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

DLA Piper

With over 30 years experience, DLA Piper's Nigel Howard is a leading name for advice on regeneration schemes, where he acts for developers, public bodies, landowners, multinational corporates and financial institutions. He also acts for housebuilders, commercial developers and public bodies on  developments in the leisure, logistics and education sectors. Stephen Blacksell is active in student accommodation developments. Mark Keeling handles sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant, and large portfolio corporate and finance work.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howard

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Blacksell; Mark Keeling


‘Mark Keeling – responsive, practical, commercial. Always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Great work and support with the right level of guidance.’

‘DLA Piper are able to offer both a comprehensive range of partners and associates, as well as being expert and local to my organisation. They are extremely responsive and have provided an excellent service over many years.’

‘Nigel Howard has provided a great service and continues to do so. Nigel is very helpful, supportive and responsive, providing both a comprehensive and high quality service.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Tata Steel UK on a wide variety of issues in relation 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.
  • Advised CA Ventures on acquisition of a site in Hackney Wick London with the benefit of a planning permission for mixed-use development comprising offices on the ground floor and over 200 student beds on the upper floors.


CMS demonstrates 'great strength and depth' of expertise in managing diverse portfolios of assets across the retail, industrial and office sectors. Practice head Chris Chambers is particularly active in the management of light industrial, logistics and retail sites. Tanya Holt supports institutional investors and large occupiers on their commercial real estate requirements, while Rebecca Kitchingham specialises in healthcare and large-scale purchase and funding work. Sarah Meldrum focuses on retail commercial property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Chris Chambers

Other key lawyers:

Tanya Holt; Rebecca Kitchingham; Sarah Meldrum


‘The people – an excellent combination of differing styles and skill sets across a small team. Accessible and practical, whilst maintaining high standards of due diligence and compliance.’

‘Tanya Holt and Chris Chambers – Excellent combination of skill sets, practical and diligent execution of instructions.’

‘The CMS Sheffield team has great strength and depth. The type of work that the team undertakes is diverse and CMS can support that. They have the capabilities to deal with run-of-the-mill asset management work through to complex agreements for lease on our developments.’

‘Sarah Meldrum heads up our team in Sheffield and her client service is excellent. She goes out of her way to help and, with her involvement on industry bodies, also has up-to-date and useful intel and know-how at all times.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors Limited

Columbia Threadneedle Property Investments

Intu Properties


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

Work highlights

  • Advised Civitas Investment Management on the acquisition of one of the UK’s largest care providers, comprising of 72 healthcare facilities across the UK.
  • Acted for Vita Group on the acquisition and development of the canal side site at St Johns, Manchester to create two co-working/co-Living towers that are set to become a key residential component in Manchester.
  • Advised Sidley Austin LLP on the pre-letting of the upper eight floors of 70 St Mary Axe, one of the newest additions to the London skyline.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is a reputable national name for all manner of land development, regeneration and mixed-use development schemes and finance work. Martyn Holland has over 30 years of experience in investment and development projects, as well as commercial landlord and tenant matters. Danny Revitt leads the contentious side. James Knowles and Michelle Beaumont are also recommended. Andrew Wallis departed for Clyde & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Holland; James Knowles; Michelle Beaumont

Other key lawyers:

Danny Revitt


‘Excellent availability, excellent knowledge of our sector and organisation, good responsiveness, particularly during the past year with the challenges of COVID and the restrictions on working.’

‘The team members I have worked with have all been responsive, very knowledgeable, thorough and commercial.’

‘In addition to all the qualities mentioned above all are approachable and build an excellent working relationship making communication simple and enjoyable.’

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

Jackson and Jackson Limited

Micklegate Developments Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Dyson Industries Ltd


Thorntons 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

Work highlights

  • Advised Newmarket Lane Limited (a Joint venture between Henry Boot Developments and Yorkcourt Properties) on development of the 200 acre logistics development site, ‘The Wakefield Hub’ at J30, M62.
  • Advised Tawnywood Ltd on re-gear and reversionary lease of Odeon Cinema, Nuneaton.
  • Advised Rula Developments on purchase and forward sale of Chadderton development.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP continues to grow its regional client portfolio with new instructions from Doncaster Borough Council and South Yorkshire Housing Association. Thomas Hall specialises in strategic land transactions, and regularly acts for Hallam Land Management on their national portfolio, as well as other housebuilders. Kellie Hatton has ‘excellent management skills’ and focuses on development and investment transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hall

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Hatton


‘Collaborators. Both with us as clients and also internally as a unit. This is fundamental to helping us achieve our goals effectively and efficiently.’

‘Kellie Hatton. Excellent management skills. This extends to management of us as a client, the internal team at Shoomiths and our matters to get things done on time and to a budget. Minimum fuss.’

Key clients

Ackroyd & Abbott

Angle Property

ATN Farms Limited

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 Brook Group/ Quest Property

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

  • Advising Hallam Land Management, which is the strategic land and planning promotion arm of Henry Boot PLC, who promote and deliver land opportunities through the UK. Advised Hallam on a number of significant disposals to national plc housebuilders, including a mixed-use scheme in Faversham, Kent, a residential scheme in Hamstreet, Kent (Vistry) and on a number of planning promotion agreements, which has involved securing the promotion of approximately 8,000 acres of strategic development land nationally.
  • Acting for Buccleuch Property on all aspects of their development portfolio, including handling new acquisitions and then advising on the development, pre-letting, funding and sale of those assets.
  • Advising Harworth Group PLC on some of their flagship schemes, including the mixed use scheme at Waverley and Bardon Hill. Advise on a range of matters including, planning promotion agreements, disposals and overage arrangements, and direct development projects of residential and industrial led schemes.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited acts for GPs and healthcare specialists, care home providers, developers and banks. Its team offers expertise in acquisitions, disposals and commercial healthcare property work. Neil Salter is noted for retail investments, regeneration and development work. Paul Gibbon acts for private individuals and commercial property landlords on disposals and acquisitions of all types of commercial properties.

Practice head(s):

Neil Salter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Gibbon


‘Wake Smith provided the quality of service and professionalism you would expect from a larger firm of solicitors whilst keeping the accessibility of a local business. Every aspect from dealing with reception to invoicing was clear, accurate and professional and we were made to feel like a valued client. We also felt that the cost was extremely competitive for the level of expertise provided and the excellent service we were given.’

‘Timely and professional advice is given.’

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

Vauxhall Tavern London Limited

Campbell Homes Limited

Eastco Homes Limited

Steps Rehabilitation Limited

Wantage Development Limited

J.A.B. Short Ltd

Sheffield Property Association

Pimoroni Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Ponsford Limited in the grant of a reversionary lease in favour of Ponsfords at a rent in excess of £300,000 per annum to Homebase.
  • Acted for a private commercial property investment company on the disposal of a specialist industrial facility let to a single occupier with a foreign guarantor. Buyer was a significant player in the national industrial investment market.
  • Acted for Pimoroni Limited in relocating from two smaller premises in to this new large commercial unit as part of their expansion.