Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Guildford, England > Firm Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
31 CHERTSEY STREET
GUILDFORD, SURREY
GU1 4HD
England

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

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a go-to for Oxford University spin-outs when it comes to investments and funding rounds and as such has a strong industry focus on tech and life sciences. The leadership duo consists of Will Axtell, a specialist in advising entrepreneurs on exits and private equity, and James Went, renowned for his expertise in M&A transactions. Another M&A expert in the firm is David Tighe, who regularly works with associate Dominique Sabatini, who is becoming increasingly prominent in the Oxford and Imperial spin-out community.

Practice head(s):

James Went; Will Axtell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They offer a full service of legal requirements and provided individuals that covered all our needs in house. They worked as a team and were very thorough.’

‘James Went is an excellent corporate lawyer and did an outstanding job coordinating the completion of our case. James is an incredibly calm and collected character and coupling this with his clarity and conviction of reasoning when it comes to deal terms makes him very effective in complex and tense cases. We also found that James’ way of working served as an education to our team and we have picked up a significant amount of knowledge around corporate structuring along the way.’

‘The team was very experienced and very straight forward to deal with. They understood what we were trying to achieve as a business and were able to advise the appropriate corporate structure quickly and efficiently.’

‘David Tighe – very experienced, no fuss, and delivered as per commitments.’

‘James Went is an exceptional lawyer – good guidance on commercial matters and an efficient and resourceful approach to constructing documentation which drives a deal towards a successful close, bringing the parties along with the process.’

‘Will Axtell – experienced in all areas of the transaction, very good at pulling everyone together to ensure deadlines were met wherever it was within our control. Will has a friendly manner and he remains calm and affable under extreme pressure, which helped enormously towards the end of our process when the normal sale and purchase agreement pressures started to ramp up.’

‘Dominique Sabatini, a senior associate was the primary point of contact and the person who did the bulk of the work, fulfilled her role in an excellent manner. She was available when required, completed tasks in a timely manner, but most importantly provided excellent advice. I always felt we were in very good hands. The partner on the case was David Tighe who came across as extremely knowledgeable but he was rarely required to get involved due to Dominique’s excellent work.’

‘During burdensome acquisition times, Dominique Sabatini became like one of our family members. She not only comprehended our particular area, but also accomplished a tremendous job completing the SPA.’

Key clients

Seedrs Limited

Rezonence Limited

Shareholders of Pareto Facilities Management Limited

Deepreason.ai

OQEMA Limited

Paul Mason Consulting Limited

Amba Health and Care Limited

Oxford Flow Limited

ATDBio Limited

OxVax

Depixus SAS

Owen Mumford Limited

Elis UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Seedrs on its proposed $100m sale to Republic.
  • Advised the shareholders of ATDBio on its sale to NASDAQ Stockholm listed Biotage AB at £45m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Pareto FM on the £18m MBO of the Oxfordshire-based facilities management business.

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s Guilford employment team, which is able to draw on the expertise of the firm’s specialist pensions team, continues to benefit from a strong presence in the South East. The Guildford employment team is led by Mike Cole, who has extensive experience supporting international businesses. Liz Cardy is praised for her responsiveness and ‘high quality, clear advice’. In the past year, she has advised St Mary’s University, Twickenham on all of its employment law requirements.

Practice head(s):

Mike Cole

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We are in the US and needed someone who could guide us through the complexity of UK employment law. Penningtons did that for us as well as assisting with the “preventative practices” to keep us as compliant as possible.’

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper has a clear customer focus. The expertise brought to the table as solid legal advice as well as advice on best practice was very much appreciated. Flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances including dealing with matters during the pandemic was great.’

‘I worked primarily with Liz Cardy and she was outstanding in helping us bridge the UK law and US practice complexity. She also provided guidance in best practices and complex employee negotiations. During those times I needed a consultation urgently she always responded quickly. I can’t recall a time where she delayed getting back to us.’

‘I have dealt with several partners and associates at Pennington Manches Cooper and all have demonstrated solid expertise and focus on the matter at hand. Liz Cardy has helped in a recent matter and provided outstanding service.’

‘Liz Cardy is quick to respond to queries and offers high quality, clear advice.’

‘The team has a diverse range of skills, abilities and experience and a strong network of contacts to reach out to for areas where additional context may be required. My particular experience was rather unique and they were able to reach out to other members of the team and external counsel for support, all of which resulted in a very satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Exceptional client care, thorough in preparing papers, and timely in provision of papers to Counsel in preparation for any hearing.’

