Tata and council among DLA clients

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TATA Steel, National Express and Sheffield City Council are among the major organisations making use of DLA Piper’s top tier commercial property expertise.

The team, led by Nigel Howard, includes associate Allison Clarke, who clients praise for her ‘team approach’ and ‘commitment and commercial understanding of the implications of her advice,’says the Legal 500.

Notable deals involving the team have included a number of acquisitions for Knightsbridge Student Housing.

Sharing top spot in South Yorkshire with DLA Piper for commercial property expertise is Nabarro’s team, led by Niall Logan, which recently acted for Primary Health Properties on a transaction involving 29 properties owned by various group companies.

Nabarro includes Sports Direct among its clients and recently advised The Mall partnership on the sale of shopping centres in Bristol, Middlesborough and Barnsley.

Close behind DLA Piper and Nabarro’s comes second ranked Irwin Mitchell, whose team is led by Kevin Docherty and includes regional managing partner Paul Firth.

Clients include a number of local authorities, charities and educational organisations.

Irwin Mitchell recently advised Henry Boot’s Hallam Land Management subsidiary on a new community development in Exeter and the sale of land to Bovis Homes.

Four other Sheffield law firms also secure a mention for their property expertise - Hlw Keeble Hawson, Hill Dickinson, Taylor & Emmet and Wake Smith.