Changes at the top as DLA head takes new role

Richard May, DLA Piper, Sheffield.
Richard May, DLA Piper, Sheffield.

Steve Sly is to step down as office managing partner at DLA Piper’s Sheffield office after five years in the post. Richard May, partner and current head of corporate in Sheffield, has been named his successor and will take over in September.

Mr Sly relinquishes his position to take on the role of international group head for DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice.

David Bradley, DLA Piper’s UK managing partner, commented: “I would like to thank Steve, both personally and on behalf of the firm, for his wonderful contribution to the Sheffield office and to wish him well in his new challenge.

“We are fortunate to have Richard May in place to take on the office from Steve. He is an excellent lawyer and extremely well connected locally and nationally. Richard has played an integral part in the development of the office in recent years; he is and will be a great ambassador, client facing partner and leader within the firm.”

“Ranked as one of the leading firms in the region, our Sheffield office is a practice of exceptional quality. The breadth and depth of commercial services and the experience gained on market-leading deals ensures the practice will continue to go from strength to strength.”

During his time as office managing partner, Mr Sly was also a member of the firm’s board and has made a significant contribution to the profile and prosperity of the Sheffield office.

He said: “With a clear vision of where our opportunities and challenges lie, Richard is an experienced leader who will now focus on bringing further success to the Sheffield office. I look forward to seeing the team continue to develop and grow under his leadership.”

Mr May said: “Steve has made a substantial contribution to the Sheffield office and has been consistently passionate about its people, its involvement in the community and the work it undertakes across the region and beyond.

“Our Sheffield team has made huge steps under his leadership. With a host of specialist skills and services to assist clients, we are well-placed to build on these foundations and will continue to focus on further development and growth to ensure we maximise Sheffield’s potential.

“I joined the Sheffield office as a trainee solicitor in 1995 and I am immensely proud to be asked to lead the office 16 years later.”

lTwelve people from DLA Piper’s Sheffield office have volunteered to take part in Business in the Community’s Give and Gain day tomorrow.

The team will be working at St Ann’s Hostel at Bevin Court in Woodhouse, a facility which provides accommodation for homeless men over the age of 18. The aim of the scheme is to help the residents find their own homes and put them in a position where they are once again able to support themselves.

Some of the DLA Piper volunteers will host workshops with those who are ready for work, offering advice on writing CV’s, finding and completing job applications online and the preparation necessary for interviews.

Others will contribute with a number of physical tasks around the hostel, which include redecoration and making improvements to the patio, allotments and pond areas.

Alison Moss, partner and head of corporate responsibility at DLA Piper’s Sheffield office said: “The Give and Gain day is a great opportunity for the business community to put many of the day-to-day skills they take for granted to good use.’’