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The merger of solicitors DMH Stallard and Rawlison Butler in September 2017 has “exceeded expectations”, says its senior management team – with growth in new business and new, high-calibre legal personnel being recruited.


The move brought the overall team to 350 – including more than 70 partners – and increased the number of offices in Sussex, Surrey and London to six.


Managing Partner at DMH Stallard, Richard Pollins, said:


“We set a very high bar when we started our merger discussions with Clive Lee and his senior colleagues at Rawlison Butler – both sides were extremely ambitious in what we wanted to achieve together.


“While maximising financial resilience was a key part of our business modelling, enhancing our reach into new sectors, refining the way we engage with the market and adding value to our relationships with clients were equally important to us.”


Pollins said that the year-end results now being forecast – together with client feedback and the growth of new business – showed that the investment in strategic planning was paying off, with firm-wide returns “significantly beyond our initial expectations”.


Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 have recognised DMH Stallard as one of the leading mid-market legal firms in the UK.


Clive Lee was managing partner at Rawlison Butler when the merger was first considered – and led on the negotiations with Richard Pollins. Lee is now part of the DMH Stallard senior management team and added:


“The last few months have been terrific and clearly shown that our combined resources make us the stand out law firm in the southeast.”


Rawlison Butler’s office in Horsham specialises in Private Client work and will continue under the DMH Stallard flag to provide the same high-quality service to its Horsham clients through the same team, which is being strengthened by the addition of new legal personnel coming across from the merged firm.


Rawlison Butler’s commercial teams in Gatwick/Crawley will be combined with DMH Stallard’s teams in both Griffin House and Gainsborough House, to form “fully integrated and stronger offerings in the local Sussex market”.


Richard Pollins added:


“When two large businesses join together, you expect a few initial challenges – but these have been minimal, reflecting the very deep sense of shared purpose across the organisation.


“The opportunities that lie ahead mean we head into 2018 with great excitement and anticipation.”


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