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DLA Piper UK LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

The transport team at DLA Piper UK LLP is highlighted for its expertise in a broad range of public transport matters, including rail and bus service issues and road, highway and bridge projects; it is also developing a growing expertise in the aviation sector. Robert Smith, who is regularly instructed by public and private sector clients on a range of transport matters, and Petra Billing, who focuses on planning and property litigation, jointly lead the team from the Leeds and Sheffield offices respectively. The Leeds-based team also includes Allison Page, who has expertise in a range of public sector projects, head of infrastructure planning Andrew Batterton and legal director Carla Hancock, who has particular experience in rail and highway projects.

Practice head(s):Robert Smith; Petra Billing

Other key lawyers:Allison Page; Andrew Batterton; Carla Hancock

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Merseytravel

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Highways England

HS2 Limited

Abellio Group

British Airways plc

Hitachi Rail Europe

National Air Traffic Services

Transport for Wales

Transport for the North

Work highlights

  • Defending High Speed Two against a statutory demand and the threat of a winding-up order brought by an individual claiming he was owed an advanced compensation payment relating to land HS2 is proposing to compulsory purchase.
  • Advising Abellio East Anglia on property issues relating to its station and ancillary franchise portfolio.
  • Advising the Department for Transport on matters relating to access for Crossrail services to the Heathrow Spur - the rail line used by the Heathrow Express and Connect to access Heathrow Airport.
  • Acting for Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government on the reform of bus services across Wales.
  • Advising Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive on the £350m procurement of new rolling stock and associated long-term maintenance arrangements.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds-based corporate and commercial practice provides a broad service to its impressive client roster of local, domestic and, increasingly, international companies. Led by Andrew Davies, the corporate team, which handles a range of high-profile M&A and private and public equity transactions, also includes Jonathan Procter, who is well-regarded for his financial services and retail sector expertise. The firm's commercial offering is headed up by Matthew Duncombe. The hospitality and leisure, healthcare, retail, energy and technology sectors are all key areas of strength for the department.

Practice head(s):Andrew Davies; Matthew Duncombe

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Procter; John Gallon; Wendy Harrison; Stephen Atkinson

Testimonials

'Jonathan Procter is a very good lawyer.'

'The team is very commercial, with good in-depth knowledge of various sectors.'

'John Gallon is outstanding and provides high-quality advice.'

Key Clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Cube Infrastructure Fund

Vaillant Group

Outokumpu

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK) Limited

August Equity

UGI Corporation

Heineken

Formula E

Severfield plc

Starwood Capital

Greencoat Capital

Ramsay Healthcare

GT Gettaxi Ltd ("Gett")

Croda International plc

Yum! (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell)

Paul

Koh Tan Resorts

Crooked Mile S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised Starwood Capital on its £135m acquisition of a portfolio of Hilton branded hotels.
  • Advised Sun Capital on the cross-border disposal of Bundy Refridgeration involving over 12 jurisdictions.
  • Acted for Yorkshire Water on its sale of water treatment plants in Northern Ireland.
  • Advised Marriott International on the sale of five country residence hotels to Britannia Hotels.
  • Negotiating commercial agreements  for Gett relating to the global expansion of its pre-book and on-demand transportation platform, and the integration of its transportation networks globally.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Procter - DLA Piper UK LLP

Matthew Duncombe - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based team has the capacity to handle local, national and international M&A, public and private equity matters, long-term contracts, outsourcings and procurement transactions. Capital markets and M&A expert Rob McKie leads the corporate team, which includes Richard May, who has particular expertise in the manufacturing sector, and David Beech. Roger Gough heads up the commercial contracts and distribution team and has particular expertise in transport and logistics arrangements. The group is also active in the energy, technology, sports and media, retail and government contracting sectors. Catherine Simister retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):Robert McKie; Roger Gough

Other key lawyers:Richard May; David Beech; Amanda Pilkington

Testimonials

'DLA Piper UK LLP fields a heavyweight corporate practice in Sheffield.'

'The team has a calm, informed approach which would be expected from a leading London team, but at a cost which is substantially less. Its advice is consistently excellent and it really puts its clients and the work first - many other firms seem only interested in talking about fees.'

'DLA Piper is global, but acts local.'

'Robert Mckie and Liam Freeman in particular are superb: they are always available, very responsive and provide consistently excellent advice. Simply outstanding.'

'Richard May has an outstanding approach to work, which is night and day if necessary. He provides sound legal advice, and is highly commercial.'

Key Clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Yu Group plc

Vaillant Group

Outokumpu

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK)

Heineken

CPL Industries

Align Bidco

Formula E

Wilko Retail

Mothercare

Armitage Pet Care

Avanti Gas

Speciality Steel

Reckitt Benckiser

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of directors of i-nexus Global on the terms of a conditional placing to raise £10m and an IPO process including a pre-IPO group reorganisaton.
  • Acted for Softomotive Holding on a $25m investment from Grafton Capital.
  • Advised the UK shareholders of ZND on its sale and partial rollover to Gilde Buy Out Partners.
  • Acting for JLT EB Holdings, a subsidiary of JLT plc, on its strategic acquisition of online investment firm Moola Systems from Gemma Godfrey.
  • Acted for Align Bidco on its acquisition of Altius.
Leading individuals

Richard May - DLA Piper UK LLP

Roger Gough - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

David Beech - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed to advise on the tax elements of regional, national and international corporate transactions. Practice head David Smith handles corporate and employment tax matters, while senior associate Richard Johnson focuses on advising clients on corporate M&A transactions and Lynda Finan specialises employee incentives.

