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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Ben Robinson

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Real estate litigation


Partner in the firm’s real estate litigation team and represents a range of clients including landlords, tenants and developers. He provides comprehensive advice on residential property issues to include rent and service charge disputes in the First Tier Tribunal, enfranchisements claims, party wall claims, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims. He also specialises in property related professional negligence claims and vacant possession strategies for large scale development sites.

He works closely with institutional landlords, advising on breaches of covenant, forfeiture and the recovery of arrears, and social housing providers in relation to the effective management of their portfolios including possession proceedings, disrepair claims, anti-social behaviour and injunctions for access.


Trained at Dawsons LLP; qualified 2008; partner at Penningtons Manches in 2018.




Cranbrook School, Kent; University of Bristol (2003); Nottingham Law School (2005).

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

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.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

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.

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