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Penningtons Manches LLP

125 WOOD STREET, LONDON, EC2V 7AW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7457 3000
Fax:
Fax 020 7457 3240
DX:
42605 CHEAPSIDE
Email:
Web:
www.penningtons.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team β€˜always does what it says it will do’; β€˜its soft skills and approachability makes it stand out from the crowd’. Anna Frankum attracts particular praise; she is β€˜a great lawyer who provides advice that is solid, thorough and pragmatic’. The group acts for clients ranging from SMEs and public sector bodies to AIM-listed companies and multinational corporates. As a founding member of the MultiLaw network, it is well positioned to handle an increasing international workload. Recent highlights include advising Mahindra International UK (part of the Mahindra Group) on the UK launch of its electric car, the e2o, and assisting Polsinelli LLP with terminating a distribution agreement across six territories. Tata Group, Hong Kong Tourism Board and LSS Photography are also clients. Gavin Stenton made partner.

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

Penningtons Manches LLP

Key sector strengths for Penningtons Manches LLP’s department include real estate, technology, life sciences and retail; it is also noted for its experience in venture capital. The team handles public as well as private M&A: David Tighe, Melvin Pedro and practice head Matthew Martin advised Evotec on its Β£42m takeover of Cyprotex. Pedro and Martin also acted for MRH on its sale to Lone Star. Christopher Owen assisted Domestic Group with its Β£17m purchase of Oceanair Marine, and advised Vostok Emerging Finance on its €3m investment in TransferGo Holdings. All Saints Retail, Verisk Analytics, Newsquest Media Group, Sugarman Group and Sellar Property Group are representative clients of the department. Digital business expert James Klein is also recommended. Senior associate Gemma Davis, who is especially strong in corporate finance, is β€˜impressive and trustworthy’.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches LLP (London, Reading, Oxford and Cambridge)

With offices in London, Reading, Cambridge and Oxford, and leveraging the firm’s IP and life sciences expertise, Penningtons Manches LLP provides β€˜no-nonsense and business focused advice’ to an impressive roster of technology corporates, in addition to spin-outs from universities. Justin Starling has a β€˜good understanding of how best to move all parties to complete on a transaction’; he recently advised NeRRe Therapeutics on its Β£23m Series B funding round. Associate Elizabeth Yell has particular expertise advising high-growth technology businesses and is praised for her β€˜very efficient advice’. The team also continues to pick up an increased flow of investor-side instructions including, β€˜pragmatic deal doer’ Rob Hayes’ recent work for Business Growth Fund. Other clients include Nexeon, Touchstone Innovations, Seedrs, and Evox Therapeutics.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP has particular expertise in cross-border and international disputes, as evidenced by the firm’s well-established India group and recently founded San Francisco office; and the practice’s work ranges from shareholder disputes to complex contractual claims. Rustam Dubash is head of commercial dispute resolution and Alex Fox β€˜has a very commercial approach’. John Doherty and Richard Marshall are key advisers; Jeremy Clarke-Williams joined from Slater and Gordon, while Mark Lewis departed for Kemp Little LLP.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Penningtons Manches LLP

Focusing on the healthcare and legal sectors, with particular emphasis on the veterinary and farriery professions, Penningtons Manches LLP’s β€˜highly professional’ and β€˜responsive’ team is praised for its β€˜in-depth knowledge of the regulatory sector’. Key clients include the General Dental Council, the General Osteopathic Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and the Farriers Registration Council (FRC). The team is led by Geoffrey Hudson (β€˜meticulous’ and β€˜brilliant at understanding clients’ needs’), who, together with β€˜reliable and knowledgeable’, β€˜standout’ senior associate Hein Le Roux, successfully represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in an appeal to the High Court by a former solicitor against the decision of the SDT to strike him off. Nicole Curtis acted for the FRC in an appeal to the High Court by a farrier – who is also a member of the FRC’s governing council and of its disciplinary committee – found guilty of bullying and erased from the register. She successfully represented the RCVS in relation to an appeal to the Privy Council by a veterinary surgeon challenging the original hearing where he had been struck off.

