Leading Individuals

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


Counting BlackRock, DTZ Investors and Columbia Threadneedle among its roster of clients, the Sheffield-based team at CMS is led by Tanya Holt, who advises institutional investors, pension funds and large occupiers on transactions involving development work, landlord and tenant issues, investment disposals and acquisitions and portfolio management. Other key members of the practice include Chris Chambers, who manages diverse portfolios of assets across the retail, industrial and office sectors, and Rebecca Kitchingham, who advises healthcare operators on sales, purchases and funding matters. Sarah Meldrum is another key contact for retail-related investment and asset management work.

Practice head(s):

Tanya Holt

Other key lawyers:

Chris Chambers; Rebecca Kitchingham; Sarah Meldrum

Key clients

CBRE Investment Management

Columbia Threadneedle Property Investments

The Metrocentre Partnership


Blackrock UK Property Fund


Sidley Austin LLP

Brockton Capital

DTZ Investors

Sheffield City Council

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

Basildon Borough Council

Civitas Group

Cordatus Property LP

Dunedin Property Asset Management Limited

Glasgow City Council


Mace Limited

Marie Curie

MS Amlin Limited

National Grid UK Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

NewRiver REIT plc.

Palace Capital

Tarmac Cement and Lime Limited

The Crown Estate

The University of Sheffield

Travelex UK Ltd

Vestas-Celtic Wind Technology Ltd.

Wolseley UK Limited

Battersea Project Phase 2 Redevelopment

Battersea Project Phase 3A Development Company Limited

Primary Health Properties PLC

Orchard Therapeutics (Europe) Limited

Verity Trustees Limited



Arrival Automotive UK Limited

ARA Dunedin and The Carlyle Group (JV)

Work highlights

  • Advised BlackRock UK Property Fund on its acquisition of Saffron House, Farringdon for £95m.
  • Advised ARADunedin/The Carlyle Group on the acquisition of over 28 properties, valuing at over £120m.
  • Acting for BlackRock, The Crown Estate and CBRE Investment Management on all their asset management needs.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘professional, responsive and approachable team’ is led by Nigel Howard, who acts for developers, public bodies, landowners, multinational corporates and financial institutions and specialises in regeneration projects. Praised for its ‘in-depth understanding of purpose-built student accommodation matters’, consultant Stephen Blacksell is noted for his expertise in this space, while Mark Keeling focuses on sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters, as well as corporate and finance work involving large portfolios. The Sheffield-based team also has demonstrable experience across the industrials, energy and natural resources, education and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howard

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Blacksell; Mark Keeling


‘A highly professional, responsive and approachable team that is very easy to work with and always helpful and pragmatic.’

‘Mark Keeling is clear, concise and translates complex details into simple terms.’

‘In-depth understanding of purpose-built student accommodation matters.’

Key clients

Wavin (Orbia)

Tata Steel UK Ltd

Langley Properties Limited (MAS REI)

University of Sheffield

ITM Power Plc

Watkin Jones

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Limited

Ansys UK Limited

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Roundhill Capital

Tes Global Limited

Coal Products Limited


ASD Limited

Tapton Estates

University of Sheffield

Debenhams Plc

GE Energy

HSBC Bank Plc

Newell Rubbermaid

Price Check Toiletries

Rhodia UK Limited



CA Ventures via a SPV wholly owned by CA Student Living UK Holdings Limited

Heygate & Sons

Miller Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tata Steel UK on a variety of issues relating to its property portfolio and as part of that mandate acting on the 1300 acre Llanwern production facility in South Wales.
  • Acted for the University of Sheffield on a number of AMRC sites, including the advanced manufacturing and research centre at Broughton, which involved negotiating and completing the letting documents between the Welsh Government (as owner of the site) and Airbus as the University’s tenant.
  • Acting for Round Hill Capital (RHC) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on all real estate and construction aspects of the sale of shares in 5 PBSA Lux based PropCo’s and UK Opco’s separately owning and operating properties in London, Glasgow, Coventry and Bristol, to Greystar.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘client and transaction-focused’ team in Sheffield has demonstrable experience across the care and assisted living, student accommodation and education sectors, and counts strategic land mandates, regeneration and mix-used development schemes and real estate finance matters in its workload. Leeds-based James Knowles oversees the practice, which includes key contact Martyn Holland, who is noted for his expertise in the retail sector and handles investment and development projects, in addition to commercial landlord and tenant work. Ben Rogers, who joined from DLA Piper in October 2021, handles matters arising out of the housing and student accommodation sectors.

Practice head(s):

James Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Martyn Holland; Ben Rogers


‘Strong knowledge of charity-related property issues.’

‘Very much client and transaction-focused.’

Key clients

Henry Boot PLC

Wilton Developments Limited

Rula Developments Limited

Furnival Quay Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

Vistry Partnerships (Yorkshire) Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Newmarket Lane Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

Magnum Homes

Rula Homes

Hartpury University

Caddick Land

Micklegate Developments Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Dyson Industries Ltd


Thorntons Limited

Ferrero UK Limited

Artisan Real Estate

Strata Homes (Yorkshire) Limited

Excel Parking Services Limited

Country Style Foods Ltd

Christeyns (UK) limited

Suon Group

MAF Students

St Paul’s Developments Ltd

Crescent Developments (York) Limited

Heworth Green Developments Limited

Boston College

Newham Sixth Form College

Summit Learning Trust

University of Maryland

Jaynic Properties Ltd

EE Ventures Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Peveril Securities Limited

