Wood effectively contributes to business rates relief and exemption matters and represents well in business rates appeals'.

'Vanessa Joll is excellent at absorbing detail and identifying key points'.

'Kristine Ng has a practical commercial approach and is entirely focused on getting the best result for the client'.

'Emily Wood is a pleasure to work with'.

Key Clients

Crawley Borough Council

Dorrington Plc

Cats Protection

Cardtronics Europe Limited

Wigan Football Club

St Catherine’s Hospice

Liverpool Victoria

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Cadogan Estate

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Work highlights

  • Acting for collective group of leaseholders in relation to a complex collective enfranchisement of high value prime Central London property from significant a London estate with a deal value in excess of £25m.
  • Advising trustees of property investment trust on recovering possession of South London prime site in order to secure planning permission for significant development and release £5m+ value.
  • Acting for a London local authority seeking hoarding injunction and repossession of property in complex case against secure tenant.
  • Acting for a London authority in a substantial claim for costs of two major works programmes, which defendant tenant is defending on technical and unmeritorious grounds.
  • Acting for the freeholder on a claim for collective enfranchisement by the tenants of a large block of flats in central London.
Leading individuals

Emily Wood - DMH Stallard LLP

Tina George - DMH Stallard LLP

Vanessa Joll - DMH Stallard LLP

Rising stars

Krsitine Ng - DMH Stallard LLP

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP provides both contentious and non-contentious services to its IT sector clients in addition to non-industry clients encountering IT issues. Key specialist areas of work include the negotiation of IT contracts, including SaaS and software development work, large-scale IT procurements, data protection, and outsourcing matters. Tim Ashdown and John Yates head the practice, specialising in disputes and commercial matters respectively. Debbie Venn is a recent arrival to the practice from asb law LLP.

Practice head(s):Tim Ashdown; John Yates

Other key lawyers:Debbie Venn

Testimonials

'Gives a nice small firm feel to a large and fully integrated practice.'

'The team is fully engaged and understanding of our business and associated business pressures.'

'Debbie Venn has a brilliant understanding of what we do and how we operate as a company.'

'They are extremely accessible and proactive.'

'Debbie Venn is bright, responsive and commercial in her outlook.'

'Debbie Venn is also the consummate diplomat in difficult negotiations and someone we have no hesitation in putting in front of difficult customers, suppliers or partner organisations.'

Key Clients

Change, Grow, Live

Hadean Super Computing

Acora

Ampito Group

Sitevisibility

NoCanon UK

YesMacro 4

15below

Lead Monitors

Cybercrime

Work highlights

  • Advising Hadean Supercomputing on the use of a new platform as a service and licence terms for software products.
  • Secured the continued provision of the former Lifeline Project IT services, following the client's acquisition of Lifeline project assets.
  • Providing advice to Ampito Group across many service lines,  including complex GDPR issues relating to the client’s DDOS solutions across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising Macro 4 on a variety of matters including contract negotiations and data protection.
  • Advising 15below on a variety of matters including SaaS agreements and data protection issues.
Leading individuals

Debbie Venn - DMH Stallard LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's team is recognised for its cross-border work, both within and outside the EEA. The firm is a key point of call for clients in the travel industry, maintaining a strong relationship with the Alliance of British Travel Agents. TMT group head Tim Ashdown is the name to note in litigation matters, advising on both domestic and international disputes, while John Yates leads on commercial IP matters. Debbie Venn joined the practice from asb law LLP in June 2018, and the firm has also expanded at the associate level.

Practice head(s):Tim Ashdown

Other key lawyers:John Yates; Debbie Venn

Testimonials

'The team at DMH are personable and really understand the issues.'

'The team are very easy to discuss matters with via phone or email and provide clear and concise advice.'

'Sarah Cook is extremely likeable and knowledgeable, which makes it easy to recommend DMH for tough cases as well as every day cases.'

Key Clients

Alpargatas Group (owners of the “HAVAIANAS” flip-flop and clothing brand)

Motoring & Leisure Services t/a Boundless

Gusto Telecom Limited

NOZOMI

Pump Fashion

World of Select

Learning Enterprises Organisation

The Liquidators of Bender Social Network

Swandean Fresh Meats

Work highlights

  • Instructed by NOZOMI in relation to non-UK franchises and trade mark enforcement, via high court litigation.
  • Acting for five claimants against former employees and a corporate third party in a case concerning alleged unlawful conspiracy, database rights infringement, and confidentiality breaches.
Next Generation Partners

Sarah Cook - DMH Stallard LLP

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.