Leading individuals

Geoffrey Hudson - Penningtons Manches LLP

Nicole Curtis - Penningtons Manches LLP

Next generation lawyers

Hein Le Roux - Penningtons Manches LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice handles high-profile disputes and restrictive covenant issues for both employers and senior executives. Recent highlights include advising the London branch of an international luxury goods and fashion company on an investigation arising from false VAT reclaims made by an employee; Tom Walker led on the investigations while Sarah Johnson assisted the client with the disciplinary process. Walker and Johnson also advised a foreign hedge fund on the employment aspects concerning the closure and reorganisation of two of the client’s London-based subsidiaries. The team is led by Paul Mander, who represents senior executives in disputes brought against major financial institutions. Andrew Haywood has significant experience handling discrimination claims. Jon Heuvel is now at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

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

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team of β€˜absolute experts’ has β€˜a grasp of the law as well as practice, and this makes a tremendous difference when dealing with complicated and challenging issues’. It acts for clients in the education, technology and sports sectors, and advises individual high-net-worth clients on their immigration requirements. Team head Pat Saini delivers β€˜creative solutions’, takes a β€˜personal’ approach, and acts for high-net-worth individuals, multinational corporations, and SMEs and start-ups, and has particular expertise in the education and technology sectors. The β€˜very able’ Hazar El-Chamaa heads the immigration offering for the private wealth sector and mainly handles investor and entrepreneur applications, as well as complex individual applications. Non-practising associate director Penny Evans focuses on corporate and education sector clients, and leads the Cambridge-based team.

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London: Insurance

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

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice β€˜always sets and attains high standards’ and is β€˜among the best in complex high-value claims’. The firm is experienced in handling a range of negligence matters, specialising in particular in cases involving brain injury, spinal injury, surgical mismanagement and failure to diagnose. Department head John Kyriacou stands out for his expertise in maximum severity claims, including cases of spinal injury and brain damage in infants.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s β€˜excellent’ practice is β€˜hugely experienced and respected in the field’ and is experienced in handling cases involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, burns and disfiguring injuries, and complex fatal accident claims. The β€˜formidable team’ is headed by the β€˜exceptionally good’ Warren Collins, who is β€˜an outstandingly able solicitor’ and has β€˜a unique level of experience’; he is β€˜tactically very astute and commercially-minded’ and specialises in high-value catastrophic injury cases, as well as being experienced in handling cross-border jurisdictional issues.

Leading individuals

Warren Collins - Penningtons Manches LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Leading individuals

Warren Collins - Penningtons Manches LLP

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

Penningtons Manches LLP

John Doherty heads Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice and acts for large multinationals in unsafe consumer products matters and investigations conducted by Trading Standards, among other work. He represented Collier Environmental Services in a claim concerning a defective Volvo vehicle and commercial litigator Richard Marshall acted for Cannon Automotive and C.A. Holdings plc in proceedings against its former US distributor in relation to BMW car mats and Hyundai vehicles that allegedly defective and sold across the US. Guildford-based senior associate Elise Bevan has been active in medical devices work.

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London: Private client

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

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP β€˜has geared up its charities/not-for-profit offering to a level equal to that of the rest of the firm. It has got off to a flying start with a remarkably strong client set that has been attracted by a stellar team’. Head of department Alison Talbot has β€˜exactly the right combination of steely strength, a very deep understanding of not just charity law but the way charities work, and complete sensitivity to her clients’ objects’. β€˜Hugely popular’ senior associate Philip Collins is β€˜a seasoned litigator who has a wealth of experience and very sound judgement’. The firm advises on a wide range of governance, regulatory and legacy matters. Key clients include the RSPCA and the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.

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

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is β€˜one of the best. It is a heavyweight practice with a strong team’. The team is led by β€˜one of the stars of the sector’ Michael Cash, who β€˜is calm, knows his onions, and has unerring judgement and relentless determination. All of these attributes make him one of the most sought after solicitors in this area’. At senior associate level, the β€˜unflappable’ Henrietta Mason is β€˜a calming influence when emotions run high, yet is also whip sharp and fearless, and an extremely imaginative litigator’; and Sarah Lee is β€˜a big hit with clients’. The team is highly regarded for its work in resolving UK and international estate and succession problems in addition to its charities and Court of Protection work. Its recent work includes acting for the administrator of the 7th Nizam’s estate in a complex, long-running dispute concerning Β£35m held by National Westminster Bank; the money was deposited in 1948, and the claimants to the funds include the states of Pakistan and India.

Leading individuals

Michael Cash - Penningtons Manches LLP

Next generation lawyers

Henrietta Mason - Penningtons Manches LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP provides β€˜exceptional client service and has a very competent team with in-depth knowledge of this area’. Head of department Julie Burton is β€˜always available’ and acts as a professional deputy for many clients (both children and adults) with complex brain injuries arising from a personal injury where there is a substantial compensation award. Senior associate Rebecca Sparrow is experienced in working with adults with complex behavioural problems. The practice acts for a number of international as well as UK clients, and manages 108 deputyships and 30 trusts.

