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DMH Stallard LLP

4 vacancies
13 trainees
85 partners
375 staff

We are an award-winning firm accredited with IIP Silver. We see trainees as the future of the firm and are now recruiting for September 2024.

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to DMH Stallard LLP.

More info

We are now accepting applications for training contracts to commence in September 2024.

To be eligible to apply you must have completed your LPC (or be due to complete it ahead of the September 2024 start date). We are still finalising our SQE strategy and are unable to accept applications from individuals who have completed the SQE at this time.

To apply, you will need to complete an online application form which is available on our website and upload it, along with a copy of your CV and a cover letter including your response to the following questions (in no more than 300 words for each):

1 – Please explain why you have decided on a career as a solicitor.

2 – Please explain why you are seeking a training contract at DMH Stallard.

The closing date for applications is 7 April 2024.

Recruitment process

There is two stage assessment process which is challenging and includes a range of assessments, exercises and interviews.

The first round includes a written exercises and a range of assessments and a brief interview. 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.

The first assessments days will be held on Wednesday 8 May and Thursday 9 May

Should you be successful in the first round, you will be invited back to a second assessment day on either Wednesday 22 or Thursday 23 May.

Please ensure you are available on these dates as we are unable to consider applications from individuals who cannot attend the assessment dates.

Applications to

Graduate Recruitment

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • HR-led interview
  • Numeracy tests
  • Panel interview
  • Presentation
  • Written exercise

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 85 partners and 275 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 200 Law Firm                                                                             

Investors in People Silver

“Professional Services Firm of the Year” at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards in March 2022

The Corporate team won Private Equity / Venture Capital Deal of the Year at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards 2022

Insider South East Dealmakers Awards 2023: Corporate Lawyer of the Year Winner – Helen Mead

Surrey Law Society Awards 2021 – Corporate Lawyer of the Year – Helen Mead

Surrey Law Society Awards 2022 – Employment Lawyer of the Year – Abigail Maino

Our Real Estate team were shortlisted for “Law Firm of the Year” at the Insider South East Property Awards – DMH Stallard were named Property Law Firm of the Year 2020 at the Insider South East Property Awards

The Family team were ‘Highly Commended’ commended at the eprivateclient Excellence Awards 2022

Lexcel quality accredited

Chambers and Partners 2024 – 14 teams are ranked six of which have band one status

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2023 – one of our teams is ranked

Legal 500 2024 – 19 service teams are ranked and eight have top tier status

Between both of the leading directories, over 90 partners and lawyers were recognised personally

The Corporate team won Deal of the Year (£10m – £40m) at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards 2024

Amber Matheson won the Rising Star Award at the Surrey Law Society Awards 2022

Cyber Essentials certified

Awarded an EcoVadis Bronze medal in February 2024

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 2024 has now passed. 

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, family, 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.

DMH Stallard views trainees as an important asset of the firm and we expect them to make a significant contribution. As our trainees have direct access to clients from an early stage it is important that good client care skills are developed, which includes being aware of the client’s business or personal goals. 

In addition, we expect our trainees to:

  • be tech savvy;
  • have a strong work ethic;
  • be team players; and
  • have excellent research skills.

We are still working on our SQE strategy and are unable to accept applications for training contracts from SQE studiers at this time. Once our strategy is confirmed we will update these pages and our website

If you are a paralegal looking for an exciting opportunity visit our website for details of our current vacancies. 

Everyone at DMH Stallard is given the opportunity to participate in a survey to ensure our diversity statistics are accurate. Individuals are given the opportunity not to answer any or all of the questions if they did not wish to.

Please see our website for our diversity statistics.



  • Real estate
  • Dispute resolution
  • Corporate
  • Family
  • Personal injury
  • Private client
  • Planning
  • Real estate dispute resolution
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

Griffin House, 135 High Street, Crawley, RH10 1DQ
Phone: 01293 605567
Email: [email protected]
Training programmes offered:
  • Training contract/QWE
Work placement: Yes
Number of vacation schemes: 25
Minimum qualification: 2:1 degree preferred
Start salary: £28,500 (regional); £34,400 (London)
Turnover: £33,945,761 (2022)
Retention rate: 66% (2023)
Partner diversity:
  • 61.0% male (2023)
  • 39.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 43.0% male (2023)
  • 57.0% female
  • Gatwick
  • Horsham
  • Guildford
  • Brighton
  • Hassocks
  • London
  • IntoUniversity