Firm Profile > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Cambridge, England

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Banking and finance Tier 2

The Cambridge office of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for both lenders and borrowers in key sectors including real estate, travel, leisure, education, technology and private wealth. In 2018, the firm was appointed to the HSBC banking and finance panel, and continued to receive instructions from long-term clients Link Asset Services and AIB. Practice head Helen Drayton is a recognised expert in acquisition finance, MBOs, bilateral lending and development finance. Real estate finance specialist Sarah Coates is also recommended.


“A regional Firm with many areas of expertise across the sectors and geography served. It has a technology specialism with the Golden Triangle, including overseas support and representation.”

“Helen Drayton is visible and proactive and is an excellent communicator through a deal or transaction. There are never any surprises when it comes to fees and she is always constructive with any suggestions, feedback or challenge.”

Key clients

HSBC Bank (UK) Plc

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Lors Homes Limited

Santander UK Plc

LTC Holdings Plc

Biotechnology Tier 2

Biotechnology is a key industry sector across the national network of offices of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP and the key lawyers in Cambridge advise start-ups and established life sciences companies on corporate, IP, IT, property and finance matters. Among its clients are numerous biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies, as well as research institutes. The firm, which climbs the ranking this year, has a dedicated IP, IT and commercial lawyer in senior associate Rachel Bradley and an experienced employment partner in Hilary Aldred.

Key clients

Wren Therapeutics


Atopix Therapeutics

King’s Commercialisation Institute

Astex Therapeutics

Orca Pharmaceuticals




King’s Commercialisation Institute


Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 2

'They have simply done it before many times and have the expertise', says a client of the corporate and commercial practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. The practice is led from London, Oxford and Guildford, but key partner Helen Drayton in Cambridge plays a pivotal role in some of the firm's largest transactions. The practice acts for technology, biotech and pharmaceutical clients, as well as academic institutions and non-profit research organisations. Associate Katharine Robinson is a rising star in technology, real estate, food and agriculture M&A deals. Ross McNaughton is predominantly based in San Francisco, but still leads deals through the Cambridge office.

Education Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is best known for its work on employment and governance matters in the higher education sector, and it is on the panel of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium. Hilary Aldred is co-head of the firm-wide education practice and an employment specialist. She has specialised in both contentious and non-contentious employment work for more than 20 years and is recognised for her expertise on a wide range of education issues, acting both for and against institutions. Sarah Coates advises education clients on property matters.


“The team has very strong expertise in both education and employment law, which makes them ideally placed to assist on crossover topics.”

“Hilary Aldred and Sophie Whitbread really go the extra mile for clients.”

Key clients

Florida State University

UCL Business Plc

Fitzwilliam College

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate


ICMP Management Limited

Farriers Registration Council

King’s College London

Employment Tier 2

The Cambridge office of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP plays a vital role in the firms wider national employment practice and clients remark that 'the legal advice is sophisticated and spot-on'. Hilary Aldred, who frequently advises clients in the education sector, and senior associate Sophie Whitbread are the key contacts. Outside of education, their practices focus on life sciences, technology and charity sector clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. The firm is sought-after for boardroom disputes and the management of multinational reorganisations and redundancy programmes.


“The Employment team at the Cambridge office has an excellent knowledge of the higher education sector, and particularly Cambridge/Oxford University and collegiate systems, which is invaluable.”

“I work with Sophie Whitbread and Hilary Aldred. Both are extremely responsive and deliver an unrivalled level of customer service.”

“Sophie Whitbread stands out for her customer focus and completely pragmatic advice. She has an excellent insight into how the organisation works. She understands the issues immediately and has a unique way of working in partnership with us to own and deal with the issues to the most effective and timely resolution. Her written advice notes are always really clear and invaluable.”

“Hilary Aldred stands out for her unrivalled knowledge of academic employment issues and her willingness to challenge long-held views in this area. She is able to help on the most technical of employment issues within this complex arena.”

“Sophie Whitbread is excellent.”

Key clients

Ocado Retail Ltd

Abcam Plc

Oxford Hydrotechnics Limited

Florida State University

UCL Business Plc

Fitzwilliam College


University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Intellectual property Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP joins the ranking thanks to the growing workload of senior associate Rachel Bradley in the IP, IT and commercial practice. She has more than 13 years' experience in the publishing and life sciences sectors, and handles a range of non-contentious IP matters including trade mark, patent, know-how and copyright licences for the publishing industry, as well as software licences. Her clients range from small biotech and technology companies to large pharmaceutical companies, NHS Trusts, charities and academic institutions.


“The team at Penningtons Manches has lawyers who have worked in-house which means they have a great understanding our commercial concerns.”

“They are able to respond to our queries efficiently and highlight any commercial and legal concerns appropriately.”

“Rachel Bradley and the team have great understanding of our sector and the issues that we as an organisation face. With their experience in the sector and detailed knowledge of our business needs, the team are able to provide us with a tailored service for our company.”

“They are able to meet with challenging deadlines, and are able to turn work around quickly should the need arise.”

“Rachel Bradley has a detailed knowledge of the publishing sector. Having Rachel as a central point of contact means that the advice is always tailored to our organisation, given her  knowledge of our business.”

“Queries are responded to promptly, and with a pragmatic approach.”

Key clients

Astex Pharmaceuticals

The Company of Biologists

Cytocell Limited and Oxford Gene Technology Limited

Dementia UK

Cambridge Commodities

Wren Therapeutics

Astrid Media

Grey Wolf Therapeutics

Property litigation Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP joins the ranking having recruited the 'really experienced and very goodAndrea Nicholls from Greene & Greene. Nicholls' main focus is real estate litigation and she works closely with commercial property partner Sarah Coates to advise on agricultural and rural property disputes, including both tenancy disputes and cases concerning the property held by a farming partnership as a partnership asset; freehold property disputes; rights of way; restrictive covenants; overage agreements and disputes regarding options; commercial leasehold disputes; forfeiture; rent arrears recovery; lease renewal proceedings; and break notices.

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3

The 'proactive, thorough and diligentPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP's real estate team in Cambridge acts for a range of clients across many sectors including global banks, developers, housing associations, science parks, colleges and high-net-worth families. The lawyers are 'extremely thorough and professional in everything they do', and one client remarks that lead partner Sarah Coates is 'highly accessible and knowledgeable; she has a great eye for detail and is excellent in her appraisal of risks'. Coates has particular expertise in the acquisition and set-up of residential development sites, development finance secured lending and refinance work, and landlord and tenant matters.


“The team has good in-depth knowledge within its field and and is always positive and easy to deal with. We find that they are always on hand to assist with any questions we may have and we happily recommend our clients to them.”

“Sarah Coates in particular has a good in-depth understanding of the property industry, site set up and legal issues.”

“Becky Lund is also becoming a key part of the Penningtons team and her knowledge continues to grow with the support of Sarah Coates.”

“I have complete faith in Sarah Coates. She totally understands any concerns and will address them. She seems to have excellent knowledge in the field and definitely fights our corner.”

“The support team are also very thorough and always helpful.”

Key clients

This Land Limited

Murfet Group

Vindis Group

Friar’s Pride Limited

James Dolan Limited

Cytocell Limited


Max Barney Estate

Blues Property Limited

Cambridge Commodities Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP joins the ranking this year, as the Cambridge office handles insolvency work through respected corporate finance partner Helen Drayton. The firm has a large restructuring and insolvency practice across its UK office network, on which Drayton can draw to advise clients, many of which are in the technology and life sciences sectors. The firm hired experienced real estate litigator Andrea Nicholls from Greene & Greene, who has particular expertise in property-related insolvency disputes.

Banking and finance Tier 1

Banking and finance work at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP includes advising lenders and borrowers on finance agreements as well as support with both contentious and regulatory matters. The team specialises in complex advice on finance agency provisions, handling transactions which often involve overseas jurisdictions. On the contentious side, the practice is well versed in claims based on interest rate swap misselling and LIBOR rigging. Sector specialism on the borrower’s side includes healthcare, retail and social housing. Helen Drayton  and John Chater, who was made partner in April 2019, are recommended, while Angela Stallard joined from EMW Law LLP in May 2018.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's clinical negligence department has 'serious legal firepower'. The practice, which is led in Guildford by Philippa Luscombe, handles a range of matters relating to brain and spinal injuries, as well as cerebral palsy. In addition, the 'tenacious and tactically shrewdAlison Johnson has expertise in obstetric cases. Alison Appelboam Meadows, who leads the practice in Basingstoke, also heads up the firm’s cerebral palsy team. Other core members of the team include Stephanie Code in Guildford and senior associate Emma Beeson, who is noted as 'a star of the future.'


‘The firm provides extremely insightful and intelligent analysis of the issues that affect its clients. There is great attention to evidentiary detail and practice appears to be principled and ethical.’

