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DLA Piper UK LLP

1 ST PAUL'S PLACE, SHEFFIELD, S1 2JX, ENGLAND
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Work 02073 490 296
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Fax 0114 270 0568
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708580 SHEFFIELD-10
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Petra Billing

Tel:
Work 0114 283 3266
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Property Litigation/Real Estate

Position

Head of the Sheffield and Birmingham property litigation teams, Petra has over 20 years' experience in all aspects of property litigation and dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on minerals litigation. Petra is Office Managing Partner of the Sheffield office and is also the firm's UK and EMEA Minerals Sector Lead, where the firm enjoys a strong national and international reputation. Petra is separately ranked as a leading minerals litigation lawyer. Petra is a trustee on the Board of a significant local and regional charity with a national reputation - St Luke's Hospice which specialises in end of life care.

Career

Trained Russell & Creswick. Qualified 1994, Nabarro Associate 1996 - 2000, DLA Piper UK LLP -  Partner 2001 to date. Current directorships: Trustee on the board of St Luke's Hospice, Sheffield.

Member

Property Litigation Association

Education

Sheffield High School for Girls (GPDST); University of Bristol (1991 Law LLB (Hons) 2(:1)).

Leisure

Trustee on the board of a significant local and regional charity with a national reputation - St Luke's Hospice, which specialises in end of life care. Clay pigeon shooting, wife to Simon, and mother to a nine -year-old girl.


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

The 'very good' mining team at DLA Piper for its 'great adaptability to circumstances and great understanding of clients' cultural environments'. Head of the UK and EMEA mining sector Petra Billing is based in Sheffield and led the advice to Aggregate Industries and LafargeHolcim on a dispute arising from the encroachment of individuals within the premises of a non-operational mine for which the client retains restoration and aftercare obligations. In other highlights, legal director Michael Wright successfully represented Wentworth Woodhouse in a large subsidence claim, and of counsel Ben Sanderson and Kate Cervantes-Knox are currently assisting an African government with international investment treaty arbitration proceedings brought by a mining investor and its associated companies related to the alleged expropriation of a license. The firm also provides ongoing counsel to its mining clients with regards to impact of Brexit on the existing WTO rules.

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Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport

Within: Transport

The transport practice at DLA Piper UK LLP is known predominantly for handling matters within the public transport sector, including rail and bus. The team acts for the Department of Transport on multiple projects, recently it has been instructed to advise upon procurement of the South Eastern Rail and East Anglia Rail franchises. It has also represented this client in relation contractual disputes arising from the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project. Robert Smith heads up the team and has particular experience representing local and central government, including Transport for Greater Manchester among other combined authorities. Sheffield-based Petra Billing continues to lead advice to Abellio East Anglia on all transactional matters and property litigation.  Other clients in the rail sector include HS2, Hitachi Rail Europe, and in the aviation sector the team is currently acting for National Air Traffic Services and British Airways plc.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Petra Billing - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Property litigation

DLA Piper UK LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô department is jointly led by Petra Billing¬†in Sheffield and John Kittle¬†and Matthew Lonergan¬†in Leeds; Billing specialises in minerals litigation, Kittle handles commercial landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management work, and Lonergan is recognised for his dilapidation and possession claims experience. Billing‚Äôs recent mandates include representing Telereal Trillium in the Court of Appeal relating to issues surrounding a non-domestic rating decision regarding an empty commercial property, and successfully acting for Aggregate Industries in litigation regarding nuisance, trespass, injunctive relief and damages claims against two individuals who built a log cabin in a non-operational mine owned by the client. Kittle handles all property litigation for Heineken UK‚Äôs portfolio of public houses including issues arising from legislative changes, and Lonergan defended the Royal Bank of Scotland in claims for misrepresentation and breach of lease covenants. Legal director Michael Gaughan¬†is recommended for retail work and senior associate Rob Shaw¬†is another name to note.

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