Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Leeds, England

DLA Piper

Banking and finance Tier 1

The team at DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds office handles debt finance, real estate finance, project finance and asset-based lending work with clients praising its 'vast relevant industry knowledge'. It is able to leverage the firm's national and international network to assist with cross-border transactions, with clients appreciating the combination of its local strength and global depth. Noteworthy individuals include real estate finance expert Kirstie Allerton, debt finance specialist and UK head of finance and markets Sarah DayAnna Robson, who focuses on debt finance and asset-based lending; and legal director Laura Gordon, who has key expertise in renewable energy sector financings.


With excellent partner involvement on transactions, DLA Piper has vast relevant industry knowledge on the latest positions and trends and has an absolute attention to detail‘.

‘A very good team with good cover and experience across all disciplines. It provides a fantastic service and competitive pricing with very good client and bank experience‘.

‘The strength in depth of a global firm but with a strong regional presence’.

Anna Robson is one of the region’s leading banking partners and will often advise on the largest and most complex financing deals that are taking place‘.

Key clients


Bank J Safra (Gibraltar)


Sun Capital

Emerald Publishing

Henry Boot

Town Centre Securities

Santander UK




Safestyle UK

VetPartners Group

Banking litigation Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's banking and financial services litigation team continues to receive instructions from high-profile financial services clients on a range of contentious issues. The group fields individuals across its Leeds and Sheffield offices and is praised by clients as 'one of the strongest banking litigation practices outside London.' Adam Ibrahim heads up the practice and is singled out for handling disputes involving complex financial products including derivatives and foreign exchange transactions, cyber crime issues and related fraud matters, while senior consultant Hugh Evans is active in advising lenders. The team also includes legal directors Sohail Ali, who specialises in complex banking fraud matters; Sharon Duncan who acts for a range of corporates and mortgage providers; and Chris Harvey, whose experience ranges from professional negligence and mis-selling claims to complex possession actions.


DLA Piper UK LLP has deep experience and knowledge of the sector and is able to manage large and medium disputes with ease. It has an excellent reputation in the market.

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s banking litigation team is able to provide high-quality work at regional rates. It has a fantastic knowledge of the latest legal developments.

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s banking litigation team has a deep knowledge of retail banking litigation. It is rare that an issue arises in a case that someone in the team has not encountered before.

Sheffield-based senior associate Barney Connell is superb, responsive, bright, gives sensible and strategic advice.

Hugh Evans is immensely helpful and prepared to help clients at a moment’s notice on any issue that is problematic or challenging. He has a huge depth of knowledge across legal developments and case law and can talk on any industry subject with knowledge and conviction.

Legal director Chris Harvey is a smart and pragmatic lawyer. He always manages to provide advice in a client focused commercial manner as opposed to lawyer speak.

Adam Ibrahim provides good client management; straightforward and easy going while having good focus on getting the job done.

Legal director Sohail Ali is organised and efficient and on top of the detail of a case. Very straightforward to work with.

Key clients

Alpha Bank


Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank

Clydesdale Bank

GE Capital

HSBC Bank Plc

Leeds Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group (incl HBOS)

Metro Bank Plc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl Nat West & Lombard)


Skipton Building Society

Standard Chartered Bank

Sun Capital

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP has broad expertise across several areas including competition law disputes, contract management claims and international arbitration. Practice head David Young has particular experience in pensions law, trusts issues, competition law and judicial reviews, while Simon Kenyon is key name for technology disputes and Paul Stone is particularly active in public and administrative law matters and contentious procurement mandates.


The team understands the client’s needs and gives sound advice based on business needs.

‘DLA Piper UK LLP continues to be a top-tier local firm in commercial litigation in Leeds. The team is consistently professional and effective in its work and communication with regular meetings, emails and telephone conversations from key individuals, allowing for a smooth delivery of legal services. Beyond this, it makes a concerted effort to become familiar with the workings and processes of its client, making it clear that it cares by providing appropriate expertise in order to deliver the best results.

Simon Kenyon is always very responsive, answering questions quickly and navigating difficult situations.

Paul Stone remains an excellent and trusted adviser.

David Young is very calm and strategic.

Kathryn Ford is very competent.

