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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

125 WOOD STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7AW, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7457 3000
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Fax 020 7457 3240
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42605 CHEAPSIDE
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www.penningtonslaw.com

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The corporate team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP specialises in lower mid-market M&A, with a key strategic focus on the technology, real estate, private wealth and retail sectors. Clients include high net worth individuals, owner-managed businesses and corporate investors; mandates typically involve fundraising, divestment and restructuring. With a presence in San Francisco, the team is able to coordinate transatlantic work in-house, including foreign direct investment into the UK. The recent hire of Sebastian Orton from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strengthened the team's capabilities in public market work, particularly in flotations and secondary fundraisings.

Practice head(s):Matthew Martin

Other key lawyers:Chris Owen; Ross McNaughton

Key Clients

Kelerbay

OTAS Technologies

GRC International Group plc

Erwin Technologies

Wadahwan Global Capital

Tata Consultancy Services

Newsquest Media Group

Needle & Thread

QSR Automations

All Saints

Work highlights

  • Advised QSR Automations on its acquisition of the QSR Automations division of UK-based Call Systems Technology, involving a tax-driven restructuring component.
  • Represented Cambridgeshire-based GRC on its IPO and admission to trading on London's AIM market, with gross proceeds totalling over £5m.
  • Acted for Newsquest Media Group, a UK regional media company, on its acquisition of family-owned Cumbrian news publisher CN Group.
  • Advised data governance software creator Erwin Technologies on its acquisition of A&P Consulting, an Italian information communications technology company.
  • Acted for Nasdaq Stockholm-listed forestry and timber business, Bergs Timber AB, on the English law aspects of its acquisition of Norvik’s timber operations in the UK.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

With three partners devoted exclusively to handling venture capital work, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's 'knowledgeable and responsive' team has the critical mass to handle an impressive and growing volume of mandates for a primarily investee-focused client base. With offices in London, Thames Valley, Cambridge and Oxford, the team has deep exposure to the venture capital ecosystem; benefiting from close links to a number of leading UK universities, it frequently advises on life sciences spin-out work. Although the firm remains better known for its investee-related work, it is also advising an increasing array of investors on their financings, as well as on work for their portfolio companies. The 'exceptional' Justin Starling jointly heads the team alongside Rob Hayes, and is particularly noted for his university-related technology transfer prowess.

Practice head(s):Justin Starling and Rob Hayes

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Yell

Testimonials

'Well placed in the Oxford area to provide excellent legal advice, with the ability to tap into its network of offices elsewhere and its international alliance as necessary.'

'The team is extremely committed, focused, responsive, knowledgeable and insightful and has a wonderfully modest and respectful style.'

'Justin Starling is supremely articulate, understated and excellent in the way he engages lawyers from the other side.'

'Rob Hayes is very knowledgeable about venture financing and provides good legal and commercial advice.'

'Elizabeth Yell is exceptional.'

Key Clients

Enterprise Therapeutics

Kandy Therapeutics

MedPharm Limited

Ultromics Limited

Grey Wolf Therapeutics

Oxford Vacmedix UK

Preservica Limited

Brainomix Limited

Concirrus Limited

Silicon MicroGravity Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Brighton-based Enterprise Therapeutics on the closing of a £29m Series B funding round.
  • Advised Kandy Therapeutics, a clinical-stage women’s health company, on its Series C funding round.
  • Advised Guildford-based MedPharm Limited on a growth equity investment from private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners.
  • Advised Oxford-based start-up Ultromics Limited on its Series A financing round of £10m with a £2m follow on led by Oxford Sciences Innovation.
  • Advised Grey Wolf Therapeutics on its £10m Series A investment by US investor Canaan Partners and French investor Andera.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP recently announced its merger with Thomas Cooper - known for its work in shipping, international trade and international arbitration - to become Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. The practice 'has one of the strongest teams in banking litigation among the mid-size firms'.  It has particular expertise in high-profile swaps litigation and has been increasingly instructed on financial institutions-related litigation involving The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Alex Fox is business and finance disputes head, Rustam Dubash leads the commercial dispute resolution group, and David Niven heads the firm's growing group litigation work. Philip D’Costa and Dan Hyde are also key advisers, while Emma Davies, who divides her time between the London and Oxford offices, and David O’Brien are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):Alex Fox; Rustam Dubash

Other key lawyers:David Niven; Philip D’Costa; Dan Hyde; Emma Davies; David O’Brien

Testimonials

'They are able to handle the very largest cases with aplomb.'

'Alex Fox will find a way forward in the most challenging of cases.'

'David Niven's ability to deliver reality checks helps his clients have an early understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their position.'

'Senior associate Emma Davies is very good.'

'Senior associate David O'Brien is a rising star and a great communicator.'

Key Clients

Scarborough Group International

General Practitioners Defence Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Scarborough Group in one of the largest claims brought against the Bank of Scotland for losses brought about by fraudulent LIBOR manipulation.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in specialist areas such as group action litigation, banking and finance disputes, defamation and reputation management, cybercrime, product liability, and IP and IT matters. Rustam Dubash heads the department, Richard Marshall leads the international litigation and arbitration team, and David Niven heads the professional negligence and group actions practice. Also highly regarded are Philip D’Costa, Alex Fox, Dan Hyde, John Doherty, Donald Lambert and Noel McMichael. David O’Brien was made partner.

Practice head(s):Rustam Dubash

Other key lawyers:Richard Marshall; David Niven; Philip D’Costa; Alex Fox; Dan Hyde; John Doherty; Donald Lambert; Noel McMichael; David O’Brien

Key Clients

Munroe K and Munroe K Luxembourg

Scarborough Group International and over 53 others

Shannon Construction and Royston Wright

General Practitioners Defence Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for Scarborough Group International and over 53 others in a Commercial Court claim against the Bank of Scotland and Uberior Investments, which involved alleged fraudulent LIBOR manipulation.