Key clients

MCI UK Limited

Wurth UK Ltd

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Surevine Limited

Blue Commodities LLP

Otford Builders Merchants Limited

Vivid Imaginations Limited

Polymax

Sapienza Consulting

Consult Hyperion

M247 Limited

Kent Pharma UK Limited

Firebird

Wurth Industry Service LLP

GIS International

Medpharm Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Wurth UK on all of its employment law needs and also advising other organisations within the group based in different jurisdictions.
  • Advised the UK branch of an International Banking Group on overhauling their compliance policies and contractual terms for those senior staff employed under the FCA fit and proper regime.
  • Represented a UK based retailer and service provider providing building supplies for trade and DIY in the course of two Employment Tribunal claims involving three former employees bringing claims of unfair dismissal, race discrimination and sex discrimination.

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

Daff Richardson  and Eugene Wojciechowski lead the employment team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, a local practice with an international reach which predominantly advises clients in social housing, education, tech, life sciences, financial services and construction and is highly active in boardroom disputes and other litigation. Chris Syder is ‘a superb tactician with a big heart‘  who resolves workplace issues, including through mediation. Tech companies rely on Gemma Woodhouse for advice on contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Daff Richardson; Eugene Wojciechowski

Other key lawyers:

Chris Syder; Gemma Woodhouse; Katie Glendinning; Victoria Spires; Tom Pimenta; Hannah Grayson; Sophie Humphrey

Testimonials

‘Katie Glendinning has always been very supportive and listens to understand the problem. She always gives the impression she cares and gives a balanced opinion and options. I’ve recommended her and the company to a number of people and the feedback is always consistent.’

‘The team has great experience and knowledge of employment litigation, in regulated sectors (particularly teaching) as well as more complex technological sectors. They are able to cater to a range of clients from national firms with significant numbers of employees, to smaller charities.’

‘All of the individuals within the employment team are exceptional – from partner to senior associate to associate. This shows that excellent training is put into junior members of the team and this bodes well for the future of the firm.’

‘Gemma Woodhouse, Chris Syder, Katie Glendinning, and Sophie Humphrey work brilliantly as a team, providing a seamless and excellent service to clients and superb instructions to counsel.’

‘Chris Syder is such a sensible and pragmatic operator – a superb tactician with a big heart.’

‘Hannah Grayson – understood requirements and delivered the level of service required. Didn’t try to embellish or provide unnecessary complexity. Delivered on time  & to budget.’

‘Working with Penningtons has been thoroughly refreshing. The employment team is proactive, knowledgeable, hard-working and empathetic and I feel completely confident in the advice and support that they have provided.’

‘Everyone at the company that has had dealings with Gemma Woodhouse have commented on her outstanding professional manner and ability to get to the root of a problem and provide advice that is in keeping with the company’s direction and ethos.’

Key clients

Oversight Board (Facebook)

Bahlsen LLP

Bishop Challoner

Corel Inc

Bouygues UK

UK Estates Limited

23.5 Degrees Ltd

Shearman and Sterling UK LLP

Charter Court Financial Services Group plc

St David’s School

Link Asset Services

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Wellington College

Cobalt Telephone Technologies/ Park Now Ltd t/a Ringo

M20 Property LLP

Selecta

PRP Architects

Rutland (DP) Ltd

Sika Ltd

1-1 Recruitment Ltd

Dynniq UK Ltd

Alite Limited

Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

Ellis Uk Ltd

St David’s School

Navenio Ltd

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools Elstree

Enterprise Therapeutics

Falck Wind Renewables

Castle Trust Capital Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools Elstree on a wide range of employment, data protection, and education matters.
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, including for senior managers for Enterprise Therapeutics.
  • Advising Falck Wind Renewables on a major employment contract review and on a cross-border appointment.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Typical claims handled by the ‘exceptional team of undoubted specialists’ at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP include those concerning birth injuries, brain injuries, elderly care and oncology. The practice is led by the ‘tenacious, bright and hugely sympathetic’ Alison Appelboam Meadows in Basingstoke; she focuses on clinical negligence cases involving obstetric and paediatric negligence, and heads up the cerebral palsy team, alongside Guildford-based Philippa Luscombe, who specialises in brain and spinal injury cases, including cauda equina cases and surgical incidents, and is regarded as ‘very experienced and reassuring‘.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Luscombe; Alison Appelboam Meadows

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Code; Alison Johnson; Emma Beeson; Andrew Clayton; Elise Bevan

Testimonials

‘I found my solicitor helpful and she kept in touch without me having to chase her up. She kept me informed if there was going to be a delay and was very pleasant to deal with.’

