New partner appointed at Sheffield-based law firm

Petra Billing of DLA Piper.
Petra Billing of DLA Piper.
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Sheffield-based law firm DLA Piper has appointed a new managing partner for its Sheffield office.

Richard May has stepped down after four years in the post to concentrate on his position as DLA Piper’s global head of manufacturing and as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice. Petra Billing, partner and current head of property litigation in Sheffield and Birmingham, has been named as his successor.

Ms Billing said: “Richard has made a substantial contribution to the Sheffield office of our firm and has been consistently passionate about its people, its involvement in the community and the work it undertakes across the region and beyond, just as I am.

“Richard is a very tough act to follow and I feel very privileged to be asked to take on this role. I will focus on the continued success and growth of the DLA Piper business in the Sheffield office, given the opportunities presenting themselves across the region, nationally and internationally.”

Sandra Wallace, DLA Piper’s UK managing partner, added: “I would like to thank Richard, both personally and on behalf of the firm, for his insight, dedication and commitment to the Sheffield office and his continuing commitment to the firm.

“Petra Billing will take on the leadership of the office from Richard. She is a leading commercial property litigator with a national reputation and the UK and EMEA head of DLA Piper’s global mining sector. Petra is extremely well connected locally and nationally and has played an integral part in the development of the office in recent years.”