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Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP was formed in summer 2019 when legacy Penningtons Manches combined with shipping specialist Thomas Cooper. As a result, its international trade and commodities group is well known for its sector expertise and its diverse client base. The firm has long-standing relationships with the key trade associations and frequently handles Grain and Feed Trade Association and Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations arbitrations. It is also now legal adviser to the  Refined Sugar Association. Practice heads George Mingay, who joined in late 2018 from Clyde & Co LLP, Mark Sachs and Lisa Hillary work closely with the firm's shipping and trade finance practices, as well as teams in Singapore and Brazil, which are key hubs for the commodities industry. Mingay focuses predominantly on matters in the sugar market, while Sachs frequently handles arbitrations involving Chinese entities and commodity derivatives.

Practice head(s):George Mingay; Mark Sachs; Lisa Hillary

Leading individuals

George Mingay - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Mark Sachs - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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London: Finance

Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a firm that is highly attuned to the logistics of shipping and trade, thanks to its specialist focus on those areas, as opposed to banking work. Its trade finance practice comprises a small, hands-on team that handles bespoke deals requiring a high level of technical knowledge and experience in the sale, transport and insurance of commodities. Grant Eldred leads the practice, in which contentious and transactional matters are handled by an integrated group. Head of finance Eldred specialises in banking law including bilateral and syndicated secured and unsecured lending, trade finance and banking regulation and compliance. Lisa Hillary handles disputes arising under sale contracts, charterparties and bills of lading as well as the international trade of commodities and marine insurance, and George Mingay is recommended for disputes within the commodities sector relating to oil and gas, metals and mining, and soft commodities.

Practice head(s):Grant Eldred

Other key lawyers:Lisa Hillary: George Mingay; Alexandra Shipulina

Testimonials

'George Mingay is an excellent lawyer, who is a pleasure to work with and is very good with clients.'

'The firm has a wide base of experienced, practical and commercial lawyers, among whom Grant Eldred stands out.'

Key Clients

Emirates NBD

Bank of China

Agriculture Bank of China

Leading individuals

Grant Eldred - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions
Employment: employees/unions - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The 'class act team' at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is 'incredibly knowledgeable, professional and easy to work with'. The practice stands out for its extensive experience in industrial actions and trade union law, and is also developing a track record for representing groups of employees in precedent-setting cases. The types of claim advised on relate to discrimination, whistleblowing, reorganisations and collective redundancies, and regulatory issues, and the team also handles judicial reviews and complaints before the certification officer. Niche specialist knowledge in discrimination cases involving police officers is another notable feature of the firm. Paul Mander and Binder Bansel jointly lead the practice, while Anthea Christie is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Mander; Binder Bansel

Other key lawyers:Anthea Christie

Testimonials

'The team have a great leadership structure and are able to deal with a wide breadth of employment and HR queries. Their scope runs from highly controversial and publicised commercial employment disputes to union-backed discrimination claims. The professionalism and good advice of the team is well known and I have received significant amounts of feedback about the exceptional care given to individual clients'

'The team at Penningtons are extremely knowledgeable and capable lawyers. They take on high-level and sensitive work, including appellate work at all levels. They are a pleasure to work with and always show their human side'

'Penningtons hold one of the gems of the labour law market in trade union and collective employment law matters - Binder Bansel. He is truly one of the best in this field'

'The team has acquired deep knowledge of this area over many years and has an understanding of the practical needs of the client'

'Very professional with high-quality work, but without being the pressure-cooker that other top firms can be'

'Hugely experienced in cases involving complaints by police officers about police disciplinary proceedings and Independent Office for Police Conduct investigations'.

'They have a huge amount of experience in representing the Police Federation and individual police officers.'

'The employment team at Pennington Manches really know their stuff and are particularly attuned to the needs of their clients in the union sector'

'Binder Bansel possesses unparalleled knowledge of trade union and collective labour law. Binder is also one of a small handful of lawyers in the UK who can navigate around the labyrinthine laws concerning industrial action. His knowledge is impressive in every area of collective labour law and he has tremendous experience in cases involving an equalities dimension. Binder impresses for his energy, commitment and creative input in every single case he is instructed on. There is nothing routine about his drive, zest and determination when handling cases'.

'Mike Cole displays considerable acumen and nous when seeking to find pragmatic solutions for his clients. Mike is to be credited for his creative outlook. He is inspirational and on my shortlist of lawyers when asked for recommendations'

'Anthea Christie is calm and unflappable, tactically astute and very wise. A consummate professional'.

'Anthea Christie is bright and careful and possesses brilliant legal knowledge and excellent communication skills. Clients love her and know that she is fully committed to their cases. She misses nothing'.

Key Clients

National Crime Officers’ Association

Police Federation of England and Wales

Communication Workers Union (CWU)

Civil Nuclear Police Federation

United Road Transport Union

First Division Association

Superintendents’ Association

Association of School and College Leaders

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Communication Workers Union to defend one of the first cases of industrial action following changes to the industrial action legislation as a consequence of the Trade Union Act 2016.
  • Represented four police officers making a claim for damages against their employer, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), for failing to exercise its duty of care to them following the arrest of a terrorist suspect in December 2003
  • Advised a serving police constable on his successful appeal against a tribunal ruling that he could not take statutory paternity leave on full pay.
  • Successfully represented a claimant in a claim for direct discrimination which is now being appealed.
  • Successfully represented a female police officer in a claim for indirect sex discrimination relating to the method of testing officers to be dog handlers.
Next Generation Partners

Anthea Christie - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Binder Bansel - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's team of 'highly professional and knowledgeable' lawyers advise employers, boards and senior executives on internal restructurings, redundancies, whistleblowing claims and senior management dismissals and disputes. Head of practice Paul Mander regularly advises well-known clients in the retail, technology and construction industries on all employment law related matters, while other key partner Tom Walker's practice largely focuses on working with directors on strategic HR issues, internal disputes and high-level dismissals. Andrew Haywood is the key partner for senior executive work, where he assists with exit strategies and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions with a focus on the misuse of confidential information, social media and competitive moves.

Practice head(s):Paul Mander

Other key lawyers:Tom Walker; Andrew Haywood

Testimonials

'The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper is very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive in problem-solving'.

'Excellent employment law practice. Real depth of expertise and committed individuals able to assist with all employment matters. Clients really value the personal service and attention to detail.'

