Firm Profile > DMH Stallard LLP > Crawley, England

DMH Stallard LLP
Griffin House
135 High Street
RH10 1DQ

Banking and finance Tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP handles a broad range of banking and finance matters. In addition to its panel work for a number of high-profile banks, the team also acts for asset-based lenders as well as borrowers. Led by Gwen Godfrey, the firm additionally advises on transactional matters including acquisition finance, growth capital finance, property finance and renewable energy funding. Anne Milne and associates Elina Org and Tom Trowbridge are also key contacts, and the practice frequently acts alongside the firm's well-respected corporate and commercial team. The team was strengthened in April 2019 with the addition of Helen Mead from asb law LLP, a specialist in corporate finance.

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‘The team are very knowledgeable and can be approached for quick advice or large reviewing tasks with no issue. SLAs are always beaten and any requests for urgent advice are returned within less than 24 hours for the most part. Very efficient and friendly service.’

‘They take the time to get to know you rather than just follow process, build up a rapport and make the relationship easier and less formal.’

Key clients

Leumi ABL

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP has  significantly expanded its team with several hires, including experienced corporate lawyer Helen Mead .  The practice works with clients in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, building supplies, financial services and manufacturing on work including M&A deals, joint ventures, and management buyouts. With offices in Guildford and Gatwick, the corporate team is led by Jonathan Grant, who is experienced in advising on large corporate transactions. Mead is 'extremely commercial' with a loyal client base. Abigail Owen and Kate Norgett are also highly recommended.

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‘Helen Mead is a lawyer who is extremely commercial and pragmatic with a loyal following of clients and introducers. She has a very polished and user friendly style but is determined, has real steel and delivers exceptional outcomes.’

‘The Corporate team at DMH Stallard has been boosted by the arrival of Helen Mead. Helen brings quality and class and will increase their offering into Surrey and beyond as she strengthens the Guildford office where she is based.’

‘Danos Athanasi is a strong relationship partner, able to provide very fast responses on matters in his own field and also to leverage his network of experts in other areas.’

‘The team is very proactive, always available to engage and friendly but professional in their dealings. From my perspective all the team always makes you feel that they are “batting on your side”‘.

‘Kate Norgett leads the team. She explains things in layman’s terms and easily gives the client a sense of trust.’

‘Abigail Owen is by far the top corporate finance lawyer in the south east in terms of volume and quality and she  leads an exceptional team . As a firm they have the right spread of sector skills and depth in the departments to act on major transactions as well as for smaller SMEs’

Abigail Owen is a great communicator and very detailed and technical – the perfect legal package. She leads the full team on projects and takes proper ownership of jobs. John Yates in commercial has great experience and a sensible approach to challenges.’


Key clients

Durbin plc and Durbin Inc

Chandlers Building Supplies

Highworth Insurance

Brandywine Communications Inc and Brandywine Communications

MAR Facilities (Holdings

Valtus Group

Leumi ABL

Olfactive London

Jarvis Tech Group

Miramar Global Holdings

Debt recovery Tier 1

Clients in both the public and private sectors utilise the debt recovery services on offer at DMH Stallard LLP, including credit control advice, information gathering, letters before action and the entering of default judgements. Led by Simon Elcock and Kelly Mills, the practice handles both contentious and non-contentious work, often assisting local authority and banking clients. Additional areas covered include: European Payment Orders, the drafting of Section 146 notices, forfeiture and insolvency. Names to note include Gemma Clark (for high volume debt and leasehold recovery) and Nigel Marchant (English and overseas judgments).

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Penfold Verrall Limited

Rossetts (UK) Limited

Glass’s Information Services Limited

Banque et Caisse D’epargne De L’Etat Luxembourg

Kennedy Hygiene Products Limited


The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

SpaceandPeople Plc

MSR Partners LLP (formerly Moore Stephens LLP)

Straumann Limited

CAE (UK) Plc

Autosport Media UK Limited

POP Retail Limited

Friday Media Group Limited

Brighton i-360

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc

Safeguard Europe Limited

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP advises a wide range of corporates, educational institutions and local authorities on employment matters both contentious and non-contentious. The practice is led by Simon Bellm in Gatwick, and Adam Williams heads the Guildford employment offering. Senior associate Abigail Maino joined from asb law in February 2019 and is 'hugely capable', while Tony Hyams-Parish has departed the firm to become an employment tribunal judge.

