DMH Stallard to merge with Guildford-based AWB Partnership

DMH Stallard has swallowed up Guildford-headquartered firm AWB Partnership in a merger deal that will be completed in 1 January 2015.

This is the firm’s third merger in six years, having taken over legacy company commercial firm Courts & Co in 2008 (14 January 2008) and Surrey-based legacy Callaghans two years ago (3 September 2012).

Last year, DMH Stallard also entered into a strategic alliance with Riverview Law (13 May 2013), with the aim of creating a shared sales pipeline to co-supply services.

The firm confirmed that its headcount would increase to 53 partners, and that AWB Partnership’s 37-strong team including seven partners would join the firm and continue to offer services in their Guildford office.

This addition brings the firm’s office count up to five, with Guildford joining the City of London, Gatwick, Brighton and Farnham.

Outgoing managing partner Tim Aspinall, who tendered his resignation earlier this year (2 July 2014), and incoming new managing partner Richard Pollins brokered the deal.

This is Aspinall’s eighth merger during his 18-year tenure. He said: “I am proud to have played a part in the transformation of DMH Stallard into one of the UK’s leading mid-market firms. This latest merger fulfils a long-held strategic ambition for a strong Guildford presence, representing both corporate and private clients.”