Practice head(s):David Smith

Other key lawyers:Lynda Finan; Richard Johnson

Testimonials

'DLA Piper UK LLP's tax team is fantastically good at articulating complex legal texts and rules in a way that in-house non-lawyers understand. It is also incredibly responsive and has a real depth of commercial knowledge.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP offers tax support in acquisition processes that is absolutely invaluable.'

'The tax group at DLA Piper UK LLP provides clients with excellent advice and is always available at short notice.'

Key Clients

NCC Group plc

WYG plc

ZOO Digital Group plc

i-nexus global plc

Henry Boot plc

CVS Group plc

Tyde Group Worldwide, LP

Sytner Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised i-nexus Global on its £23m IPO.
  • Advised Tyde Group Worldwide on the international tax issues relating to its sale of Bundy Refrigeration.
  • Advised Menzies Aviation on its purchase of the de-icing, aircraft presentation and ground handling divisions of Airline Services.
  • Advised a client on the extension of its share schemes to newly acquired group companies.
  • Advised on the sale of Cutwel, a UK supplier of cutting tools based in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based practice counts institutional clients, commercial operators, educational institutions, cinema chains, restaurants, hotels, casinos and sports stadiums as clients on a national and international level. The team handles pure licensing work while also assisting the firm's corporate due diligence department with the licensing elements of wider corporate transactions. Former regulator Teresa Hitchcock leads the group, which also includes newly promoted partner Alastair Clough.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Alastair Clough

Key Clients

Empire Cinemas

Sheffield Students Union

The A&S Leisure Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a cinema operator on an extension to the areas within the premises for the sale of alcohol, which fell in a cumulative impact zone in London.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's banking and financial services litigation team continues to receive instructions from high-profile financial services clients on a range of contentious issues. The group fields individuals across its Leeds and Sheffield offices and is praised by clients as 'one of the strongest banking litigation practices outside London.' Adam Ibrahim heads up the practice and is singled out for handling disputes involving complex financial products including derivatives and foreign exchange transactions, cyber crime issues and related fraud matters, while senior consultant Hugh Evans is active in advising lenders. The team also includes legal directors Sohail Ali, who specialises in complex banking fraud matters; Sharon Duncan who acts for a range of corporates and mortgage providers; and Chris Harvey, whose experience ranges from professional negligence and mis-selling claims to complex possession actions.

Practice head(s):Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:Hugh Evans; Sohail Ali; Sharon Duncan; Chris Harvey

Testimonials

'DLA Piper UK LLP has deep experience and knowledge of the sector and is able to manage large and medium disputes with ease. It has an excellent reputation in the market.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP's banking litigation team is able to provide high-quality work at regional rates. It has a fantastic knowledge of the latest legal developments.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP's banking litigation team has a deep knowledge of retail banking litigation. It is rare that an issue arises in a case that someone in the team has not encountered before.'

'Sheffield-based senior associate Barney Connell is superb, responsive, bright, gives sensible and strategic advice.'

'Hugh Evans is immensely helpful and prepared to help clients at a moment's notice on any issue that is problematic or challenging. He has a huge depth of knowledge across legal developments and case law and can talk on any industry subject with knowledge and conviction.'

'Legal director Chris Harvey is a smart and pragmatic lawyer. He always manages to provide advice in a client focused commercial manner as opposed to lawyer speak.'

'Adam Ibrahim provides good client management; straightforward and easy going while having good focus on getting the job done.'

'Legal director Sohail Ali is organised and efficient and on top of the detail of a case. Very straightforward to work with.'

Key Clients

Alpha Bank

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank

Clydesdale Bank

GE Capital

HSBC Bank Plc

Leeds Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group (incl HBOS)

Metro Bank Plc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl Nat West & Lombard)

Santander

Skipton Building Society

Standard Chartered Bank

Sun Capital

Work highlights

  • Defended Bank of Scotland in a £39m claim brought by the former shareholders of a bank customer alleging fraud and conspiracy.
  • Acting for Alpha Bank in the enforcement  of a judgment of the Athens Court of First Instance.
Leading individuals

Hugh Evans - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP has broad expertise across several areas including competition law disputes, contract management claims and international arbitration. Practice head David Young has particular experience in pensions law, trusts issues, competition law and judicial reviews, while Simon Kenyon is key name for technology disputes and Paul Stone is particularly active in public and administrative law matters and contentious procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):David Young

Other key lawyers:Simon Kenyon; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'The team understands the client's needs and gives sound advice based on business needs.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP continues to be a top-tier local firm in commercial litigation in Leeds. The team is consistently professional and effective in its work and communication with regular meetings, emails and telephone conversations from key individuals, allowing for a smooth delivery of legal services. Beyond this, it makes a concerted effort to become familiar with the workings and processes of its client, making it clear that it cares by providing appropriate expertise in order to deliver the best results.'

'Simon Kenyon is always very responsive, answering questions quickly and navigating difficult situations.'

'Paul Stone remains an excellent and trusted adviser.'

'David Young is very calm and strategic.'

'Kathryn Ford is very competent.'

