DMH merger opens door to London

South-East firm DMH has secured a London merger, after signing a deal with 15-partner Stallard Solicitors.

The merger creates a 47-partner firm with an estimated turnover of £21m. It will practice as DMH Stallard with Tim Aspinall, DMH managing partner, to lead the newly merged outfit.

The tie-in continues DMH’s period of aggressive expansion, which has seen the firm transform itself from a leading high street outfit with a significant private client offering, to a broad-based commercial practice. Last year the firm made its first appearance in The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report, on the back of a £15.2m turnover in 2003-2004.

Since 1999, the firm has also embarked on a wave of cost-cutting measures that have resulted in the closure of four offices.

The new firm will operate from offices in Brighton, Crawley/Gatwick and London.