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Penningtons Manches Cooper

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155710 Oxford 13

Simon Knott

Work 01865 813749
Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Real estate, retail.


Simon is a lateral hire having been a partner at Shoosmiths for 11 years. He has considerable experience dealing with all aspects of commercial real estate including acquisitions, disposals, letting, development and funding. He has particular expertise acting for large corporate tenants with fast ‘roll out’ programmes with a particular focus on the retail and leisure sector including numerous convenience stores. His clients include Fitness First and White Stuff Limited. Examples of work include: acting for Fitness First for 14 years acquiring numerous gyms upon their behalf and dealing with general property matters. He dealt with the property aspects of the recent CVA and the subsequent disposal programme of the non-performing gyms. He met Fat Face when it had one shop and acted for the company until Jules and Tim’s (the founders) exit including dealing with the property aspects of that sale. Over the last five years he has been heavily involved with ground rents and his team have acquired hundreds of ground rent investments with an aggregate value in excess of £125m. He has acted for IKEA in connection with the development of the IKEA Southampton store; for a property investment fund in connection with the sale of a ground rent portfolio of 5,000 units; and for one of the big four banks in connection with the provision of acquisition finance in respect of West Tower Liverpool.


Trained Hughes Watton; qualified 1991; Bond Pearce 1992-98; Shoosmiths 1999 – 2013; partner Penningtons Manches 2013-to date.




Colston’s School, Bristol; Bristol University (LLM).

South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Penningtons Manches Cooper is strong for work in the retail and leisure sector, large-scale development projects, and education and environmental and planning law, with a client base including multinational corporates, universities and entrepreneur developers such as Frontier Estates, Fitness First and Berendsen UK. Richard Smith] heads the team and leads the environmental and planning law group. Smith advised St Peter's College, Oxford, on the purchase of several properties on New Inn Hall Street and acted for the European Space Agency on its acquisition of a new office at Harwell Science Campus. Simon Knott has assisted White Stuff with the acquisition, disposal and day-to-day management of various high-street stores and warehousing centres.

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