Leading individuals

Julie Burton - Penningtons Manches LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is β€˜an excellent firm, with strength in depth’. The β€˜superb’ Jane Craig heads the practice, and is β€˜very good for high-net-worth work. She has client skills that are second to none, and this she blends with good judgement’. Gillian Rivers is β€˜a first-class divorce and family lawyer who is sympathetic and a gritty and determined negotiator’. Other members of the β€˜standout’ team include Anna Worwood in London, Veronica Gilmour in Guildford, and Jane Mitchell in Oxford. Craig has a wealth of experience in both the financial aspects of high-value divorce and separation and in the resolution of complex disputes about arrangements for children, including relocation cases. The team is currently acting in some of the highest-value cases in England, and has well-established expertise in complex international cases. James Stewart heads the private wealth offering, and Rebecca Carlyon advises on all issues arising from divorce and relationship breakdown.

Leading individuals

Anna Worwood - Penningtons Manches LLP

James Stewart - Penningtons Manches LLP

Jane Craig - Penningtons Manches LLP

Rebecca Carlyon - Penningtons Manches LLP

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

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is β€˜a top tax firm with excellent and very helpful staff who are exceptionally well organised and have a wide range of experience’. Clare Archer is β€˜exceptionally personable and technically proficient. She has the right combination of experience, technical experience and diplomacy that ensures that sensitive matters are handled with great care’. James d’Aquino is β€˜certainly a rising star with superb client handling skills and a degree of sensitivity that is uncommon in a partner of his age. He is able to get to the key issues very rapidly, and is a problem solver. He has excellent multi-jurisdictional skills’. Senior associate Lucy Edwards is β€˜experienced on complex issues of UK res non-dom clients and ultra-high-net-worth clients’.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s β€˜very pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team provides comprehensive immigration and employment advice to funding providers and higher education institutions, as well as defending clients against claims arising under the Equality Act 2010. The β€˜supremely sensible and knowledgeable’ Daff Richardson is advising a world-leading foreign university on the employment of a junior dean and is defending a higher education institution against a disability discrimination claim filed by an undergraduate student pertaining to the provision of special arrangements for examinations. Pat Saini is providing ongoing immigration advice to Navitas, including day-to-day support with risk management and Tier 4 Visa compliance. β€˜Expert’ Hilary Aldred β€˜grasps the nub of an issue immediately and sets out clearly and concisely related risks and available strategies’. Alison Talbot is also recommended.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team, led by John Hargreaves, assists institutional clients with financing transactions, NHS restructurings and wider corporate work. Its client base includes digital economy medical providers, in addition to professional councils and healthcare groups. The group assisted The Hub Pharmacy with its acquisition of six pharmacies from Living Care Pharmacy and advised a subsidiary of Rayner Surgical Group on purchasing Moorfields Pharmaceuticals from Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which involved support with employment law and pension liabilities. Head of corporate banking Rich Eldridge assisted a company in the Carebase Group with the Β£7.5m debt and corporate refinancing of Alderwood Care Home. Professional regulation expert Nicole Curtis acts as a legal assessor to the General Osteopathic Council. Restructuring expert SΓ©amas Gray is also recommended. General Dental Council and Westgate Healthcare are also clients.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP services a number of major institutional investor and developer clients such as Aviva Investors, Sellar Property Group, and Alumno Developments. Key players include John Hargreaves, who has particular expertise in handling student accommodation schemes for Alumno Developments; James McNeilly, who focuses on the tech sector; and practice head Peter McElligott. The team is noted for its proficiency in advising foreign investors seeking to purchase property in London, with Duncan Taylor the name to note in this regard.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s β€˜thoughtful and knowledgeable team’ is probably best known for its development work on behalf of housing associations such as Sovereign Housing Association, but it also acts for a range of private clients; one recent mandate saw Peter Massey advise Hoxton Hotel Group on the construction of a signature hotel in Holborn. On the private sector side, the practice was further developed with the hire of the β€˜proactive and engaged’ Francis Ho, who joined from Olswang; Ho’s recent instructions include acting for Harlow Properties on the regeneration of a 78-acre site in Harlow, Essex. Richard Cooke leads the team.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP

