Simon Knott > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Real estate, retail.


Partner in the real estate team. 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 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).

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Simon Knott leads Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP real estate practice in Oxford, where he complements the firm’s focus on development, science parks, and colleges through his retail and leisure-centred practice. Laura Gorman and consultant Charles Seaward are two highly active members of the team, with the latter acting in matters regarding the acquisition and disposal of land as well as for corporate occupiers and Gorman handling a wide array of transactions, including real estate financing. For his extensive expertise in portfolio management, Justin Winterbottom comes particularly recommended.