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Teresa Hitchcock

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation & Regulatory


A senior regulator in Local Government before qualifying as a solicitor, Teresa is a partner and the national head of the firm's UK Safety Health and Environment team.. With a diverse client base, she regularly advises international businesses but also government departments, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities. Key areas of Teresa's recent practice have included regeneration projects, climate change law, the impact of conservation law on industrial operations, allocation of regulatory liabilities in corporate transactions, and legal compliance projects. She has also defended clients against statutory remediation proceedings, civil litigation, and a number of major health and safety investigations.


Trained DLA Piper; qualified 1993; partner 1995 to date.


Chartered Institute of Environmental Health; Law Society; UKELA; board Member of the Sheffield University Management School; board member of the Jon Van Geist Cancer Charity.


Ripley Technical School (Environmental Health and Science Degree (MIEH DIP)); Nottingham Trent (Diploma in Health and Safety, LLB (Hons)).


Equestrian, netball, ski club.

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper

Within: Health and safety

DLA Piper's 'market-leading team' leverages its national footprint to advise domestic and international clients including Tata Steel and Airbus Helicopters; the team is representing the latter in a fatal accident inquiry relating to a helicopter crash in which 10 people died. Sheffield-based team head Teresa Hitchcock 'deserves her recognition as the best health and safety lawyer in the UK' with a 'candid, precise and personable approach'; she assisted Keller Group with the development of its global health and safety guide. Other key names include Manchester-based John Gollaglee, who focuses on contentious regulatory issues; legal director Ailish Oxenforth in Sheffield, who handles non-contentious and advisory work; and newly promoted partner Alastair Clough, who is recommended for transactional matters.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

At DLA Piper UK LLP Teresa Hitchcock led the team advising Arconic on the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, which implicated a material it manufactured that was used to form the external cladding panels. She also acts for Bacardi-Martini on product liability claims and labelling matters in the EU. John Gollaglee leads the team in the North West of England and is also recommended. Other recent work includes acting for Airwair on the product recall of its Dr. Martens Vegan range of boots, and representing Hewlett-Packard in claims related to ink products. The firm also acts for Newell Rubbermaid, an industrial products manufacturer, on marketing claims, promotional advertisements and packaging requirements in relation to healthcare and cosmetic products.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

The licensing department at DLA Piper UK LLP is regularly instructed by clients including educational providers, national hotel chains and cinemas on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Former regulator Teresa Hitchcock heads up the practice which has the capabilities to both, deal with large portfolios of premises licences and also achieve successful outcomes in sensitive matters, avoiding reputational damage. Other key names to note include Charlotte Gibson for alcohol, regulated entertainment and gambling licensing issues and +Eddy Steele who has particular experience resolving disputes.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Health and safety

DLA Piper UK LLP's¬†health and safety practice offers integrated¬†contentious and non‚ÄĎcontentious representation and is adept at delivering¬†general risk management and ongoing advice as well as defending clients in¬†investigations and prosecutions. Sheffield-based Teresa Hitchcock¬†heads up the national safety, health and environment practice and leverages her extensive experience as a¬†senior environmental and health and safety regulator in local government in advising clients¬†in both large and small businesses and in the public sector. In addition to having a strong national practice, the team is able to utilise its international office network to provide a global service. The team is currently representing Keller Group plc in producing a comprehensive health and safety guide that is compliant with local law across many jurisdictions. The team is also instructed¬†by Natural Environment Research Council, Pfizer and Fenner plc. Legal director Ailish Oxenforth¬†is a¬†key name to note in the Sheffield office, and has acted in matters requiring complex advice as well as in high-profile investigations. Stuart Ponting¬†departed to the practice to join Walker Morris LLP.

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


Within: Energy

Teresa Hitchcock¬†and Natasha Luther-Jones¬†jointly lead DLA Piper UK LLP‚Äôs department from Sheffield and Leeds respectively. Hitchcock is noted for her expertise in contaminated land, climate law and regeneration projects, and Luther-Jones is ‚Äėa go-to name in the renewable energy space‚Äô; Luther-Jones‚Äô recent work includes advising Nord on the financing of a wind farm project in Sweden, acting for Equitix on four separate acquisitions of solar assets including a portfolio of six solar sites from Anesco and six operating ground mounted solar installations from Primrose Solar, and assisting Falck Renewables with various greenfield wind power developments across Scandinavia. Other mandates included handling the acquisition of a grid connected short term operating response (STOR) development project in Doncaster and advising Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on the financing of a wind farm in Scotland. Zilkha Biomass Energy, Tata Steel, Alcoa and Ineos are also clients. Andrew Batterton¬†is the key name for energy developments, Ian Doig¬†handles construction work and Stephen Atkinson¬†regularly works on renewables projects.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Teresa Hitchcock - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Environment

DLA Piper UK LLP¬†‚Äėcannot be faulted‚Äô and is ‚Äėfar and away the best‚Äô for its ‚Äėexcellent response times and in-depth understanding of the industry‚Äô. Practice head Teresa Hitchcock¬†is ‚Äėa straight talker with an exceptional grasp of complex issues and an ability to connect with the client and its needs‚Äô; she recently advised the Keller Group on environmental issues and obligations in multiple jurisdictions. The team handles environmental litigation, prosecutions, compliance issues, approvals and assessments, waste disposal work, and matters involving the transportation of dangerous goods. Alastair Clough¬†is the key name for contaminated land and waste management issues and allocating liability risk in transactions; he assisted Cufe Investments with the environmental elements on its sale of Metal and Waste Recycling to European Metal Recycling, and acted for Morgan Advanced Materials on the sale of its electro-ceramic business to CeramTec including site access issues and the negotiation of contractual liability risk allocation. Legal director Ailish Oxenforth¬†is the main contact for Environment Agency (EA) enforcement issues. -Stuart Ponting¬†joined Walker Morris LLP¬†in 2017.

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