Key clients

British Airways

Wipro Limited

Birmingham city council

Hitachi Rail Europe

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP assists its impressive client roster, which spans a broad range of public and private sector clients across the IT, engineering, manufacturing and transport sectors, with a range corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. Practice head Richard Norman is highlighted for his expertise in handling IT, outsourcing and telecoms disputes, while senior associate Barney Connell has particular experience advising the financial services sector. Other names to note included senior associates Harriet Farrant, James Watson and David Molyneux for construction industry, technology sector and pensions disputes respectively.


The dispute resolution practice at DLA Piper UK LLP provides clear, practical and honest advice and deals with matters as economically as possible, taking into account the long term interests of the client.

The commercial litigation team at DLA Piper UK LLP has the ability to understand the central issues and to recommend the most appropriate means of dealing with them as quickly as possible.

Key clients



Boots plc


Coal Authority

Merlin Entertainments

Tata Communications





Colt Technology

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is a leading firm for retail property law, with significant expertise in the manufacturing, transport and energy sectors, leveraging the firm's international presence to facilitate cross-jurisdictional work. Notable names include former practice head Tim Field, who acts for national and international clients, and Ruth Williamson, who has experience in corporate occupier asset management. Susan Samuel, who has acted for hotel operators and developers, joined the firm from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in early 2019.

Key clients

JD Sports

British Airways

Diocese of Leeds

New Look


West Yorkshire Passenger Executive

Smithy Wood Business Park

Elliott Group Limited

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Sytner Group Limited

Telereal Trillium

Merlin Entertainments

Hain Daniels

Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

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.

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

Construction Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's construction practice is regularly involved in high-profile local, national and international projects, leveraging the firm's wider global network. The team is also active in a broad range of sectors including the energy, infrastructure, real estate, regeneration, manufacturing and consumer goods industries; clients include plcs, banks, energy providers, developers and government agencies. Sheffield-based Ian Doig and David Moss in Leeds jointly lead the group and specialise in non-contentious and contentious matters respectively. Ben Peecock handles large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.


DLA Piper fields an excellent team of reliable and responsive lawyers‘.

DLA Piper has a strong capability to commercially assess construction dispute issues‘.

David Moss is a standout partner. He is well respected and his opinion carries weight‘.

The individuals are good communicators, both written and verbally, are efficient and have a balanced approach‘.

Key clients


Visa Europe

Henry Boot

Bouygues E&S UK Limited

Severfield (UK) Limited

Yorkshire Water Plc

Highways England

Roundhill Capital

Credit Suisse

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds-based corporate and commercial practice provides a broad service to its impressive client roster of local, domestic and, increasingly, international companies. Led by Andrew Davies, the corporate team, which handles a range of high-profile M&A and private and public equity transactions, also includes Jonathan Procter, who is well-regarded for his financial services and retail sector expertise. The firm's commercial offering is headed up by Matthew Duncombe. The hospitality and leisure, healthcare, retail, energy and technology sectors are all key areas of strength for the department.


Jonathan Procter is a very good lawyer.

The team is very commercial, with good in-depth knowledge of various sectors.

John Gallon is outstanding and provides high-quality advice.

Key clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Cube Infrastructure Fund

Vaillant Group


Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK) Limited

August Equity

UGI Corporation


Formula E

Severfield plc

Starwood Capital

Greencoat Capital

Ramsay Healthcare

GT Gettaxi Ltd (“Gett”)

Croda International plc

Yum! (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell)


Koh Tan Resorts

Crooked Mile S.A

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based team has the capacity to handle local, national and international M&A, public and private equity matters, long-term contracts, outsourcings and procurement transactions. Capital markets and M&A expert Rob McKie leads the corporate team, which includes Richard May, who has particular expertise in the manufacturing sector, and David BeechRoger Gough heads up the commercial contracts and distribution team and has particular expertise in transport and logistics arrangements. The group is also active in the energy, technology, sports and media, retail and government contracting sectors. Catherine Simister retired from the practice.


DLA Piper UK LLP fields a heavyweight corporate practice in Sheffield.

The team has a calm, informed approach which would be expected from a leading London team, but at a cost which is substantially less. Its advice is consistently excellent and it really puts its clients and the work first – many other firms seem only interested in talking about fees.

DLA Piper is global, but acts local.

Robert Mckie and Liam Freeman in particular are superb: they are always available, very responsive and provide consistently excellent advice. Simply outstanding.

Richard May has an outstanding approach to work, which is night and day if necessary. He provides sound legal advice, and is highly commercial.

