Helen Mead > DMH Stallard LLP > Crawley, England > Lawyer Profile

DMH Stallard LLP
Griffin House
135 High Street
RH10 1DQ

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Helen is a partner in our Guildford office and has more than 20 years’ experience as a corporate and M&A lawyer.  She specialises in share and asset acquisitions and disposals, mergers, corporate structures / restructuring, joint ventures, investments, private equity and management buy-ins and buy-outs and is a highly skilled adviser in respect of corporate structures and transactions.

Helen has been involved in transactions in a variety of industry sectors including travel, aviation, retail, insurance and IT / technology; her expertise supports entrepreneurs and owner managers, corporate businesses and those looking to invest in or start a new business. She is very well known and highly regarded within the corporate finance community in the south east in particular.  Her interest and experience in the travel sector has resulted in a number of presentations at ABTA training events.

Helen joined DMH Stallard in April 2019 after a 20-year career with another regional firm where she headed up the corporate team.


Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Atelier Ten, an award-winning environmental design consultancy as it joined the Surbana Jurong Group
  • Advising British bicycle manufacturer, Whyte Bikes, on significant private equity investment
  • Advising on sale of shares of family-owned leisure adventure provider, In2action
  • Advising the management team of the secondary MBO of Viande Group, the largest independent wholesale butcher and poulterer in the south east
  • Acting on the merger of two vineyards and winery businesses
  • Acting on the sale of a business performance improvement (via cognitive and emotional activities) company
  • Acting for the management team on a partial MBO of a design, graphics and 3D production business
  • Acting on the sale of a cyber security, testing, consultancy and training business
  • Advising the shareholders of Chandlers Building Supplies on their merger with Parkers creating a builders merchant with combined revenues of £180 million and over 750 employees
  • Acting for Global Risk Partners on their acquisition of the Birrell Group (the group comprises Kingsway Insurance Services and Bausor Hall Associates) and on a number of other acquisitions
  • Acting for the buyer on the purchase of AFTA Tours Limited



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.

London > Transport > Travel

The travel department at DMH Stallard LLP demonstrates notable expertise in matters relating to package travel and ATOL regulations, as well as advising on commercial agreements for agencies and suppliers. With a focus on technology, department head Debbie Venn is particularly well versed in the e-commerce, data protection and cyber aspects of the travel industry. Rebecca Thornley-Gibson and Abigail Maino bring extensive employment experience, while Helen Mead’s strengths in corporate and M&A round out the team.