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DMH Stallard LLP

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John Yates

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DMH Stallard LLP

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John joined DMH Stallard in 2005 and became partner in the commercial team in 2013. He looks to assist all businesses in getting the ‘deal done’ with the minimum of fuss. He advises on a large variety of contracts including: terms of business/sale/purchase; distribution, agency and reseller agreements; non-disclosure agreements; and, consultancy arrangements. He has particular expertise in media and technology related matters and advises a number of newspaper and magazine publishers.


John graduated from Imperial College, London with BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, and subsequently worked for a pharmaceutical patent intelligence business. He then moved into the music industry and, prior to qualifying as a lawyer, he was an independent publicist for a number of international artists.


Associate of the Royal College of Science.


Music, cycling (both road and off-road), gadgets.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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: TMT

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

DMH Stallard LLP offers ‘excellent responsiveness, availability, technical expertise and commercial insight’, with ‘fees proportionate to the work undertaken’. 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. ‘Pragmatic, practical and intelligent’ 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’ 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

Within: Intellectual property

The practice at ‘first-class’ national firm DMH Stallard LLP is headed by senior litigation partner Tim Ashdown, who possesses ‘thorough, in-depth understanding of his subject’ and ‘great strategic skills’. Ashdown divides his time between the firm’s London and Brighton offices and acts on all aspects of intellectual property, looking after many of the firm’s key IT clients, including Nozomi, Arcadia Group and Alpargatas. Ashdown has continued to support the Havaianas footwear brand – owned by Alpargatas – 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.

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