Top 100 law firm DMH Stallard and regional law firm Rawlison Butler have merged.
Trading under the DMH Stallard name, the merged firm now operates from Crawley, Horsham, Guildford, Brighton and London. It brings the number of partners at DMH Stallard to over 70 and creates an overall team strength of nearly 350. Turnover for the combined mid-market firm is forecast to exceed £30m in 2017/18, two-thirds of which will be in Sussex and Surrey.
Richard Pollins, Managing Partner of DMH Stallard, said:
“I was delighted how smoothly the merger process went. This was our largest merger since 2005 when we merged with Stallards, and it took a huge amount of planning and preparation. All of that hard work has enabled our teams to integrate quickly and they are already working very closely together.
“These are very exciting times indeed for DMH Stallard as we reinforce our position as the leading mid-market law firm in the South East, and extend our scope and capabilities, not only regionally, but in London and internationally too. Our clients will see a real benefit from the merger over the coming weeks and months”.
The merger with Rawlison Butler is the third during Richard Pollins’ tenure as Managing Partner, following the two mergers in 2015, the first with Guildford law firm AWB Partnership and then Ross & Craig Solicitors in London.
Clive Lee, Managing Partner of Rawlison Butler, said: “We believe the merger with DMH is excellent news for Rawlison Butler and its clients, enabling us to offer a wider range of services, building on the depth of expertise already provided. We share their drive to deliver excellent client service in the mid-market and, like them, we have many of the top lawyers regionally.
“This merger creates a new legal powerhouse in the region with its core in the Gatwick Diamond. That is very exciting for all our people and I’m sure will be well received by the clients of both firms and the market generally.”