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DMH Stallard LLP

GAINSBOROUGH HOUSE, PEGLER WAY, CRAWLEY, RH11 7FZ, ENGLAND
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Work 01293 605000
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Fax 01293 543760
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57102 CRAWLEY
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www.dmhstallard.com

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

The 'very strong' team at DMH Stallard LLP instills clients with 'confidence in its advice and therefore provides good value for money'. The team acts for a number of regional clients, especially in the healthcare, technology, media and travel sectors.  It advised on a management buyout of Albatross Group Holdings and in other work assisted Posturite and its shareholders with the sale of a minority stake to US global office supplies manufacturer, Fellowes International. Abigail Owen  'is efficient and provides clear strategic advice with an eye on the future, limiting exposure or complications that may come up'. Experienced practitioners Jonathan Grant and John Yates take on a range of corporate and commercial work and Danos Athanasi and Kate Norgett are other key names.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

Following its merger with Rawlinson Butler in September 2017, the expanded DMH Stallard LLP team handles disputes in areas ranging from tax to insurance, and is especially adept in IP and franchise-related disputes. Simon Elcock heads the regional dispute resolution and debt recovery practice and counts major banks and corporates among his clients. The hugely experienced Stuart Evans and Clive Lee undertake a range of commercial litigation, while Jonathan Compton has substantial experience in IP disputes, frequently with an international element. The team acted for a US-based defendant in proceedings brought by a UK competitor, which concerned allegations of a breach of a licence agreement and infringement of IP rights, and continues to act for a well-known accountancy firm in various litigation including breach of contract and professional negligence. James Colvin and Kelly Mills are other key members of the team.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's team stands out for its 'excellent communication skills, impartial and pragmatic advice and great response times'. The group handles a mix of commercial debt recovery work, credit control matters, and land and property-related recovery work. It also handles the enforcement of judgments both national and overseas. The team is assisting BDO with a range of debt recovery matters, and also acts for banks, property companies and various other commercial organisations. Simon Elcock heads the regional dispute resolution practice, which incorporates the debt and leasehold recovery practices; other team members include Nigel Marchant and Kelly Mills.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's team delivers a 'first-class service' to its clients, who note that 'deal execution is always delivered in a timely manner'. The firm has an extensive track record in the region, making it many clients' first port of call for regional banks and other financial institutions and asset-based lenders. Practice head Gwen Godfrey is 'calm, professional and diligent; clients benefit from her years of legal experience in the banking sector when faced with particularly complex issues'. She leads a team that handles a broad spectrum of work for its clients, which include a number of the major clearing banks. Other key figures include property finance specialist Anne Milne and banking disputes specialist Simon Elcock.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's insolvency practice focuses more on contentious than advisory matters and represents practitioners, banks and asset-based lenders, company directors, creditors, and landlords and tenants, as well as individual bankrupts. Key areas of work include administrations, injunctions, fraud and asset tracing matters, property realisation, voluntary arrangements, security enforcement and defence against disqualification or misfeasance claims. The 'excellent' Tim Symes 'combines his extensive specialist insolvency legal knowledge with common sense and a commercial approach to difficult recoveries'. In a recent highlight, he assisted a national charity with the purchase of £1m-worth of procurement contracts from a similar organisation in administration and with ascertaining a secured creditor position. FRP Advisory, Begbies Traynor and Menzies are long-standing clients, while Harveys and McTear Williams & Wood instructed the practice for the first time. After the team merger with Rawlison Butler in August 2017, commercial litigation associate Liane Simmonds joined the firm.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP provides 'a superior level of service in all aspects'. It handles work from the public, private and not-for-profit arenas with education one of its specialisms. The team is also  experienced in handling cross-border matters in support of its international clients. Recent work includes advising Change Grow Live, following its acquisition of another national charity, on such matters as TUPE and pension issues. In other work, it assisted Stockholm-based CLX Communications, following its acquisition of a UK company, on a raft of employment matters. Tony Hyams-Parish and Simon Belham 'are flexible in their approach and pro-active in developing solutions to often difficult situations'. Other key names include Gregory Burgess, Adam Williams and senior associate Phillip Vallon.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

The clinical negligence department of 'extremely competent and client-oriented firm' DMH Stallard LLP 'has a good range of expertise in clinical negligence' and 'responds swiftly to queries'. It handles claims concerning birth injuries, misdiagnosis, oncology, surgical errors, fatal cases, pressure sores, undiagnosed fractures, informed consent and defective medical products against hospitals, cosmetic surgeons, GPs, dentists, opticians, mental health departments and various other practitioners. Partner Lucienne Westbrook is the key contact, while personal injury lawyer Tessa Grayson leads the overall team.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