Key clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Yu Group plc

Vaillant Group


Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK)


CPL Industries

Align Bidco

Formula E

Wilko Retail


Armitage Pet Care

Avanti Gas

Speciality Steel

Reckitt Benckiser

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's employment practice advises numerous international clients on multi-jurisdictional issues. The team focuses on complex work for large clients, specifically in the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Particular expertise includes advising clients on HM Revenue & Customs investigations into National Minimum Wage compliance as well as legal issues presented by the continued rise of the gig economy. Practice head Jane Hannon covers all employment issues from international outsourcings to senior executive disputes.


‘Chris Baker is exceptional – he is a pleasure to work with and always makes himself readily available for last-minute requests and early phone calls. Ryan Stringer’s work is also great’. 

Key clients

New Balance

Howden Joinery

Hermes Parcelnet

Shiseido Group

Stanley Black & Decker

Walker Greenbank

Wyndham Hotel Group

Dentsu Aegis

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise advising on public sector procurements, TUPE and outsourcing work, as well as handling issues relating to employment status, GDPR and national minimum wage compliance. The group benefits from being able to leverage its international network in cross-border matters and has notable expertise in the technology, manufacturing, financial services and retail sectors. Key names to note include practice head Clare Gregory and Gurpreet Duhra; Gregory has recently been particularly active in assisting clients with gender pay gap reporting, while Duhra is highlighted for his expertise in collective employment issues.

Key clients

Merlin Entertainments Plc

DS Smith Plc

Mothercare plc

Wilko Retail

University of Sheffield

Dixons Carphone plc

Dreams Limited


Arnold Laver


Energy Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP leverages the firm's global capacity to handle local, national and international energy projects across the wind, solar, energy-from-waste, oil and gas, energy storage and smart metering sectors, including developments, investments, acquisitions, disposals and financing work. The team also has notable experience in corporate power purchase agreements. Renewable energy expert Natasha Luther-Jones is global co-chair of the firm's energy and natural resources group and Teresa Hitchcock focuses on regulatory issues and climate change work. Andrew Batterton handles property and planning-related issues, legal director Laura Gordon is a key name for project finance matters. Ben Peecock was made up in the firm's 2019 partnership round.


The practice has an exceptionally broad client base across the energy and natural resources sector and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters‘.

The team has exceptional knowledge of the energy infrastructure sector and provides a first-class service to clients‘.

Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic and tactical sense‘.

Natasha Luther-Jones has excellent commercial awareness and industry knowledge. She is always ready to make that extra effort to introduce and connect clients to make a deal‘.

Key clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)


Element Power





Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale


Anglo African Oil & Gas

Statkraft UK

Environment Tier 1

With a strong presence in all areas of environmental law, DLA Piper UK LLP handles environmental litigation and prosecutions, transactional matters, compliance issues, waste-related work and regulatory mandates. The department also includes specialists in climate change, emissions and product stewardship. Highly regarded practice head Teresa Hitchcock handles contaminated land issues, nuisance disputes, climate change law and regeneration projects. Newly promoted partner Alastair Clough leads the transactional element of the practice.


DLA Piper provides a first-class service at all levels from junior to partner level, deriving from wide experience and detailed attention to each matter. It is a full-service firm with resources to match‘.

The practice has an exceptionally broad client base and provides all-round strength in both contentious and non-contentious matters‘.

Teresa Hitchcock is an able and extremely determined lawyer, fiercely loyal to her clients and has remarkable strategic sense‘.

Key clients

Tarmac Services Limited

Boparan Holdings Limited




Heineken UK Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Health and safety Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's safety, health and environment group is instructed by an impressive client roster which includes several national and international corporates, which it assists with a range of matters spanning compliance advice, risk management and high-profile contentious matters. Teresa Hitchcock has a breadth of health and safety experience, particularly in the manufacturing, construction and industrial sectors alongside public sector expertise. Recently promoted partner Alastair Clough and associate Eddy Steele handle non-contentious and contentious matters respectively, while legal director Ailish Oxenforth assists with a broad range of instructions.


Associate Eddy Steele is very approachable, gives sensible, practical and solid advice.

Infrastructure Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's cross-departmental team handles the full spectrum of infrastructure work, including projects, finance, litigation, regulatory matters, competition issues, tax, planning and construction. The practice, which operates on a local, national and international level, counts local authorities, infrastructure funders and major corporates as clients. Ian Doig focuses on construction work, while Robert Smith handles transport-related work. Leeds managing partner Allison Page is an expert in highways and street lighting projects, Natasha Luther-Jones leads the energy group, and Andrew Batterton heads up the development and infrastructure planning teams.