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‘Highly accessible services, even in the absence of our regular lead contact. Practical advice. Good value for money.’

‘Practical, expert, options based professional advice. Highly accessible services. Our lead contact understands our culture and our services and knows us from several years of working with us.’

‘Abigail Maino is a hugely capable, fiercely engaged solicitor who balances expertly the blend of leadership and advisory support within sensible commercial parameters – in short the quality never gets undermined by the quantum of the fees.’

Key clients

AB 2000

Anabas (UK 2)

TC Facilities Management

The Martlet Group




Environment and planning Tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP's planning and environment group includes a full planning consultancy, which offers legal advice on everything from site promotion to appeals. The team have significant experience in acting for both claimants and defendants in judicial reviews and applications in the senior courts. Heidi Copland leads the department and is particularly skilled in the negotiation and drafting of section 106 agreements, highways and infrastructure agreements. Chloe Karamian has advised on a number of major agreements, including for a large residential development for an affordable housing provider and a mixed use regeneration scheme in London.

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DMH Stallard are probably the “go-to” planning solicitors and consultants in southern England – one of the leading firms for advice and representation in matters of planning and environmental law and practice. I frequently recommend them.  They combine experienced leading practitioners, both as solicitors and chartered planning consultants at the highest levels. In my experience as a barrister practising in the same fields of work, they are amongst the most versatile and responsive firms,  able to provide the necessary level of skills for the complete range of services, from major strategic planning to smaller problems in day to day development management and enforcement.

Heidi Copland and Chloe Karamian are highly skilled planning lawyers. They are approachable, extremely hardworking and willing to go the extra mile to find solutions and support clients to meet deadlines.

Highly responsive and professional team. Client-focused and proactive in formulating solutions to key issues.

DMH Stallard’s team provide an excellent and efficient service in drafting the S106 agreements for our planning team.

Heidi Copland – Simply brilliant. Wears her obvious expertise lightly and is very popular with clients as a consequence. A diligent and practical lawyer who is always quick to find practical solutions to the clients’ problems.’

‘Chloe Karamian is a total star. Completely on top of every case, a joy to work with. Always brings a novel perspective to complex cases and draws on her previous local authority experience to guide clients through the planning system.

The team is efficient and competent. They handled a specialist case with diligence and great attention to detail.

Key clients

AGB Reading

Town & Country Vibro

Countryside Properties

Crawley Borough Council

Crest Nicholson

English Cities Fund

Hollamby Estates (2005) / Lower Herne Developments

Newhaven Port and Properties

Orbit Homes South

Oxted Residential

Persimmon Homes

The Community Stadium Limited / Brighton & Hove Albion FC

Valley Gardens CIC

Wealden & Rother District Councils


Withdean Commercial Property / IMEX Group

Intellectual property Tier 1

Senior litigation partner Tim Ashdown and group head of commercial John Yates lead the IP offering at DMH Stallard LLP. The team, which also includes well-regarded senior associate Sarah Cook, deals with enforcement across the European Economic Area, encompassing rights infringement, the management of trademarks and copyright matters. Clients are drawn from sectors such as fashion, entertainment and media, areas in which the firm is supported by its association with the International Trademark Association. Other names to note include the 'tech-savvy' Debbie Venn and Robert Ganpatsingh.

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Strong leadership, responsive, they can engage effectively with stakeholders at every level of the business‘.

Sarah Cook is friendly, happy to chat through matters on the phone, she has progressed and concluded matters I have instructed her on to a conclusion that my clients are very happy with‘.

Debbie Venn can assimilate large amounts of raw information from the business quickly and develop commercial solutions. She is very tech-savvy and is perfectly comfortable coordinating with our specialised software and solutions personnel. Excellent at translating esoteric techno-babble into plain English legal advice that the business can act on‘.

Key clients

Canon UK Limited

Aspen Pumps Limited

Rondanini Ltd

Diva Europe Ltd

Hosiden Besson Ltd

Benihana Holdings PTE Ltd

The Wallace Collection

Little Ships Housing CIC

The Martlet Group Ltd

Arden Grange Ltd

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

DMH Stallard LLP's private client team spans the firm's offices in Guildford, Brighton and Horsham. Lorna Fairbairn is overall head of the London and South East teams, while the key lawyers in the South East are Camilla Bishop, Michael Derrick and senior associate Deborah Henn. The team advises high net worth individuals on issues including inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning, Court of Protection matters, and the administration of estates.  Bryan Dean is also praised by clients for his work. Claire Carberry and Robert Knight departed the team in 2019.