A 'market-leading team in the South East', DMH Stallard LLP fields a 'highly professional and knowledgeable' personal injury practice which 'delivers an excellent, bespoke service, with great understanding of its claimants'. It handles spinal injuries, industrial diseases, fatal claims and accidents happening at work, in public, abroad or in relation to road traffic, sport or faulty products. In 2017, the practice was instructed by a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries, leading to ongoing recovery needs, in a road traffic accident. 'Phenomenally effective adviser' and 'canny litigator' Tessa Grayson is the key contact.

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South East: Private client

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

Following its merger with Rawlinson Butler in mid-2017, DMH Stallard LLP¬†fields a team whose work ranges from nuptial agreements, financial remedy proceedings often with competing jurisdictional claims, to children matters such as residency or removal from the jurisdiction. It also tackles enforcement proceedings where financial obligations are not met or there is non-compliance with court orders. Mediator Robert Worthing¬†has a focus on financial resolution cases as well as inheritance and property disputes between unmarried partners. The ‚Äėsupportive and knowledgeable‚Äô Nigel¬† Winter¬†has some 20 years of experience in assisting high-net-worth families following breakdowns. Senior associate Marwa¬† Hadi¬†is also noted for being ‚Äėclear and concise and very approachable‚Äô.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

Lorna Fairbairn leads the team at DMH Stallard LLP, which is particularly noted for its 'responsive' partners and for providing 'value for money'. Fairbairn's broad expertise spans the drafting of wills and estate planning and advising families and business owners on safeguarding their business assets. The team also handles probate issues, the creation and administration of trusts and Court of Protection work. Claire Carberry, Bryan Dean and Michael Derrick are other key practitioners. Senior associate Fiona Higgott is 'very responsive' and 'is able to  think outside the box when required'.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP fields a substantial team from its various offices in the region and counts builders and developers, investors and banks among its clients. The team's recent work includes advising Chartwell Land & New Homes on the acquisition of land for development, which included the negotiation of options and resolving various title issues. It is also acting for a number of corporate and individual landowners on a large mixed-use commercial and residential development that could provide up to 500 homes and which involves complex contractual and planning issues. Key senior members of the team include practice head Tina George, Nick Pentecost, who heads the real estate development team, Cathy Searle who is based in the Guildford office, Anne Milne, whose work includes various real estate-related financing,  Charles Pfister and Ben Price.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's clients are quick to praise the environment practice's 'consistently excellent legal work and support, and very good client management skills'. It has an excellent track track record in the renewables and waste sectors, where it regularly handles planning matters. The practice is also highly active in environmental litigation, with the team often called on to defend against prosecutions by the Environment Agency as well as handling judicial reviews on behalf of claimants and defendants. Other areas of expertise include advising on environmental, planning and health and safety aspects of corporate transactions, conducting environmental impact assessments, sustainable drainage and flooding matters, and acting for a number of residential developers on water infrastructure agreements. In an illustration of its track record handling nuisance matters, the practice acted for Neils Steels in lodging and appeal against a statutory nuisance abatement notice in respect of noise emanating from the client's premises on an industrial estate, which involved brokering meetings with the environmental health officer to discuss mitigating measures, resulting in the withdrawal of the notice. It is also acting for a client in the waste sector in an investigation by the Environment Agency into alleged breaches of an environmental permit relating to one of its sites. Heidi Copland heads the practice and is 'a skilled litigator who thinks both tactically and strategically; she provides crisp, clear instructions and works well with clients and advocates'.  Chloe Karamian is 'a rising star, with an excellent analytical mind that is already head and shoulders above many of her peers'.

Leading individuals

Heidi Copland - DMH Stallard LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's planning team is 'a leader in its field; it provides a high-quality service combined with good commercial sense'. Its expertise covers the full spectrum of planning advice, from site promotion, planning applications and appeals, through to s106 agreements, planning litigation and enforcement. On the contentious front, practice head Heidi Copland ('tactically astute and knows what will work and won't') acted for Angmering Parish Council in two judicial review challenges in the High Court: the first related to the treatment of a neighbourhood plan by the district council, and the second concerned a non-material amendment planning permission, which raised an important point of law as to what can constitute a "non-material amendment". Other recent highlights include acting for Hollamby Estates on planning issues related to a strategic housing allocation on land within the client's ownership, including an appeal against non determination called in by the Secretary of State; advising Liberty Property Trust on the promotion of a 246-hectare site through the Horsham District Planning Framework, including participation in examination hearings; and acting for Reside Developments on the submission of co-joined applications for a new 3G football ground for Horsham Football Club and enabling development of 58 new houses on the club's existing ground. Chloe Karamian has 'an excellent analytical mind, and is a quick and accurate legal researcher'.

