City continues to lead from front

Julie Morrissy,  who has led DLA's Construction and Engineering team in Yorkshire for the last five years, pictured with Irwin Mitchell's chief executive, John Pickering, after joining the firm's Sheffield office.'' ''Julie
Julie Morrissy, who has led DLA's Construction and Engineering team in Yorkshire for the last five years, pictured with Irwin Mitchell's chief executive, John Pickering, after joining the firm's Sheffield office.'' ''Julie
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Sheffield continues to be the focus in Yorkshire for legal expertise when it comes to issues affecting manufacturing and industry, according to the latest Legal 500.

The publication, viewed by many as the definitive source of information when it comes to selecting a law firm to advise their business, says the continuing subdued economic conditions have created an unsteady climate for law firms in Yorkshire.

Mergers between law firms in the region have become increasingly prevalent and, despite the challenges, firms new to the area are continuing to emerge, often expanding into Yorkshire from the North East.

According to the Legal 500, the chilly economic conditions have led some firms to look outside Yorkshire and even the UK, for work in parts of the world where economies are doing well.

Three Sheffield firms are named among eight, dubbed by the Legal 500 as the “regional heavyweights”.

Top-ranked DLA Piper, with offices in Leeds as well as Sheffield, is praised for having a high-quality offering across core sectors such as corporate, real estate and litigation.

Irwin Mitchell, which also has offices in Sheffield and Leeds, and Nabarro occupy the second rank of the regional heavyweights.

Irwin Mitchell is hailed as an “insurance powerhouse,” which is continuing to grow rapidly, particularly in the business services sector.

The firm has significantly strengthened its construction capability, with the recruitment of Julie Morrissy, who previously headed DLA Piper’s construction practice, and Steven Bate from DWF, the national business law specialist that has operations in Leeds.