'Nick Humphreys is the person I would want to run my employment claim. He is utterly excellent. Highly responsive. Brings real value to a case. Fights the client's corner hard and helps them navigate the tricky issues that crop up.'

Key Clients

Ocado

Farfetch

Playtech

Sapinda International Services BV

Cenkos Securities plc

RTC Europe Ltd

General Practitioners Defence Fund (GPDF)

Spicerhaart Group Limited

Bestseller

Williams Grand Prix Limited (t/a Williams F1)

Lanson International UK Ltd (Lanson Champagne)

Oxford Capital Partners LLP

Circlo3

Work highlights

  • Acted for Spicerhaart Group, a national estate agency, in defeating threatened injunction litigation following a move of senior staff from a competitor.
  • Represented the board of a national organisation in structural changes and transfers of staff.

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's team of 'highly professional and knowledgeable' lawyers advise employers, boards and senior executives on internal restructurings, redundancies, whistleblowing claims and senior management dismissals and disputes. Head of practice Paul Mander regularly advises well-known clients in the retail, technology and construction industries on all employment law related matters, while other key partner Tom Walker's practice largely focuses on working with directors on strategic HR issues, internal disputes and high-level dismissals. Andrew Haywood is the key partner for senior executive work, where he assists with exit strategies and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions with a focus on the misuse of confidential information, social media and competitive moves.

Practice head(s):Paul Mander

Other key lawyers:Tom Walker; Andrew Haywood

Testimonials

'The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper is very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive in problem-solving'.

'Excellent employment law practice. Real depth of expertise and committed individuals able to assist with all employment matters. Clients really value the personal service and attention to detail.'

'Nick Humphreys is the person I would want to run my employment claim. He is utterly excellent. Highly responsive. Brings real value to a case. Fights the client's corner hard and helps them navigate the tricky issues that crop up.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on a complex case in which injunctive relief was sought to enforce the terms of restrictive covenants preventing an employee from competing with his former employer’s business.
  • Advised the board of a major city firm on governance, regulation and the resolution of potential disputes.
  • Ongoing advice to the board of a financial institution on employment law and regulation.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's business immigration team works with corporates, start-ups, investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, and while it has a particular focus on the education sector, it is also adept at advising clients across the retail, finance, sports, technology, creative and private wealth sectors. It works closely with the firm's corporate, commercial and employment teams to provide a thorough service for its clients, and is regularly engaged on crisis management advice to businesses and education sector clients when sponsor licences are under threat. The team provides various university clients and multinational corporations with support for EU national employees. The team also offers specialist human rights, appeals and overstay advice where it advises on complex applications and cases involving surrogacy and adoption. Department head Pat Saini is 'very experienced' and is strong in the education sector. Saini is ably supported by Hazar El-Chamaa, who heads the firm's private wealth immigration team. Senior associate May Cheung and associate Adam Cotterill are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Pat Saini

Other key lawyers:Hazar El-Chamaa; Penny Evans; May Cheung; Adam Cotterill; Afeefah Shabbir

Key Clients

Coventry University

Safe & The City

London Film Academy

Navitas/SAE

China-Europe Networks of technology and Innovation (CENTI)

Oxera

Istituto Marangoni

Met Film School

Sandbar Asset Management LLP

Tata Limited

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Ozo Innovations

Farfetch UK

VapeWild

Work highlights

  • Advised various further education colleges on audits from UKVI.
  • Advised a leading multinational independent private equity firm on an alternative immigration solution.
  • Obtained a Tier 2 sponsor licence for Ozo Innovations.    
  • Advised on a successful settlement application for a domestic violence victim.
  • Assisted the founder and CEO of WeGeek to obtain a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa.
Leading individuals

Pat Saini - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Next Generation Partners

Hazar El-Chamaa - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Rising stars

Adam Cotterill - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

May Cheung - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP  advises on all aspects of clinical negligence claims, and is regularly involved in cases concerning maximum severity injuries. John Kyriacou has over 25 years of experience in the field of medical negligence litigation and leads a team that demonstrates strength across brain and spinal injury cases, gynaecological claims as well as delay in diagnosis of medical conditions. The 'meticulous' Rosie Nelson has specialist knowledge in cerebral palsy claims and orthopaedic injuries, while the 'hard working' Sarah Hibberd is the main point of contact for maternal injuries and cosmetic surgery claims.

Practice head(s):John Kyriacou

Other key lawyers:Sarah Hibberd; Rosie Nelson

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team at Penningtons London is a small, close-knit collective of excellent lawyers. They have a range of seniority within the team, which results in cases of all values and complexities being handled with the same degree of consummate skill.'

'The team keeps the the client and their involvement at the heart of every case.'

'The whole team is extremely organised and is efficiently run by John Kyriacou, whose wealth of experience in the field is being continuously disseminated among his team.'

'Penningtons are knowledgeable, organised, professional. Everything is always explained to us in way we can understand and we are regularly updated about the progress of our case.'

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Known for its marine insurance capabilities, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP also handles commercial property damage, cyber risks, construction and reinsurance claims. Practice head Celso de Azevedo specialises in cross-border disputes incorporating South American elements. Marine specialist Ceri Done  left the practice in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Celso de Azevedo

Other key lawyers:Mark Sachs

Testimonials

'Mid sized firm with a global reach through its network of offices. Excellent value for money compared to larger firms with similar international presence'

'John Strange is a no-nonsense litigator'

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP undertakes claims of the utmost severity, focusing on proactive litigation to secure prompt rehabilitation for clients. Department co-head Warren Collins has a proven track record handling claims for clients based in the UK and USA who have been catastrophically injured; while Tristan Hallam's key specialisms include head and spinal injury work as well as acting for amputees and police officers. The team's expertise also extends to neurotrauma, fatal accident claims and psychiatric injuries, among others.

Practice head(s):Warren Collins; Tristan Hallam

Other key lawyers:Georgia Rowland; Renee Wright

Testimonials

'From the outset of my accident, Tristan went above and beyond in every way, and provided reassurance and practical support throughout all aspects of my recovery, rehabilitation and return to work for years afterwards, right up to settlement. I am sure that his knowledge around injured police officers and the consequences for them is unrivalled.'