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‘The private client team in Brighton that I deal with is one of the most respected firms I come into contact with. Headed up by Camilla Bishop, depth of expertise is strong and complex estate planning matters dealt with in a professional manner, without the unnecessary complexity that can so often confuse clients.’

‘I have used DMH Stallard for a variety of personal matters over many years and am always impressed by the quality, efficiency and professionalism of the staff I have dealt with. I entirely trust the advice they give and feel they have their client’s best interests at the core of their work.’

‘It is great that I know there is a number of people I can contact with different specialties and they do all work as a team, so I hold them in high regard. I find them extremely good value for money and the size of the firm is good where there is enough people to support you and your clients but not too big that you are treated as a number, therefore not losing the personal touch.’

‘Camilla Bishop is a respected private client lawyer, both by her peers, fellow professionals, clients and colleagues. Efficient at returning calls, always happy to help with a query (even if not leading to a billing opportunity for her) and knowledgeable ensures she is one of two lawyers who are my go-to people.’

‘Bryan Dean has acted for most of the work I have brought to the firm. I consider him to be exceptional – in terms of his knowledge and professional attributes, but also his down to earth common sense & rapport with me as a client. I know my elderly parents who also use his services have also always valued his work very highly.’

‘Sara McGrigor stands out as an exemplary lawyer within her field. She has helped us with wills (and a deed of variation), inheritance tax, trust, probates, powers of attorney and court of protection applications. She has helped to manage a complex family estate that was in disarray. I understand that the inheritance tax on this case was one of the most complex cases she has seen but with one of the best outcomes. In addition to this she has enlisted the support of colleagues to work on planning applications through an options agreement that has added considerable value to the estate.’

‘Michael Derrick has dealt with a number of property deals some simple some more complicated. All dealt with professionally and in good time. Jonathan Compton has vigorously fought a complex business case professionally and offered good advice all the while.’

‘I felt comfortable working with Michael Derrick and Sarah Higgs. They have a way of putting a client at ease and their expertise inspires confidence. I am unable to compare them with competitors, as I had not had previous dealings with others in regard to Wills and trusts. I base my judgment of their competence on the fact that I had done my own research on the subject prior to retaining them, and I was impressed with the service and advice I received.’

Property litigation Tier 1

The real estate dispute resolution team at DMH Stallard LLP has developed a reputation for fielding technical specialists in residential and commercial property litigation and for property-related professional negligence claims. The team acts for a range of retail and occupier clients including national residential developers, supermarkets and high street banks. Emily Wood leads the group, while Tina George is responsible for the firm's commercial and residential property offering and is particularly skilled in collective enfranchisement claims. Vanessa Joll  and senior associate Kristine Ng are also key names to note.

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This is a great team that I have worked with several times. Really know their stuff but also provide commercial and pragmatic advice. They deal with the full range of commercial and residential property law. I would highly recommend them.

One the biggest and best property litigation teams in the South East outside London.

DMH Stallard’s real estate litigation team offers a larger and more comprehensive service than most firms.  I’ve found that they do an effective and efficient job for their clients and they cover all areas of property litigation comprehensively. They have a genuinely wide range of clients, from private and public landowners to residential tenants, and clearly attract cases from all over. An impressive team.

DMH Stallard have an experienced team who we have dealt with over many years. They have extensive legal knowledge and a full understanding of how our business operates.

Vanessa Joll is the partner I deal with who is top notch. Very clear with advice and dealing of matters.’

Key clients

Crawley Borough Council


Cats Protection

Cardtronics UK

Wigan Football Club

Ilchester Estate

Liverpool Victoria

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Cadogan Estate

Royal Bank of Scotland

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP's sizable commercial litigation practice acts for clients including banks, professional services firms, corporate entities, education providers, and local authorities. The 'well resourced' and 'highly responsive' team acts for clients across the South East from its offices in Brighton, Guildford, and Gatwick. Simon Elcock leads the both the commercial litigation and debt recovery practices. In addition to Elcock, James Colvin is particularly active in the financial and professional services sectors. Jonathan Compton and Kelly Mills are also praised by clients, as is associate Emma Pumfrey-Selman.

