John Yates > DMH Stallard LLP > Crawley, England > Lawyer Profile

DMH Stallard LLP
Griffin House
135 High Street
RH10 1DQ
England

Work Department

Commercial

Position

John is a Partner and Group Head of the Commercial team in Gatwick.

Career

John specialises in technology, commercial contracts and intellectual property law.

John has wide experience of advising on all areas of commercial law and business matters including advice on commercial agreements, IP rights, and data protection and freedom of information issues.

Before qualifying as a lawyer, John had a long and varied career in the music and media industry where he developed first hand commercial expertise.

John works with clients to ensure they have in place robust contracts that reduce risk and increase value. Areas covered include: terms of sale/business; manufacturing, distribution and agency agreements; rights’ management, data export/import arrangements, and commercial diligence.

Work highlights

  • Advised Kelsey Publishing Limited, a major magazine publisher whose portfolio includes periodicals such as Psychologies, Period Homes, Triathlon Plus, and Outdoor Fitness, on several deals, both acquisitions and sales including IP assets worth in the region of £4.5 million
  • Advised the shareholders of East Sussex-based illustrated publisher Ilex Press on its sale to Octopus Publishing Group, part of Hatchette UK
  • Advised the shareholders of East Sussex-based Lewes Holding Group, and Ivy Press, on its sale to Quarto Publishing plc
  • Advised Open Fundraising on the reorganisation of its business to show for future growth

Languages

English

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

DMH Stallard LLP’s corporate/M&A team at Gatwick is led by Jonathan Grant and John Yates. The regional team has seen a significant increase in PE deals as well as deals with a value exceeding £20m. On the corporate side, Jonathan Grant, Abigail Owen, Helen Mead, and the newly recruited Mark Diamond are well known for being able to ‘fully understand the aims of the transaction and where they can add value’. On the commercial side, John Yates’ previous career in the music industry enables him to establish strong relationships with many media clients. Debbie Venn has strong expertise in the travel sector.

DMH Stallard LLP’s corporate/M&A team at Gatwick is led by Jonathan Grant and John Yates. The regional team has seen a significant increase in PE deals as well as deals with a value exceeding £20m. On the corporate side, Jonathan Grant, Abigail Owen, Helen Mead, and the newly recruited Mark Diamond are well known for being able to ‘fully understand the aims of the transaction and where they can add value’. On the commercial side, John Yates’ previous career in the music industry enables him to establish strong relationships with many media clients. Debbie Venn has strong expertise in the travel sector.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

The IP department at DMH Stallard LLP is led by Tim Ashdown, a specialist in IP as it pertains to IT, on the contentious side and John Yates on the non-contentious side who in a recent highlight advised Brighton Dome & Festival on the coordination of its deployment of 5G. Debbie Venn has extensive expertise in transactions pertaining to manufacturing and distribution. Design rights, patents, copyright, and trade marks are the focus point of Robert Ganpatsingh‘s disputes practice. Further notable on the firm’s contentious side is Hannah Balameh.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Led by Tim Ashdown on the contentious side and John Yates on the non-contentious, DMH Stallard LLP has established its practice with a focus on GDPR, IT contracting, privacy, data protection, M&A, and relating disputes. Debbie Venn handles the entire range of contracts arising in the IT sector and has a particular affinity for its intersection with the travel industry. With the arrival of several associates the firm has recently seen strong organic growth.