‘Alison Appelboam Meadows is a delight to work with and embodies all of the qualities that make Penngintons a standout firm. She is vastly experienced and knowledgeable, but not in the least bit self-satisfied or stuffy. She is brilliant with clients and opponents alike.’

‘Alison Johnson seems to have a magical touch when it comes to negotiating fantastic settlements on behalf of her clients which reflects her charm and skill.’

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP attracts regional and national clients thanks to its end-to-end expertise that includes planning, construction, property litigation and  finance. It also has an impressive range of panel appointments. The range of work encompasses developments including social housing, student accommodation, retail, leisure and industrial projects as well as high-value landlord and tenant work. The 'outstanding' Mike Busby leads the team and senior associate Sam Davies is also highlighted for his client-centric approach.


They are commercial aware, practical and  willing to support our business.’

The team is a set of incredibly hard-working, personable professionals that consistently provide top-notch advice and representation whilst understanding the client’s position beyond just the singular transaction.’

Mike Busby is always quick to respond and takes an interest in and understands our business.’

‘Mike Busby is an outstanding asset to the firm. His extensive expertise is readily available at all times. He encourages and develops his team to ensure they can also provide us with the best service on all instructions and billing is completely transparent.’

Sam Davies works incredibly hard on many, often complicated instructions, ensuring documents are reviewed promptly and contain specific client-friendly clauses.’

‘Sam Davies has a calm and matter of fact approach.’


Key clients

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust

Future Street (Plymouth)

The Cube (Runcorn)

Flight Centre (UK)

PRS Operations

NoCo Hotels

Antony Collier

Steven and Simon Hunt (landowners)

Higher Drive Nursing Homes (Holdings)

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's real estate team is 'one of the best in the Thames Valley'. The practice is known for its strength in handling complex and high value development projects in residential, education and leisure sectors where it counts Frontier Estates , The University of Oxford and Fitness First as active clients. The team also advises on property tax, environmental issues and planning law. Richard Smith heads the group and is the key figure for large-scale developments and environmental law; other key partner, Simon Knott focuses on acquisitions, disposals, letting and finance. Associate Laura Gorman is a name to note for commercial developments, student accommodation schemes and care homes, as is Catherine Bradshaw,  who focuses on acting on behalf of registered providers.


Consistent high performance across a wide variety of engagements.’

Richard Smith is simply excellent, and has a wealth of experience in commercial property acquisitions. ‘

Key clients

EDF Energy

St Peter’s College, Oxford

European Space Agency

Fitness First

White Stuff

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is highly rated by the market. National corporate head Simon Bickerdike, the 'commercially-minded' David Kendall  and associate Hannah McIlwraith assist regional and international clients on high-value acquisitions, MBOs and joint ventures. They also handle private equity-funded transactions and the firm also offers multi-discipline expertise, especially in IP. The practice was enhanced in April 2019 with the hire of Seb Orton from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.


Great all-round advice.’

David Kendall is an outstanding adviser. He’s someone you want on your side. He has the intelligence, people skills and legal knowledge that make him an essential partner for our business.’

Key clients

Q88 UK

Blue Oil Energy

Rough Guides Limited

Elixirr Partners

Barfoots of Botley Limited

Tata Consultancy Services

The Hub Pharmacy

DC Studios

Total Solutions (Southern)

Artemis Venue Services

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong track record in international M&A and venture capital  transactions and offers 'very practical and helpful advice' to major clients in the life sciences, technology and renewable energy sectors. Oxford-based partners Will Axtell and James Went specialises in M&A, fundraisings and AIM capital markets. In Reading Rob Hayes acts on behalf of investors and investee companies in mid-market M&A and venture capital transactions.


Pennington Manches team possess an excellent combination of technical expertise and commercial understanding

The team at Penningtons Manches combined undoubted legal expertise with emotional intelligence‘.

Will Axtell is a quick thinker who took the time to understand the business and the deal. He is a truly fantastic lawyer with tremendous skills and experience in the business‘.

Key clients

Business Growth Fund

Oxford University Press

Enterprise Therapeutics

Ethical Property Company

Touchstone Innovations Plc

Education Tier 1

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the education team is particularly notable for its work with higher education clients, with a strong focus on governance and compliance issues. The multi-disciplinary team also advises education clients on employment, real estate, and commercial issues, as well as providing training and data protection advice. Practice head Daff Richardson specialises in education disputes and governance issues. Alison Talbot departed the firm for Winckworth Sherwood LLP in December 2018.


The team have very strong expertise in both education and employment law, which makes them ideally placed to assist on crossover topics.

The level of service and the responsiveness is excellent, especially if a partner is aware that something needs urgent attention.

Daff Richardson is committed, client-focused, knows the context within which we’re working, and is a pleasure to work.

The advice provided is pragmatic as well as being accurate.’


Key clients

Merton College, Oxford

City and Guilds of London Institute

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford University Press

St Peter’s College

Somerville College

University of Surrey

Stanford University


Employment: Hampshire Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong reputation of acting on the employer side; clients include regional businesses, as well as industry associations and the UK subsidiaries of European, US and Indian companies. The firm recently assisted clients with a number of sensitive matters, including whistleblowing cases, international employment contracts and senior executive departures. The employment team is led by David Bickford, who has experience of defending complex employment tribunal claims, outsourcing (including all TUPE issues), and advising on employment policies and procedures. Gemma Woodhouse is also recommended.


The team had an excellent understanding of our business and the complexity of the issues we faced.’

We were given the full range of options with all routes and risks made completely clear‘.

Gemma Woodhouse and Katie Glendinning were incredibly receptive to our ideas but also made us aware of alternative options‘.


Key clients

The AA

Local Pensions Partnership


Twentieth Century Fox International

23.5 Degrees

Specialist Lending

The Licensed Trade Charity

Industrial Cleaning Equipment

Shrewsbury House School Trust

Not Just Cleaning

Marine Stewardship Council

Wellington College

Link Asset Services


DeNave India

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP


Bouygues UK

Rutland Group

ES Holdings 2011

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, Michael Cole, who is well respected in the market, offers clients a wealth of experience in discrimination cases, TUPE, business reorganisations and various workplace disputes. Working alongside senior associate Liz Cardy, he advises on unfair dismissal claims, settlement agreements, grievance  and redundancy procedures.


The team is always fast to respond to questions with excellent answers that any non-legal professional can understand and act upon.’

Their knowledge on any given subject is strong and they are well managed in keeping costs to a minimum  whilst providing sound advice.’


Key clients

EET Europarts

Maintel Europe

IPM Facilities


Grand Prix Legends

The Recruitment Consultancy Ltd/Surrey HR Forum

Gilamor Stephens



Sapienza Consulting

Finance and Leasing Association

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's Oxford and Reading offices demonstrate 'first-class expertise' in employment law, particularly in relation to data protection/GDPR, advocacy in Employment Tribunals and senior executive disputes, among other HR issues. Daff Richardson and Eugene Wojciechowski are the lead partners in Oxford and Reading respectively.


The most commercial and business orientated employment law team I have come across. Daff and Eugene work with you, understanding the business challenges faced, to arrive at relevant and valued recommendations.

Eugene Wojciechowski has a natural business instinct and works hard to understand the context we work in. He provides confidence to our managers and gives a balanced view. He and his team provide exceptional customer service, and are contactable at any time.’

Key clients

The City & Guilds of London Institute

M20 Property Group

Unicarriers UK Limited

One Housing Group

Charter Court Financial Services Group

Environment Tier 1

Led by Richard SmithPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP's team acts for clients active in industries such as engineering, energy, chemical production, manufacturing and waste management. The scope of its experience includes environmental due diligence, warranties and indemnities, as well as advice on the full range of commercial transactions and contentious issues. Water pollution, hazardous waste and landfill are among other areas of specialisation.

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's clients include high-net-worth individuals with more than £10m in assets.  Its comprehensive expertise spans financial and children matters together with tax, property and reputation management. Veronica Gilmour handles complex financial issues often with challenging jurisdictional complications and is also an expert on foreign pensions. Rachel Donald is an expert on pre-nuptial agreements and where company assets are involved and Lee Henderson has experience of surrogacy cases.


Pennington’s Guildford office offers the quality of representation of a central London practice. There are very few other ‘Rolls Royce’ practices outside of the country’s big cities.’

This is one of the top firms with offices outside London.  The family lawyers in the Guildford office provide London-quality service and expertise.

Veronica Gilmour is not only a highly experienced and accomplished lawyer but she genuinely cares about her clients. She is warm and personable and every client I have referred to her has reported how comfortable they feel working with her.’

Laura Hughes is a senior associate with the full skill set one would hope for in a solicitor. She is a good lawyer and strategist, but also able to cope with strong personalities.’