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‘The advice received from DMH Stallard is always clear and either comprehensive or concise (when necessary). They provide excellent value for money whilst achieving consistently good results.’

‘DMH Stallard have an experienced team who we have dealt with over many years. They have extensive legal knowledge and a full understanding of how our business operates. I would tend to deal mainly with James Colvin, Simon Elcock, Emma Pumfrey-Selman, Lucie Thomas and Kelly Mills. They are all a pleasure to work with.’

‘The DMH Stallard team is well-resourced, highly responsive and able to give practical advice with due sensitivity to the risk/reward considerations around potential action. Although my company is an SME, I have always experienced first-rate service that has left me in no doubt that the firm values my business and respects me as a client. We have had a successful outcome every time that I have engaged the firm on a dispute (always around clients failing to pay invoices). On a personal level, all the firm’s contacts are politely, highly professional and reassuringly ‘human’.’

‘Jonathan Compton, a partner, is my first port of call and he is unfailingly helpful and very responsive. His empathy is appreciated in worrying situations. He starts work impressively early in the morning, so has normally sent me a very detailed response to any request before I reach my office. Solicitor Cathryn Culverhouse fully upholds the service standards I have come to expect from DMH Stallard, in being very professional, efficient and empathetic – it is always a pleasure to deal with her.’

‘Fortunately, I don’t know how DMH Stallard compare with other firms apart from the one of the other side of our matter but resourcing . knowledge , communication and practicality were on our side definitely! Thorough, rational and personable – they resolved our issue relatively speedily whilst obtaining a good settlement.’

‘Simon Elcock and Kelly Mills are very personable, bright and practical. Managed our expectations and fears well. Great in a mediation meeting. Adam Williams is a very bright and able young man.’

‘DMH Stallard are an excellent firm and highly rated by all members of chambers that work with them. They punch above their weight for a regional firm and are easily comparable to city firms of greater size. They are efficient in their dealings at all levels and consistently instruct chambers in significant matters in a wide range of practice areas. They are approachable and easy to work with but fight the clients case aggressively if required. They are pragmatic and commercial in their dealings.’

‘Simon Elcock has excellent client handling skills, is very good strategically and is able to see the big picture with cases. James Colvin has excellent judgment and his initial view on a case is rarely wrong. Kelly Mills has excellent with clients and is approachable, a joy to work with and gives sensible and practical advice. Emma Pumfrey is a fantastic associate, extremely efficient and has a great eye for detail.’

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BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK  (formerly Strutt & Parker LLP)


Change, Grow, Live (CGL)

Lancing College

RSM Restructuring & Advisory

Suzuki Motor Corporation

T C Facilities Management

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Westcon Group European Operations Limited

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Spread across offices in Brighton, Horsham, Gatwick and Guildford, DMH Stallard LLP's commercial property team handles matters including commercial transactions, planning, the financing of developments, and the management of property portfolios. Practice head Tina George advises on commercial and residential property, particularly in the area collective enfranchisement claims. Nick Pentecost specialises in advising on transactions of property for development, while Anne Milne is particularly active in advising banks on property finance. Ian Greenfield joined the firm in December 2019 from asb law; he has a broad client base of property entrepreneurs and developers based on the South coast.

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‘Jonathan Crook consistently delivers a high level of client service and faultless technical knowledge whilst also being among the more commercial property lawyers I have dealt with. City law firm quality at a fraction of the price.’

‘DMH Stallard continue to provide an excellent service which is both speedy and efficient. All members of their team are equally competent and they go out of their way to assist wherever they can.’

‘Cathy Searle our primary solicitor at DMH explains and makes life very easy for us. I could not recommend highly enough.’

‘I felt that Ben Price gave excellent advice. He gave his opinion on complex matters, rather than sitting on the fence and provided clear communication and regular updates on fee levels to aid budgetary planning. Added value by liaising with his colleagues on associated matters relevant to the transaction, but not strictly real estate related.’

Transparent and pragmatic approach to complex property transactions. Accessible and clear communication. Focus on getting the deal done, rather than hitting their fee targets.’

