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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
 Matt Duncombe  photo Matt Duncombe
 Hugh Evans  photo Hugh Evans
 Jonathan Procter  photo Jonathan Procter
 Jane Hannon  photo Jane Hannon
 Sarah Day  photo Sarah Day
 Natasha Luther-Jones  photo Natasha Luther-Jones
 Tim Field  photo Tim Field
 Andrew Batterton  photo Andrew Batterton
 Kirstie Allerton  photo Kirstie Allerton
 Ben Peecock  photo Ben Peecock
 Mark Vipan  photo Mark Vipan
 Allison Page  photo Allison Page
 Leigh Martin  photo Leigh Martin
 Mark Jackson  photo Mark Jackson
 Adam Ibrahim  photo Adam Ibrahim
 Kathryn Ford  photo Kathryn Ford
 Laura Gordon  photo Laura Gordon
 Rebecca Piper  photo Rebecca Piper
 Richard Obank  photo Richard Obank
 Ruth Williamson  photo Ruth Williamson
 Andrew Davies  photo Andrew Davies
 Stephen Atkinson  photo Stephen Atkinson
 Amar Maan  photo Amar Maan
 Paul Routledge  photo Paul Routledge
Number of UK partners : 230
Number of other UK fee-earners : 770