Associate Lee Henderson  is an exceptional lawyer and has that rare ability to be able to give his clients clear and difficult advice but in a way that makes them feel entirely supported by him.  He has incredible energy and his sense of needing justice for his clients makes him always go the extra mile.  He is one to watch for sure.

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s areas of expertise include divorce proceedings and negotiating children arrangements, often with an international element. It is also know for its handling of international surrogacy, trusts of land and the Appointment of Trustees Act, Children Act  and Hague Convention applications. Jane Mitchell handles complex financial and children matters with a specialisation in international trusts and company arrangements. Kerry Fretwell in Reading and Ruth James in Oxford are the other key partners. Associates Bethan Thomas and Stuart Webber are also of note.


The Oxford and Reading offices are full of quality lawyers, always giving clear and accurate advice in a way that clients understand. ‘

Jane Mitchell is a lawyer that is head and shoulders above her peers. Jane displays a good manner and charm both of which appear to shield a real steel core. Jane is unafraid of highly contentious litigation and has shown nothing but patience, diligence and resolute determination. She is a really impressive lawyer.’

I am very impressed with Kerry Fretwell. She is very experienced and knows how to manage clients’ expectations well, she also clearly explained my legal position and gave me the confidence and knowledge to move forward.’

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Data protection and IT transactions specialist Joanne Vengadesan heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, which is known for its work with the firm's corporate team on technology transactions in combination with its  abilities on IT contracts and its cross-border capabilities. The highly regarded Vengadesan has a 'solid background in technology matters' and technology transfer specialist Nicola McConville is another key figure within the team.


The lawyers at Penningtons Manches are responsive, committed and very well focused.

I appreciate that the partners are personally available and directly handle the paperwork.

Joanne Vengadesan has a solid background in technology matters. She is smart and always responsive when needed, so teaming with her is always a pleasant experience.

Key clients


Senseye Limited

Alemba Limited

IRIS Software

Touchstone Innovations

Halma plc

Rezatec Limited

Royal Selangor

Support Revolution

Conidia Bioscience Limited

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

The corporate team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP specialises in lower mid-market M&A, with a key strategic focus on the technology, real estate, private wealth and retail sectors. Clients include high net worth individuals, owner-managed businesses and corporate investors; mandates typically involve fundraising, divestment and restructuring. With a presence in San Francisco, the team is able to coordinate transatlantic work in-house, including foreign direct investment into the UK. The recent hire of Sebastian Orton from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strengthened the team's capabilities in public market work, particularly in flotations and secondary fundraisings.

Key clients


OTAS Technologies

GRC International Group plc

Erwin Technologies

Wadahwan Global Capital

Tata Consultancy Services

Newsquest Media Group

Needle & Thread

QSR Automations

All Saints

Pensions Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong reputation as one of 'the most pre-eminent pension practices in the South East'. Led by Maria Riccio, the practice works across all sectors with an emphasis on charities, insurance and private wealth. It provides transnational support and training, as well as handling contentious matters such as pensions fraud. The firm also advises private clients in pension disputes with their schemes or employers, in particular involving the operation of Small Self-Administered Schemes, Self Invested Personal Pensions and the payment of death benefits. Clare Coley and Verity Cruse are also of note.


Maria Riccio combines expertise and clarity of thought in her subject with the ability to explain to those that do not know or understand pensions what the issues are. She has good ideas about how to overcome problems and does not sit on the fence – she gives advice. Maria is clear in her analysis of the risks which is a big help with our decision making.

Maria Riccio is fantastic- she really understands the issues and puts the client at the heart of what she is doing. Her advice is always pragmatic. If there is a pensions issue she is always the first choice.’

Maria Riccio is one of the few pension lawyers with in depth experience in advising trustees and employers.

Key clients

Trustees of the Hovertravel Pension and Assurance Scheme

London & Caledonian Trustees

Trustees of the Teachers Assurance Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Imtech and Infra Traffic Pension Scheme

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP handles complex and large-scale commercial litigation and also conducts investigation and enforcement work. The Oxford-based team headed by Julie Bond continue to be active in major disputes in the energy, education and retail sectors, and also leverage additional expertise from the London office in representing individuals and corporations in complex commercial proceedings. Senior associate Emma Davies a name to note for financial litigation and regulatory matters.

Commodities disputes Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP was formed in summer 2019 when legacy Penningtons Manches combined with shipping specialist Thomas Cooper. As a result, its international trade and commodities group is well known for its sector expertise and its diverse client base. The firm has long-standing relationships with the key trade associations and frequently handles Grain and Feed Trade Association and Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations arbitrations. It is also now legal adviser to the  Refined Sugar Association. Practice heads George Mingay, who joined in late 2018 from Clyde & Co LLP, Mark Sachs and Lisa Hillary work closely with the firm's shipping and trade finance practices, as well as teams in Singapore and Brazil, which are key hubs for the commodities industry. Mingay focuses predominantly on matters in the sugar market, while Sachs frequently handles arbitrations involving Chinese entities and commodity derivatives.

Court of protection Tier 2

Julie Burton heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that frequently acts as a professional deputy or trustee for individuals who have received an award as a result of personal injury or clinical negligence claims. The group acts for both children and adults across the UK and abroad who have acquired brain injuries and other injuries. It also has a number of elderly clients. The department has 122 deputyship matters and 40 trust matters where Julie Burton or PennTrust Ltd (the firm’s trust corporation) is appointed as a professional deputy or trustee. It also has two matters where PennTrust Ltd is the appointed attorney under a lasting power of attorney. Senior associate Daniel Toop is another name to note.

Employment: employees/unions Tier 2

The 'class act team' at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is 'incredibly knowledgeable, professional and easy to work with'. The practice stands out for its extensive experience in industrial actions and trade union law, and is also developing a track record for representing groups of employees in precedent-setting cases. The types of claim advised on relate to discrimination, whistleblowing, reorganisations and collective redundancies, and regulatory issues, and the team also handles judicial reviews and complaints before the certification officer. Niche specialist knowledge in discrimination cases involving police officers is another notable feature of the firm. Paul Mander and Binder Bansel jointly lead the practice, while Anthea Christie is also recommended.


The team have a great leadership structure and are able to deal with a wide breadth of employment and HR queries. Their scope runs from highly controversial and publicised commercial employment disputes to union-backed discrimination claims. The professionalism and good advice of the team is well known and I have received significant amounts of feedback about the exceptional care given to individual clients

The team at Penningtons are extremely knowledgeable and capable lawyers. They take on high-level and sensitive work, including appellate work at all levels. They are a pleasure to work with and always show their human side

Penningtons hold one of the gems of the labour law market in trade union and collective employment law matters – Binder Bansel. He is truly one of the best in this field

The team has acquired deep knowledge of this area over many years and has an understanding of the practical needs of the client

Very professional with high-quality work, but without being the pressure-cooker that other top firms can be

Hugely experienced in cases involving complaints by police officers about police disciplinary proceedings and Independent Office for Police Conduct investigations‘.

They have a huge amount of experience in representing the Police Federation and individual police officers.

The employment team at Pennington Manches really know their stuff and are particularly attuned to the needs of their clients in the union sector

Binder Bansel possesses unparalleled knowledge of trade union and collective labour law. Binder is also one of a small handful of lawyers in the UK who can navigate around the labyrinthine laws concerning industrial action. His knowledge is impressive in every area of collective labour law and he has tremendous experience in cases involving an equalities dimension. Binder impresses for his energy, commitment and creative input in every single case he is instructed on. There is nothing routine about his drive, zest and determination when handling cases‘.

Mike Cole displays considerable acumen and nous when seeking to find pragmatic solutions for his clients. Mike is to be credited for his creative outlook. He is inspirational and on my shortlist of lawyers when asked for recommendations

Anthea Christie is calm and unflappable, tactically astute and very wise. A consummate professional‘.

Anthea Christie is bright and careful and possesses brilliant legal knowledge and excellent communication skills. Clients love her and know that she is fully committed to their cases. She misses nothing‘.

Key clients

National Crime Officers’ Association

Police Federation of England and Wales

Communication Workers Union (CWU)

Civil Nuclear Police Federation

United Road Transport Union

First Division Association

Superintendents’ Association

Association of School and College Leaders

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's team of 'highly professional and knowledgeable' lawyers advise employers, boards and senior executives on internal restructurings, redundancies, whistleblowing claims and senior management dismissals and disputes. Head of practice Paul Mander regularly advises well-known clients in the retail, technology and construction industries on all employment law related matters, while other key partner Tom Walker's practice largely focuses on working with directors on strategic HR issues, internal disputes and high-level dismissals. Andrew Haywood is the key partner for senior executive work, where he assists with exit strategies and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions with a focus on the misuse of confidential information, social media and competitive moves.