Key clients

Concept Developments (Land)

Chandlers Building Supplies

Orbit South Housing Association

Digital Pipeline

HSS Tool Hire

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

Tesco Stores

St. Barnabas Hospice

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Motoring & Leisure Services Limited (Boundless/CSMA)

Immigration Tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP advises business clients on immigration issues relating to setting up offices in the UK and applications for Tier 2 Sponsor Licences under the points-based system.  Lead partner Adam Williams handles clients from the private and public sector, with particular expertise advising on complex inward investment projects involving the relocation of senior executives to the UK. 'Very responsive' associate Phillip Vallon is recommended and works on a range of matters.

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Very friendly team who make you feel valued. They always explain things in a non-legal way that I can understand.

My experience of working with anyone at DMH is their capacity to understand what is required very quickly. They are very approachable and make things easy to understand.

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Westcon Group European Operations Limited


Ambipar Response Limited

Russell Harcourt (International Opera Singer)

Fairvue Partners

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Sense Studio

SugarCRM UK Limited

Dayzad Law Offices PC

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Brighton-based Tim Ashdown and John Yates in Gatwick oversee the IT and telecoms team at DMH Stallard LLP. Respectively, they handle contentious and non-contentious work with a general emphasis on contractual matters and M&A. Other areas covered include firmware, software, IR35 compliance and cloud compatibility. In addition, the firm provides managed services agreements for the manufacturing and travel sectors. Clients can also benefit from the firm's experience in data protection where it deals with confidentiality and cyber security concerns. Debbie Venn is recommended for cases featuring support and maintenance issues.

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Great team with good experience and strong leader in Tim Ashdown. Able to advise from startup to PLC . Have the sector and trade experience on the team. No other regional firm really has their depth or experience‘.

They have taken the time to get to know the business on multiple levels; our market, our pressure points, our culture and structure‘.

They understand business and provide pragmatic, considered guidance and valued opinion‘.

Tim Ashdown is very knowledgeable and a good communicator‘.

Debbie Venn is a stand-out figure in the TMT space, seeks to add value to each instruction. Importantly for our business, she is not a fence-sitter and happy to offer a strong opinion where necessary‘.

Key clients

Motoring & Leisure Services Limited

15below Limited

Canon UK Limited

Hadean Super Computing Ltd

Black and Callow Limited

Ampito Limited

Friday Media Group

CVR Global

Seker Limited

Sunrise Software Ltd

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP has become increasingly active in pre and post-nuptial agreements, financial dispute resolutions, and matters involving vulnerable adults. While the team primarily focuses on financial cases, a significant proportion of its work involves issues around children. The practice is led by Mark Rennie, Philip Morton, and Joanna Potbury. Samantha Jago joined the firm from rhw Solicitors in October 2019, while Siobhan Lomasney departed in December 2019.


‘The family team are well placed to act for a diverse range of clients with a range of fee earners to match the right client. Geographical locations for the South East are varied and the firm have strong contacts with forensic accountants, barristers and financial planners for a one contact service.’

‘Joanna Potbury is a safe pair of hands and is somebody in my view, easy to work with when going through a stressful period of time.’

‘DMH Stallard has increased its family team and started offering the services from Guildford as well as other locations. They compete with the other large firms in the area.’

‘Nigel Winter has been dealing with my divorce since June 2018. I have been through some very tough times, but his advice has always been fair and honest. I have felt throughout my whole time with him, that he genuinely cares and that I am not just another case for him.’

‘Phil Morton is excellent: he combines experience in family law with experience in general litigation. Joanna Potbury is calm and able.’

‘Marwa Hadi-Barnes is an excellent solicitor. She is thorough and always gives very practical advice.’

‘Samantha Jago heads up the Guildford family department, she has a wealth of experience and is a great addition to the team.’

‘Phil Morton, Pippa Marshall, Kirsty Kellerher, and Jo Potbury are all excellent matrimonial solicitors with solid technical expertise.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Led by Tim Symes, DMH Stallard LLP's Gatwick-based team acts for insolvency practitioners in both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm's client base also includes banks, directors, and creditors. Symes frequently acts alongside partners from the firm's commercial litigation practice, and is praised by a client as a 'superb litigator'. He is active in advising on transactions related to insolvencies, such as pre-pack sales.

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‘Hugely thorough, very detailed letters of advice, excellent performance overall.’