Key Clients

British Airways

Wipro Limited

Birmingham city council

Hitachi Rail Europe

Work highlights

  • Represented Hitachi Rail in its challenge to the award of a £1bn contract by London Underground to a competitor.
  • Acted for Birmingham City Council in a £1bn PFI contract dispute with Amey.
  • Defended Polycom in £10m claim brought by trading partner, Ashton Bentley.
  • Defended Merseytravel in four separate claims brought by Bombardier relating to the award of £600m rolling stock contracts.
  • Acting for Highways England in £70m dispute with an M25 maintenance provider.
Leading individuals

David Young - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Kathryn Ford - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP assists its impressive client roster, which spans a broad range of public and private sector clients across the IT, engineering, manufacturing and transport sectors, with a range corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. Practice head Richard Norman is highlighted for his expertise in handling IT, outsourcing and telecoms disputes, while senior associate Barney Connell has particular experience advising the financial services sector. Other names to note included senior associates Harriet Farrant, James Watson and David Molyneux for construction industry, technology sector and pensions disputes respectively.

Practice head(s):Richard Norman

Other key lawyers:Barney Connell; Harriet Farrant; James Watson; David Molyneux

Testimonials

'The dispute resolution practice at DLA Piper UK LLP provides clear, practical and honest advice and deals with matters as economically as possible, taking into account the long term interests of the client.'

'The commercial litigation team at DLA Piper UK LLP has the ability to understand the central issues and to recommend the most appropriate means of dealing with them as quickly as possible.'

Key Clients

CBRE

Telenor

Boots plc

Arqiva

Coal Authority

Merlin Entertainments

Tata Communications

Verizon

Bighand

Atos

Sivantos

Colt Technology

Work highlights

  • Acted for Boots in a claim for significant historic overcharging for water management services provided by Severn Trent Water at Boots' Beeston site.
  • Defended The Coal Authority in a subsidence claim relating to Wentworth Woodhouse.
Leading individuals

Richard Norman - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Barney Connell - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

The team at DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds office handles debt finance, real estate finance, project finance and asset-based lending work with clients praising its 'vast relevant industry knowledge'. It is able to leverage the firm's national and international network to assist with cross-border transactions, with clients appreciating the combination of its local strength and global depth. Noteworthy individuals include real estate finance expert Kirstie Allerton, debt finance specialist and UK head of finance and markets Sarah Day, Anna Robson, who focuses on debt finance and asset-based lending; and legal director Laura Gordon, who has key expertise in renewable energy sector financings.

Practice head(s):Kirstie Allerton; Sarah Day; Anna Robson

Other key lawyers:Laura Gordon

Testimonials

'With excellent partner involvement on transactions, DLA Piper has vast relevant industry knowledge on the latest positions and trends and has an absolute attention to detail'.

'A very good team with good cover and experience across all disciplines. It provides a fantastic service and competitive pricing with very good client and bank experience'.

'The strength in depth of a global firm but with a strong regional presence'.

'Anna Robson is one of the region's leading banking partners and will often advise on the largest and most complex financing deals that are taking place'.

Key Clients

Aviva

Bank J Safra (Gibraltar)

ICG-Longbow

Sun Capital

Emerald Publishing

Henry Boot

Town Centre Securities

Santander UK

Microgen

Nord

Severfield

Safestyle UK

VetPartners Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for a club of five lenders on the refinancing of South Yorkshire-based Polypipe Group.
  • Advised Lloyds TSB Bank as agent for Lloyds, HSBC Equipment Finance and NIBC Bank on the £100m financing of a portfolio of gas-fired power plants owned by the Green Frog Power group.
  • Assisting Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON as sponsors with their investment in the Nysäter wind farm project in Sweden.
  • Acting for National Westminster Bank on a £20m senior term loan acquisition financing.
  • Assisting SDL with the part-financing of a multi-jurisdictional acquisition and a simultaneous share placement.
Leading individuals

Kirstie Allerton - DLA Piper UK LLP

Sarah Day - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Anna Robson - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Laura Gordon - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP regularly handles complex, high-profile matters for financially distressed companies including accelerated M&A work, corporate rescues and pre-pack administrations. On the contentious side, the group acts for insolvency practitioners. The 'methodical and super-efficient' Richard Obank heads up the group in Leeds while Duncan Mosley 'leads the Sheffield team with gravitas'. Colin Ashford is the key name for contentious work while Mark Jackson and Barney Smedley focus on restructurings.

Practice head(s):Richard Obank; Duncan Mosley

Other key lawyers:Colin Ashford; Mark Jackson; Barney Smedley

Testimonials

'The team at DLA Piper is easily one of the key names to go to in the region for the best restructuring advice'.

'Clients receive great support from the whole team, which is always available no matter the time of day. It includes genuinely caring and exceptionally knowledgeable people who are there to look after their clients'.

'For clients to have the backing of a global firm but for the specialist team to be based in the region is an amazing combination. The local team offers a breadth and depth of insolvency experience, which is second to none'.

'Richard Obank is methodical and super-efficient. He will cut to the chase and provide the very best advice. He is a fantastic partner who is always available and supportive'.

'Colin Ashford is a great guy who really puts in 110% effort to ensure clients have the best advice. He is always available and always supportive, sensible and extremely knowledgeable and professional - easily one of the very best'.