The team at Penningtons Manches LLP is headed by Mark Phillips and Peter McElligott, and has experience with financings in a wide range of real estate sectors, including student housing, residential housing, retail parks and hotels and leisure. Clients include Lloyds Bank, Santander UK, Allied Irish Bank and, on the sponsor side, Sellar Property Group. Reading-based senior associate John Chater is also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

At Penningtons Manches LLP, key names in the β€˜knowledgeable, efficient and commercially minded’ team include team head Donald Lambert, who β€˜provides clear and concise advice through an incredibly affable manner’, and David Masters, who is β€˜very pleasant to deal with’. Lambert is highly regarded for his lease renewal expertise; his recent work includes advising on stalled negotiations surrounding a party wall relating to a mixed-use development and acting for JenningsBet in a dispute pertaining to liability issues relating to building repairs. Senior associate Ben Robinson is recommended for residential property issues including rent and service charge disputes, enfranchisement claims, party wall-related matters and adverse possession claims.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is β€˜the firm of choice for many clients’ due to its β€˜comprehensive and swift service combined with clear unequivocal advice and expansive legal expertise’. β€˜Expert property lawyer’ Andrew Casstles advised Spectrum Housing Group on its acquisition of 62 residential dwellings from a developer, and assisted the client with the purchase of land that was subject to planning conditions surrounding an affordable residential scheme. The team also includes β€˜pragmatic, commercial and highly competent’ construction specialist Peter Massey, who led advice to One Housing Group on a remediation contract relating to the remediation of a major gasworks site in London, which will be used as a residential and commercial scheme. Practice head Linda Storey, who specialises in home ownership matters, and senior associate Charlotte D’Avola are also recommended. Alison Talbot, who heads the firm’s charity practice, joined in 2016 from Blake Morgan LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP has established itself as a key player in the space following the recruitment of Jeremy Clarke-Williams and associate director Adele Ashton from Slater and Gordon. Clarke-Williams is β€˜a first-class lawyer’, who has β€˜exceptional experience’, and his β€˜pragmatic and determined approach coupled with expert advice always achieves results’. Highlights included acting for Robert Murat in several libel claims relating to false allegations published in various national newspapers; acting for an individual in misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breach of the Data Protection Act claims; and representing a former Deputy Chief Inspector in a privacy claim against Spire Healthcare regarding the use of a photograph without permission.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP

At Penningtons Manches LLP, Anna Frankum manages Levi Roots’ international trade mark portfolio and in 2016, advised on defending an opposition in Canada. She also assisted CHT R. Beitlich on filing oppositions against trade marks filed at the UKIPO and EUIPO by a Chinese competitor. IP litigator Alex Fox is also a key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP’s client list includes Levi Roots and AllSaints. Recent highlights include advising Leon Restaurants on licencing and franchising issues, and assisting RocketSpace, a technology incubator for Uber and Spotify, in expanding its presence in the UK. Anna Frankum, who primarily focuses on non-contentious IP, is β€˜highly professional’ and β€˜efficient’.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Penningtons Manches LLP

The β€˜enthusiastic, dynamic’ team at Penningtons Manches LLP stands out for its commitment. The β€˜authoritative’ Richard Marshall and the β€˜technically strong, responsive and hardworking’ Andrew Haywood are the key contacts, and are β€˜extremely personable, energetic and passionate about sport’. Commercial dispute resolution is a strength of the practice: Marshall acted for the Ortiz-PatiΓ±o estate on a potential €15m breach of contract claim relating to its sale of Valderrama Group, owner of the Valderrama Golf Club. Litigator Alex Fox, who has β€˜an extremely commercial’ approach, advised the owners of Notts County FC on seeking a resolution to its high-profile commercial problems.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches LLP (Guildford)

Penningtons Manches LLP is praised for its β€˜high level of specialist knowledge’. The team handles international personal injury cases for claimants and defendants clients and is β€˜not afraid to run with risky cases’. Its insurer client base includes Allianz Legal Protection, UK General Insurance Group, Vitality Health and AmTrust Europe. Ciamaint work includes representing a family who suffered serious injuries as a result of a multiple-vehicle collision in France. Team head Mark Lee is β€˜very committed to his clients’ and β€˜is able to explain the differences and intricacies of foreign jurisdictions; he is acutely aware of the need to assess risk and cost in order to consider the best way of settling claims to the satisfaction of the client’. Warren Collins and senior associate Keith Dean are also key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Mark Lee - Penningtons Manches LLP

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