The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Penningtons Manches LLP

Work 020 7457 3000
Fax 020 7457 3240

Peter Massey

Work 020 7457 3076
Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Construction and infrastructure, real estate.


Peter is a partner in the construction and infrastructure team leading on housing, development, construction and operational matters. Coming from an engineering background and having worked in house at AMEC plc, Peter has extensive experience of acting for both the public and private sector and clients praise him for his practical approach.

His practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious construction including development, joint ventures, building and FM contracts, procurement, ICT contracts, consultants' appointments, partnering agreements, bonds, PGCs and collateral warranties. He also advises on distressed schemes, dispute resolution, tactics and adjudication.

Peter has particular expertise in the accommodation sectors including residential development, student accommodation, hotels and housing schemes. He has acted for leading investors, developers, contractors and numerous housing associations. He also has significant projects experience and has acted on some of the highest profile PFI/PPP schemes and he continues to work on health, leisure, education and housing projects in the UK.


Trainee, Denton Wilde Sapte 1998-2000; assistant 2000-05; senior assistant Devonshires 2005-07; senior legal advisor, AMEC Plc 2007-08; partner Penningtons Solicitors LLP 2008.


Society of Construction Law.


University of Exeter (1996 M Eng (Hons) Mechanical); Guildford College of Law (1997 Dip Law, Commendation; 1998 LLB, Commendation).

London: Real estate

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Penningtons Manches Cooper is instructed by a host of national housing associations in relation to property transactions, litigation, landlord and tenant issues and development joint venture agreements. Headed by Linda Storey, the team has been involved in several affordable housing and shared-ownership developments. In one example, Andrew Casstles advised Southern Housing Group on the acquisition of two development sites and a leaseback transaction, while Storey handled the shared-ownership leases and unit sales at the site. Similarly, Peter Massey assisted Sovereign Housing Association with a joint venture agreement with Kier Construction to develop a 280-unit mixed-tenure residential scheme. Senior associate Charlotte D’Avola leads a team that provides ongoing advice to Family Mosaic Housing in relation to charging, release and substitution work. David Masters is instructed by housing associations in connection with Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 obligations. Mark Sellers, who advises registered providers on site acquisitions and development agreements, joined the team from Prince Evans Solicitors LLP.

[back to top]

South East: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Penningtons Manches Cooper has a longstanding track record acting for housing associations and local authorities covering the full range of social housing advice, from home ownership matters to securitisation, portfolio management and acquisition and development work. The practice is continuing to expand its client base, with Network Housing, Winchester City Council and Shoreditch Housing Association all new clients for 2017. Recent highlights include acting for Southern Housing Group on ongoing issues arising from the Bow River Village development, including the acquisition of two adjacent development sites for a total consideration of £31m; acting for Thames Valley Housing Association on the review of its shared ownership lease and sales guides, which involved reducing the timescales between the issue of sales contract packages to exchange of contracts; and assisting Paragon Asra Housing with title reviews to assess their mortgageability, potential value related restrictions and any compliance concerns. Linda Storey heads the team and acts for clients including Metropolitan Housing Trust. Also recommended are Andrew Casstles, who specialises in property development and regeneration, construction and procurement specialist Peter Massey, and Eugene Wojciechowski, who focuses on employment matters.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to