'Duncan Mosley brings many years of experience to bear and leads the team with gravitas, but know when to let his colleagues get on with the work'.

Key Clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

BDO

Lloyds Banking Group

Sun European Partners

HSBC

RBS

Bank of Ireland

Nisa Retail

Work highlights

  • Advising The Original Factory Shop on its company voluntary arrangement.
  • Successfully defending PwC in conspiracy and negligence claims brought by the liquidator of Premier Motors.
  • Assisting the joint liquidators of Miller Homes with the distribution of assets to shareholders following its sale.
  • Advised Nisa Retail on its acquisition by Co-op following clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority, related refinancings and the administration of MyLocal.
  • Acting for Poundworld on a £20m cash injection arranged by TPG and a proposed company voluntary arrangement.
Leading individuals

Colin Ashford - DLA Piper UK LLP

Richard Obank - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Barney Smedley - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's employment practice advises numerous international clients on multi-jurisdictional issues. The team focuses on complex work for large clients, specifically in the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Particular expertise includes advising clients on HM Revenue & Customs investigations into National Minimum Wage compliance as well as legal issues presented by the continued rise of the gig economy. Practice head Jane Hannon covers all employment issues from international outsourcings to senior executive disputes.

Practice head(s):Jane Hannon

Testimonials

'Chris Baker is exceptional - he is a pleasure to work with and always makes himself readily available for last-minute requests and early phone calls. Ryan Stringer's work is also great'. 

Key Clients

New Balance

Howden Joinery

Hermes Parcelnet

Shiseido Group

Stanley Black & Decker

Walker Greenbank

Wyndham Hotel Group

Dentsu Aegis

Work highlights

  • Advising Oath on an international GDPR compliance project including guidance on ensuring GDPR readiness across all EU employing entities, updating policies and procedures, and preparing employee privacy notices.
  • Advised Hermes Parcelnet in relation to a high-profile challenge brought by the GMB trade union to the employment status of some of the 12,000 self-employed couriers who carry out the final mile of deliveries for Hermes.
  • Advised client on difficult data subject access request under tight deadline, making use of new technology.
  • Advised a client operating in the care sector on various equality and diversity issues arising from the operation of its online platform matching carers to care recipients.
  • Advised media company in relation to allegations raised by a junior female employee that she had been harassed by a senior manager on a work trip abroad.
Next Generation Partners

Jane Hannon - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise advising on public sector procurements, TUPE and outsourcing work, as well as handling issues relating to employment status, GDPR and national minimum wage compliance. The group benefits from being able to leverage its international network in cross-border matters and has notable expertise in the technology, manufacturing, financial services and retail sectors. Key names to note include practice head Clare Gregory and Gurpreet Duhra; Gregory has recently been particularly active in assisting clients with gender pay gap reporting, while Duhra is highlighted for his expertise in collective employment issues.

Practice head(s):Clare Gregory

Other key lawyers:Gurpreet Duhra

Key Clients

Merlin Entertainments Plc

DS Smith Plc

Mothercare plc

Wilko Retail

University of Sheffield

Dixons Carphone plc

Dreams Limited

Ardagh

Arnold Laver

Verizon

Work highlights

  • Advised a global leader in consumer packaging products on an EU-wide GDPR compliance project.
  • Represented The Leadmill in high-profile High Court and Employment Tribunal litigation involving a former general manager.
  • Assisting a global data solutions and financial services software developer with a training programme relating to sexual harassment and workplace conduct.
  • Successfully defended  International Paint in a complex age discrimination claim.
  • Advised HCL Technologies on its acquisition of certain IBM software products and the related employment implications for employees in multiple EU jurisdictions.  

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's safety, health and environment group is instructed by an impressive client roster which includes several national and international corporates, which it assists with a range of matters spanning compliance advice, risk management and high-profile contentious matters. Teresa Hitchcock has a breadth of health and safety experience, particularly in the manufacturing, construction and industrial sectors alongside public sector expertise. Recently promoted partner Alastair Clough and associate Eddy Steele handle non-contentious and contentious matters respectively, while legal director Ailish Oxenforth assists with a broad range of instructions.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Alastair Clough; Eddy Steele; Ailish Oxenforth

Testimonials

'Associate Eddy Steele is very approachable, gives sensible, practical and solid advice.'

Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

The pensions team at DLA Piper UK LLP advises its impressive client roster, which includes a full spectrum of pension schemes, on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Andrew McIlhinney, who advises on a range of scheme governance and transactional matters, heads up the practice alongside pensions litigator David Young. Legal director Simon Evans is another name to note for non-contentious pensions advice.

Practice head(s):Andrew McIlhinney; David Young

Other key lawyers:Simon Evans; Hannah Watson; Claire Goodby

Testimonials

'Andrew McIlhinney is always accessible, makes himself available at extremely short notice and most importantly is hugely experienced and knowledgeable.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP's pension team is unique in its professionalism coupled with pragmatism to support a balanced solution for clients.'

'Andrew McIlhinney is very balanced in his views and communicates excellently with clients.'

'Along with technical skills and knowledge, Andrew McIlhinney is a very nice man, which is a trait that is not prevalent much in business these days, but one which is hugely valuable.'