‘The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper is very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive in problem-solving’.

‘Excellent employment law practice. Real depth of expertise and committed individuals able to assist with all employment matters. Clients really value the personal service and attention to detail.’

‘Nick Humphreys is the person I would want to run my employment claim. He is utterly excellent. Highly responsive. Brings real value to a case. Fights the client’s corner hard and helps them navigate the tricky issues that crop up.’

Family Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is particularly well-known for its work on complex high-net-worth financial cases. It has specialist expertise in acting for trust companies, family offices and other third parties that are either joined or obliged to intervene in financial remedy applications. Through Jane Craig the team also boasts considerable skill in advising on the issues facing cohabitants and can advise on cohabitation agreements, property ownership and children issues. The team is also recommended for its work on cross-border disputes involving children and has recently noticed an increased amount of work on cases involving the international relocation of children. James Stewart is also well regarded and Elizabeth Carson was promoted to the partnership.


The family team has a multi-disciplinary approach and works closely with its property, litigation and private client/tax teams to provide a 360 degree Rolls-Royce service for clients‘.

A well-known and well-respected family law firm, which is consistently involved in some of the biggest family law cases around. Linzi Bull is hugely intelligent, tremendously committed and so very insightful, her clients love her, and with good reason’.

James Stewart has an incredible strategic mind, is an excellent leader, and only recruits and trains the brightest and the best young lawyers to work in his team ensuring that the clients, at every level, have the best possible people working on their case‘.

Edward Floyd has a forensic attention to detail which is second to none, he is highly numerate, and his calmness under pressure is legendary‘.

Jane Craig is a fantastic team leader with excellent attention to detail, she looks at each case from the bottom up as well as the top down. Matilda Kingham is also excellent‘.

Jane Craig is very experienced, knows instinctively how to deal with difficult cases and difficult clients but she is also very commercial. James Stewart puts together very good teams and works tirelessly‘.

‘Rebecca Carlyon has built a fantastic reputation with her calm advice tempered with a strong backbone. Iron fist in a velvet glove‘.

Clients are consistently impressed with Anna Worwood, her international children practice is second to none‘.

Tammy Knox is enthusiastic, personable and polished, but capable where necessary of being frank and down to earth about weaknesses in a case, and what needs to be done about them‘.

Ellie Hampton-Jones – one to watch for the future. Intelligent and can sell ice to Eskimos. Kate Molan – will give her all to a case. Calm, measured and effective’.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's IP team has strong sector experience in life sciences and technology, handling a range of contentious and non-contentious cases for clients including patent and know-how licencing. The team is also noted for its work on software licencing and data protection where Joanne Vengadesan is the key contact. Practice head Chris Shelley is notable for his work with universities and their spin-out companies, while senior associate Holly Strube is also a key team member.

Key clients

Walker Greenbank plc

Astro Lighting Holdings Limited

STG Aerospace

Oxford Gene Technology


Lomare Technologies

Oxford VacMedix

Oxford Genetics

King’s College London

King’s Commercialisation Institute

Swansea University

Grey Wolf Therapeutics Limited

Richemont International (Alfred Dunhill, Vacheron Constantin, Mont Blanc)

Oxford University Press

Kandy Therapeutics


Oxford Brain Diagnostics

BioMe Oxford

Conidia Bioscience Limited



Thatcham Research

Gray Plant Mooty

Duane Morris

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Bharat Forge

Barfoots of Botley Ltd

Tata Advanced Systems

Fenn Night Vision Limited

Senseye Limited

First Law P.C.

Thames Valley Housing Association Ltd

RM Education Ltd

The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution Ltd

CAB International

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

All Saints Retail Ltd

Hudson Shoe Agencies Ltd

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd

Tech London Advocates/Global Tech Advocates

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is 'highly rated and respected' and advises across the spectrum of personal injury matters, with expertise in road traffic accidents, employers’ liability and public liability claims. Practice head and 'skilled lawyer' Philippa Luscombe has expertise in brain injury matters.


‘Philippa Luscombe is a truly standout practitioner who combines good judgement and sharp legal instincts with a caring and committed approach to her clients. Lucky them!’

‘Alison Appelboam Meadows instills confidence. She is a very able all-around lawyer who is bright, intelligent, articulate and charming.’

‘The team has talented and experienced lawyers who handle PI and clinical negligence claims of the utmost severity and complexity.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, Liz Garvey is trusted for her handling of high- value estates which involve assets in both the UK and abroad and, with notable associate Hannah Gearey, also deals with complex probate cases and Court of Protection applications. Senior associate Cecelia Ward is dual qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor. Elizabeth Nicholas is also recommended. Director Adrian Moss manages the accounting and tax compliance service.


Penningtons take the time to get to know the individuals they work with and are very keen to support our charity with their knowledge and expertise.’

They are very personable and able to relate to clients easily, putting them at ease. They also have in-house tax advisers who are capable of explaining complex matters in relatively simple terms.’

Hannah Gearey is very relatable, caring and extremely competent. I am yet to meet someone as efficient and timely in her field when it comes to client work.’

Adrian Moss has an ability to explain complex tax matters very effectively, which makes clients feel at ease and like we actually know what is going on.’

‘Liz Garvey and Hannah Gearey are prompt to respond, compassionate in their interactions with beneficiaries and very good at building up trust and therefore a positive working relationship with them, often at a very difficult time for the individuals concerned.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Caroline Van Zyl heads up the private client practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP Oxford office where she primarily assists high-net-worth individuals and families with succession and tax planning, often with an international element. Louise Lewis is the key contact for individuals seeking advice on philanthropic donations; advising on trusts for tax planning purposes. She is also experienced in digital estate planning.


‘Caroline is very knowledgeable on trusts and administration of commercial property. It was very reassuring to know that every aspect of administration of the entire estate could be dealt with under one roof.’

Caroline van Zyl has given me expert advice in intelligible prose and clearly explained any potential hazards which may come up further down the line. A splendid person to work with.

Louise Lewis is very sensible and hard-working. She is forthright but polite, and performs with excellence.

Property litigation Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's real estate litigation group is 'approachable, clear and always willing to help'; it shows 'persistence in the face of difficult and rare problems'. Team head John Morrison advises on both commercial and residential property disputes, and has a notable specialism in contentious matters involving the education sector. The practice regularly handles lease renewals, terminations and dilapidations cases, and generates work from both private clients and corporate entities.


The firm responds quickly and always provides a clear explanation of the situation in a straightforward and professional manner‘.

Knowledgeable, clear in their advice and highly responsive‘.

John Morrison finds answers as opposed to telling you about problems‘.

John Morrison is a pleasure to work with; he always gives sound advice in a simple and pragmatic manner‘.

Unlike some in the legal profession, John Morrison never comes across as condescending and is always professional’.

Key clients

Berendsen UK Limited

Flight Centre (UK) Limited

White Stuff Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Somerville College, University of Oxford

Verco Office Furniture Limited

White Oak Transport Services Limited

Social housing Tier 2

Linda Storey heads up Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's 'knowledgeable' social housing team, whose work covers securitisation. portfolio and asset management, commercial property, housing management and development/acquisitions, among other areas. In addition to Storey, employment expert Eugene WojciechowskiAndrew Casstles and Peter Massey are other recommended partners. Associate Charlotte D’Avola is another notable individual.


The team are approachable and always clear in explaining the subject of discussion‘.

Knowledgeable, provide comprehensible advice and always respond promptly‘.


Key clients

London & Quadrant



Hightown Housing Association


Metropolitan Thames Valley


Bromford Housing Group



Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for charitable organisations such as educational institutions and membership organisations, disability charities and registered social landlords. It counts house-hold names such as Make-a-Wish Foundation UK and City & Guilds of London Institute among its recent clients. The multi-disciplinary practice advises on a broad range of matters including governance, corporate and commercial, real estate, public law, legacy disputes and employment matters. Henrietta Mason, Daff Richardson and Hilary Aldred are the key contacts. Practice head Alison Talbot  departed to Winckworth Sherwood LLP in December 2018.

Key clients

World Obesity Federation

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Marine Stewardship Council

Wellington College

Marshal Beresford Fund

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP  advises on all aspects of clinical negligence claims, and is regularly involved in cases concerning maximum severity injuries. John Kyriacou has over 25 years of experience in the field of medical negligence litigation and leads a team that demonstrates strength across brain and spinal injury cases, gynaecological claims as well as delay in diagnosis of medical conditions. The 'meticulous' Rosie Nelson has specialist knowledge in cerebral palsy claims and orthopaedic injuries, while the 'hard working' Sarah Hibberd is the main point of contact for maternal injuries and cosmetic surgery claims.


‘The clinical negligence team at Penningtons London is a small, close-knit collective of excellent lawyers. They have a range of seniority within the team, which results in cases of all values and complexities being handled with the same degree of consummate skill.’