Key clients

Highways England

Department for Transport

Tyne & Wear PTE (Nexus)

Gazprom Energoholding

Hitachi Rail Europe,

Birmingham City Council


Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group (MUFG) also known as BTMU

Falck Renewables

Henry Boot Developments

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP regularly handles complex, high-profile matters for financially distressed companies including accelerated M&A work, corporate rescues and pre-pack administrations. On the contentious side, the group acts for insolvency practitioners. The 'methodical and super-efficient' Richard Obank heads up the group in Leeds while Duncan Mosley 'leads the Sheffield team with gravitas'. Colin Ashford is the key name for contentious work while Mark Jackson and Barney Smedley focus on restructurings.


The team at DLA Piper is easily one of the key names to go to in the region for the best restructuring advice‘.

Clients receive great support from the whole team, which is always available no matter the time of day. It includes genuinely caring and exceptionally knowledgeable people who are there to look after their clients‘.

For clients to have the backing of a global firm but for the specialist team to be based in the region is an amazing combination. The local team offers a breadth and depth of insolvency experience, which is second to none‘.

Richard Obank is methodical and super-efficient. He will cut to the chase and provide the very best advice. He is a fantastic partner who is always available and supportive‘.

Colin Ashford is a great guy who really puts in 110% effort to ensure clients have the best advice. He is always available and always supportive, sensible and extremely knowledgeable and professional – easily one of the very best‘.

Duncan Mosley brings many years of experience to bear and leads the team with gravitas, but know when to let his colleagues get on with the work‘.

Key clients



Duff & Phelps


Lloyds Banking Group

Sun European Partners



Bank of Ireland

Nisa Retail

Intellectual property Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's Yorkshire-based intellectual property practice has capabilities in contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing transactions, patent and trade mark litigation, pan-European anti-counterfeiting seizures and actions, and the coordination of international disputes. It is instructed by a range of clients from household-name brands to medical diagnostics companies. The group is jointly led by the 'efficientLeigh Martin and Richard Taylor from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Martin focuses on trade mark and design strategy while Taylor handles a range of IP transactions and disputes. Legal director Rebecca Piper also has a broad practice which includes handling litigation and advising on IP issues arising out of corporate transactions.


DLA Piper UK LLP‘s IP team in Leeds is of the highest quality, and provides as good a service as you will get from any London group of IP practitioners.

The Yorkshire intellectual property team at DLA Piper UK LLP is commercially aware and fights hard for the commercial interests of its clients.

Leigh Martin is a very effective operator who always has the commercial goals of his clients in mind. He is always on top of the factual, commercial and legal issues facing his clients.’

Leeds-based Aaron Treble is an experienced and talented senior associate who carries the client’s needs forward in an expert and efficient manner.

Key clients

GE Healthcare

Spin Master



The University of Sheffield



National Churches Trust


Republic Technologies International

Victoria Plum

Downing Construction

IT and telecoms Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's intellectual property and technology team stands out for its expertise advising government and wider public sector clients and private sector companies on digital transformation projects. The Yorkshire-based group, which spans the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices, has particular experience across a range of sectors and counts airlines, retailers and financial institutions among its clients. Simon Kenyon and Mark Vipan, who specialise in technology disputes and public sector IT projects respectively, head up the team from Leeds, while outsourcing specialist Amanda Pilkington and litigator Richard Norman jointly lead the team in Sheffield. Other names of note include Leeds-based cyber and data privacy partner Andrew Dyson and James Watson  in Sheffield, who focuses on IT and telecoms disputes.


DLA Piper UK LLP‘s IT team is seamless, pragmatic and a real value add.

Mark Vipan is a great lawyer and stands out in the market.

Mark Vipan knows the market inside out.

Simon Kenyon and Andrew Dyson are both pragmatic, efficient and easy to deal with.

Key clients

CommVault Systems International BV

ProAct IT Group AB

HID Global

Reckitt Benckiser

William Hill

NHS Digital


Allegro Developments GmbH


Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Planning Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's planning team sits within the firm's international real estate practice and handles both regional and national matters. The Yorkshire team focuses on major infrastructure projects, regeneration projects, energy matters and funding issues. Group head Andrew Batterton leads the development and infrastructure planning teams across Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, and senior associate Claire Stoneman assists with development planning, compulsory purchase work and energy and infrastructure issues.


