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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper maintains a national practice from its Sheffield office, with clients including property developers, commercial occupiers, heavy industry companies and multinationals; key local clients include Tata Steel and Sheffield Wednesday FC. Practice head Nigel Howard handles a diverse range of matters including town centre regeneration projects, residential and mixed-use developments, and portfolio sales and acquisitions. Stephen Blacksell advises funders and operators on development projects, with a particular strength in student accommodation matters.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howard

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Blacksell; Mark Keeling


I have worked with Mark Keeling for 2 years. I have found Mark to be excellent and very easy to work with – commercially-minded, concise and always available. He also has a thorough knowledge of my business, which is invaluable.

Good strong advice. Very balanced in their views. Very genuine approach.

Stephen Blacksell – Very switched on and sound legal adviser. Big supporter of our sectors and knowledgeable in it.’

Key clients

Watkin Jones

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club

Ansys UK

ITM Power

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Roundhill Capital

Tata Steel UK

Tes Global

The University of Sheffield

Wavin (Orbia)


Coal Products

Langley Properties Limited


J F Finnegan

Tapton Estates

University of Sheffield


GE Energy


Newell Rubbermaid

Price Check Toiletries

Rhodia UK


Work highlights

  • Acting for ITM Power on the acquisition of manufacturing facilities in Sheffield.
  • Advised Watkin Jones on its acquisition of a large purpose built student accommodation and build to rent site in Sheffield and the subsequent back-to-back purchase and onward sale of the site to an AIG Fund.
  • Acting for Tarmac on a lease agreement for a new port facility at Tilbury 2. This will be the UK’s largest multi-product deep water wharf and rail linked operation.


CMS advises developers, investors, landlords and occupiers at a regional and national level on a variety of matters, including property acquisitions, portfolio management issues and property developments. Key contacts include Chris ChambersRebecca KitchinghamTanya Holt and Sarah Meldrum.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell advises clients in Sheffield and at a national level on a range of matters, with particular expertise in retail-to-residential and mixed-use property redevelopments. The group's client roster encompasses national developers and financiers; the team also receives referrals from international firms. Steven Richardson focuses on strategic land matters, while senior associate Jennifer Ayris is noted for her landlord and tenant work.


The IM commercial property team are extremely diligent and provide commercially-focused, targeted advice.

Kevin Fox is a particular stand-out, being consistently available as required.

Good knowledge of the sector and detailed nuances. Responsive and flexible to needs of our business.

Very flexible to our way of working. Understands our resources and constraints.

Key clients


Arora Group


Canal Road Urban Village

City Estates

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Commercial Estates Projects

Countrywide Residential Lettings

Dobbies Garden Centres

Dyson Group

Ferrero UK

Furnival Quay

Fusion Global Management

Hallam Land Management

HDD Group

Henry Boot Developments


J F Finnegan

Keepmoat Homes

Larkfleet Homes

Laver Regeneration

Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Pharmacy

Logicor Group


MBM Asset Management

Memory Recall

Millington Estates

National Westminster Bank

Natural Instinct

Outokumpu Stainless

Persimmon Homes

Peveril Securities

River Island Clothing Co

Select Property Group

Sheffield City Trust Group

Sheffield Hallam University

Sibelco UK

St Paul’s Developments

Strata Homes

Suon Group


The International Mutual Fund

Thorntons Limited

Urban Regeneration

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

WP Carey

Work highlights

  • Advised an offshore trust fund on the acquisition, refinancing and regeneration of a town centre in the Midlands.
  • Advising Fusion Students on the acquisition, development financing and delivery of numerous sites across the UK.
  • Advising Canal Road Urban Village on a £250m regeneration project for New Bolton Woods, Bradford.


Keebles handles a range of property transactions and development projects, advising lending banks, developers, and corporates, with matters spanning the healthcare, retail, development and banking sectors. The team works across Yorkshire and nationally on mandates including property transactions, commercial leasings, developments and financing matters. Practice head Richard Smith works closely with investors on the acquisition and disposal of properties as well as assisting corporate clients with commercial development projects.

Practice head(s):

Richard Smith


The Commercial Property Team are personable, pragmatic and commercially minded, with a tenacity to get deals done.

I have worked with most of the team over the years, and they all share the same values.

Key clients

Harworth Group

Sheffield Business Park


St Pauls Developments

Coalfields Regeneration Trust/CRT Property Investments

Jaguar Estates

Ackroyd & Abbott


Rockliffe Homes

Sky House Co

Designer Contracts

Work highlights

  • Advising Howarth Group on the pre-letting of Unit 2A AMPlify at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Rotherham to the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
  • Advising Sky House on the acquisition of part of an old Sheffield paper mill site from BDW Trading, forming part of a proposed 284-home development.
  • Advising Empire Property Group on an £80m refinance and group restructure.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP advises a wide range of clients in Sheffield and Yorkshire and has received new mandates from major developers, expanding beyond its work with prominent retailers, local authorities and investors. The Sheffield-based team also sits as part of the national real estate practice, which handles transactions and development projects. Practice head Thomas Hall specialises in strategic land acquisitions, and Kellie Hatton assists with property developments and investment transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Hatton


Very professional, friendly service.’

Diverse team willing to off load work to another colleague where they have more appropriate knowledge and skill than the main contact.

Key clients

Ackroyd & Abbott

Angle Property

ATN Farms

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council


Buccleuch Property


ETEL (Kwik Fit)

Hallam Land Management

Henry Boot Developments

Invesco Real Estate

James Hall and Company


Litton Properties

Select Property Group/Vita

The Brook Group/ Quest Property

The Gym

The Restaurant Group

Underwood Meat Company


Blue Deer

Commercial Estates Group

Countryside Properties

Dorsia Homes

Harworth Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Hallam on a number of significant acquisitions and disposals, including the sale of land at Melksham.
  • Acting for Buccleuch Property on all aspects of its development portfolio including handling new acquisitions and advising on the subsequent development, pre-letting and sale of those assets.
  • Advising The Gym on its lease acquisition of a Sheffield gym, where the previous tenant had entered administration.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited advises businesses and local organisations around Sheffield and real estate investors with local and national portfolios on transactions, including financing high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals. The team is also involved in local town centre regeneration projects and has niche sector expertise in healthcare property purchases and reorganisations through Lisa Davison. Practice head Neil Salter specialises in retail investments, regeneration projects and development issues, and director Paul Gibbon focuses on transactional work for office and industrial clients.

Practice head(s):

Neil Salter

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Davison; Paul Gibbon; Ben Spencer


Ben Spencer – always get draft documents out within 24 hours of receiving instructions.

Key clients

London & Associated Properties

Salvation Army Trading Company

Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance

Steps Rehabilitation


Turner Investments /First Degree Investment Management


Campbell Homes

Wantage Development

Westfield Contributory Health Scheme

Vauxhall Tavern London

Eastco Homes Limited

J.A.B. Short

Sheffield Property Association

Hill House School

Work highlights

  • Advised Aestrom on the acquisition of the Old Town Hall in Sheffield as an asset of community value, with bank funding.
  • Advised The Salvation Army Trading Company on entering into an agreement for the grant of a 15-year lease subject to the development of a new national distribution centre for the company.
  • Advised First Degree Investment Management on  the purchase of a city centre multi-let mixed-use office and retail investment property.