‘The team keeps the the client and their involvement at the heart of every case.’

‘The whole team is extremely organised and is efficiently run by John Kyriacou, whose wealth of experience in the field is being continuously disseminated among his team.’

‘Penningtons are knowledgeable, organised, professional. Everything is always explained to us in way we can understand and we are regularly updated about the progress of our case.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a strong team with Michael Cash at the helm. Cash specialises in domestic and international trust and estate litigation as well as breach of trust claims, administration of estate claims and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependant) Act 1975. Henrietta Mason is well-regarded for her work for UK and overseas private individuals and charity clients. Newly-promoted partner Sarah Lee advises on a broad range of trust and estate litigation including breach of trust claims and administration disputes. The agile team routinely handles complex cross-border claims. It is one to watch.


Penningtons is a force to be reckoned with‘.

‘A firm that has a wide geographical spread but which is increasingly doing large London-based cases‘.

Michael Cash is a very well-known figure in the area, a strong negotiator and tactician‘.

This is, in my view, the leading practice outside London. The team has extraordinary depth of knowledge, unrivalled client care skills and is a joy to work with‘.

Michael Cash – probably the best private client partner outside London. Brilliant with clients, especially difficult ones. Never afraid to offer advice and to put robust plans into action. Deeply knowledgeable and a strategic genius‘.

Michael Cash and Henrietta Mason give concise unambiguous advice that can be relied upon. It is so refreshing to meet a legal team that can dissect the issue and advise without prevarication. Together they are a formidable team’.

Sarah Lee – her litigation tactics and attention to detail are impressive’.

Jack Bailey is responsive, creative and robust. He displays maturity beyond his years and is very good with clients‘.

Jessica Davies, is adept at juggling a heavy work load without stress and gives reassurance to clients when they most need it‘.

Sian Hodgson is also very good’.


Key clients

Administrator for the estate of Nizam of Hyderabad


Nora Greenslade

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's contentious trusts and probate work is managed by the firm's private client team, which has a strong record of representing clients in matters involving multiple claims or assets spread across several jurisdictions. Practice head Michael Cash covers the full range of disputes, which includes contentious applications in the Court of Protection. Henrietta Mason is another name to note.

Key clients

Administrator for the estate of Nizam of Hyderabad

Nora Greenslade


Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP undertakes claims of the utmost severity, focusing on proactive litigation to secure prompt rehabilitation for clients. Department co-head Warren Collins has a proven track record handling claims for clients based in the UK and USA who have been catastrophically injured; while Tristan Hallam's key specialisms include head and spinal injury work as well as acting for amputees and police officers. The team's expertise also extends to neurotrauma, fatal accident claims and psychiatric injuries, among others.


‘From the outset of my accident, Tristan went above and beyond in every way, and provided reassurance and practical support throughout all aspects of my recovery, rehabilitation and return to work for years afterwards, right up to settlement. I am sure that his knowledge around injured police officers and the consequences for them is unrivalled.’

‘A strong PI firm, with particular expertise in dealing with claims on behalf of the police officers instructed through the Police Federation.’

‘Tristan Hallam is a really excellent PI solicitor, very thorough in evidence preparation and hugely experienced in negotiating with defendants.’

‘Tristan is clearly a highly experienced practitioner in his field with not only the knowledge but contacts to bolster and strengthen your claim.’

‘Warren Collins takes a very creative and commercial approach to cases and looks for creative ways around problems. He is extremely experienced in the field and I rate him very highly indeed.’

‘Warren Collins is without a doubt among a handful of lawyers who lead in this field. He has great knowledge, tireless energy and simply never stops.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Clare Archer heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals, their families, family offices and private wealth firms on a wide range of complicated tax, family law and succession issues. Many of its clients have instructed the firm for generations to advise them on trust administration, succession planning and wills. The team is also skilled at advising on multi-jurisdictional matters and was pleased to recently add Ryan Myint to its ranks from Taylor Wessing LLP.


Ryan Myint is an exceptional lawyer who provides a thorough analysis for clients and helpful advice.

Lucy Edwards is an accomplished and knowledgeable private client lawyer with a great manner with clients.’


Reputation management Tier 3

The 'small but highly effective' reputation management and privacy department at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP demonstrates particular strength in matters related to the firm's expertise in family, private client and employment law. Team head Jeremy Clarke-Williams, who is regarded a 'leading light', has ample experience in all aspects of libel, reputation management and privacy law and acts for members of parliament, celebrities and private individuals like. In addition to her expertise in litigation, 'hard-working' associate director Adele Ashton also offers pre-publication advice.


The team is a highly specialised unit with exceptional experience and skills in this area.

Aside from the high quality of legal advice, the personal interest and commitment demonstrated by Jeremy Clarke-Williams and his colleagues are especially noteworthy.’

Jeremy Clarke-Williams’ advice from start to finish was inch perfect.

Adele Ashton combines fighting her clients’ corner with a good dose of pragmatism.

Jeremy Clarke-Williams is a true expert in the field and an expert case manager, showing perfect judgement and client-handling skills. He has unrivalled experience in the field. He remains calm in high pressure situations and can always be trusted to make the right call when difficult decisions are required.

Key clients

Zahir Monir

Howard Kennedy (photographer)

Triaster Limited

Two police officers

Christ Church  college, Oxford

Two police constables

Shipping Tier 3

Specialist shipping firm Thomas Cooper LLP recently merged with Penningtons Manches to create Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. With an international reach, the team is 'well-known in the sector for its shipping and trade knowledge and expertise' and 'regularly punches above its weight'. It handles a broad range of instructions including casualties, major losses and commercial disputes; the team is 'particularly strong in pure shipping disputes, with a wealth of knowledge and experience'. Tim Kelleher is noted for his disputes expertise and team head Darryl Kennard, who is 'energetic and knowledgeable', specialises in wet work including salvage, loss and collision claims. Charles Williams has retired.


Mark Sachs is likable and able; he has a strong understanding of China and South East Asia and the particular commercial and legal culture of those regions.

‘A very high quality and specialist commercial and shipping practice, which offers fantastic service and knowledge.’

Tom Moisley‘s experience of working in the insurance market  leaves him with a unique and valuable insight into the shipping market.

Tom Moisley‘s breadth of knowledge, strategic thinking, and calm and considered approach is invaluable.

Tom Moisley‘s exceptional diligence and work ethic makes him a lawyer whom any client would prize.

Lisa Hillary shows huge commitment to her clients and cases. William Stansfield is capable, calm, and has very good judgment.

‘It provides detailed but clear and concise analysis of the legal issues.’

‘The team takes the time to understand the client’s business.’

Darryl Kennard consistently provides a very high level of service and practical, commercially minded advice that respects the business context of the issues.

‘The team is very responsive to queries and it provides very good technical advice in a manner which is easy to interpret and understand.’

‘The availability of a rich technical network and in-house expertise makes a winning team.’

Trade finance Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a firm that is highly attuned to the logistics of shipping and trade, thanks to its specialist focus on those areas, as opposed to banking work. Its trade finance practice comprises a small, hands-on team that handles bespoke deals requiring a high level of technical knowledge and experience in the sale, transport and insurance of commodities. Grant Eldred leads the practice, in which contentious and transactional matters are handled by an integrated group. Head of finance Eldred specialises in banking law including bilateral and syndicated secured and unsecured lending, trade finance and banking regulation and compliance. Lisa Hillary handles disputes arising under sale contracts, charterparties and bills of lading as well as the international trade of commodities and marine insurance, and George Mingay is recommended for disputes within the commodities sector relating to oil and gas, metals and mining, and soft commodities.


‘George Mingay is an excellent lawyer, who is a pleasure to work with and is very good with clients.’

‘The firm has a wide base of experienced, practical and commercial lawyers, among whom Grant Eldred stands out.’

Key clients

Emirates NBD

Bank of China

Agriculture Bank of China

Venture capital Tier 3

With three partners devoted exclusively to handling venture capital work, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's 'knowledgeable and responsive' team has the critical mass to handle an impressive and growing volume of mandates for a primarily investee-focused client base. With offices in London, Thames Valley, Cambridge and Oxford, the team has deep exposure to the venture capital ecosystem; benefiting from close links to a number of leading UK universities, it frequently advises on life sciences spin-out work. Although the firm remains better known for its investee-related work, it is also advising an increasing array of investors on their financings, as well as on work for their portfolio companies. The 'exceptionalJustin Starling jointly heads the team alongside Rob Hayes, and is particularly noted for his university-related technology transfer prowess.


Well placed in the Oxford area to provide excellent legal advice, with the ability to tap into its network of offices elsewhere and its international alliance as necessary.

The team is extremely committed, focused, responsive, knowledgeable and insightful and has a wonderfully modest and respectful style.