DLA Piper has a strong grasp of what makes commercial sense for the client. It fields a team of very sound lawyers with a clear eye for the end to be achieved‘.

The team’s advice is decisive rather than looking at lots of options and leaving you as a client to decide which approach to take‘.

The practice provides first-class support and guidance during matters and has a commercially oriented and straightforward approach, making it good to work with‘.

Andrew Batterton provides excellent advice and guidance throughout. Clients feel well supported and confident that he is representing their best interests. His experience, knowledge and contribution to matters are essential in any process‘.

Andrew Batterton is thorough, personable, works hard for his clients and is very commercially oriented‘.

Key clients

York Central Partnership

Highways England


Sheffield City Council and Urbo (West Bar) Limited


National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc/ National Grid Gas Plc / Cadent Gas Limited



Professional negligence: claimant Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP’s professional negligence offering is primarily dedicated to banking institutions. The team, which is based in the international firm's Leeds office, handles high value claims arising out of commercial lending, both for claimant and defendant banks, building societies and other lenders. The sizeable team is well-established and counts on the experience of many widely recognised individuals, including consultant Hugh Evans and Leeds litigation and regulatory head Adam Ibrahim. The practice's other areas of expertise include conspiracy, mis-selling, companies forced into insolvency and poor consumer credit advice.

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (including NatWest)


Leeds Building Society

GE Capital

Property litigation Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP's team of property litigators in Leeds and Sheffield includes specialists in a myriad of sectors including retail, healthcare, financial services, transport and leisure. The team handles matters at both a local and national level for regional and global clients. 'Inspirational leader' Petra Billing and the 'extremely knowledgeable' John Kittle lead the teams in Sheffield and Leeds respectively; Billing has specialist knowledge of mining and minerals litigation and Kittle focuses on commercial landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management work. Senior associate Rob Shaw is also well regarded. Long-serving partner Matthew Lonergan left to join Shoosmiths LLP in mid-2018.


DLA Piper has profound knowledge of its subject matter and deep specialisms, which is unusual for a firm in its location‘.

The team is very experienced and dedicated with an impressive client list. It also takes the time to get to know its clients so it understands the key drivers and internal process which impact its approach to issues‘.

Petra Billing is an inspirational leader. Her knowledge of the mines and minerals world, its law and practices is unrivalled‘.

Rob Shaw is one of the best technical landlord and tenant solicitors around‘.

John Kittle is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent judgement‘.

Petra Billing is a reliable and trusted adviser. She is always available when urgent support is needed and pulls together high-quality and concise advice on short notice‘.

Key clients


Telereal Trillium

J.D. Sports Fashion Plc

Dixons Carphone Plc

British Airways Plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Liberty Steel

Arconic Inc.

Aggregate Industries UK Limited ( UK subsidiary of LafargeHolcim Limited)

HS2 Limited

Heineken UK Limited

Transport Tier 1

The transport team at DLA Piper UK LLP is highlighted for its expertise in a broad range of public transport matters, including rail and bus service issues and road, highway and bridge projects; it is also developing a growing expertise in the aviation sector. Robert Smith, who is regularly instructed by public and private sector clients on a range of transport matters, and Petra Billing, who focuses on planning and property litigation, jointly lead the team from the Leeds and Sheffield offices respectively. The Leeds-based team also includes Allison Page, who has expertise in a range of public sector projects, head of infrastructure planning Andrew Batterton and legal director Carla Hancock, who has particular experience in rail and highway projects.

Key clients

Department for Transport


Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Highways England

HS2 Limited

Abellio Group

British Airways plc

Hitachi Rail Europe

National Air Traffic Services

Transport for Wales

Transport for the North

Corporate tax Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed to advise on the tax elements of regional, national and international corporate transactions. Practice head David Smith handles corporate and employment tax matters, while senior associate Richard Johnson focuses on advising clients on corporate M&A transactions and Lynda Finan specialises employee incentives.


DLA Piper UK LLP‘s tax team is fantastically good at articulating complex legal texts and rules in a way that in-house non-lawyers understand. It is also incredibly responsive and has a real depth of commercial knowledge.

DLA Piper UK LLP offers tax support in acquisition processes that is absolutely invaluable.

The tax group at DLA Piper UK LLP provides clients with excellent advice and is always available at short notice.