‘Alison Johnson is a joy to work alongside, brilliant with her client care, has superb judgement and time again conjures terrific settlements for her clients. Alison Appelboam Meadows is a superstar, with knowledge second to none in birth injury claims, she’s tenacious, bright and hugely sympathetic. Emma Beeson is hugely dedicated to her clients and leaves no stone unturned – a future star in the making.’

‘Elise Bevan was always very professional but always friendly as well. Every stage of my claim she kept me informed and always asked for my opinion and never did anything without asking for my opinion.’

‘The team at Penningtons have been absolutely fantastic whilst they have been dealing with my case; they keep me updated on how my case is going. I know they have other cases to deal with and it is understandable, but I know for a fact they will be in touch with me at any point, that is why I do not worry about what is happening with my case.’

‘The individuals working on my case have been amazing from the first time I met them back in 2016 to present, still dealing with my case. The work and time they have all put into my case are amazing and I know they are working their hardest to help me win what I need for present and future needs.’

‘Andrew Clayton was a real workhorse who was very clear exactly what he needed and by when. And, fully prepared, he delivered on the day.’

‘Philippa Luscombe inspired confidence from the first meeting I had with her (which had been preceded by a phone call which I had also found helpful). Very experienced; reassuring; straight down the line, and to the point; not flashy.’

‘Exceptional team, undoubtedly specialists in this area. They are well trained, dilligent, intelligent, have excellent client handling skills, provide thorough and well thought out briefs. Some of the best of the best.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s family team in Guildford has ‘great strength in depth in family law and a large number of very able and experienced solicitors’. Team head Veronica Gilmour is ‘highly emotionally intelligent’ and ‘particularly knowledgeable about pensions in divorce’; she is also a highly experienced mediator. Rachel Donald has extensive experience in nuptial and cohabitation agreements, having recently advised a cryptocurrency millionaire in relation to a divorce involving assets of £50m. Sarah Duckworth is particularly adept at dealing with cases involving family trusts and inherited wealth. Emma Willing recently joined the team from Mishcon de Reya LLP, while senior associate Gemma Kemp joined from Blandy & Blandy LLP  to bolster’s the department’s strength with her broad practice.

Practice head(s):

Veronica Gilmour

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Donald; Sarah Duckworth; Gemma Kemp; Beth Bell; Laura Hughes; Emma Willing; Laura Naser; Bethan Carr

Testimonials

‘Penningtons’ reputation for excellence is well-earned. In my experience, their solicitors are diligent, hard-working, and knowledgeable. They are also compassionate and care deeply for their clients.’

‘The Surrey team comprises several individuals who are experienced, empathetic and simply superb family solicitors. Compared to many other firms, their combined experience makes them a tour de force and the place to go to for your divorce finances.’

‘Gemma Kemp brings intelligent sense to every case she handles. Rachel Donald is also well respected as an intelligent operator who goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Beth Bell – conscientious, hugely bright, very able. Fantastic forensic mind and incredible attention to detail. Superb strategic instincts. Gentle and compassionate with clients but by now means a pushover – very firm and clear in her advice. A real star of the future. Laura Hughes – frighteningly forensic, incredibly capable, very on-the-ball.’

‘Sarah Duckworth is an experienced solicitor who inspires confidence in her clients and adopts a collaborative approach to problem-solving. Sarah is the person who I would recommend my divorcing friends employ.’

‘Emma Willing is an extraordinarily committed solicitor with an incredible appetite for work and a solution-focused approach’.

‘Bethan Carr, Rachel Donald, Beth Bell and Laura Naser are all exceptional at what they do. They also provide a lot in terms of guidance on legal developments through online media platforms such as Instagram in a way that is easily digestible and accessible to all.’

‘Bethan Carr is the surrogacy god. She is knows the ins and outs of surrogacy more than most lawyers in the field. She has excellent client care skills and clients immediately feel at ease with her approach.’