'A strong PI firm, with particular expertise in dealing with claims on behalf of the police officers instructed through the Police Federation.'

'Tristan Hallam is a really excellent PI solicitor, very thorough in evidence preparation and hugely experienced in negotiating with defendants.'

'Tristan is clearly a highly experienced practitioner in his field with not only the knowledge but contacts to bolster and strengthen your claim.'

'Warren Collins takes a very creative and commercial approach to cases and looks for creative ways around problems. He is extremely experienced in the field and I rate him very highly indeed.'

'Warren Collins is without a doubt among a handful of lawyers who lead in this field. He has great knowledge, tireless energy and simply never stops.

Work highlights

  • Reached a £7.2m settlement on behalf of a claimant who was left seriously brain injured when he was hit by a car while crossing the road.
  • Acting for a 33-year-old claimant who sustained a severe brain injury in a motorcycle accident (£5m settlement).
  • Secured a £1.5m settlement within four months of the incident for a 21-year-old mother who suffered a serious head injury in a motor accident.
  • Assisting claimant in a case concerning a traumatic brain injury of a minor following a road traffic collision involving an uninsured vehicle where the driver absconded.
  • Acting for a 71-year-old cyclist who was knocked from his bicycle in a road traffic accident, having already secured funding for initial rehabilitation treatment.
Leading individuals

Warren Collins - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's impressive client list reflects the team's experience in the tobacco, retail and technology sectors as well as in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry. The practice, which is led by John Doherty, handles international product liability cases, regulatory matters and dispute prevention and strategy. Senior associate Tim Wright, who is based in Basingtoke, also has clinical negligence expertise.

Practice head(s):John Doherty

Other key lawyers:Tim Wright

Testimonials

'Pennington's product liability team has first-rate experience in complicated international issues, but is set apart by its personal touch and great attention to detail. Partners lead the team, with the support of really talented associates, and are always there to support the client.'

'John Doherty has wide-ranging knowledge of product liability law and gives advice and opinions on cases with a balanced view of the pros and cons. His strong moral character gives reassurance that the legal advice given reflects the true legal position.'

'Doherty is bright and dedicated.'

'Tim Wright has great depth of knowledge and experience in handling liability cases.'

Key Clients

The Conran Shop

Andreas Stihl Limited

DAF Trucks Limited

Bharat Forge

British American Tobacco

Veg of Lund

Work highlights

  • Advised Veg of Lund on product safety and regulatory compliance in relation to the supply of its consumer products in the UK.
  • Assisted The Conran Shop with product safety and recall issues.
  • Advised Andreas Stihl Limited on product safety regulatory compliance issues.
  • Advised DAF Trucks Limited on product safety regulatory compliance issues.
  • Assisted British American Tobacco with product safety regulatory compliance and product liability issues.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's professional negligence team is 'approachable, available and is able to describe complex legal points to non-specialists'. The team is regularly instructed on group action claims against solicitors and is increasingly involved in claims involving construction professionals. Claims against accountants are also a key area of expertise. The firm has 'expertise in multi-party claims particularly arising from professional negligence and failed property investments abroad'; the team is representing around 90 clients in a £6m high-profile group action against Italian law firm Giambrone. The claimants instructed the law firm on negligence claims relating to the purchase of off-plan properties in Calabria, Italy.

Practice head(s):David Niven; Rustam Dubash; Peter Stockill

Other key lawyers:Richard Marshall; David O’Brien

Testimonials

The team is rigorous and passionately committed to serving the interests of its clients.

David O’Brien is tenacious, intellectually rigorous, fearless in the pursuit of his clients' interests, but also a realist; he is an excellent commercial litigator who runs rings around his opposition.

David Niven is a very tough opponent, commercially savvy and he always has his eye on the endgame and optimising the clients' position.

The lawyers are energetic champions of their clients; professional and diligent with great attention to detail.

David O’Brien has indefatigable energy; he takes nothing at face value but instead thinks round the problem from every angle.

The firm fosters strong relationships between clients and customers, and the team is adaptable and resourceful.

The firm provides a personal, hands-on service that is second-to-none.

David Niven has an extremely pragmatic approach and a good overall grasp of the case.

David O’Brien is a very bright lawyer with a good grasp of the legal issues involved, both in the areas of professional negligence and in relation to insurance issues that arise.

The teamwork from different individuals delivers consistent and seamless communications and status updates.

Key Clients

Multiple claimants in action against a law firm (the firm acts for around 90 clients)

Multiple claimants in group action against a law firm (firm acts for around 49 clients)

Work highlights

  • The firm is representing 47 claimants in a £2.2m dispute brought against their former solicitors,  in relation to sums lost in off-plan property transactions in Enterprise house, Leicester; Evolution in Liverpool and Fiveways House in Leicester.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for a broad range of national and local charitable clients including some household names as well as higher education and independent schools. Other clients include literary charities, animal charities, disability charities and registered social landlords. Henrietta Mason  now heads the team as Alison Talbot left the firm to join Winckworth Sherwood LLP. The practice has access to sector expertise across the firm, ranging from being able to advise charities on governance matters, to legacy disputes and employment matters.

Practice head(s):Henrietta Mason

Other key lawyers:Charles Brooks

Testimonials

'Has an excellent combination of exceptionally high levels of expertise and analysis with a deep understanding of the client's needs. Henrietta Mason is an intensely able and rigorous lawyer who provides a remarkably high level of service'.

'Everyone involved is professional, competent, and responds quickly to our needs'.

'The team provides level-headed advice and has broad expertise'.

Key Clients

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Make-a-Wish Foundation UK

City & Guilds of London Institute

World Obesity Federation

Reed’s School

Marine Stewardship Council

The Licensed Trade Charity

Wellington College

Shrewsbury House School Trust

Marshal Beresford Fund

CABI

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering

Work highlights

  • Advised City & Guilds on a significant restructure of part of its business including providing training for managers.
  • Advised a leading national charity in relation to repeated data subject access requests made by a former employee.
  • Advising World Obesity Federation on reputational and IP issues where another organisation was infringing IP rights.
  • Representing a faith based organisation in a Charity Commission investigation.
  • Advising Make-A-Wish Foundation UK in relation to a complex fundraising project in collaboration with commercial and technology providers.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong team with Michael Cash at the helm. Cash specialises in domestic and international trust and estate litigation as well as breach of trust claims, administration of estate claims and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependant) Act 1975. Henrietta Mason is well-regarded for her work for UK and overseas private individuals and charity clients. Newly-promoted partner Sarah Lee advises on a broad range of trust and estate litigation including breach of trust claims and administration disputes. The agile team routinely handles complex cross-border claims. It is one to watch.