Key clients

NCC Group plc

WYG plc

ZOO Digital Group plc

i-nexus global plc

Henry Boot plc

CVS Group plc

Tyde Group Worldwide, LP

Sytner Group Limited

Education Tier 2

With notable experience advising further education clients, DLA Piper UK LLP also assists education policymakers, schools and private sector companies. Andrew Clarke and Richard Taylor lead the groups in Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Clarke focuses on real estate matters and Taylor has expertise in IP, technology and commercial law. Sheffield-based Roger Gough handles commercial contract work.

Key clients

Calderdale College

Department for Business , Energy and Industrial Strategy

Department for Education

Hallam Union of Students

London Grid for Learning Limited

United Kingdom Research and Innovation

Newham College of Further Education

Park Lane College

Sheffield Grammar School

Sheffield Hallam University

South West Grid for Learning Trust Limited

Skills Funding Agency

York College

Yorkshire Coast College

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield Union of Students

University of Central Lancashire

Licensing Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based practice counts institutional clients, commercial operators, educational institutions, cinema chains, restaurants, hotels, casinos and sports stadiums as clients on a national and international level. The team handles pure licensing work while also assisting the firm's corporate due diligence department with the licensing elements of wider corporate transactions. Former regulator Teresa Hitchcock leads the group, which also includes newly promoted partner Alastair Clough.

Key clients

Empire Cinemas

Sheffield Students Union

The A&S Leisure Group

Local government Tier 2

Key areas of expertise for DLA Piper UK LLP include major projects and procurement work, real estate issues, financing matters, employment law, litigation and commercial advice, which it handles across sectors including transport, regeneration, housing and waste. Practice leader Robert Smith leads the projects team and is an expert in transport and regeneration projects, Allison Page focuses on PFI and PPP transactions, Roger Gough advises on commercial arrangements, Paul Stone handles contentious work, and Andrew Batterton was recently promoted to location head of the development and infrastructure planning team.

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (Merseytravel)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Chester City Council

Leeds City Council

Metro (West Yorkshire Combined Authority)

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus)

Nottingham City Council

Sheffield City Council

Bolsover District Council

Pensions Tier 2

The pensions team at DLA Piper UK LLP advises its impressive client roster, which includes a full spectrum of pension schemes, on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Andrew McIlhinney, who advises on a range of scheme governance and transactional matters, heads up the practice alongside pensions litigator David Young. Legal director Simon Evans is another name to note for non-contentious pensions advice.


Andrew McIlhinney is always accessible, makes himself available at extremely short notice and most importantly is hugely experienced and knowledgeable.

DLA Piper UK LLP‘s pension team is unique in its professionalism coupled with pragmatism to support a balanced solution for clients.

Andrew McIlhinney is very balanced in his views and communicates excellently with clients.

Along with technical skills and knowledge, Andrew McIlhinney is a very nice man, which is a trait that is not prevalent much in business these days, but one which is hugely valuable.

Legal director Simon Evans is very pragmatic.

Key clients

Trustees of the Yorkshire Building Society Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Urenco UK Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Univar Company Pension Scheme (1978)

Trustees of the Clariant Pension Plan

Trustees of the Bibbyline Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Britvic (Northern Ireland) Pension Plan

Trustees of the North of England Zoological Society Superannuation Fund Scheme

Trustees of the Cerestar Pension Plan (Cargill Group)

Lloyds Banking Group (Self Invested Pensions Portfolio)

Leeds Building Society

Trustees of the Buccleuch Estates Pension Scheme

RR Donelley

Arconic Manufacturing (GB) Limited

Arch Chemicals Limited

Marriott Hotels

Trustees of the Heerema Retirement Benefits Scheme

Link Market Services Limited

DLA Piper’s UK offices provide a full range of legal services to meet the ongoing needs of clients wherever they do business. It is one of the largest law firms in the UK and has seven offices in the major commercial centres of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, and public bodies and governments.

Types of work undertaken:Corporate: DLA Piper is a significant operator in the UK, providing transactional and advisory work in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, tax, and investment funds.

Employment: a market-leading practice with a strong reputation for delivering solutions-based advice and supporting clients in the day-to-day management of their people, legal issues and risk. Its lawyers work on a strategic and operational level on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the private and public sectors.

Finance and projects: includes experienced teams which advise on asset-based lending, asset finance, debt capital markets and securitisation, leveraged finance, project finance, real estate finance, and trade and commodity finance. Lawyers in this practice also advise on loan workouts and refinancings.

