Nigel Knowles

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Sir Nigel Knowles is the global co-chairman of the law firm DLA Piper.[1][2]

He was educated at the University of Sheffield, where he studied law, and joined Broomhead & Neals as an articled clerk in 1978.[3]

In 1996 he was appointed as managing partner of what was then Dibb Lupton Broomhead.[3] In 2005 he became joint chief executive officer of DLA Piper following a three-way merger between DLA and U.S. law firms Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP.[4] He was knighted in March 2009.[5]

In 2016 he was picked to serve as High Sheriff of Greater London for one year. [6]


  1. ^ "Firm Leadership". DLA Piper. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nigel Knowles". The Times. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Sir Nigel Knowles: Knight exemplar". The Lawyer. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "The knight's tale: Sir Nigel Knowles". Managing Partner. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Yorkshire lawyer Sir Nigel Knowles took on the world and won". The Times. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Greater London 2016/2017". High Sheriffs Association. Retrieved 5 December 2016.