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Due to the uncertainty around the coronavirus outbreak, it is with regret that DMH Stallard has decided to postpone the trainee assessments due to take place in April and May 2020.
It is appreciated that this will come as a disappointment to those who have submitted applications, however in these uncertain times we are unable to confirm how many trainee solicitors will be required for September 2020 and when we will realistically be able to safely hold the assessments.
We will review the position once ‘normal’ business has resumed and are hopeful that the assessments will be rescheduled. Please be assured that if you have submitted an application, we will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application and any new assessment dates once they are confirmed.
Our usual application process requires you to complete an online application form which is available on our website www.dmhstallard.com/careers/training-contracts and email it, along with a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is usually a two stage assessment day process. The assessments days are challenging and include a range of assessments, exercises and interviews.
The first round includes a written exercise and a range of assessments which test the competencies we feel trainee solicitors should possess. Should you be successful in the first round, you will be invited back to a second assessment day. Approximately 50% of candidates who attend the first assessment day will be invited back to the second assessment day. The second stage comprises a presentation and interview with the panel, along with further assessments/tests. We are looking for well rounded individuals who can manage responsibility early in their training contract, and our assessment process reflects this.
Once the assessment dates are confirmed, you must ensure you are available on these dates as we are unable to consider applications from individuals who cannot attend the assessment dates.
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DMH Stallard is different from the law firms you might be used to. To put it simply our clients enjoy a business-like approach to project delivery and partner led legal advice that is amongst the best in the country. We invest time in our client relationships so that we always provide exceptional levels of service. Our clients like our approach and we now work with some of the most successful organisations in the country.
With offices in Gatwick, Guilford, London, Horsham and Brighton and 68 partners and 230 staff, our firm provides a comprehensive range of commercial, dispute resolution and litigation, employment, cyber security and cyber-crime, corporate, intellectual property, real estate and technology, media and telecoms.
We hold the Silver Investors in People accreditation and consider trainees to be the future of the firm. Our policy is to select and develop trainees who will have, at the end of their training contract, the skills and enthusiasm to continue their career with the firm.
DMH Stallard recognises that all its staff are valuable and encourages an inclusive culture by seeking ideas and feedback from all its personnel.
Career progression and personal development extend across the firm. Everyone meets with their manager at least once a year to review their performance and set objectives going forward. The review meeting considers skills and projects on which an individual wishes to focus in the coming year and how these ambitions are to be supported. Additionally we have a career development programme which maps out a clear route for progression from solicitor to associate and onwards through the various levels of partnership.
The managing partner, Richard Pollins, was appointed in 2014. Richard joined DMH Stallard as a trainee in 1990 and therefore understands the benefits of employee career development.
Directory recognition and awards
Top 100 Law Firm
Investors in People Silver
“Corporate Law Firm of the Year” at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards in 2012, 2014, 2016 and again in 2017
Lexcel quality accredited
Recommended by Chambers & Partners legal directory in all key practice areas
DMH Stallard makes a limited number of one-week unpaid work experience placements available for undergraduate and postgraduate students wishing to gain practical experience of working in a law firm. This is aimed at students who have not yet gained a training contract, and wish to gain an insight into life at DMH Stallard.
Work experience is to enable people, at any stage during their legal education, to experience a slice of life in a law firm. The advantage of gaining work experience is that you should be better informed about the firm when completing the application form and if you are invited to an assessment day. However selection for an assessment day is primarily based upon your training contract application form.
The deadline for work experience placements for summer 2020 is 31 January 2020.
Our training programme comprises four six-month seats across the business, giving trainees the chance to experience working in both contentious and non-contentious practice areas. Seats are usually offered in: corporate, employment, dispute resolution, personal injury, private client, planning, real estate, real estate dispute resolution, technology, media and telecoms, and dispute resolution.
Trainees may be required to undertake seats in any of our Brighton, Horsham, Gatwick, London or Guildford offices and it is important that they have the flexibility and willingness to do so.
With early responsibility, direct client contact and excellent supervision, your training contract with us is designed so that you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to be effective solicitors upon qualification.
- Real estate
- Dispute resolution
- Personal injury
- Private client
- Real estate dispute resolution
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
|Profit per partner:||£150,000 (2012)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2019)|