'Legal director Simon Evans is very pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Trustees of the Yorkshire Building Society Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Urenco UK Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Univar Company Pension Scheme (1978)

Trustees of the Clariant Pension Plan

Trustees of the Bibbyline Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Britvic (Northern Ireland) Pension Plan

Trustees of the North of England Zoological Society Superannuation Fund Scheme

Trustees of the Cerestar Pension Plan (Cargill Group)

Lloyds Banking Group (Self Invested Pensions Portfolio)

Leeds Building Society

Trustees of the Buccleuch Estates Pension Scheme

RR Donelley

Arconic Manufacturing (GB) Limited

Arch Chemicals Limited

Marriott Hotels

Trustees of the Heerema Retirement Benefits Scheme

Link Market Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a financial services client on the completion of the buy-in of a section of scheme liabilities with an insurance provider.
  • Acted for a manufacturing client on the closure of a defined benefit pension scheme by member consent.
  • Assisted a financial services client with the redrafting of the scheme's governing deeds and rules.
  • Advised the trustees of a Zoological Society scheme on the without-consent transfer of benefits into a master trust.
  • Advised on an investment by a private equity fund into a high street store, with historic defined benefit pension scheme obligations.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP’s professional negligence offering is primarily dedicated to banking institutions. The team, which is based in the international firm's Leeds office, handles high value claims arising out of commercial lending, both for claimant and defendant banks, building societies and other lenders. The sizeable team is well-established and counts on the experience of many widely recognised individuals, including consultant Hugh Evans and Leeds litigation and regulatory head Adam Ibrahim. The practice's other areas of expertise include conspiracy, mis-selling, companies forced into insolvency and poor consumer credit advice.

Practice head(s):Hugh Evans; Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:David Young

Key Clients

Bank of Ireland

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (including NatWest)

PwC

Leeds Building Society

GE Capital

Leading individuals

Hugh Evans - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP leverages the firm's global capacity to handle local, national and international energy projects across the wind, solar, energy-from-waste, oil and gas, energy storage and smart metering sectors, including developments, investments, acquisitions, disposals and financing work. The team also has notable experience in corporate power purchase agreements. Renewable energy expert Natasha Luther-Jones is global co-chair of the firm's energy and natural resources group and Teresa Hitchcock focuses on regulatory issues and climate change work. Andrew Batterton handles property and planning-related issues, legal director Laura Gordon is a key name for project finance matters. Ben Peecock was made up in the firm's 2019 partnership round.

Practice head(s):Natasha Luther-Jones; Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Andrew Batterton; Ben Peecock; Laura Gordon

Testimonials

'The practice has an exceptionally broad client base across the energy and natural resources sector and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters'.

'The team has exceptional knowledge of the energy infrastructure sector and provides a first-class service to clients'.

'Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic and tactical sense'.

'Natasha Luther-Jones has excellent commercial awareness and industry knowledge. She is always ready to make that extra effort to introduce and connect clients to make a deal'.

Key Clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)

E.ON

Element Power

Equitix

KfW IPEX-BANK

Heleba

MUFG

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

INEOS

Anglo African Oil & Gas

Statkraft UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into and financing of one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe, the Nysäter project in Sweden.
  • Acted for Nord on the project financing and operation of the first non-subsidiary onshore wind farm to be built in the UK with a corporate power purchase agreement.
  • Acted for Element Power, a global renewable energy developer, on the sale of its wind power projects, battery storage projects, grid services and asset management business covering Ireland, the UK and the Nordics to Statkraft.
  • Assisting DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale as lender with the project financing of Blackrock's acquisition of the Guleslettene wind farm in Norway from Zephyr.
  • Advising Heleba as lender on the refinancing of Cairnborrow wind farm in Scotland.
Leading individuals

Natasha Luther-Jones - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Laura Gordon - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Infrastructure
Infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's cross-departmental team handles the full spectrum of infrastructure work, including projects, finance, litigation, regulatory matters, competition issues, tax, planning and construction. The practice, which operates on a local, national and international level, counts local authorities, infrastructure funders and major corporates as clients. Ian Doig focuses on construction work, while Robert Smith handles transport-related work. Leeds managing partner Allison Page is an expert in highways and street lighting projects, Natasha Luther-Jones leads the energy group, and Andrew Batterton heads up the development and infrastructure planning teams.

Practice head(s):Robert Smith; Allison Page; Natasha Luther-Jones

Other key lawyers:Ian Doig; Andrew Batterton

Key Clients

Highways England

Department for Transport

Tyne & Wear PTE (Nexus)

Gazprom Energoholding

Hitachi Rail Europe,

Birmingham City Council

Nord/LB

Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group (MUFG) also known as BTMU

Falck Renewables

Henry Boot Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised Element Power on the sale of its wind power projects, battery storage projects, grid services and asset management business covering Ireland, the UK and the Nordics to Statkraft.
  • Assisted Highways England with its strategic change programme for the M25 DBFO project including operational issues.
  • Acting for the Department for Transport on the operational elements of the £1.4bn Thameslink rolling stock project.
  • Advising Highways England on the Lower Thames crossing project.
  • Assisting Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) with the project financing for the construction and operation of a wind farm in the UK for a German developer.
Leading individuals

Allison Page - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

With notable experience advising further education clients, DLA Piper UK LLP also assists education policymakers, schools and private sector companies. Andrew Clarke and Richard Taylor lead the groups in Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Clarke focuses on real estate matters and Taylor has expertise in IP, technology and commercial law. Sheffield-based Roger Gough handles commercial contract work.

