DMH Stallard LLP at a Glance


  • Interesting work & opportunity for significant responsibility early on
  • “The inclusive culture”
  • Good work-life balance


  • “Pay is not currently as competitive as it could be”
  • Not enough secretarial support
  • “Drab” offices in Gatwick

The Buzz

  • “Solid all-rounder in its market”
  • “Singularly lacking in distinction”

About DMH Stallard LLP

From its Gatwick and London offices, DMH Stallard has built expertise across sectors ranging from banking to charities to manufacturing. Among its highly regarded practices are real estate, including planning, environment, licensing and commercial property, as well as dispute resolution, corporate, banking and finance.

National ambitions

DMH Stallard was formed in 2005 by the merger of South East firm DMH and smaller London firm Stallard. Three years later, the combined firm merged with London-based commercial law firm Courts & Co in a bid to improve its corporate, planning and real estate practices, thereby increasing the size of its London presence by 25 per cent. DMH Stallard then moved its larger London contingent to shiny new offices on New Street Square as a prelude to more growth.

Masters of the middle market

DMH Stallard serves the mid-market, with clients that include both private and publicly listed companies, financial institutions and high net-worth individuals. The firm has developed a strong reputation within the public sector and frequently works with clients such as local authorities, central government departments, charities, NHS trusts and educational institutions. DMH Stallard's corporate and real estate practices regularly complete transactions ranging from £5 million to £50 million in value, and its real estate asset management department has its own technology platform for clients to manage volume transactions. In recent years, the corporate team has added clients like Hillcrest Care and Valens Resources to its roster of established clients like Friday Holdings, Park Holidays and Loewy. In 2011, Santander named the firm to its UK legal panel for the first time. DMH Stallard also has well-regarded insolvency, planning and environmental, and media and entertainment practices.

Investments that pay off

DMH Stallard touts its "best managed firm" honour from the 2007 MPF European Practice Management Awards. As an employer, the firm also is proud of its Investors in People accreditation and its training programme. DMH Stallard prides itself on working with clients from their start-up or small private company stage to their listing as public companies and beyond. The firm acts for companies listing on the main list and, more often, on the AIM and PLUS exchanges. The firm is also frequently called to advise on private equity and venture capital injections, with particular expertise in the technology, media, leisure and manufacturing sectors.

Recent News

Bulking up the boutique

As part of DMH Stallard's strategy to develop its London practice into one of the leading boutiques in the city-capable of competing with the Magic Circle-the firm has made a number of high-profile lateral hires in recent months. The office now houses more than 20 partners who specialize in M&A, capital markets, dispute resolution, real estate, TMT, private equity and infrastructure. Among the recent additions is ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer finance head Perry Noble, who joined the firm in 2010. Chris Ashworth, the former head of corporate finance for Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells, also joined the London office that year. In February 2011, the firm hired employment partner Blair Adams from Shepherd & Wedderburn and brought in corporate partner Jonathan Deverill from Stikeman Elliott, one of Canada's top law firms.

London calling

In April 2011, DMH Stallard won an appointment to the London Borough of Croydon's new legal services panel. The firm has already worked with the local authority for many years; this four-year contract formalises the relationship within the borough's new Legal Services Framework. The framework includes four different specialist areas, and DMH Stallard has been appointed to all four, including commercial, conveyancing and sundry debts, housing and property; and litigation. DMH Stallard also works with the London Boroughs of Westminster, Southwark, Bromley and Enfield.

Changing mobile forever

In 2010, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom combined their UK mobile businesses, T-Mobile and Orange, in a 50:50 joint venture, thereby creating Everything Everywhere, the largest player in the UK mobile market. Following the merger, 3UK had to undertake changes to its existing 3G network, which it shares with T-Mobile via a joint venture, in order to integrate Orange subscribers. DMH Stallard advised 3UK in connection with these changes, a complex process with financing, real estate and technical implications. The consolidation of the 3UK and T-Mobile UK 3G networks were completed in November 2010.

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DMH Stallard LLP

Gainsborough House
Pegler Way, Crawley
West Sussex RH11 7FZ
Phone: +44 (0)1293 605000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing partner: Tim Aspinall
  • Total No. Attorneys 2011: 100

Major Office Locations

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Gatwick, United Kingdom