Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a well-established commercial litigation practice in the region, with the team covering a full range of commercial disputes across various sectors, including banking, construction, engineering, industrials, transport, life sciences, TMT, and sport. Practice head Richard Norman has extensive experience in litigation, mediation, and international arbitration, with particular expertise in the IT and telecommunications space. Mick Lawlor is experienced in international disputes, while James Watson acts on technology disputes. Barney Connell primarily advises financial services, rail, and technology clients. Other key contacts in the group include senior associates Daniel Jones and Sam Gokarn-Millington.

Practice head(s):

Richard Norman

Other key lawyers:

Mick Lawlor; James Watson; Barney Connell; Daniel Jones; Sam Gokarn-Millington


‘Richard Norman and his team offer a close and attentive service. Their approach is always thoughtful and collaborative. Extremely user-friendly. The team is well-resourced and makes effective use of delegation, so that value is delivered at all levels.’

‘Richard Norman provides wise, commercial counsel. His knowledge is sound, but just as important, he is always prepared to say when he doesn’t know the answer, which gives one a great deal of confidence.’

‘Daniel Jones and Sam Gokarn-Millington are both excellent associates, who provide a first-class service under Richard Norman’s leadership.’

‘DLA Piper put together a solid team with the right level of competence for our order and requirement. The DLA team demonstrates a good level of competence and the ability to make the best team to fit the customer and the case at hand.’

Key clients





Boots plc


Coal Authority

Crowdstrike Inc

Gamma Telecom

Neos Networks

NTT Data

Proact IT

Reckitt Benckiser

Robert Bosch UK Holdings Limited

Tata Communications

Tata Steel




Brendon International Limited

University of Salford

Work highlights

  • Acting for Brendon International on a dispute relating to the payments made in respect of water and sewage services and the ownership of drainage routes.
  • Acting for Tata Steel in defending a group action brought by circa 200+ claimants in the TCC in respect of alleged nuisance affecting one of Europe’s biggest industrial sites.
  • Acting for the University of Salford in pursuing High Court proceedings against United Utilities and Water Plus in respect of significant overcharging, which includes novel points of law affecting utility supplies.

Freeths LLP

The commercial dispute resolution team at Freeths LLP has a broad range of expertise, including acting on shareholder, technology, manufacturing and engineering, partnership and trust, and professional negligence disputes. Practice head James Berry has a broad practice that covers a variety of commercial disputes, including interim injunction applications and enforcement and insolvency-related issues. Also noted are Gary Duffy and Ciaran Dearden, both of whom handle shareholder and partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Berry

Other key lawyers:

Gary Duffy; Ciaran Dearden


‘Freeths is overall amazing. They provide an excellent service and have different departments that can help with different issues. I would highly recommend them to anyone.’

‘They provide a personal and professional approach with easy to reach partners who treat you as a client.

‘We would say that Freeths have a diverse breadth of team members, with those individuals having the social and professional ability to communicate with us without feeling that they somewhat sit above us and with the more traditional legal approach. We would particularly mention James Berry, Ciaran Dearden and Gary Duffy.’

Key clients

Advanced Alloys Limited

Begbies Traynor LLP

Queenscourt Limited

Canning Conveyor Co. Limited

Spencer Technologies Inc

Clear Line Maintenance Ltd

Ant Marketing Limited

Planet X Ltd

MGS Technical Plastics Limited

Aldi Stores Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a national insolvency practitioner in respect of litigation involving a large construction company.
  • Acting for the shareholder of international hotel brands valued at circa €65m in a cross-border shareholder and director dispute which involves issues of diversion of business opportunities, misfeasance, misappropriation, fraud and tax evasion.
  • Acting for a supplier to the bulking handling industry with a circa £600,000 professional negligence claim against a firm of structural engineers in relation to the catastrophic failure of a ship-to-shore conveyor at a major shipping port used by major companies.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett’s dispute resolution team is led by Simon Lockley, who has demonstrable experience in handling shareholder, corporate, partnership and contractual disputes, as well as civil fraud and professional negligence claims. Beyond that, the team handles breach of warranty claims, restrictive covenant and confidentiality disputes, and corporate fraud matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Lockley

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Coggin


‘Simon Lockley and Kirsty Coggin are excellent. They take a commercial approach to their cases, work very well with counsel and go the extra mile to secure the vest outcome for their clients.’

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

The commercial litigation group at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited is adept at handling a broad spectrum of litigious matters. The team is led by Elizabeth Shaw, who specialises in property-related commercial litigation. Director Michael Doherty has a broad practice, with a particular focus on contractual and chancery-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Michael Doherty


‘Mike Doherty has good business acumen.’

‘Available at all times, with very good commercial judgment.’

‘Mike Doherty makes good use of counsel, and always has his client’s commercial needs at the forefront of his mind.’