By Petra Billing, managing partner at DLA Piper in Sheffield
This year’s Legal 500 results reaffirm the quality of the legal profession in the Sheffield City Region and, I am pleased to say, my firm, DLA Piper.
For the city’s legal firms to be recognised so highly in these latest legal rankings reflects the high level of talent and ability that exists in the city region, a region I am very proud of and very passionate about.
A strong professional services sector is crucial to the continued efforts of the private sector and organisations such as the Cutlers’ Company, Chamber of Commerce, Sheffield City Council and of course the Local Enterprise Partnership to strengthen and enhance the future growth, profile and success of Sheffield City Region nationally and internationally.
With 4000 lawyers located in 30 countries we can spread that message.
DLA Piper is pleased to retain our place again as the leading commercial legal practice in Yorkshire, with 21 of our practice areas ranked as first tier in the Legal 500 in Yorkshire.
They say the firm is a ‘heavyweight’ in the Yorkshire region, and is described as ‘undertaking work with an increasingly international profile’ and as being ‘national centres of excellence in manufacturing and mining and minerals’.
Our work on some of the most prominent local, national and international deals has sealed our first tier position across a number of our specialist practice areas, from corporate, commercial property, restructuring, employment and commercial litigation to environmental and health and safety, licensing, property litigation and intellectual property and technology. With deal publicity becoming increasingly sensitive and with these results being based on client and peer feedback, our Tier 1 status is all the more pleasing.
As the new managing partner for Sheffield, I am immensely proud of both my colleagues in our Sheffield office for their hard work and for the success of our loyal clients in ensuring that we have such recognition.
We are privileged to be part of a business community that works in unison to promote achievements, skills and successes, inside the region and beyond.