Nabarro’s six sectors for Yorkshire

Andrea Cropley, partner at Nabarro.
Andrea Cropley, partner at Nabarro.
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Commercial lawyers Nabarro has selected six business sectors on which it plans to focus its efforts in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The firm has identified manufacturers, entrepreneurs and the real estate, energy and public sectors as key areas to which it will tailor services.

Nabarro has appointed corporate partner Andrea Cropley head of regional strategy, to lead the initiative and says each of the sectors it has identified will have its own dedicated team of lawyers, led by a senior partner.

Martin McKervey will take the lead for the manufacturing and energy sectors, while Ben Hendry will head the team dedicated to advising entrepreneurs, Paul Paling will head the real estate team and Tim Shaw, the public sector team.

Andrea Cropley has 20 years’ experience of corporate and corporate finance transactions for public and private UK and international companies and is a member of the Sheffield Business Advisory Panel and the Access to Finance Committee led by Sheffield City Council.

She said: “The business landscape has changed dramatically over the 21 years that Nabarro has been based in the region. It’s vital we adapt to meet the needs of clients in both the public and private sectors.

“Yorkshire is a hub for manufacturing, precision engineering, energy and digital media. The Leeds and Sheffield Enterprise Zones will create opportunity for growth in these sectors, will drive real estate development and support innovative new companies in the region.

“In response to this, we have shaped teams of experienced lawyers with practical experience advising manufacturers and clients in the energy, real estate and public sectors and supporting entrepreneurial activity. In addition we are developing tailored products and services, like our range of flat fee contracts and advice for start-ups and entrepreneurs.”

Nabarro says it has already worked on a number of major projects involving leading Yorkshire businesses in the sectors it is focusing on, including Sheffield-based DavyMarkham, in engineering, Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, EDF Energy and UK Coal, in the energy sector and Sheffield City Council in the public sector.