Danielle Upton

What I do

I joined Smith Partnership in 2014 and am now a Partner within the Commercial Property team.

I service clients across the East Midlands and nationally from our offices in Derby and Burton upon Trent and I can advise on a comprehensive range of commercial property transactions including, freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, secured lending and business Leases with a particular focus in the industrial and logistics market.

My clients include an award winning Covid-19 testing manufacturer, for whom I acted in connection with their acquisition of a new 80,000 sq. ft. production and distribution hub, a national Digital Brands, Marketing and Communications Agency and several local charities and SIPPs and I have an excellent track record of delivering clear and pragmatic advice.

In 2022, I was appointed as a Trustee of the Consolidated Charity of Burton upon Trent. It is thought that the charity dates back to the 16th century and its objectives are the provision of Almshouse accommodation for poor persons resident in the area of benefit and such other charitable purposes for the benefit of the residents as the Trustees decide. I am a pro-active and passionate participant of the Small Grants and Educational Sub-Committees of the charity.

In 2022, I was also shortlisted for the Rising Star category of the British Legal Awards for the work I did during the pandemic.

Great attention to detail, organisational skills and a pro-active ‘can do’ attitude.

Outside of work, I enjoy visiting National Trust properties and long walks with my Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Reggie.

I also love good food, good wine and to travel. Last year I was able to tick off one of my bucket list destinations, Jamaica!

We recently sold our family business through smiths partnership. Our solicitor Danielle Upton based at Norman house, was absolutely brilliant.

Client, Commercial Property - Google

I would happily recommend Danielle to anyone.

Client, Commercial Property - Google

We recently sold our family business through smiths partnership. our solicitor Danielle Upton based at Norman house, was absolutely brilliant. Even though it was a different time due to lockdown everything went really smoothly, every call or email was answered promptly, overall all the service provided was excellent. I would happily recommend Danielle to anyone.

Client, Commercial Property - Trust Pilot

Over the last 6 months Danielle Upton has worked on a couple of major projects for me. Firstly, setting up a lease as part of a sale agreement of my business. Secondly, preparing and negotiating the purchase of a commercial unit. During this time Danielle offered a totally professional service taking time to explain legal jargon and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. I was kept in the loop at all times and never had to follow her up. Besides a great solicitor, a fantastic lady to work with and I would have no hesitation in recommending her. Thank you.

Client, Commercial Property - Google

We’ve worked with Danielle since 2022. She has provided outstanding leasehold advice which led to us securing a landmark site that put our organisation at the centre of nature-based regeneration in Derby and accelerated the city’s sustainability ambitions. We love the way she does business as a great communicator, with a real craft in helping make sense of the complexities across the commercial property sector.

Client, Commercial Property

Since being involved within the commercial property sector for last 18 months, I have had the pleasure of working alongside Danielle Upton in negotiating numerous property transactions for our clients. She has been extremely supportive to both myself and our mutual clients throughout, providing clear and concise updates when required, along with going that extra yard in explaining the legal jargon involved - I cannot recommend Danielle highly enough.

Client, Commercial Property

We have been working in partnership for around a year now and it has been a productive, supportive and collaborative experience. We have named partners for each area of legal support who are a pleasure to work with; they have risen to the challenges we have, and the service provision has been excellent.

Client, Commercial Property