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


The team at CMS counts landlords, developers, asset managers, investors and occupiers as clients, handling a wide range of matters at both a local and national level. Chris Chambers focuses on asset management work, primarily in relation to shopping centres, industrial estates and offices; Sarah Meldrum specialises in portfolio transactions, Rebecca Kitchingham handles development and investment work, and Tanya Holt has advised on developments, landlord and tenant issues, and property sales and purchases.

DLA Piper

While leveraging the firm's global network to handle international mandates, DLA Piper UK LLP is also active in the local market, acting for regional property companies and developers on a range of issues. Nigel Howard leads the department and focuses on development work, industrial asset-related matters and the public sector; Stephen Blacksell heads up the firm's EMEA student accommodation sector group, and Mark Keeling primarily acts for manufacturers and corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howard

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Blacksell; Mark Keeling

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Round Hill Capital

Harrison Street Real Estate

Langley Properties Limited (MAS REI)

ASD Limited

Tata Steel UK Limited

Medway Council

J F Finnegan Ltd

Laver Regeneration Ltd

URBO Regeneration Ltd

Tapton Estates

Wavin Ltd (Mexichem)

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • Advising a KKR and Round Hill Capital joint venture on the initial purchase of four purpose-built student accommodation assets in London, Glasgow and Coventry.
  • Assisting the University of Sheffield with an agreement for the development and lease of an advance manufacturing research institute in Wales.
  • Advising Harrison Street Real Estate on its joint venture with Uliving, a subsidiary of Bouyges, to develop a £40m PBSA scheme at Bath Court Birmingham.
  • Acting for Langley Properties Limited on the regearing of leases to create a high-value technology park.
  • Assisting Tata Steel UK Limited with the management of its UK assets.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield team handles the full range of property issues, with substantial experience in strategic land and site assembly issues, investment and management work, student accommodation matters, real estate finance and development, while the team also has strength in the retail, local authority, education, charity and care sectors. Andrew Wallis heads up the group and also leads the firm's national housing, student accommodation and private rented sector team; Steven Richardson focuses on residential developments, Martyn Holland handles investments and development projects, and Kevin Fox specialises in the manufacturing and education sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wallis

Key clients

Henry Boot Developments Ltd

Sibelco UK Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Hallam Land Management Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

Select Property Group

Suon Group

The University of Sheffield

Commercial Estates Projects Limited

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

WP Carey

J F Finnegan Limited

Bolsterstone Plc

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Laver Regeneration Limited

Dyson Group Limited

Larkfleet Homes Limited

The International Mutual Fund

Thorntons Limited

Sheffield City Trust

Logicor Group

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy

Countrywide Residential Lettings

MBM Asset Management

St Paul’s Developments


Outokumpu Stainless Limited

Madecorn LLP

Memory Recall

Arora Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Fusion Students on its acquisition of a £100m development site in Sheffield.
  • Assisting New Era Developments with its £100m development of Sheffield’s new ‘China town’ district.
  • Acted for Arora Hotels on the £40m sale of Premier Inn Gatwick Airport and Holiday Inn  Stanstead Airport.
  • Acting for a retirement living developer on the transfer of a living apartment scheme to an operator company.


With a strong regional client base, Keebles advises clients on development and investment work, and banking issues across the retail, hotel and leisure, healthcare, motor dealer, manufacturing and construction sectors. Team head Richard Smith has particular expertise acting for investor clients, Paul Goel leads the Doncaster-based practice, and Craig Law focuses on hotel and leisure acquisitions and disposals. The team was recently boosted by the hire of HSR Law Solicitors commercial property head Paul Russell.

Practice head(s):

Richard Smith

Other key lawyers:

Paul Goel; Craig Law; Paul Russell


Dealings with Keebles are nothing but excellent. On every occasion the team is knowledgeable and provides accurate advice which is delivered in a professional but personable manner. Truly a first-class service‘.

The team takes a commercial view which allows clients to appreciate the risks without going over the top‘.