Practice head(s):Andrew Clarke; Richard Taylor

Other key lawyers:Roger Gough

Key Clients

Calderdale College

Department for Business , Energy and Industrial Strategy

Department for Education

Hallam Union of Students

London Grid for Learning Limited

United Kingdom Research and Innovation

Newham College of Further Education

Park Lane College

Sheffield Grammar School

Sheffield Hallam University

South West Grid for Learning Trust Limited

Skills Funding Agency

York College

Yorkshire Coast College

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield Union of Students

University of Central Lancashire

Work highlights

  • Advising the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, part of the University of Sheffield, on its research collaboration agreement with McLaren Automotive Limited.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with its negotiations with Rhodes Interform for the £1.3m purchase of a press for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
  • Acting for the University of Sheffield on state aid issues relating to its involvement in the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and its new programme, F4N+.
  • Advising the Diocese of Leeds on a land swap required to facilitate the construction of a new primary school.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with its EU-regulated procurement of a framework of professional to support its construction projects.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP

Key areas of expertise for DLA Piper UK LLP include major projects and procurement work, real estate issues, financing matters, employment law, litigation and commercial advice, which it handles across sectors including transport, regeneration, housing and waste. Practice leader Robert Smith leads the projects team and is an expert in transport and regeneration projects, Allison Page focuses on PFI and PPP transactions, Roger Gough advises on commercial arrangements, Paul Stone handles contentious work, and Andrew Batterton was recently promoted to location head of the development and infrastructure planning team.

Practice head(s):Robert Smith

Other key lawyers:Allison Page; Roger Gough; Paul Stone; Andrew Batterton

Key Clients

Birmingham City Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Chester City Council

Leeds City Council

Metro (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Nottingham City Council

Sheffield City Council

Bolsover District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising York Central Partnership on the redevelopment of York Central.
  • Assisting Nexus, the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive, with its consenting strategy for rail improvement works to its network.
  • Advising on a pathfinder scheme for the reform of bus service delivery in Greater Manchester.
  • Assisting with the establishment of a unique public sector body and a unique public transport ticketing system.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP is a leading firm for retail property law, with significant expertise in the manufacturing, transport and energy sectors, leveraging the firm's international presence to facilitate cross-jurisdictional work. Notable names include former practice head Tim Field, who acts for national and international clients, and Ruth Williamson, who has experience in corporate occupier asset management. Susan Samuel, who has acted for hotel operators and developers, joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in early 2019.

Practice head(s):John Kittle

Other key lawyers:Tim Field; Ruth Williamson

Key Clients

JD Sports

British Airways

Diocese of Leeds

New Look

Uber

West Yorkshire Passenger Executive

Smithy Wood Business Park

Elliott Group Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Sytner Group Limited

Telereal Trillium

Merlin Entertainments

Hain Daniels

Work highlights

  • Advising British Airways on its response to the Heathrow third runway expansion. The airline owns 20% of the land required for the development.
  • Advised RBS on a post completion re-organisation after the bank accepted seven pre-emption notices served by their landlord, a division of Legal & General, by serving counter notices.
  • Advised Smithy Wood Business Parks Development on the £6.1m sale of an investment property let to DPD Group Limited to Tritax.
  • Advising Uber on its European property portfolio, including all acquisitions and new developments.
  • Advising Telereal Trillium on the £300m grant of leases for 280 properties to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Leading individuals

Tim Field - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Ruth Williamson - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

While leveraging the firm's global network to handle international mandates, DLA Piper UK LLP is also active in the local market, acting for regional property companies and developers on a range of issues. Nigel Howard leads the department and focuses on development work, industrial asset-related matters and the public sector; Stephen Blacksell heads up the firm's EMEA student accommodation sector group, and Mark Keeling primarily acts for manufacturers and corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):Nigel Howard

Other key lawyers:Stephen Blacksell; Mark Keeling

Key Clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Round Hill Capital

Harrison Street Real Estate

Langley Properties Limited (MAS REI)

ASD Limited

Tata Steel UK Limited

Medway Council

J F Finnegan Ltd

Laver Regeneration Ltd

URBO Regeneration Ltd

Tapton Estates

Wavin Ltd (Mexichem)

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • Advising a KKR and Round Hill Capital joint venture on the initial purchase of four purpose-built student accommodation assets in London, Glasgow and Coventry.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with an agreement for the development and lease of an advance manufacturing research institute in Wales.
  • Advising Harrison Street Real Estate on its joint venture with Uliving, a subsidiary of Bouyges, to develop a £40m PBSA scheme at Bath Court Birmingham.
  • Acting for Langley Properties Limited on the regearing of leases to create a high-value technology park.
  • Assisting Tata Steel UK Limited with the management of its UK assets.
Leading individuals

Nigel Howard - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's construction practice is regularly involved in high-profile local, national and international projects, leveraging the firm's wider global network. The team is also active in a broad range of sectors including the energy, infrastructure, real estate, regeneration, manufacturing and consumer goods industries; clients include plcs, banks, energy providers, developers and government agencies. Sheffield-based Ian Doig and David Moss in Leeds jointly lead the group and specialise in non-contentious and contentious matters respectively. Ben Peecock handles large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):Ian Doig; David Moss

Other key lawyers:Ben Peecock

Testimonials

'DLA Piper fields an excellent team of reliable and responsive lawyers'.