Leading individuals

Heidi Copland - DMH Stallard LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's property litigation team has firmly established itself as 'a leading player in the South East and more than able to compete with London outfits'. The practice has a deep and varied arsenal of property litigation specialists, with notable expertise in business ratings cases and property-related professional negligence cases.In an illustration of its track record in business ratings, cases, the practice acted for Cardtronics Europe before the Court of Appeal in an appeal against a determination that external facing ATMs should be separately assessed for business rates purposes from the premises in which they are situated. The practice also acted for the freehold owner of an industrial estate in potential remedies against the waste occupier of part of the site following the occupier's prosecution by the Environment Agency after it was found to be operating in breach of planning requirements. Emily Wood heads the property litigation practice, which was further strengthened by the merger in 2017 with Rawlison Butler, which brought on the 'brilliant' Vanessa Joll, who is 'extremely client focused, easy to work with and hugely effective'. Other key figures include real estate head Tina George, who has particular strength in collective enfranchisement cases; and senior associate Kristine Ng, who is 'a star in the making'.

Leading individuals

Emily Wood - DMH Stallard LLP

Tina George - DMH Stallard LLP

Next generation lawyers

Kristine Ng - DMH Stallard LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's social housing practice has established 'a well-deserved reputation for quality of service and approachability'. Its expertise spans the full spectrum of housing management services, from possession claims and anti-social behaviour matters, to disrepair claims and public law and policy advice. It also provides acquisition, regeneration and development advice to clients including registered providers and local authorities. Emily Wood acted for a local authority client in a claim for possession of a three-bedroom house following the death of the tenant, but which was occupied by the tenant's daughter and her adult son. Other key mandates included acting for Orbit Group on the acquisition of the affordable housing element on a mixed joint venture scheme, and acting for Golding Homes on the acquisition and construction of affordable housing dwellings as part of a larger housing development site. Tina George is also recommended.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP¬†offers ‚Äėexcellent responsiveness, availability, technical expertise and commercial insight‚Äô, with ‚Äėfees proportionate to the work undertaken‚Äô. Senior litigation partner Tim Ashdown¬†heads the TMT practice, dividing his time between London and Brighton, and is particularly well known for his work in software copyright, large IT development projects and IT-related disputes. Ashdown is providing ongoing support to Ampito Group and SiteVisibility on a range of considerations. ‚ÄėPragmatic, practical and intelligent‚Äô John Yates¬†advises on a wide array of non-contentious matters and is currently acting for Brighton i360 in relation to issues to do with the British Airways i360 tourist attraction.¬† Yates‚Äô long-standing clients include Kelsey Publishing, Standard Brands and Open Fundraising. In 2017, the firm merged with Rawlison Butler.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

DMH Stallard LLP

The practice at ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô national firm¬†DMH Stallard LLP¬†is headed by senior litigation partner¬†Tim Ashdown,¬†who possesses ‚Äėthorough, in-depth understanding of his subject‚Äô and ‚Äėgreat strategic skills‚Äô. Ashdown divides his time between the firm‚Äôs London and Brighton offices and acts on all aspects of intellectual property, looking after many of the firm‚Äôs key IT clients, including Nozomi, Arcadia Group and Alpargatas. Ashdown has continued to support the Havaianas footwear brand ‚Äď owned by Alpargatas ‚Äď on multiple infringement and parallel importation cases, regularly securing injunctions and disclosure orders in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and the High Court. Other key figures for the team include Brighton-based IP disputes specialist¬†Robert Ganpatsingh¬†and Gatwick-based commercial partner¬†John Yates,¬†who leads on non-contentious IP matters for the office. Yates and Ganpatsingh both worked with corporate partner¬†Jonathan Grant¬†on the sale of Summersdale Publishers to Octopus Publishing Group, during which material copyright issues arose requiring the input of Yates and Ganpatsingh to resolve. Senior associate¬†Sarah Cook¬†is noted for her experience in a broad spectrum of IP matters and in domain name disputes, notably assisting Ashdown in the case of Xena Systems Limited v Cantideck and Conquip Industrial before the IPEC, acting for the claimant.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Cook - DMH Stallard LLP

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