Practice head(s):Michael Cash

Other key lawyers:Henrietta Mason; Sarah Lee; Jack Bailey; Jessica Davies

Testimonials

'Penningtons is a force to be reckoned with'.

'A firm that has a wide geographical spread but which is increasingly doing large London-based cases'.

'Michael Cash is a very well-known figure in the area, a strong negotiator and tactician'.

'This is, in my view, the leading practice outside London. The team has extraordinary depth of knowledge, unrivalled client care skills and is a joy to work with'.

'Michael Cash - probably the best private client partner outside London. Brilliant with clients, especially difficult ones. Never afraid to offer advice and to put robust plans into action. Deeply knowledgeable and a strategic genius'.

'Michael Cash and Henrietta Mason give concise unambiguous advice that can be relied upon. It is so refreshing to meet a legal team that can dissect the issue and advise without prevarication. Together they are a formidable team'.

'Sarah Lee - her litigation tactics and attention to detail are impressive'.

'Jack Bailey is responsive, creative and robust. He displays maturity beyond his years and is very good with clients'.

'Jessica Davies, is adept at juggling a heavy work load without stress and gives reassurance to clients when they most need it'.

'Sian Hodgson is also very good'.

 

Key Clients

Administrator for the estate of Nizam of Hyderabad

Morigi

Nora Greenslade

Work highlights

  • Acting for the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad in a long running dispute over £35m held by National Westminster Bank that was deposited in 1948.
  • Acting on behalf of five US family members in an international trust and estate dispute worth over £5million.
  • Acting for the defendant on an appeal of a High Court decision and in ongoing proceedings.
Leading individuals

Michael Cash - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Next Generation Partners

Henrietta Mason - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Julie Burton heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that frequently acts as a professional deputy or trustee for individuals who have received an award as a result of personal injury or clinical negligence claims. The group acts for both children and adults across the UK and abroad who have acquired brain injuries and other injuries. It also has a number of elderly clients. The department has 122 deputyship matters and 40 trust matters where Julie Burton or PennTrust Ltd (the firm’s trust corporation) is appointed as a professional deputy or trustee. It also has two matters where PennTrust Ltd is the appointed attorney under a lasting power of attorney. Senior associate Daniel Toop is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Julie Burton

Other key lawyers:Daniel Toop

Leading individuals

Julie Burton - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Rising stars

Daniel Toop - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is particularly well-known for its work on complex high-net-worth financial cases. It has specialist expertise in acting for trust companies, family offices and other third parties that are either joined or obliged to intervene in financial remedy applications. Through Jane Craig the team also boasts considerable skill in advising on the issues facing cohabitants and can advise on cohabitation agreements, property ownership and children issues. The team is also recommended for its work on cross-border disputes involving children and has recently noticed an increased amount of work on cases involving the international relocation of children. James Stewart is also well regarded and Elizabeth Carson was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Jane Craig; James Stewart

Other key lawyers:Edward Floyd; Anna Worwood; Rebecca Carlyon; Tammy Knox; Linzi Bull; Elizabeth Carson; Kate Molan; Matilda Kingham; Ellie Hampson-Jones

Testimonials

'The family team has a multi-disciplinary approach and works closely with its property, litigation and private client/tax teams to provide a 360 degree Rolls-Royce service for clients'.

'A well-known and well-respected family law firm, which is consistently involved in some of the biggest family law cases around. Linzi Bull is hugely intelligent, tremendously committed and so very insightful, her clients love her, and with good reason'.

'James Stewart has an incredible strategic mind, is an excellent leader, and only recruits and trains the brightest and the best young lawyers to work in his team ensuring that the clients, at every level, have the best possible people working on their case'.

'Edward Floyd has a forensic attention to detail which is second to none, he is highly numerate, and his calmness under pressure is legendary'.

'Jane Craig is a fantastic team leader with excellent attention to detail, she looks at each case from the bottom up as well as the top down. Matilda Kingham is also excellent'.

'Jane Craig is very experienced, knows instinctively how to deal with difficult cases and difficult clients but she is also very commercial. James Stewart puts together very good teams and works tirelessly'.

'Rebecca Carlyon has built a fantastic reputation with her calm advice tempered with a strong backbone. Iron fist in a velvet glove'.

'Clients are consistently impressed with Anna Worwood, her international children practice is second to none'.

'Tammy Knox is enthusiastic, personable and polished, but capable where necessary of being frank and down to earth about weaknesses in a case, and what needs to be done about them'.

'Ellie Hampton-Jones – one to watch for the future. Intelligent and can sell ice to Eskimos. Kate Molan – will give her all to a case. Calm, measured and effective'.

Work highlights

  • Representing the trustees in relation to complex international divorce proceedings.
  • Representing W in financial remedy application ancillary to divorce, having previously acted for the client in 2009 in judicial separation proceedings.
  • Advising on a complex case involving very substantial inherited wealth and trusts.
  • Instructed by one of Russia’s leading family offices. Acting for H, a member of one of Russia’s ‘Top 20’ wealthiest families.
Leading individuals

Anna Worwood - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

James Stewart - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Jane Craig - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Rebecca Carlyon - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Next Generation Partners

Edward Floyd - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Elizabeth Carson - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Clare Archer heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, their families, family offices and private wealth firms on a wide range of complicated tax, family law and succession issues. Many of its clients have instructed the firm for generations to advise them on trust administration, succession planning and wills. The team is also skilled at advising on multi-jurisdictional matters and was pleased to recently add Ryan Myint to its ranks from Taylor Wessing LLP.

