Firm Profile > DMH Stallard LLP > Crawley, England

DMH Stallard LLP
GRIFFIN HOUSE
PEGLER WAY
CRAWLEY
RH11 7FZ
England

Banking and finance Tier 1

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.

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

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

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.

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

Debt recovery Tier 1

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.

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

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

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.

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

Environment Tier 1

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.

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)

Intellectual property Tier 1

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.

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

IT and telecoms Tier 1

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.

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

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.

Testimonials

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

 

Planning Tier 1

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'.

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

Property litigation Tier 1

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 GeorgeVanessa Joll and senior associate Kristine Ng are also names to note.

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

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 2

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.

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

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

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. Ian Greenfield joined the team in December 2019, while well-regarded senior associate Jonathan Crook has a focus on charity sector clients.

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

Immigration Tier 2

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.

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

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

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.

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.’

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

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. Former rhw Solicitors managing partner Samantha Jago joined the team in late 2019.

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.’

 

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

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.

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

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

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.

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”. ‘

IT and telecoms Tier 4

DMH Stallard LLP assists its client roster of suppliers and users of technology and outsourced services with matters ranging from software licencings to cloud computing and IT procurement projects, outsourcings and emerging technology issues.  Practice head Anthony Lee specialises in outsourcing and commercial IT transactions, while James Orloff handles a range of contracts, corporate transactions and restructurings.

Testimonials

The team provides straightforward and clear responses, with a wealth of different types of expertise.

Anthony Lee’s answers are much clearer and more insightful than many others in the market. He knows his subject and is clear about any limitations and aspects of the law that remain ambiguous and untested.

Key clients

CWCS Managed Hosting

City Cruises

ECS Global

Fairvue Partners

Perfect Data

Premier Medical

Secret Sales

Thackray Williams

Underscore

Zalaris

Family Tier 6

DMH Stallard LLP specialises in the resolution of complex financial issues that arise during divorce and separation and also has wide experience in private law children matters and cross-border disputes. In addition the team advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements and has experience of advising on emergency applications to the High Court. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on the breakdown of cohabiting relationships especially in relation to TOLATA and Children Act 1989 Schedule 1 cases. Philip Morton heads the team. It remains to be seen what impact the recent departure of David Leadercramer to Osbornes will have on the practice.

Testimonials

Efficient, capable and approachable. Philip Morton: all the qualities of a determined litigator made human in a family solicitor‘.

‘Siobhan Lomasney: wide experience informs her approach to family law. Excellent client engagement‘.

Philip Morton is very down to earth and user friendly. He gets straight to the point and doesn’t waste time or money pursuing unnecessary actions‘.

Philip Morton shows empathy and a firm resolve in reaching a good outcome for his clients‘.

 

The firm: With offices in Crawley, Horsham, Kings Hill and London, Rawlison Butler LLP has a strong presence in the South East of England. The firm has around 75 members of staff across the full range of business law services, including corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment and property. The firm also has an established private client practice. The firm’s client focus is to give clear and straightforward advice that works in the real world, with practical recommendations that clients can act on. Its lawyers get right to the point.

The firm has attained Investors in People accreditation and conducts business a in clear and transparent way, investing in the well-being of staff and clients. It is also involved in local communities, and supporting local businesses.

Types of work undertaken:Corporate law: Rawlison Butler provides corporate law services to organisations of all sizes, from large international organisations to small UK companies with a strong focus on the mid-market. The firm assists with buying and selling of companies, company formations, dissolutions and restorations, joint venture projects, partnerships and LLPs, along with advice on private equity investments, banking and finance, director and shareholders issues and EMI schemes.

Employment law: Rawlison Butler’s employment law team advises on a range of issues, from implementing major company restructures and redundancy programmes, to drafting contracts and family policies. The firm deals with dismissals and disciplinary procedures, negotiates termination agreements, drafts contracts of employment, and advises on remuneration packages and pensions.

Commerce and technology: Rawlison Butler is experienced in advising businesses on all aspects of commercial law, including on commercial agreements, IT, outsourcing and procurement, IP, brand and data protection, and UK and EU competition law and compliance.

Commercial disputes: the Rawlison Butler team works with clients to resolve existing disputes and prevent any further issues arising. Its expertise covers insurance, duty, insolvency, contract, director/shareholder and franchising disputes. The firm is experienced in resolving issues in a number of industries, including construction, engineering and IT and e-businesses.

Property: the firm assists in all types of commercial property. It aids in property development, from acquisitions to disposals, and aims to find solutions to any property disputes clients may have.

Property disputes: Rawlison Butler assists in both commercial and residential property disputes. The firm advises on tenancy renewals, dilapidations and repairs, reviews and service charge disputes, as well as rights of light, easement and boundary issues, and Party Wall Act issues.

Private client: Rawlison Butler’s services cover: family law, including arranging divorce and separation settlements, and family mediation and collaborative law to attain amicable solutions; residential conveyancing, wills and probate to preserve a client’s assets, lasting powers of attorney and care for the elderly, and probate and estate administration; and employment law advice for employees with workplace disputes.

Other offices: Horsham, London, Kings Hill – Maidstone

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Digby Armstrong
Managing partner Clive Lee
Corporate Tim Sadka
Commercial Lisa Downs
Commercial disputes Stuart Evans
Employment Tony Hyams-Parish
Family Robert Worthing
Property Nick Pentecost
Private client Robert Knight
Property disputes Vanessa Joll
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40