Pennine Property Partnership

Arcam Developments Management 1 Limited

Manor Oaks Property Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on the acquisition of the second phase of a site for 315 houses at Holdingham, Sleaford.
  • Assisted Dobbies Garden Centres with the roll out of its urban-based “Little Dobbies” initiative.
  • Acted on surrendering leases for Thorntons Limited as part of the closure of their retail portfolio in the UK.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP 'delivers a first-class service’ to its growing roster of regional and national clients, including Taylor Wimpey, Invesco Real Estate and Larkfleet Homes. Thomas Hall, who specialises in strategic land transactions, leads the practice and advises on retail and industrial development and investment projects. Praised for her ‘commitment, technical ability, commercial understanding and approachable manner’, Kellie Hatton has particular expertise in regeneration schemes and mixed-use developments. Legal director David Goy and principal associate Kate McGoverne, who is ‘well-versed in commercial landlord and tenant property matters’, are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Hatton; David Goy; Kate McGoverne


‘Shoosmiths is a modern practice that is forwarding thinking and innovative but still values traditional methods of building, maintaining and developing personal business relationships, which is the corner stone of understanding a client and their business well.’

‘Kate McGoverne is an established solicitor, who is well versed in all commercial landlord and tenant property matters. She understands the commercial reality of what businesses need from a lease to operate efficiently and effectively.’

‘The Sheffield-based team at Shoosmiths LLP delivers a first-class service for our real estate asset management and transaction requirements. The team is knowledgeable, capable and efficient in its handling of our matters. Maximum service with minimum fuss.’

‘Kellie Hatton’s commitment, technical ability, commercial understanding and approachable manner runs through her team and ensures the service delivery is first-rate.’

‘Shoosmiths offers a broad range of expertise to cover any legal problem we might wish to throw at them. They are always diligent to respond in a timely manner.’

‘Kate McGoverne understands our requirements well and has always diligently pushed to get the best possible terms for us.’

‘Brilliantly efficient and effective. The team are dedicated.’

Key clients

Ackroyd & Abbott

Angle Property

ATN Farms Limited

Avant Homes

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Blue Deer Limited

Boots Plc

Buccleuch Property

Commercial Estates Group

Countryside Properties Plc


Dorsia Homes

ETEL (Kwik Fit)

Hallam Land Management Limited

Harworth Group Plc

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Invesco Real Estate

James Hall and Company Limited

Jaywing Plc

Litton Properties Limited

Select Property Group/Vita

The Gym

The Restaurant Group (UK) Limited

Underwood Meat Company

Wagamama Limited

Doncaster Borough Council

Hannick Homes

Kirklees College

South Yorkshire Housing Association

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

  • Advised Hallam Land on the promotion and development of an 800-unit scheme at Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Advising Buccleuch Property on the sale of a large industrial site on the outskirts of London (Hayes) to a developer funded by international investors.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett’s Sheffield-based team was strengthened by the arrival of ‘excellent partner’ Claire Mayfield-Tulip from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2021, who acts for landowners and regional property developers on land acquisitions, disposals and residential development mandates. The practice notably acts for landed estates in North Yorkshire on letting issues, as well as advising on agricultural land sales. Team leader Julian Rowden acts for landowners and farming businesses, and advises clients in the leisure sector on property sales and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Julian Rowden

Other key lawyers:

Claire Mayfield-Tulip


‘We feel at ease and fully informed using Lupton Fawcett LLP.’

‘Claire Mayfield-Tulip is an excellent partner, who is happy to respond to jobs with fresh eyes and gives suitable priority to each.’

‘They offer a personal service where they are easily accessible.’

Key clients

Ackroyd & Abbott Limited

Blue Deer Limited

Silvergate Residential Limited (Dorsia Homes)

Magnetic Systems Technology Limited

Pennine Lubricants Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Blue Deer Limited on the commercial development of The Glass Yard at Chesterfield.
  • Advised Silvergate Residential Limited on the development and sale of Grade II listed “Riverdale House”.
  • Advised Magtec in connection with their relocation and consolidation of operations into one bespoke manufacturing facility at Magna 34.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited advises on residential development mandates, as well as investments and management of mixed-use schemes, and counts GPs, care home providers, healthcare specialists and financial institutions among its  roster of clients. Practice leader Neil Salter focuses on retail investments, regeneration and development matters, while Paul Gibbon advises corporate entities and private individuals on the disposal and acquisition of commercial properties. Ben Spencer, who handles retail landlord and tenant mandates, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Neil Salter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Gibbon; Ben Spencer


‘Wake Smith offers the expertise and professionalism you would expect from one of the larger firms whilst maintaining the friendly service of a local firm. They’ve incorporated the best of both worlds making them ideal for a growing SME.’

Key clients

London & Associated Properties

Salvation Army Trading Company Limited

Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance

Westfield Contributory Health Scheme Limited

Betafence Limited


Turner Investments Limited/First Degree Investment Management Limited

Campbell Homes Limited

Eastco Homes Limited

Steps Rehabilitation Limited

Wantage Development Limited

J.A.B. Short Ltd

Sheffield Property Association

Pimoroni Limited

Proact IT UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Crampton & Moore Television Limited and HSBC, who are providing the funding, on the £4.1m purchase of a warehouse unit.
  • Advising Handelsbanken plc on the refinancing of an office property in Milton Keynes and funding the re-development of brownfield site in Barnsley for letting to Starbucks, with a facility of £2.7m.
  • Assisting Proact IT UK Limited with a new five year lease for premises in London.