Nabarro in front with DLA Piper

Niall Logan, of Nabarro
Niall Logan, of Nabarro
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The ‘renowned’ five-partner practice at Nabarro and DLA Piper’s ‘large and well-respected practice’ top the South Yorkshire rankings of law firms with commercial property expertise.

Niall Logan is hailed as the key figure within Nabarro’s practice, which regularly works for clients across the UK and overseas.

Nigel Howard, partner and location head for in the real estate team at DLA Piper's Sheffield office

Nigel Howard, partner and location head for in the real estate team at DLA Piper's Sheffield office

Recent deals involving the team have included the completion of two lettings at the White Rose Centre in Leeds, on behalf of Land Securities, and advising Swiss retail giant Migros on the property aspects of two corporate acquisitions.

Highlights for DLA Piper’s team, headed by Nigel Howard, have included acting for Keepmoat on housing schemes valued at around £20 million, and acting on behalf of Sheffield City Council over the selection of a private sector partner for the city’s local housing company. The firm also advises Tata Steel, Barclays, National Express and HSBC.

Second ranked Irwin Mitchell’s team is praised by clients for providing a fantastic service, while team leader Kevin Docherty is described as wise and a good leader.

The Legal 500 highlights the arrival of former DLA Piper regional chief and Sheffield city development company boss Paul Firth and the work Irwin Mitchell has done on a complex development project for Henry Boot subsidiary Hallam Land Management, which included providing advice on site assembly and acquisition and gaining planning permission.

Also mentioned for their property expertise are Sheffield firms HLW Commercial Lawyers, Hill Dickinson, Keeble Hawson, Taylor & Emmet and Wake Smith & Tofields.