Practice head(s):Clare Archer

Other key lawyers:Ryan Myint; Lucy Edwards

Testimonials

'Ryan Myint is an exceptional lawyer who provides a thorough analysis for clients and helpful advice.'

'Lucy Edwards is an accomplished and knowledgeable private client lawyer with a great manner with clients.'

 

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The multi-disciplinary education team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is regularly instructed by leading UK universities and other higher education institutions on a number of matters pertaining to commercial property concerns, joint venture agreements, contracts and litigation. The group led by Gemma Woodhouse combines specialist employment and immigration expertise; immigration specialist Pat Saini and head of private wealth immigration Hazar El-Chamaa are both recommended. Corporate partner Simon Bickerdike advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects, and also handles merger-related matters.

Practice head(s):Gemma Woodhouse; Hilary Aldred; Daff Richardson

Other key lawyers:Pat Saini; Hazar El-Chamma; Simon Bickerdike

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's education team combines cross-departmental expertise in immigration, employment, commercial property and governance to advise clients on a wide spectrum of matters, including safeguarding and child protection as well as discrimination issues. Jointly led by Gemma Woodhouse, Hilary Aldred and Daff Richardson, the team has experience in assisting high-profile clients with historic abuse issues and defending against claims arising from this. Other key team members include immigration specialists Pat Saini and Hazar El-Chamaa.

Practice head(s):Gemma Woodhouse; Hilary Aldred; Daff Richardson

Other key lawyers:Katie Glendinning; Pat Saini; Hazar El-Chamma

Key Clients

Wellington College

Reed’s School

Crosfields School Trust

Godstowe Preparatory School

Beaconsfield Educational Trust (Davenies School)

Shrewsbury House School

The Licensed Trade Charity

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Elstree Schools Ltd

Wellington College Academy Trust

Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students

Work highlights

  • Representing a multi-site school client in respect of safeguarding issues and closure of boarding.
  • Advising a leading senior boys' school on changes to staff pay scales.
  • Advising a multi-academy trust in respect of inappropriate comments made by a teacher to students, including liaising with external authorities.
  • Advising on the constitution of a leading member association.
  • Advising an education sector client on potential criminal allegations and safeguarding issues.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the practice handles a wide range of development projects and transactions, including forward funding deals, and recently supplemented its offering with the hire of Simon Allan from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a specialist in working with private capital on infrastructure-related assets. The acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolio is a further core strength, as is fund and asset management work. The client roster includes institutional investors, real estate companies and funds, family officers, banks and tenant occupiers. James Nadin heads the practice which is also instructed by hotels for acquisition, disposal, development and leasing work.

Practice head(s):James Nadin

Other key lawyers:Louis Manches; Simon Allan; Alison Lewis

Testimonials

'They are a very commercial firm and focus on the key issues that really matter.'

 

Key Clients

Munroe K Limited

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Wavendon Residential Property LLP

Lester Hotel Group

Alumno Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Munroe K Limited on the strategic expansion of White Rose Office Park Leeds to incorporate a station on the main Leeds to Manchester train line.
  • Acting for Aprirose Real Estate Investment on the funding and development of two of Birmingham’s largest city centre residential schemes with a combined value of in excess of £120m.  
  • Representing a joint venture between a group of ex-directors of Burford Group PLC and an Oxford College on the acquisition of two golf courses in Wavendon Bucks, and worked with the clients whilst planning permission was obtained for residential development.
  • Acting for Lester Hotel Group on the acquisition/financing of site for development of prime hotel in central Glasgow.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the practice handles a wide range of development projects and transactions, including forward funding deals, and recently supplemented its offering with the hire of Simon Allan from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a specialist in working with private capital on infrastructure-related assets. The acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolio is a further core strength, as is fund and asset management work. The client roster includes institutional investors, real estate companies and funds, family officers, banks and tenant occupiers. James Nadin heads the practice which is also instructed by hotels for acquisition, disposal, development and leasing work.

Practice head(s):James Nadin

Other key lawyers:Louis Manches

Testimonials

'They are a very commercial firm and focus on the key issues that really matter.'

Key Clients

Lester Hotel Group

Chesterman Consultants

Starwood Capital Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lester Hotel Group on the acquisition/financing of site for development of prime hotel in central Glasgow.  
  • Acting for Chesterman Consultants Ltd as purchaser of the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel from Laser (Mercure) Limited.  

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the practice handles a wide range of development projects and transactions, including forward funding deals, and recently supplemented its offering with the hire of Simon Allan from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a specialist in working with private capital on infrastructure-related assets. The acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolio is a further core strength, as is fund and asset management work. The client roster includes institutional investors, real estate companies and funds, family officers, banks and tenant occupiers. James Nadin heads the practice which is also instructed by hotels for acquisition, disposal, development and leasing work.

Practice head(s):James Nadin

Other key lawyers:Vinay Veneik; James McNeilly

Testimonials

‘They are a very commercial firm and focus on the key issues that really matter.’

Key Clients

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Canali

Chesterman Consultants Ltd

Lavignac Securities Ltd

Alumno Student Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aprirose Real Estate Investment on the funding and development of two of Birmingham’s largest city centre residential schemes with a combined value of in excess of £120m.  
  • Acting for Chesterman Consultants Ltd as purchaser of The Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel from Laser (Mercure) Limited.
  • Acting for Lavignac Securities, which was contracted to buy the land and property of a factory site on Shadwell Street in Birmingham’s historic former manufacturing district known as the Gun Quarter.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's practice primarily acts for developers and funders, while also advising contractors, handling across the hotels, social housing, healthcare and renewable energy sectors. The practice is led by Richard Cooke who covers the oil and gas, energy and transport sectors. The 'high performing' Francis Ho is a key member of the team and is advising Harlow Properties on a regeneration project in Harlow, Essex.

Practice head(s):Richard Cooke

Other key lawyers:Francis Ho

Testimonials

'The firm has been proactive to achieve the best possible outcomes in often difficult and complex situations.'

'Friendly and hard-working team.'

'Francis Ho is very knowledgeable, focused, quick to respond and communicates complex legal issues with ease.'

'Peter Massey and Francis Ho are high performing individuals who give prompt and practical advice.'

'Expertise on complex deals.'