Intellectual property and technology: this award-winning practice is made up of experienced intellectual property, information law, technology and sourcing, commercial, telecoms, media and sports lawyers, and offers a unique, global, full-service capability.

Litigation and regulatory: the global litigation and regulatory group comprises over 1,800 contentious and regulatory lawyers. The practice group is dedicated exclusively to regulatory risk and dispute resolution, and includes litigators, arbitrators, criminal defence lawyers and ex-regulators, along with government relations, public policy and media relations advisers.

Real estate: this practice combines local experience with an international perspective to provide high-quality commercial and innovative advice. A full range of legal services is offered, including transactions, planning and property management. Clients include developers, investors and corporate end users.

Restructuring: the firm has one of the largest restructuring teams in the UK, with over 130 restructuring and insolvency lawyers who work as part of one of the largest global restructuring teams of any legal practice. The team regularly advises on high-profile assignments from the mid- market up to the largest and most complex national and international restructurings and insolvencies.

Tax: the firm provides advice on local and national tax, as well as a commercially integrated approach to cross-border structures and tax efficiency. It offers the full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations, including arranging operations to reduce effective global tax rates, transfer pricing, tax disputes and post-acquisition integration.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Al Khobar, Albany, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Atlanta, Auckland, Austin, Baltimore, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Bratislava, Brisbane, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Calgary, Casablanca, Chicago, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuwait City, Kyiv, Leeds, Lisbon, Liverpool, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, New Jersey, New York, Northern Virginia, Oslo, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Prague, Raleigh, Riyadh, Rome, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, São  Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Sheffield, Silicon Valley, Singapore, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Sydney, Tampa, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, Warsaw, Washington DC, Wellington, Whitehorse, Wilmington, Yellowknife.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK managing partner Sandra Wallace
Corporate Charles Cook
Employment Adam Hartley
Finance and projects Colin Wilson
Finance and projects Sarah Day
Intellectual property and technology John McKinlay
Litigation and regulatory Neil Bowker
Real estate William Naunton
Restructuring Mark Jackson
Tax Richard Woolich
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kirstie Allerton  photo Kirstie Allerton
 Andrew Batterton  photo Andrew Batterton
 Andrew Davies  photo Andrew Davies
 Sarah Day  photo Sarah Day
 Matt Duncombe  photo Matt Duncombe
 Hugh Evans  photo Hugh Evans
 Tim Field  photo Tim Field
 Laura Gordon  photo Laura Gordon
 Jane Hannon  photo Jane Hannon
 Natasha Luther-Jones  photo Natasha Luther-Jones
 Richard Obank  photo Richard Obank
 Allison Page  photo Allison Page
 Ben Peecock  photo Ben Peecock
 Rebecca Piper  photo Rebecca Piper
 Jonathan Procter  photo Jonathan Procter
 Mark Vipan  photo Mark Vipan
 Ruth Williamson  photo Ruth Williamson
 David Young  photo David Young
Number of UK partners : 230
Number of other UK fee-earners : 770

The Lex 100 Verdict

DLA Piper's expansive 'international office network' gives it an inescapable 'global footprint', which excites trainees. The firm offers training contracts across England, as well as in Edinburgh, and several recruits voiced their appreciation for the opportunity to 'work in a regional office and still undertake market-leading international work'. Client and international secondment opportunities were also a big draw, with the latter earning DLA Piper a Lex 100 Winner medal. One reality of the overseas placements is that regional and London remuneration is not matched, so that two trainees on the same secondment can be paid different salaries. Nevertheless, respondents in offices outside of London do feel that 'the pay is generally better than at other firms, although the hours are longer'. Despite being very large, DLA maintains a 'nice, inclusive feel where you can speak to anyone'. Encouragingly 'employees are treated well; the firm wants its lawyers to be happy and comfortable'. Clients are 'high-profile' and 'exciting' and the new London office – which 'grows micro herbs in the canteen' – also deserves a special mention! Complaints tended to centre on the 'unpredictability of the hours', which can be 'lengthy', occasionally requiring trainees to 'work a 22-hour day' or 'until the early hours to meet deadlines'. But work highlights such as 'going on secondment to a renowned drinks manufacturer', 'assisting with work for the Afghanistan embassy' and 'delivering good news to a pro bono client' (on which we were told 'there is a big focus in the firm') were impressive. If you're looking for a firm which has a 'regional as well as a global presence', which is 'inclusive, exciting, challenging and fun', DLA Piper might well be the place for you.