Sarah Coates > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Real estate


Sarah is a partner in the firm’s real estate division in Cambridge. She is experienced in all areas of real estate practice, with particular expertise in the acquisition and set-up of commercial and residential development sites, development finance, pension fund sales and purchases, and secured lending and refinance work.  

She acts for a full range of clients. Her recent track record includes representing a number of public sector bodies and both local and national residential developers on large mixed-use regeneration and development projects, advising on site assembly, overage agreements, development agreements and the sale of affordable housing plots to registered providers. 


Joined Penningtons Manches in 2015, having spent the majority of her time since qualifying in 2006 practising within the Cambridge area.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge

(Leading individuals)

Sarah CoatesPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The ‘proactive, thorough and diligent‘ Penningtons 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.

East Anglia > Finance > Banking and finance

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.

East Anglia > Public sector > Education

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.

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP joins the ranking having recruited the ‘really experienced and very good‘ Andrea 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.