Justin Starling is supremely articulate, understated and excellent in the way he engages lawyers from the other side.

Rob Hayes is very knowledgeable about venture financing and provides good legal and commercial advice.

Elizabeth Yell is exceptional.

Key clients

Enterprise Therapeutics

Kandy Therapeutics

MedPharm Limited

Ultromics Limited

Grey Wolf Therapeutics

Oxford Vacmedix UK

Preservica Limited

Brainomix Limited

Concirrus Limited

Silicon MicroGravity Limited

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 4

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the practice handles a wide range of development projects and transactions, including forward funding deals, and recently supplemented its offering with the hire of Simon Allan from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a specialist in working with private capital on infrastructure-related assets. The acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolio is a further core strength, as is fund and asset management work. The client roster includes institutional investors, real estate companies and funds, family officers, banks and tenant occupiers. James Nadin heads the practice which is also instructed by hotels for acquisition, disposal, development and leasing work.


‘They are a very commercial firm and focus on the key issues that really matter.’

Key clients

Lester Hotel Group

Chesterman Consultants

Starwood Capital Group

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the practice handles a wide range of development projects and transactions, including forward funding deals, and recently supplemented its offering with the hire of Simon Allan from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a specialist in working with private capital on infrastructure-related assets. The acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolio is a further core strength, as is fund and asset management work. The client roster includes institutional investors, real estate companies and funds, family officers, banks and tenant occupiers. James Nadin heads the practice which is also instructed by hotels for acquisition, disposal, development and leasing work.


‘They are a very commercial firm and focus on the key issues that really matter.’

Key clients

Aprirose Real Estate Investment


Chesterman Consultants Ltd

Lavignac Securities Ltd

Alumno Student Developments

Education: institutions Tier 4

The multi-disciplinary education team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is regularly instructed by leading UK universities and other higher education institutions on a number of matters pertaining to commercial property concerns, joint venture agreements, contracts and litigation. The group led by Gemma Woodhouse combines specialist employment and immigration expertise; immigration specialist Pat Saini and head of private wealth immigration Hazar El-Chamaa are both recommended. Corporate partner Simon Bickerdike advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects, and also handles merger-related matters.

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's impressive client list reflects the team's experience in the tobacco, retail and technology sectors as well as in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry. The practice, which is led by John Doherty, handles international product liability cases, regulatory matters and dispute prevention and strategy. Senior associate Tim Wright, who is based in Basingtoke, also has clinical negligence expertise.


Pennington’s product liability team has first-rate experience in complicated international issues, but is set apart by its personal touch and great attention to detail. Partners lead the team, with the support of really talented associates, and are always there to support the client.

John Doherty has wide-ranging knowledge of product liability law and gives advice and opinions on cases with a balanced view of the pros and cons. His strong moral character gives reassurance that the legal advice given reflects the true legal position.

Doherty is bright and dedicated.

Tim Wright has great depth of knowledge and experience in handling liability cases.’

Key clients

The Conran Shop

Andreas Stihl Limited

DAF Trucks Limited

Bharat Forge

British American Tobacco

Veg of Lund

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Penningtons Manches LLP recently announced its merger with Thomas Cooper - known for its work in shipping, international trade and international arbitration - to become Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. The practice 'has one of the strongest teams in banking litigation among the mid-size firms'.  It has particular expertise in high-profile swaps litigation and has been increasingly instructed on financial institutions-related litigation involving The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Alex Fox is business and finance disputes head, Rustam Dubash leads the commercial dispute resolution group, and David Niven heads the firm's growing group litigation work. Philip D’Costa and Dan Hyde are also key advisers, while Emma Davies, who divides her time between the London and Oxford offices, and David O’Brien are the senior associates to note.


They are able to handle the very largest cases with aplomb.

Alex Fox will find a way forward in the most challenging of cases.

David Niven’s ability to deliver reality checks helps his clients have an early understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their position.

Senior associate Emma Davies is very good.

Senior associate David O’Brien is a rising star and a great communicator.

Key clients

Scarborough Group International

General Practitioners Defence Fund

Brand management Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP boasts a strong domestic and international client base of well-known brands in a variety of sectors, from retail, food and drink and professional services through to education and biotech. Gavin Stenton handles all aspects of trade mark and design filing, prosecution and enforcement, and cross-border disputes. He also advises brand owners on  the commercial exploitation of their brands, as well as on the acquisition of third-party brands. Anna Frankum co-heads the national IP, IT and commercial group and is particularly noted for her work in prosecution, oppositions and invalidations before the UKIPO, EUIPO and WIPO.


Penningtons Manches’ trade marks team is extremely responsive, and their advice very pragmatic. The lawyers in the team are very experienced specialists.’

They join the dots between all their different disciplines – there is one point of contact that keeps things simple and manageable for their client. They keep in regular and constant communication, making sure the client has all the tools and advice needed to make an informed decision.’

Gavin Stenton provides thoughtful, strategic advice at reasonable rates

Anna Frankum and Gavin Stenton are first class, very competent and easy to work with.’

Key clients

All Saints Retail Ltd

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd

Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for a broad range of national and local charitable clients including some household names as well as higher education and independent schools. Other clients include literary charities, animal charities, disability charities and registered social landlords. Henrietta Mason  now heads the team as Alison Talbot left the firm to join Winckworth Sherwood LLP. The practice has access to sector expertise across the firm, ranging from being able to advise charities on governance matters, to legacy disputes and employment matters.


‘Has an excellent combination of exceptionally high levels of expertise and analysis with a deep understanding of the client’s needs. Henrietta Mason is an intensely able and rigorous lawyer who provides a remarkably high level of service’.

‘Everyone involved is professional, competent, and responds quickly to our needs’.

The team provides level-headed advice and has broad expertise‘.

Key clients

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Make-a-Wish Foundation UK

City & Guilds of London Institute

World Obesity Federation

Reed’s School

Marine Stewardship Council

The Licensed Trade Charity

Wellington College

Shrewsbury House School Trust

Marshal Beresford Fund


The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering

Commercial property: development Tier 5

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the practice handles a wide range of development projects and transactions, including forward funding deals, and recently supplemented its offering with the hire of Simon Allan from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a specialist in working with private capital on infrastructure-related assets. The acquisition and disposal of investment properties and portfolio is a further core strength, as is fund and asset management work. The client roster includes institutional investors, real estate companies and funds, family officers, banks and tenant occupiers. James Nadin heads the practice which is also instructed by hotels for acquisition, disposal, development and leasing work.


‘They are a very commercial firm and focus on the key issues that really matter.’


Key clients

Munroe K Limited

Aprirose Real Estate Investment

Wavendon Residential Property LLP

Lester Hotel Group

Alumno Developments

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's practice primarily acts for developers and funders, while also advising contractors, handling across the hotels, social housing, healthcare and renewable energy sectors. The practice is led by Richard Cooke who covers the oil and gas, energy and transport sectors. The 'high performing' Francis Ho is a key member of the team and is advising Harlow Properties on a regeneration project in Harlow, Essex.


‘The firm has been proactive to achieve the best possible outcomes in often difficult and complex situations.’

‘Friendly and hard-working team.’

‘Francis Ho is very knowledgeable, focused, quick to respond and communicates complex legal issues with ease.’

‘Peter Massey and Francis Ho are high performing individuals who give prompt and practical advice.’

‘Expertise on complex deals.’

Key clients

Abingdon School

Somerville College

Harlow Properties

Alumno Developments

Aytoun Street Developments Limited

Ares Management

Metropolitan Thames Valley

NoCo Hotels

Wokingham Housing Limited



Education: schools Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's education team combines cross-departmental expertise in immigration, employment, commercial property and governance to advise clients on a wide spectrum of matters, including safeguarding and child protection as well as discrimination issues. Jointly led by Gemma Woodhouse, Hilary Aldred and Daff Richardson, the team has experience in assisting high-profile clients with historic abuse issues and defending against claims arising from this. Other key team members include immigration specialists Pat Saini and Hazar El-Chamaa.

Key clients

Wellington College

Reed’s School

Crosfields School Trust

Godstowe Preparatory School

Beaconsfield Educational Trust (Davenies School)

Shrewsbury House School

The Licensed Trade Charity

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Elstree Schools Ltd

Wellington College Academy Trust

Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students

Employment: employers Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's team of 'highly professional and knowledgeable' lawyers advise employers, boards and senior executives on internal restructurings, redundancies, whistleblowing claims and senior management dismissals and disputes. Head of practice Paul Mander regularly advises well-known clients in the retail, technology and construction industries on all employment law related matters, while other key partner Tom Walker's practice largely focuses on working with directors on strategic HR issues, internal disputes and high-level dismissals. Andrew Haywood is the key partner for senior executive work, where he assists with exit strategies and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions with a focus on the misuse of confidential information, social media and competitive moves.


