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Tim Field

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Real estate.


Tim is a leading figure in the market, and has led the Leeds real estate team for over nine years. His instructions (and clients) are now predominantly nationally based, and increasingly international. Major clients are The Royal Bank of Scotland, British Airways, Asda Stores Limited and Opus Land North. Major instructions include the letting of Bankside in London for RBS. At 370,000 sq ft, it was the largest office let in the UK in 2014. Tim is also currently leading on the re-organisation of British Airways’ entire property holdings at Gatwick Airport.


Franks, Charlesley & Co, London 1986 – 1989; Eversheds, Leeds 1989 – 2000 (appointed partner 1996); partner, Garretts, Leeds 2000; partner DLA Piper, Leeds 2000 to date; head of real estate, Leeds 2006 to date.


Law Society; Variety Children’s Charity.


Pilgrim Grammar School, Bedford; Trent Polytechnic (1981 BA Economics).


Travel, skiing, reading, cinema, aviation.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

DLA Piper’s ‘pragmatic and well-resourced’ global real estate group attracts high-value investment mandates from US private equity funds and domestic investors. ‘A giant of the commercial real estate field’, William Naunton assisted Oval Real Estate with the acquisition of 60 properties on a central Birmingham site that is part of one of the UK’s largest city centre regenerations. Naunton is also advising The Pollen Estate on the redevelopment of a complex site at Bond Street, which included two high-value retail pre-lets and a pre-let for HSBC Private Bank’s new HQ. Similarly, Paul Jayson acted for Boston Consulting Group in relation to the pre-let of its 123,000ft UK HQ in London’s West End. Jonathan Northey is acting for Mace Developments in relation to a site in Southwark with planning for a mixed-use development including a 457-unit student accommodation and a large retail and leisure space. Additionally, Richard Wilkinson advised PGIM on the structuring of a joint venture with Castleoak for the purpose of developing care homes. With ‘obvious strength in depth’, the team is well-positioned to handle large portfolio transactions with assets across various jurisdictions. Indeed, Mark Keeling and Robert O’Hanrahan were instructed by Blackstone to handle the property aspects of its €12.3bn sale of Logicor to affiliates of China Investment Corporation. The group also makes good use of its ‘invaluable regional network’. Leeds-based Tim Field has advised RBS on multiple sale and lease transactions, including the £138m disposal of Premier Place in London. Consultant Richard Crossfield is another key contact in the London office.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

Tim Field - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

DLA Piper UK LLP’s advice covers regional, national and international mandates across transactional work and real estate investment issues with experience in the retail, financial services, manufacturing, transport and energy sectors. Highlights included advising Ocean Network Express (a new joint venture between NYK Group, K-Line and Mitsui OSK Lines) on the establishment of 49 new offices in multiple jurisdictions, acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland on its disposal of Premier Place and assisting Uber with all its real estate issues across the EMEA region. Tim Field heads the department, which includes renewable energy project specialist Andrew Clarke, Mark Lynch, who focuses on property portfolio work; and legal directors Ruth Williamson and Stacey Brook who handle asset management work and retail sector work respectively. Asda and JD Sports Fashion are also clients; Clarke is assisting the latter with land sales and with obtaining the funding for the extension of its European distribution centre in Rochdale. Valerie Mather retired.

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