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DMH Stallard LLP
South East

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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. Well-regarded senior associate Jonathan Crook has a focus on charity sector clients.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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