‘Tim Symes is a superb litigator who consistently is able to analyse the facts of a case and offer “outside the box” thinking for innovative approaches to claims.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory


CVR Global


Begbies Traynor


Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP is experienced in both clinical negligence matters and personal injury work. Jointly led by Tessa Grayson in Gatwick and Lucienne Westbrook in Guilford, the team handles surgical, dental and spinal injury matters for clients. Road traffic accidents and accidents at work also feature in the personal injury workload. Associate Julie Payne is recommended for liability claims.

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‘Lucienne Westbrook and Tessa Grayson are both excellent, pragmatic lawyers, who often obtain better than expected results for clients. I have frequently recommended them to others.’

‘Very client-focused – more than usually mindful of the personal impact of litigation on claimants. All the fee earners possess excellent interpersonal skills. Advice and decisions are pragmatic and decisive.’

Family Tier 5

Under the leadership of Philip Morton, the team at DMH Stallard LLP specialises in the resolution of complex financial issues that arise on divorce and separation, and also has a wide range of experience in private law children cases and cross-border disputes. In addition, the group handles emergency applications to the High Court and advises on issues such as pre and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. Siobhan Lomasney is now at Fletcher Day, while Samantha Jago joined the team from rhw Solicitors. The firm recently completed a merger with Brookman Solicitors, a deal which saw Henry Brookman, Talitha Brookman and Aziz Malik join the team.

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The team has a broad range of capabilities and backgrounds, which appeal to a wide variety of clients. Overall, it is a driven team of individuals with a clear focus on achieving a good outcome for its clients while handling its clients’ needs with sensitivity and care’

Phil Morton continues to provide consistently high levels of representation

‘A delightful firm to work with. Philip Morton is a sharp and skilled solicitor with extremely good humour to match

‘The team has excellent strength in depth. It is led by the exceptionally talented and easy-going Phil Morton

Very supportive to work with. Philip Morton, Pippa Marshall and Kirsty Kelleher are all excellent’

Philip Morton is outstanding. He pulls the team together and gets the best out of them. He balances risks and returns deliberately and effectively

Philip Morton stands out for his high levels of care and attention. He is clearly passionate about assisting his clients and driven to ensure they are looked after, not just in his dealings with them but also after a settlement has been reached. He has a very thorough approach

Phil Morton has a commercial and strategic approach, working two steps ahead to head off the challenge that will be made by his opponent in a couple of months’ time

‘Outstanding quality. Always professional, available and able to respond quickly to emergency situations. The lawyers have always appeared to communicate well as a team and with their clients’

The team has extensive experience of complicated financial remedy cases, many with an international element. The lawyers fight their clients’ corners robustly, but are very focused on the need to try and resolve matters by consent wherever possible

‘Henry Brookman is an exceptionally experienced divorce lawyer and is often instructed in the most difficult cases and never gives up on his clients. He is forever spotting new angles to old problems. Sarah Gupta has built up considerable expertise

‘Talitha Brookman is an excellent lawyer with a very good tactical brain

Talitha Brookman has gone from strength to strength and is frequently instructed in big money cases and those involving complex matters of an inter-jurisdictional nature

Aziz Malik is incisive, good humoured and engaging to work with. Clients have praised his robust approach with difficult opponents when required. Aziz never loses sight of the big picture and he will not sacrifice the opportunity to advise on a pragmatic solution if it is in the client’s best interests

‘Aziz Malik makes sure that every angle and every tactical outcome has been considered. His intellect is impressive, but he delivers it in such a way as to make clients feel at ease and confident in the most trying of litigation circumstances


DMH Stallard LLP advises tour operators, travel agents, destination management companies and suppliers on a variety of matters. 'Highly regarded' in the travel space, the group primarily advises its growing client roster on package travel regulations, ATOL regulations and booking conditions. Debbie Venn is noted for her experience assisting e-tourism and online travel agency businesses, with particular expertise in booking terms and conditions, agency agreements, supplier contracts, package travel terms, and villa rental arrangements. Employment specialist Rebecca Thornley-Gibson is also active in the field.


‘DMH Stallard are very highly regarded. The feedback we get is always positive and the size and calibre of the travel businesses that they work with place them as one of the leaders of advisory services to our sector.’

‘My main contact at DMH Stallard is Debbie Venn. For me, Debbie carries the degree of credibility that we need in order to have comfort to recommend the DMH services.’

