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James Duckworth (left) and Martin McKevey
James Duckworth (left) and Martin McKevey
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The construction team at DLA Piper’s Sheffield office has undergone a number of changes during the last year, with Julie Morrissy, who used to head the practice, leaving for Irwin Mitchell.

Newly promoted partner Ian Doig now heads the team, which has been joined by Simon Palmer, a specialist in non-contentious construction issues, from Addleshaw Goddard’s top-ranked team.

DLA Piper’s team, which occupies a place in the second rank with Nabarro, advised Shanks on a Private Finance Initiative project to build a waste treatment plant in South Kirby.

Nabarro’s team, led by Martin McKervey and including projects and infrastructure expert James Duckworth, is described by clients as “a great team that is always prepared to fight the client’s corner”.

Highlights of its year include representing Amey Community in a dispute over alleged construction defects in a £400 million Building Schools for the Future project in Bradford.

Irwin Mitchell’s construction team secures a place in the third rank, ahead of the Sheffield office of Kennedys, in the fourth rank.

According to the Legal 500, the arrival of Julie Morrissy and Steven Bate has given the firm a credible construction offering in Sheffield. Highlights of the last year, for Irwin Mitchell, included advising Sheffield Hallam University on the redevelopment of its Collegiate Crescent campus.