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Penningtons Manches Cooper

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Eugene Wojciechowski

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Employment group.


Partner in the employment group based in Reading. Practices all areas of both contentious and non-contentious employment law, including advising clients on TUPE, trade union disputes, employment tribunal litigation, enforcing post-termination restrictive covenants and the negotiation of severance deals.


Trained David Phillips & Partners; qualified 1997; joined Penningtons Manches as partner in 2011; previously partner at Shoosmiths since 2006; prior to that associate at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP (London). Publications of note: co-author and editor of ‘Drafting Service Agreements’.




St Mary’s College, Crosby; University of Salford, BA (Hons) Geography (1991); University of Huddersfield, Common Professional Examination (CPE) (1994); The College of Law (Chester), Legal Professional Course (‘LPC’) (1995).

South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Penningtons Manches Cooper is experienced in the education, life sciences and technology sectors, counting Merton College, Oxford Nanopore Technologies and IVI UK as clients. Daff Richardson and Eugene Wojciechowski are the key partners servicing the Thames Valley market out of the firm’s Oxford and Reading offices respectively. Richardson co-leads the firm’s education practice, with clients in this field including higher education institutions, independent schools and charities. Richardson also has specialisms in data protection, strategic reorganisations and severance arrangements for senior executives and academics. Wojciechowski advised M20 Property Group on all employment and pension-related matters in respect of the client’s preparation to sell a portfolio of properties across the UK, and successfully defended One Housing Group against claims for unfair constructive dismissal, breach of contract and discrimination. Senior associate Duncan Bain  is noted for his specialist expertise around the crossover between employment and immigration; he is assisting Ocado on an ongoing basis with cases where employees’ and job candidates’ rights to work are brought into question. Bill Smith is well versed in corporate-related work, especially transactions involving university spin-out companies.

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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.

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