'DLA Piper has a strong capability to commercially assess construction dispute issues'.

'David Moss is a standout partner. He is well respected and his opinion carries weight'.

'The individuals are good communicators, both written and verbally, are efficient and have a balanced approach'.

Key Clients

BAE

Visa Europe

Henry Boot

Bouygues E&S UK Limited

Severfield (UK) Limited

Yorkshire Water Plc

Highways England

Roundhill Capital

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Advising Clean Marine AS, with the firm's Norwegian office, on a manufacture, supply and supervision contract for the supply and installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems into cargo ships.
  • Assisting Ocean Network Express with the establishment of 51 new offices across Europe and Africa.
  • Acting for St Enoch Trustee Company Limited on the design and construction of a nine-screen cinema development including restaurant units at St Enoch Shopping Centre, Glasgow.
  • Assisting Visa Europe Limited with the construction contract for designing, building and commissioning an additional building at one of its data centre sites.
  • Advising Volgafert LLC as project sponsor on the EPC contract for the construction of a urea plant in Russia.
Leading individuals

Ian Doig - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ben Peecock - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

With a strong presence in all areas of environmental law, DLA Piper UK LLP handles environmental litigation and prosecutions, transactional matters, compliance issues, waste-related work and regulatory mandates. The department also includes specialists in climate change, emissions and product stewardship. Highly regarded practice head Teresa Hitchcock handles contaminated land issues, nuisance disputes, climate change law and regeneration projects. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough leads the transactional element of the practice.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Alastair Clough

Testimonials

'DLA Piper provides a first-class service at all levels from junior to partner level, deriving from wide experience and detailed attention to each matter. It is a full-service firm with resources to match'.

'The practice has an exceptionally broad client base and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters'.

'Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic sense'.

Key Clients

Tarmac Services Limited

Boparan Holdings Limited

Unilever

BEIS

Wilko

Heineken UK Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tarmac Services Limited on an existing remediation notice requiring the clean-up of an aquifer.
  • Acting for Boparan Holdings Limited on the sale of parts of its food business operations including the environmental and food-related aspects.
  • Assisting Unilever with the environmental elements of its acquisition of Graze, the snack box company.
  • Advising Wilko on an environmental review process including compliance issues and environmental management system matters.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the safety and environmental issues relating to the redundant Teesside integrated iron and steel works site.
Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alastair Clough - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's planning team sits within the firm's international real estate practice and handles both regional and national matters. The Yorkshire team focuses on major infrastructure projects, regeneration projects, energy matters and funding issues. Group head Andrew Batterton leads the development and infrastructure planning teams across Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, and senior associate Claire Stoneman assists with development planning, compulsory purchase work and energy and infrastructure issues.

Practice head(s):Andrew Batterton

Other key lawyers:Claire Stoneman

Testimonials

'DLA Piper has a strong grasp of what makes commercial sense for the client. It fields a team of very sound lawyers with a clear eye for the end to be achieved'.

'The team's advice is decisive rather than looking at lots of options and leaving you as a client to decide which approach to take'.

'The practice provides first-class support and guidance during matters and has a commercially oriented and straightforward approach, making it good to work with'.

'Andrew Batterton provides excellent advice and guidance throughout. Clients feel well supported and confident that he is representing their best interests. His experience, knowledge and contribution to matters are essential in any process'.

'Andrew Batterton is thorough, personable, works hard for his clients and is very commercially oriented'.

Key Clients

York Central Partnership

Highways England

Nexus

Sheffield City Council and Urbo (West Bar) Limited

Prologis

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc/ National Grid Gas Plc / Cadent Gas Limited

Inhabit

VPower

Work highlights

  • Advising York Central Partnership on the redevelopment of York Central.
  • Assisting Highways England with the promotion of a number of new highway and highway improvement DCO schemes.
  • Acting for Nexus on its consenting  strategy for rail improvement work to its network.
  • Assisting Sheffield City Council and Urbo Regeneration on the redevelopment of West Bar Square, Sheffield and the related compulsory purchase order.
  • Advising Prologis on the planning issues related to its project and portfolio acquisition, development and refinance.
Leading individuals

Andrew Batterton - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Claire Stoneman - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's team of property litigators in Leeds and Sheffield includes specialists in a myriad of sectors including retail, healthcare, financial services, transport and leisure. The team handles matters at both a local and national level for regional and global clients. 'Inspirational leader' Petra Billing and the 'extremely knowledgeable' John Kittle lead the teams in Sheffield and Leeds respectively; Billing has specialist knowledge of mining and minerals litigation and Kittle focuses on commercial landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management work. Senior associate Rob Shaw is also well regarded. Long-serving partner Matthew Lonergan left to join Shoosmiths LLP in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):Petra Billing; John Kittle

Other key lawyers:Rob Shaw

Testimonials

'DLA Piper has profound knowledge of its subject matter and deep specialisms, which is unusual for a firm in its location'.

'The team is very experienced and dedicated with an impressive client list. It also takes the time to get to know its clients so it understands the key drivers and internal process which impact its approach to issues'.

'Petra Billing is an inspirational leader. Her knowledge of the mines and minerals world, its law and practices is unrivalled'.

'Rob Shaw is one of the best technical landlord and tenant solicitors around'.

'John Kittle is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent judgement'.