Key Clients

Abingdon School

Somerville College

Harlow Properties

Alumno Developments

Aytoun Street Developments Limited

Ares Management

Metropolitan Thames Valley

NoCo Hotels

Wokingham Housing Limited

BPHA

Aprirose

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Acting for landlords and tenants alike, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's client portfolio includes investment managers, office occupiers, retailers and charities alongside residential landlords and tenants. In the commercial property space, the team led by Donald Lambert is particularly active in contested lease renewals and tenant insolvency matters, while, in the residential property sphere, the group is adept at assisting with the recovery of service charges and lease matters. Handling development-related work, including various neighbourly issues and restrictive covenants, as well as social housing litigation are other key areas of expertise. Housing association specialist Ben Robinson made partner in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Donald Lambert

Other key lawyers:David Masters; Ben Robinson

Key Clients

Kames Capital

Sellar Property Group

Curzon Asset Management

Wandle Housing Association

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Pinnacle Places

Southern Housing Group

Munroe K Luxembourg

Alpha Real Capital

BPHA

Work highlights

  • Acted for a landlord in property matters, including repairing obligations, pertaining to New Look's CVA.
  • Advising Adnac Business Park on its challenge to a restrictive covenant in order to develop land adjacent to the M23.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP (which resulted from a recent merger between Penningtons Manches LLP and Thomas Cooper LLP) has successfully grown its social housing practice, with clients drawn to its broad range of services. In addition to advising existing clients, the firm has won mandates from new clients, including London & Quadrant, BPHA and Heylo. Linda Storey heads the team, which acts for more than 50 housing associations. It also generates work from local authorities, local housing companies, private developers and consultants. In 2018, Andrew Casstles led the advice to Richmond Housing Partnership Limited on a £3.1m land acquisition, which included assistance with the planning-related aspects of the transactions. In addition, Casstles and Storey acted for Metropolitan Thames Valley on the forward-funding acquisition and development of 58 affordable residential units by way of phased freehold block transfers and individual flat leases from a national developer. Other services span areas such as housing management, securitisation, construction and joint ventures. Peter Massey and Ben Robinson are also active practitioners in this space. Tim Johnson joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

Practice head(s):Linda Storey

Other key lawyers:Andrew Casstles; Peter Massey; Ben Robinson; Tim Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advised Aldwyck Housing Group Limited on the forward-funding purchase, development and sale of 11 shared ownership houses on a new housing estate, which included negotiating the proposed estate charge regime and complex fixed and variable rent charge provisions.
  • Advised Peabody Enterprises Limited on a conditional land purchase (via a sub-sale arrangement), which involved negotiating a collateral agreement to protect the security of Peabody’s deposit which was being passed from the client to the owner.
  • Advised Metropolitan Thames Valley on the forward-funding acquisition and development of 58 affordable residential units by way of phased freehold block transfers and individual flat leases from a national developer.
  • Advised Octavia on the acquisition of s106 units via airspace leases (granted at golden brick stage out of a long leasehold title) with a related development agreement at a mixed-use site that included market units, a hotel, service apartments, offices, gym, retail units and school.
  • One of three firms acting for Sage Housing on its nationwide programme concerning affordable housing purchases.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The 'small but highly effective' reputation management and privacy department at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP demonstrates particular strength in matters related to the firm's expertise in family, private client and employment law. Team head Jeremy Clarke-Williams, who is regarded a 'leading light', has ample experience in all aspects of libel, reputation management and privacy law and acts for members of parliament, celebrities and private individuals like. In addition to her expertise in litigation, 'hard-working' associate director Adele Ashton also offers pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Clarke-Williams

Other key lawyers:Adele Ashton

Testimonials

'The team is a highly specialised unit with exceptional experience and skills in this area.'

'Aside from the high quality of legal advice, the personal interest and commitment demonstrated by Jeremy Clarke-Williams and his colleagues are especially noteworthy.'

'Jeremy Clarke-Williams' advice from start to finish was inch perfect.'

'Adele Ashton combines fighting her clients' corner with a good dose of pragmatism.'

'Jeremy Clarke-Williams is a true expert in the field and an expert case manager, showing perfect judgement and client-handling skills. He has unrivalled experience in the field. He remains calm in high pressure situations and can always be trusted to make the right call when difficult decisions are required.'

Key Clients

Zahir Monir

Howard Kennedy (photographer)

Triaster Limited

Two police officers

Christ Church  college, Oxford

Two police constables

Work highlights

  • Represented Zahir Monir in his successful libel claim against Steve Wood, Chairman of Bristol UKIP and UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Bristol South.
  • Acting for photographer Howard Kennedy in proceedings of defamation, negligence and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 against the National Trust for Scotland in relation to a photoshoot on their property.
  • Acting for Triaster Ltd, a software company, in a libel action against Dun & Bradstreet.
  • Advising the Governing Body of Christ Church college, Oxford  in relation to complaints which have been made against the Dean of Christ Church.
  • Acted for two police constables whose images were broadcast without their consent by Channel 5.
Leading individuals

Jeremy Clarke-Williams - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP boasts a strong domestic and international client base of well-known brands in a variety of sectors, from retail, food and drink and professional services through to education and biotech. Gavin Stenton handles all aspects of trade mark and design filing, prosecution and enforcement, and cross-border disputes. He also advises brand owners on  the commercial exploitation of their brands, as well as on the acquisition of third-party brands. Anna Frankum co-heads the national IP, IT and commercial group and is particularly noted for her work in prosecution, oppositions and invalidations before the UKIPO, EUIPO and WIPO.

Practice head(s):Gavin Stenton

Testimonials

'Penningtons Manches' trade marks team is extremely responsive, and their advice very pragmatic. The lawyers in the team are very experienced specialists.'

'They join the dots between all their different disciplines - there is one point of contact that keeps things simple and manageable for their client. They keep in regular and constant communication, making sure the client has all the tools and advice needed to make an informed decision.'

