Firm Profile > DMH Stallard LLP > Crawley, England
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DMH Stallard LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
‘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.‘
Leumi ABL Limited
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.
‘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.’
Autobox Machinery/ British Converting Solutions
Hunt and Palmer PLC
Pelham Principal Holdings/Pelham companies
Valens Resources Group plc
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.
‘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.‘
Banque et Caisse D’epargne De L’Etat Luxembourg
Kennedy Hygiene Products Limited 1
The Royal Borough of Kensington &Chelsea
Penfold Verrall Limited
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.
‘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.‘
Change Grow Live
St Marys University
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
Crawley Borough Council
Brewers Decorator Centres
TC Facilities Management Limited
The BRIT School
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.
Newhaven Port and 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.
‘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.‘
Alpargatas Group (owners of the “HAVAIANAS” flip-flop and clothing brand)
Motoring & Leisure Services t/a Boundless
Gusto Telecom Limited
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.
‘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.‘
Change, Grow, Live
Hadean Super Computing
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.
‘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'.
‘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‘.
Brighton & Hove Albion FootballClub/The Community Stadium Ltd
Albemarle Shoreham Airport Ltd
Hollamby Estates (2005) Ltd/LowerHerne Developments Ltd
Crawley Borough Council
Lewes District Council
Welbeck Strategic Land
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 George, Vanessa Joll and senior associate Kristine Ng are also names to note.
‘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‘.
Crawley Borough Council
Cardtronics Europe Limited
Wigan Football Club
St Catherine’s Hospice
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
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.
‘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.’
BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory &Property Management UK
CAE (UK) Plc
Esme Loans Limited
Moore Stephens LLP
RSM Restructuring & Advisory 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. Ian Greenfield joined the team in December 2019, while well-regarded senior associate Jonathan Crook has a focus on charity sector clients.
‘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.’
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
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.
‘The team are responsive and have a very flexible approach.‘
‘Adam Williams provides very good targeted advice in this area of the market.‘
Westcon Group European Operations Limited
Vivo Energy UK Services
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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.
‘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.
‘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.’
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.
‘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.’
FRP Advisory (London)
Carter Backer Winter
Compass Financial Recovery
McTear Willams and Wood
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.
‘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”. ‘
DMH Stallard LLP > Firm Profile
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 firmâs 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 Butlerâs 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 Butlerâs 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 clientâs 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 â Maidstone
|Senior partner||Digby Armstrong|
|Managing partner||Clive Lee|
|Commercial disputes||Stuart Evans|
|Private client||Robert Knight|
|Property disputes||Vanessa Joll|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 14 Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictDMH Stallard has an 'excellent reputation' in the south east and trainees were particularly impressed that 'many lawyers are highly ranked in The Legal 500'. At the 'kind and personable firm', everyone is approachable and 'partners always stop to make conversation when passing by', which is 'great for getting to know all your colleagues'. Recruits reported receiving a 'lot of exposure, client contact and responsibility' and 'being thrown in at the deep end, which is a great way of learning things'. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner for job satisfaction and client contact. Despite high levels of responsibility, it is 'not a requirement to constantly stay in the office late' and the work/life balance is 'manageable'. Indeed, the firm is a 'fun place to work' and even manages to 'maintain continuity despite being spread over six sites'. The main gripe was the remuneration, which some considered was 'less than some other firms of the same size in the region'. Others felt that 'there could be more socialising', although 'this is continuing to increase'. In terms of work highlights, 'running my own files', 'completing a large transaction' and 'going to hearings' stood out. 'The first few weeks of the first seat' was a more daunting experience because it was 'in an area I had not experienced before'. A 'stretch with not much substantive work to do' was not very enjoyable either. On the CSR side, trainees reported 'taking part in a mentoring scheme to get students into university', which the firm 'supports and lets you take the time required to do it'. If you're after a 'client-facing role' in a firm with a 'very good reputation in the regional marketplace' where 'everyone respects each other and there is no hierarchy', research DMH Stallard.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Debt recovery
- Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Intellectual property
- IT and telecoms
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Property litigation