‘The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper is very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive in problem-solving’.

‘Excellent employment law practice. Real depth of expertise and committed individuals able to assist with all employment matters. Clients really value the personal service and attention to detail.’

‘Nick Humphreys is the person I would want to run my employment claim. He is utterly excellent. Highly responsive. Brings real value to a case. Fights the client’s corner hard and helps them navigate the tricky issues that crop up.’

Key clients




Sapinda International Services BV

Cenkos Securities plc

RTC Europe Ltd

General Practitioners Defence Fund (GPDF)

Spicerhaart Group Limited


Williams Grand Prix Limited (t/a Williams F1)

Lanson International UK Ltd (Lanson Champagne)

Oxford Capital Partners LLP


Professional negligence Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's professional negligence team is 'approachable, available and is able to describe complex legal points to non-specialists'. The team is regularly instructed on group action claims against solicitors and is increasingly involved in claims involving construction professionals. Claims against accountants are also a key area of expertise. The firm has 'expertise in multi-party claims particularly arising from professional negligence and failed property investments abroad'; the team is representing around 90 clients in a £6m high-profile group action against Italian law firm Giambrone. The claimants instructed the law firm on negligence claims relating to the purchase of off-plan properties in Calabria, Italy.


The team is rigorous and passionately committed to serving the interests of its clients.

David O’Brien is tenacious, intellectually rigorous, fearless in the pursuit of his clients’ interests, but also a realist; he is an excellent commercial litigator who runs rings around his opposition.

David Niven is a very tough opponent, commercially savvy and he always has his eye on the endgame and optimising the clients’ position.

The lawyers are energetic champions of their clients; professional and diligent with great attention to detail.

David O’Brien has indefatigable energy; he takes nothing at face value but instead thinks round the problem from every angle.

The firm fosters strong relationships between clients and customers, and the team is adaptable and resourceful.

The firm provides a personal, hands-on service that is second-to-none.

David Niven has an extremely pragmatic approach and a good overall grasp of the case.

David O’Brien is a very bright lawyer with a good grasp of the legal issues involved, both in the areas of professional negligence and in relation to insurance issues that arise.

The teamwork from different individuals delivers consistent and seamless communications and status updates.

Key clients

Multiple claimants in action against a law firm (the firm acts for around 90 clients)

Multiple claimants in group action against a law firm (firm acts for around 49 clients)

Property litigation Tier 5

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.

Key clients

Kames Capital

Sellar Property Group

Curzon Asset Management

Wandle Housing Association

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Pinnacle Places

Southern Housing Group

Munroe K Luxembourg

Alpha Real Capital


Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 5

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.


‘Approachable, available and able to describe complex legal points to non-specialists.’

‘Strong relationships between client and customers – adaptable and resourceful.’

‘Gemma Dixon, Isabella Luck, Laura McCann, Lucy Norton, Kate Sharp and Linda Storey offer a personal, hands-on service that is second to none.’

Sport Tier 5

Following the merger of Penningtons Manches and Thomas Cooper, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP can draw on a newly combined international sports group, which acts for footballers, managers and Formula One clients across a broad sweep of areas. Work covered includes disciplinary proceedings, employment disputes and civil law claims relating to misconduct, libel and professional negligence, among other areas. On the non-contentious side, the group advises on the immigration status of athletes, acquisitions for stadium developments and GDPR compliance. Nick Humphreys is very active in the High Court and Employment Tribunals, where he handles litigation for managers, coaches, backroom staff and executives in the football industry, while employment specialist Andrew Haywood is known for giving internal advice to clubs in relation to player and manager acquisitions and exits.


“Pennington Manches Cooper’s sports practice has an impressive international network enabling them to deal with the complicated cross-jurisdictional world in which elite athletes operate. The service of its team is client focused and performance driven.”

“Very strong as sports disputes, especially those in an international context.”

“Nick Humphreys is very strong at the employment and sports overlap.”

“James Severn’s ability to cut through issues and find the key point is clinical and a key asset to his clients. His practical approach ensures that money spent is well spent.” 

Commercial litigation Tier 6

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in specialist areas such as group action litigation, banking and finance disputes, defamation and reputation management, cybercrime, product liability, and IP and IT matters. Rustam Dubash heads the department, Richard Marshall leads the international litigation and arbitration team, and David Niven heads the professional negligence and group actions practice. Also highly regarded are Philip D’Costa, Alex Fox, Dan Hyde, John Doherty, Donald Lambert and Noel McMichael. David O’Brien was made partner.

Key clients

Munroe K and Munroe K Luxembourg

Scarborough Group International and over 53 others

Shannon Construction and Royston Wright

General Practitioners Defence Fund

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 6

Known for its marine insurance capabilities, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP also handles commercial property damage, cyber risks, construction and reinsurance claims. Practice head Celso de Azevedo specialises in cross-border disputes incorporating South American elements. Marine specialist Ceri Done  left the practice in June 2018.


Mid sized firm with a global reach through its network of offices. Excellent value for money compared to larger firms with similar international presence

John Strange is a no-nonsense litigator

Intellectual property Tier 6

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has particular experience in trade mark and design rights matters, with clients spanning the technology, retail, consumer goods, food and drink, and education sectors. Anna Frankum and dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney Christopher Shelley jointly lead the team and are based in London and Bristol respectively. Frankum focuses on non-contentious matters, while Shelley has experience across the full range of trade mark, design and brand protection matters. Alexander Fox is a name to note for IP disputes in the technology, manufacturing and retail sectors.

Key clients

All Saints Retail Ltd

Astrid Media

CHT Germany GmbH

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Joseph Giles Ltd

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Limited

Retail Equipment Ltd

Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd

Tech London Advocates

TNQ Books & Journals Private Ltd


Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's business immigration team works with corporates, start-ups, investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, and while it has a particular focus on the education sector, it is also adept at advising clients across the retail, finance, sports, technology, creative and private wealth sectors. It works closely with the firm's corporate, commercial and employment teams to provide a thorough service for its clients, and is regularly engaged on crisis management advice to businesses and education sector clients when sponsor licences are under threat. The team provides various university clients and multinational corporations with support for EU national employees. The team also offers specialist human rights, appeals and overstay advice where it advises on complex applications and cases involving surrogacy and adoption. Department head Pat Saini is 'very experienced' and is strong in the education sector. Saini is ably supported by Hazar El-Chamaa, who heads the firm's private wealth immigration team. Senior associate May Cheung and associate Adam Cotterill are also recommended.

Key clients

Coventry University

Safe & The City

London Film Academy


China-Europe Networks of technology and Innovation (CENTI)


Istituto Marangoni

Met Film School

Sandbar Asset Management LLP

Tata Limited

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Ozo Innovations

Farfetch UK



Following the merger of Thomas Cooper LLP and Penningtons Manches LLP to create Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the team now features marine and commercial litigation group head John Strange, who has a strong following in the shipping and ferry industries. The team is adept at handling complex and high-value cross-border personal injury claims for claimants and defendants and is instructed by a number of insurers. It is particularly noted for its specialist brain injury expertise. Team head Mark Lee is leading advice for an individual who suffered life changing injuries, and his family, following a catastrophic road traffic accident in France.

Key clients

Allianz Legal Protection

UK General Insurance Group

Vitality Health

Travel Insurance Facilities

Canopius Underwriting Limited

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high-quality legal advice tailored to the needs of both businesses and individuals. It aims to address the specific objectives of each client through its broad market insight and technical expertise, and offers a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

The firm: Penningtons Manches Cooper’s head office is in the City of London. There are further UK offices in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while its growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through offices in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, São Paulo and San Francisco. Clients range from private individuals and owner-managed businesses to multinational corporations, public companies, universities, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions.

Types of work undertaken: The firm has established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. It is also recognised for its expertise in life sciences, education,  retail, sports and entertainment and international trade and commodity finance. The main areas of legal services provided are real estate, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, private client and family. To ensure a seamless service is provided to clients, all Penningtons Manches Cooper’s activities and people are divided into three divisions:

Business services: this division offers expertise in all types of dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration with specialists located in three of the world’s leading arbitration centres of London, Paris and Singapore. It also provides a wealth of expertise in corporate services and corporate finance, MBOs, MBIs, M&A and joint ventures as well as initial public offering and AIM listing. Areas of work include corporate tax, IP, data protection, employment, immigration, banking, financial regulation, insurance and reinsurance, international arbitration, marine, trade and energy, travel law, reputation management and privacy, insolvency work and all types of real estate litigation.

Real estate: the real estate division represents companies, institutions and individuals, both in the UK and overseas, seeking property advice. Solicitors are experienced in dealing with investment sales and purchases, funding agreements, development schemes, portfolio management, landlord and tenant matters, registered social landlords and agricultural investments, as well as smaller commercial property work. Specialist town and country planning, environmental, taxation and construction law advice is also provided. The residential property team advises on high-value residential property sales and purchases, including French property transactions.