Keebles fields a personable, well-respected team, which provides excellent straightforward advice to its clients‘.

The entire team at Keebles is personally committed to providing the most appropriate advice, which is tailored to each individual clients requirements and budgets‘.

Clients 100% trust Richard Smith’s ability to ensure legal work is carried out in the best possible way, leaving no grey areas‘.

Key clients

Suon Limited

St Pauls Developments PLC

Sheffield Business Park Limited

Coalfields Regeneration Trust/CRT Property Investments Limited

Designer Contracts Limited

Jaguar Estates Limited

Ackroyd & Abbott Limited

Evenacre Limited

Rockliffe Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Harworth Group on the pre-letting of Unit 3 AMPlify at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Rotherham to McLaren Automotive Limited.
  • Assisting Suon Developments Limited with the sale of two industrial units to Threadneedle.
  • Acting for HSBC Bank on the provision of a facility to Coppergreen Developments Limited for the purchase of two leisure sites.
  • Assisting CRT Property Investments Limited with the refinancing of its property portfolio with Handelsbanken.
  • Advising Ashgate Property Developments Limited on the refinancing of its property portfolio with Handelsbanken.

Shoosmiths LLP

While still relatively new to the Sheffield market, Shoosmiths LLP handles complex matters throughout the local region under the leadership of Thomas Hall, who specialises in strategic land transactions. The team, now counts developers, promoters, local authorities and investors as clients. Kellie Hatton focuses on large-scale regeneration projects and mixed-use developments.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Hatton


Shoosmiths has brought a new edge to the commercial property sector in Sheffield, changing the feel of the traditional law practitioners from a staid and steady persona to a much more inclusive and progressive outlook. The team is strong and consists mainly of local staff who are known in the market, are engaging and are competent in their work. They stand out for their willingness to help, practical advice and personal touch‘.

Tom Hall and Kellie Hatton are ever present and hugely resourceful‘.

Key clients

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Buccleuch Property

Clugston Developments Limited

ECOM Agrotrade Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Jaywing Plc

Litton Properties Limited

Palmer Capital Partners Limited (and Angle Property)

The Brook Group/ Quest Property

Underwood Meat Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Hallam Land Management Limited on the developments at Market Harborough including homes, a shopping centre and a primary school.
  • Assisting Hallam Land Management Limited with the promotion of a site at Favershem for new homes, a care home, a supermarket and other commercial space.
  • Acting for Buccleuch Property and Litton Properties Limited on the site assembly and development proposals for a new student development in Sheffield.
  • Assisting Buccleuch Property with the development of Kettering Busines Park.
  • Handling the development of a site in Olney for Angle Property.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

Sheffield firm Wake Smith Solicitors Limited handles the full spectrum of property issues at a local and national level with niche strength in the healthcare sector, residential development schemes, and the investment and management of mixed-use schemes. Neil Salter leads the group and has expertise in retail investment, regeneration and development work; Paul Gibbon handles property disposals and acquisitions, and Lisa Davison is an expert in mixed-use properties.

Practice head(s):

Neil Salter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Gibbon; Lisa Davison


Individuals at Wake Smith provide advice which ensures the client has coincidence in the decisions, and have an effective manner of dealing with a variety of property-related matters‘.

Key clients

London & Associated Properties

Salvation Army Trading Company Limited

Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance

Steps Rehabilitation Limited


Turner Investments Limited

Betafence Limited

Campbell Homes Limited

Wantage Development Limited

Westfield Contributory Health Scheme Limited

Vauxhall Tavern London Limited

Eastco Homes Limited

J.A.B. Short Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for an investment company on its acquisition of an office space in Darlington.
  • Advised Analytical Properties Limited on the refinancing of its retail property portfolio.
  • Assisted Turner Investments Limited with the disposal of land for a major residential development scheme.
  • Advised Turner Investments Limited on the sale of multi-let premises.
  • Acting for Yorkshire Bank PLC on the acquisition and development funding of the construction of a new regional specialist neurocare facility.