'Petra Billing is a reliable and trusted adviser. She is always available when urgent support is needed and pulls together high-quality and concise advice on short notice'.

Key Clients

UPS

Telereal Trillium

J.D. Sports Fashion Plc

Dixons Carphone Plc

British Airways Plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Liberty Steel

Arconic Inc.

Aggregate Industries UK Limited ( UK subsidiary of LafargeHolcim Limited)

HS2 Limited

Heineken UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Telereal Trillium in the Court of Appeal against a non-domestic rating decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) affecting one of its properties.
  • Handling all property litigation work for Debenhams Properties Limited including defending service charge claims brought by landlords of shopping centres and acting in hostile lease renewal proceedings.
  • Acting for Telereal Trillium in a case relating to the interpretation of an RPI rent review clause, which increases the rent at double the inflation rate.
  • Advising Heineken UK Limited on all the disputes arising from its property portfolio.
  • Representing Tata Steel UK Limited in multiple dilapidation disputes, tenancy terminations, overage agreements and break option issues.
Leading individuals

John Kittle - DLA Piper UK LLP

Petra Billing - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Rob Shaw - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's intellectual property and technology team stands out for its expertise advising government and wider public sector clients and private sector companies on digital transformation projects. The Yorkshire-based group, which spans the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices, has particular experience across a range of sectors and counts airlines, retailers and financial institutions among its clients. Simon Kenyon and Mark Vipan, who specialise in technology disputes and public sector IT projects respectively, head up the team from Leeds, while outsourcing specialist Amanda Pilkington and litigator Richard Norman jointly lead the team in Sheffield. Other names of note include Leeds-based cyber and data privacy partner Andrew Dyson and James Watson  in Sheffield, who focuses on IT and telecoms disputes.

Practice head(s):Amanda Pilkington; Simon Kenyon; Richard Norman; Mark Vipan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Dyson; James Watson

Testimonials

'DLA Piper UK LLP's IT team is seamless, pragmatic and a real value add.'

'Mark Vipan is a great lawyer and stands out in the market.'

'Mark Vipan knows the market inside out.'

'Simon Kenyon and Andrew Dyson are both pragmatic, efficient and easy to deal with.'

Key Clients

CommVault Systems International BV

ProAct IT Group AB

HID Global

Reckitt Benckiser

William Hill

NHS Digital

Telenor

Allegro Developments GmbH

Asda

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Work highlights

  • Instructed by NHS Digital and numerous NHS bodies to advise on their exit from the Department of Health's current national contract with BT for voice and data services, and its replacement with a number of contracts for a health and social care network.
  • Assisting the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with the phased exit of its back office services from its two primary suppliers in order to move to a multi-sourced model.
  • Advised Reckitt Benckiser on all aspects of the outsourcing projects for its global IT systems.
  • Assisted William Hill with the commercial arrangements relating to the £270m acquisition of OpenBet by NYX including the protection of William Hill's rights to license the use of the OpenBet sports platform and continue to drive investment.
  • Defended Polycom in commercial court proceedings brought by Ashton Bentley relating to allegations of unpaid royalties and a damages claim for alleged breaches relating to the late launch of Aston Bentley's products in certain locations.
Leading individuals

Mark Vipan - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next Generation Partners

Amanda Pilkington - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

James Watson - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP's Yorkshire-based intellectual property practice has capabilities in contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing transactions, patent and trade mark litigation, pan-European anti-counterfeiting seizures and actions, and the coordination of international disputes. It is instructed by a range of clients from household-name brands to medical diagnostics companies. The group is jointly led by the 'efficient' Leigh Martin and Richard Taylor from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Martin focuses on trade mark and design strategy while Taylor handles a range of IP transactions and disputes. Legal director Rebecca Piper also has a broad practice which includes handling litigation and advising on IP issues arising out of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Leigh Martin; Richard Taylor

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Piper

Testimonials

'DLA Piper UK LLP's IP team in Leeds is of the highest quality, and provides as good a service as you will get from any London group of IP practitioners.'

'The Yorkshire intellectual property team at DLA Piper UK LLP is commercially aware and fights hard for the commercial interests of its clients.'

'Leigh Martin is a very effective operator who always has the commercial goals of his clients in mind. He is always on top of the factual, commercial and legal issues facing his clients.'

'Leeds-based Aaron Treble is an experienced and talented senior associate who carries the client's needs forward in an expert and efficient manner.'

Key Clients

GE Healthcare

Spin Master

ICNARC

Heineken

The University of Sheffield

Portakabin

Ardagh

National Churches Trust

Solvay

Republic Technologies International

Victoria Plum

Downing Construction

Work highlights

  • Acted for GE Healthcare in IP licensing matters relating to outsourcing the manufacturing and distribution of core nuclear diagnostic equipment, which involved difficult issues of trade mark licensing and patents.
  • Advising Heineken on its entire trade mark portfolio, all brand and trade mark disputes and other IP advice.
  • Assisting Portakabin with an enforcement and education programme to protect its valuable Portakabin, Portaloo and Portasilo trade marks from infringement and misuse by third parties.
  • Acting for the University of Sheffield in a major campaign to refresh the University's entire global trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising Solvay on patent, know-how and trade mark licensing from Accsys.
Leading individuals

Richard Taylor - DLA Piper UK LLP

Rising stars

Rebecca Piper - DLA Piper UK LLP

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