What does your business do and what is your role?
DMH Stallard is a top 100 law firm operating in the South-East with offices in Crawley, Brighton, Horsham, Guildford and London.
I am a senior partner in the corporate department, advising directors, shareholders, owner-managers and SME businesses in the South-East on all of their corporate law needs, which includes advising on share and business acquisitions and sales, mergers, private equity investments, shareholder and director matters and management buy-outs and buy-ins.
I was South East corporate finance lawyer of the years in 2014 and 2015.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Every day is different. I have the pleasure of working with lots of inspiring people, often entrepreneurs and business owners
and helping them with some of the most important business decisions they make in their lives. This can often be helping them navigate through the complexities of the legal process to realise value for them on their hard work over many years. My job gives me great exposure to a lot of different businesses in all kinds of industries and different people from a variety of backgrounds.
Ha-Ha. I wish I had one. I am still waiting for it. Hard work followed by more hard work has got me to where I am today!
How do you manage the work/life balance? What interests do you have outside work?
I don’t manage my work/life balance particularly well. There is definitely room for improvement. It can be a struggle, particularly as the kind of law I advise on often involves a very intensive process, and a one- off life changing transaction for the owner, which means it needs all of our attention and time to meet the critical dates.
Outside of work, I like to keep active and enjoy playing golf, horse riding and swimming. I like to meet up with friends and trying different cuisines and restaurants.
What are your personal and business ambitions?
To give a great service to our clients whilst maintaining some sort of lifestyle. I love my work and really want to continue to build our business locally.
What advice would you give to young entrepreneurs?
Don’t give up. In making a decision, listen to your gut feeling. Get out there, talk to people and try to experience as much as you can - be persistent but above all focused. Try things, if it doesn’t work, analyse the reasons why and then address those points, tweak what your doing accordingly and try again.