'Gavin Stenton provides thoughtful, strategic advice at reasonable rates'

'Anna Frankum and Gavin Stenton are first class, very competent and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

All Saints Retail Ltd

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd

Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Needle & Thread Design in relation to a broad range of contentious trade mark, design right and copyright matters, often with an international dimension.
  • Advising celebrity chef and owner of Roots’ Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd, Levi Roots, in relation to all domestic and international brand management and enforcement matters. Recent mandates included filing opposition proceedings (in the UK) to defend the "Rasta Pasta" brand, and prosecuting new UK trade mark applications for the new "Reggaenaise" brand.
  • Instructed by South Korean trade mark counsel, First Law PC, on behalf of the leading South Korean entertainment company BigHit Entertainment Co Ltd to register and enforce the UK trade mark rights of world-famous K-Pop boy band BTS. This involved extensive UK trade mark filings, undertaking coexistence negotiations with numerous third parties and taking action against conflicting third party trade mark applications and/or usage.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has particular experience in trade mark and design rights matters, with clients spanning the technology, retail, consumer goods, food and drink, and education sectors. Anna Frankum and dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney Christopher Shelley jointly lead the team and are based in London and Bristol respectively. Frankum focuses on non-contentious matters, while Shelley has experience across the full range of trade mark, design and brand protection matters. Alexander Fox is a name to note for IP disputes in the technology, manufacturing and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):Anna Frankum; Christopher Shelley

Other key lawyers:Alexander Fox

Key Clients

All Saints Retail Ltd

Astrid Media

CHT Germany GmbH

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Joseph Giles Ltd

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Limited

Retail Equipment Ltd

Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd

Tech London Advocates

TNQ Books & Journals Private Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed by All Saints Retail to advise on brand protection matters including a range of contentious trade mark, design right and copyright matters.
  • Acting for Joseph Giles in numerous disputes regarding registered community design right infringement, community unregistered design right infringement and UK unregistered design right infringement.
  • Advising Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates on brand portfolio issues and licensing strategies.
  • Representing TNQ Books & Journals in a copyright infringement and breach of confidential information dispute.
  • Advising Roots’ Reggae Reggae Sauce on its international trade mark portfolios including filing new applications and oppositions to defend the marks.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Following the merger of Penningtons Manches and Thomas Cooper, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP can draw on a newly combined international sports group, which acts for footballers, managers and Formula One clients across a broad sweep of areas. Work covered includes disciplinary proceedings, employment disputes and civil law claims relating to misconduct, libel and professional negligence, among other areas. On the non-contentious side, the group advises on the immigration status of athletes, acquisitions for stadium developments and GDPR compliance. Nick Humphreys is very active in the High Court and Employment Tribunals, where he handles litigation for managers, coaches, backroom staff and executives in the football industry, while employment specialist Andrew Haywood is known for giving internal advice to clubs in relation to player and manager acquisitions and exits.

Practice head(s):Andrew Haywood; Nick Humphreys; James Severn

Testimonials

"Pennington Manches Cooper's sports practice has an impressive international network enabling them to deal with the complicated cross-jurisdictional world in which elite athletes operate. The service of its team is client focused and performance driven."

"Very strong as sports disputes, especially those in an international context."

"Nick Humphreys is very strong at the employment and sports overlap."

"James Severn's ability to cut through issues and find the key point is clinical and a key asset to his clients. His practical approach ensures that money spent is well spent." 

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London: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Specialist shipping firm Thomas Cooper LLP recently merged with Penningtons Manches to create Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. With an international reach, the team is 'well-known in the sector for its shipping and trade knowledge and expertise' and 'regularly punches above its weight'. It handles a broad range of instructions including casualties, major losses and commercial disputes; the team is 'particularly strong in pure shipping disputes, with a wealth of knowledge and experience'. Tim Kelleher is noted for his disputes expertise and team head Darryl Kennard, who is 'energetic and knowledgeable', specialises in wet work including salvage, loss and collision claims. Charles Williams has retired.

Practice head(s):Darryl Kennard

Other key lawyers:Tim Kelleher; Nick Donnelly; Tom Moisley; Mark Sachs; Lisa Hillary; Alex McIntosh; James Severn; John Strange;

Testimonials

Mark Sachs is likable and able; he has a strong understanding of China and South East Asia and the particular commercial and legal culture of those regions.

'A very high quality and specialist commercial and shipping practice, which offers fantastic service and knowledge.'

Tom Moisley's experience of working in the insurance market  leaves him with a unique and valuable insight into the shipping market.

Tom Moisley's breadth of knowledge, strategic thinking, and calm and considered approach is invaluable.

Tom Moisley's exceptional diligence and work ethic makes him a lawyer whom any client would prize.

Lisa Hillary shows huge commitment to her clients and cases. William Stansfield is capable, calm, and has very good judgment.

'It provides detailed but clear and concise analysis of the legal issues.'

'The team takes the time to understand the client's business.'

Darryl Kennard consistently provides a very high level of service and practical, commercially minded advice that respects the business context of the issues.

'The team is very responsive to queries and it provides very good technical advice in a manner which is easy to interpret and understand.'

'The availability of a rich technical network and in-house expertise makes a winning team.'

Leading individuals

Darryl Kennard - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Tim Kelleher - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Following the merger of Thomas Cooper LLP and Penningtons Manches LLP to create Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the team now features marine and commercial litigation group head John Strange, who has a strong following in the shipping and ferry industries. The team is adept at handling complex and high-value cross-border personal injury claims for claimants and defendants and is instructed by a number of insurers. It is particularly noted for its specialist brain injury expertise. Team head Mark Lee is leading advice for an individual who suffered life changing injuries, and his family, following a catastrophic road traffic accident in France.

Practice head(s):Mark Lee

Other key lawyers:Warren Collins; John Strange; James Severn; Keith Dean; Joanna Wylie

Key Clients

Allianz Legal Protection

UK General Insurance Group

Vitality Health

Travel Insurance Facilities

Canopius Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a minor who sustained a severe brain injury when he fell through a damaged skylight in Spain.
  • The team continues to act for a former NATO and US army official who was brain injured while visiting a London hotel.
  • Acting for three Claimants involved in a serious RTA in Romania.
  • Representing an English national who suffered serious injuries in an RTA in Spain.
  • The team is representing an individual who suffered life changing injuries caused by quad bike accident in Cyprus.
Leading individuals

Mark Lee - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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