Private individuals: private client services include international tax structuring, personal tax planning, wills, trusts, charities, the administration of estates, and capacity and Court of Protection matters. The family team provides a comprehensive service which incorporates all aspects of family financial work and international family law issues. This division also has a substantial clinical negligence and personal injury practice which is regarded as one of the leading teams in the South East.

International: Penningtons Manches Cooper has a broad international focus and provides an integrated service for corporates, individuals and their families, wherever they live or do business. Its network of international offices is supplemented by its membership of Multilaw and the European Law Group, associations with representatives in over 100 countries, while many of its lawyers play leading roles in a range of international bodies. The firm is well placed to advise on all aspects of inward investment and offers specialist international maritime, commodities, trading and finance law advice.

Other offices: Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford, Reading, Madrid, Paris, Piraeus, San Francisco, São Paulo, Singapore

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive David Raine
Head of business services division Franco Bosi
Head of private individuals division Tim Palmer
Head of real estate division Peter McElligott
Banking and finance Grant Eldred
Banking and finance Helen Drayton
Clinical negligence Philippa Luscombe
Clinical negligence Alison Appelboam Meadows
Commercial Anna Frankum
Commercial Chris Shelley
Commercial dispute resolution Rustam Dubash
Construction Richard Cooke
Contentious trusts Michael Cash
Corporate Simon Bickerdike
Corporate Matthew Martin
Court of Protection Julie Burton
Education Hilary Aldred
Employment Paul Mander
Energy and offshore Tim Kelleher
Family Jane Craig
Immigration Pat Saini
Insurance and reinsurance Mark Sachs
Intellectual property Anna Frankum
Intellectual property Chris Shelley
International trade Tim Kelleher
International wealth Laura Dadswell
International wealth James Stewart
Life sciences Chris Shelley
Pensions Maria Riccio
Personal injury Philippa Luscombe
Private client Clare Archer
Real estate Peter McElligott
Real estate litigation Donald Lambert
Residential property Duncan Taylor
Retail Matthew Martin
Shipping Darryl Kennard
Social housing Linda Storey
Tax Stephen Goldstraw
Technology Rob Hayes
Travel Mark Lee
Photo Name Position Profile
 Hilary Aldred  photo Hilary Aldred
 Rachel Bradley  photo Rachel Bradley
 Sarah Coates  photo Sarah Coates
 Helen Drayton  photo Helen Drayton
 Ross McNaughton  photo Ross McNaughton
Number of UK partners : 134
Number of other UK fee-earners : 340

At Penningtons Manches Cooper, we acknowledge that people differ – in ways that are visible such as age, gender, ethnicity and physical appearance, as well as those that are not obvious, for example education, social background, religion, sexual orientation, personal experiences and perspectives. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce generates vitality for our firm and helps to shape individuals’ professional development. It is important to us to employ a broad range of individuals to obtain the most extensive knowledge and provide the highest quality service to our clients. We actively endeavour to attract a vibrant and varied workforce from the widest pool of qualified candidates to continually diversify and improve upon that expertise. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which we have influence in the wider community. We employ transparent and all-encompassing policies for our recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment, access to training opportunities, promotion, work allocation and any other employment related activities. We run a compulsory diversity training course via an e-learning module to deliver up to the minute information to all members of the firm. We will always take appropriate positive measures (as permitted by the Equality Act) to provide special training and support for groups that are underrepresented in the workforce and encourage them to take up training and career development opportunities.

External partnerships
External partnerships Penningtons Manches Cooper is a signatory of the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and endeavours to meet the requirements of the charter in order to ensure high standards are maintained. By observing our diversity statistics, we can track our development and establish where we are having an impact and growing our talent or where further improvements are still needed.

As members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, we demonstrate our desire for excellence in the industry standards for fair treatment of individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. We are actively working to ensure our workplace encourages all members of the firm to be themselves, whatever background, as we appreciate people perform better and maintain a healthier attitude when being able to do so.

Internal working groups
We have a diversity and inclusion working group leading and implementing initiatives and addressing issues such as the provision of quality work experience to young individuals from less privileged backgrounds in the UK. It is still early days in terms of assessing the impact of such initiatives but we will continue to support them and find ways to track the progress of our firm in achieving greater diversity at all levels.

Our PRIME, Penningtons Manches Cooper LGBT – Straight Allies, community was recently established to focus on ensuring the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is fairly represented and treated equally within our firm. We aim to introduce more straight allies to the group and continue networking opportunities across the industry to better promote and grow our existing LGBT population.

CLIENT: Duncan Logan, CEO, RocketSpace
COMPANY/FIRM: Penningtons Manches Cooper
TESTIMONIAL: “London’s tech community continues to expand rapidly and drive innovation. Creating a physical presence here is critical to our expansion strategy and mission to build an ecosystem for innovation to thrive, across a global network of campuses. We are delighted to have worked closely with their inward investment team who provided us with vital legal support for this major business transaction.”

CLIENT: Jan Schnitzer, General counsel, u-blox
COMPANY/FIRM: Penningtons Manches Cooper
TESTIMONIAL: “I have been impressed by their professionalism and attention to detail. Their work has been prompt and delivered on budget, but without sacrificing quality of service. They were able to provide the full range of services that we needed for this complex transaction which demanded not only an ability to work with lawyers in two other jurisdictions, but also to meet the intellectual property challenges of working in the cutting edge area of LTE wireless technology.”

CLIENT: Dr Scott Brown, CEO, Nexeon
COMPANY/FIRM: Penningtons Manches Cooper
TESTIMONIAL: “The Penningtons Manches Cooper team provided a first class service to help us secure this major funding round. We found them to have a good grasp of the legal issues, offering solutions when required, and they were always available and responsive. Members of their team have worked with the company since its incorporation in 2006 which certainly helped us navigate our way through the process.”

CLIENT: Cecilia Emanuelson, Legal Affairs, Inter IKEA Holding Services SA
COMPANY/FIRM: Penningtons Manches Cooper
TESTIMONIAL: “Their team understands the specificities of our company which makes it so much easier to communicate. They always get back to us in a timely manner with advice and know what to look out for on our behalf. We are very impressed with their work as well as the results of a number of trademark infringement cases.”

CLIENT:  Simon Wyatt, Director, Contamac Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Penningtons Manches Cooper
TESTIMONIAL: “Our requirement is that our advisers become, in effect, part of our management team, understanding our business, plans and strategy, which we achieve through regular meetings
and communication. In choosing our legal advisers, we needed to be sure they understood our requirements, and had the capability to deal with them. Penningtons Manches Cooper has acted for us over many years, and we have made full use of many of the services they provide, covering commercial agreements, property transactions, IP requirements and employment law. They have never let us down, providing sound, sensible advice in a timely fashion.”

CLIENT: Ralph Dawson, Director, Dawson Walker Communications
COMPANY/FIRM: Penningtons Manches Cooper
TESTIMONIAL: “I have always found their team to be accessible, responsive and professional in the advice and support they provide to my organisation. They take the time to discuss the issues so we have a clear understanding of our position and to explain matters in enough detail for us to be able to make informed decisions on what to us would otherwise often be very complex issues. They are a pleasure to work with.”

The Lex 100 Verdict

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a 'forward-thinking' firm which gives trainees 'the opportunity to grow'. Recruits have a 'great support system' and benefit from access to 'PAs and other support staff' which enables them to spend more time on chargeable work. Penningtons Manches Cooper 'really places an emphasis on your training and treats everyone like an important valued part of the team', something which respondents had also witnessed during their vacation scheme. The 'collegiate and friendly environment' creates a 'collaborative feeling that everyone is working towards the same goal'. Moreover, recruits are given a 'great deal of responsibility' and have 'exposure to high-net-worth individuals', enough to earn the firm a Lex 100 Winner medal for client contact. Trainees appreciate that 'colleagues are approachable and have a friendly but professional approach to work' and that they are given 'high-quality work from day one'. The 'lack of secondment opportunities' annoyed recruits; others felt that 'the office needed updating, in particular the IT systems'. Best moments include 'running a client meeting by myself', 'attending a High Court hearing', 'the buzz from late night completions' and 'being offered a job upon qualification'. Conversely, trainees least enjoyed 'having a very heavy workload from a variety of partners' which at times was 'too much to handle'. As for CSR, 'while there are a variety of opportunities, there is room to do more'. Recruits receive 'excellent supervision and feedback' and are pleased that they 'have such a well-respected work/life balance'. If, like these trainees, you are attracted to the firm's 'reputation', 'team ethos' and 'inclusive atmosphere', apply to Penningtons Manches Cooper.