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Nigel Howard leads the five-partner practice at DLA Piper UK LLP, which is active at a local, national and international level. The department has a strong reputation in real estate finance matters, and also has substantial development experience. Howard recently advised Urbo Regeneration on the £450m development of the West Bar in Sheffield, and is also assisting Chesterfield Waterside with a £350m development on the edge of Chesterfield town centre. Student accommodation and urban regeneration specialist Stephen Blacksell advised Threesixty Developments (formerly known as Knightsbridge Student Housing) on the investment sale of 13 student accommodation properties. Vikki McKay made partner in 2015.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘proactive, client-focused and commercial’ team acts for a range of clients including house builders and developers, institutional lenders, retailers, funds and local authorities. Thomas Hall, who specialises in strategic land matters, advised Hallam Land Management on a £50m land sale to Bovis Homes and Linden Homes, while Steven Richardson assisted Strata Homes Yorkshire with its £5m acquisition of residential development land. Paul Firth leads the national practice, and ‘outstanding partner’ Julie Morrissy is head of the ‘exceptionally strong’ Sheffield department. Kevin Docherty is recommended for mixed-use development schemes.

The ‘commercially aware’ team at Nabarro LLP includes mining and minerals specialist Niall Logan; the ‘absolutely brilliant’ Chris Chambers and Sarah Meldrum, who focus on the retail sector; Rebecca Kitchingham, who specialises in multi-let properties; and Tanya Holt, who has significant healthcare sector experience. Highlights included advising Brockton Capital and Dunedin Property on the purchase of a light industrial property portfolio, and assisting Tarmac with the sale of its headquarters in Wolverhampton.

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