Key clients

TravelLocal Limited

In2Action Limited

Specialised Travel Limited

Airborne Representation Limited

The Cruise Line Limited

Hovertravel Limited

Amadeus IT Services (UK) Limited

The Villa Agency Limited

TravelTalk Adventures Limited


Elman Wall


DMH Stallard delivers successful outcomes for businesses and individuals by providing tailored legal services with energy and creativity, backed by technical expertise. A compelling alternative to ‘Big Law’ for larger corporates and a natural partner for ambitious entrepreneurial businesses, the firm also has thriving family, private client and personal injury practices.

The firm has experienced significant growth in recent years, both organically and through a series of mergers that reinforced the firm’s standing and service offering in the region, extended the office network, and increased the number of partners.

DMH Stallard takes pride in being approachable and its ability to build lasting relationships with clients enjoying partner-led service with prompt, clear communication.

Its responsiveness and flexibility means that it can offer a range of pricing approaches according to client requirements. The firm is also closely involved in the communities in which it works.

Key market sectors for the firm include public sector, charities, property developers and investors, banking and finance, technology, media and telecommunication, education, creative industries, professional services, manufacturing, utilities, travel and aviation, and wine.

Types of work undertaken
Banking & Finance: Working in partnership with national and international banks and businesses on a full range of banking and financial matters.
Corporate & Commercial: Expertise includes corporate finance; capital markets; M&A and alternative assets such as private equity and property finance. Also includes drafting and negotiating commercial agreements dealing with every aspect of business including supply chain management, procurement and routes to market.
Dispute Resolution: Expertise includes corporate and commercial, banking and finance and real estate disputes; fraud, defamation and reputation management; insolvency and corporate recovery; professional negligence; intellectual property and judicial review. The team also has expertise in alternative dispute resolution, with several qualified mediators within the team.
Employment: Technical excellence and in-depth knowledge of client organisations combine to provide operational support and to advise on strategic and complex issues. Also able to provide full representation including advocacy in Tribunals.
Planning & Environment: A unique multi-disciplinary team of planning and environmental lawyers and chartered town planners delivers one of the leading services in the South of England.
Private Client: Provides care and protection for families and their assets ranging from estate management and wealth protection to contentious matters, family succession, divorce and children’s welfare; also personal injury services and residential conveyancing.
Real Estate: With significant commercial and residential transactional capability, expertise includes property asset management, development, investment, housebuilding, construction, regeneration and leasehold matters. There is also a dedicated real estate dispute resolution team.
Technology & Intellectual Property: Expertise includes IP disputes, IT disputes, data protection, freedom of information, competition law, OFT investigations, procurement, regulatory advice and commercial contracts.

Office locations: Brighton, Horsham, Gatwick, Guildford, London

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Rustom Tata
Managing partner Richard Pollins
Banking & Finance Gwen Godfrey
Commercial John Yates
Corporate Jonathan Grant
Dispute Resolution Simon Elcock
Employment Rustom Tata
Family Philip Morton
Planning & Environment Heidi Copland
Private Client Lorna Fairbairn
Real Estate Tina George
TMT Tim Ashdown
Number of UK partners : 64
Number of other UK fee-earners : 110

The Lex 100 Verdict

DMH Stallard is ‘very well known and reputable in the South East’ and ‘covers areas of law that a typical high-street firm would, whilst also dealing with large corporate and commercial clients'. Trainees feel that they receive ‘more client contact and responsibility’ than peers at larger firms, with 'many more opportunities to work directly with partners’. There is ‘plenty of technical work’ on offer, which is ‘varied and interesting’ and of ‘amazing’ quality. Examples include ‘being given the opportunity to take client meetings on my own’, ‘attending a pre-trial inquest in a very high-profile matter’ and ‘speaking in court’. A good work/life balance keeps recruits happy too. DMH Stallard is ‘good at communicating with staff and welcomes ideas and comments’. What’s more, ‘we have been treated exceptionally well during the pandemic and the firm has made a concerted effort to show employees that they are valued and appreciated’. The pay, which ‘could be more competitive’, is considered to be one of the worst things. Other gripes are that the social life ‘could be better’ and that ‘seat changes seem disorganised and are often announced at the last minute’. ‘Doing a double seat in the same department because of Covid’ and ‘commuting to Guildford – it was too far and eventually affected my work’ were also low points. For a firm which has regional and London offices, a ‘friendly approach’ and boasts ‘great people to work with’, take a closer look at DMH Stallard.