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

A Thames Valley powerhouse with international reach, the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP handles complex matters such as the high-profile case of Villiers v Villiers. Esteemed family lawyer Jane Mitchell co-heads the team and services high-net-worth individuals. Her fellow co-head Kerry Fretwell is a renowned specialist in divorce proceedings. Third in the leadership team is Ruth James, who handles matters complementary to family law such as international tax, corporate structures, and property transactions. Their team includes associate Eleanor Moodey who has recently handled several financial and children matters, particularly those with an international aspect.

Practice head(s):

Jane Mitchell; Kerry Fretwell; Ruth James

Other key lawyers:

Emma Leavesley; Eleanor Moodey; Danielle Bentley

Testimonials

‘Kerry Fretwell is a strong leader. The team deals with the whole breadth of cases.’

‘Jane Mitchell has guided me through complex divorce proceedings with her legal expertise. Her assistants are excellent as well. I have found the support to be outstanding from both individuals. I would highly recommend Jane Mitchell for complex financial divorces.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s Guildford-based private client practice is known for its ‘very broad capabilities and diverse knowledge across the team’. Group head Lucy Edwards advises on a broad range of private wealth, tax and trust matters, with extensive experience in estate and succession planning matters, acting for UK and international families. She also has particular expertise in the use of Family Investment Companies as an alternative to trusts. Hannah Gearey has expertise in complex probate issues, substantial philanthropy matters, and vulnerable beneficiaries and those in receipt of personal injury awards.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Gearey; Cecilia Ward

Testimonials

‘In brief – they ALWAYS perform outstandingly! I have never had to chase them, they are unique amongst all the solicitors I’ve employed in my 40-year-old business career!’

‘The best private client team outside the London practices. Really strong practitioners at all levels. It is not surprising that they attract the quality of clients and the quality of work they do – nothing is beyond them.’

‘The Private Client team based in Guildford is of exceptional quality, depth of expertise and availability. To us, it is the standout private client team in Guildford and surrounding areas.’

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper is a massive company with the depth of knowledge and experience that this brings, but the people who work there still provide a personal touch.’

‘A very experienced team, very knowledgeable in areas of Inheritance Tax and Probate. They operated within a structured methodology and took a detailed and logical approach to the task, which was exactly what was needed.’

‘Lucy Edwards has been exceptional with clients – delivering an excellent service, on a variety of different legal matters, within tight timeframes and always within budget.’

‘Very broad capabilities and diverse knowledge across the team. Very friendly and approachable and good communication skills.’

‘I have always found Cecilia Ward to be technically strong and able to advise on all relevant matters in her field. She has very strong people skills and communicates well. The ability to relate to people and inspire confidence is a reason I have returned back to Cecilia and also referred others to her.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s Guildford real estate team, 'a dynamic, hard-working, personable and knowledgeable group of individuals', serves a diverse client base beyond its regional office location. Team head Mike Busby specialises in development work and high value asset acquisitions, disposals and portfolio refinancing. Tony Burns  specialises in the acquisition, development, and management of industrial and logistics sites, together with related planning agreements, utility documentation, and subsequent sales and lettings. Tim Davies has extensive experience dealing with option agreements, conditional contracts and promotion agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mike Busby

Other key lawyers:

Tony Burns; Tim Davies; Sam Davies; Graham Dixon; Sarah Jordan; Jamie Lynch; Lyndsey Whittell

Testimonials

‘The team are a dynamic, hard-working, personable and knowledgeable group of individuals and I have absolute confidence on the quality of the work produced, the levels of communication and the value they bring to each instruction via their previous experiences.’

‘A good size team that are always willing to assist, good technical expertise and a broad practice so able to assist in wider matters.’

‘Penningtons have provided a very personal and bespoke service to us. We have had outstanding service on all of our property projects, their attention detail and the speed and quality of responses has been excellent. We have had a number of challenging structures on projects that Penningtons have simplified and managed very well.’

‘Mike Busby always provides experience and commercial insight into each instruction whilst being mindful of costs. His significant experience and willingness to ensure the best possible outcome for his client allowed us to rapidly make significant changes to our property portfolio as a result of COVID.’

‘Sam Davies has worked our our instructions for a number of years and consistently approaches all our instructions with a keen attention to detail, provides prompt responses to both myself and 3rd parties and brings a wealth of commercial awareness and expertise. COVID resulted in a spike of work and time-critical matters and Sam responded with absolute commitment and a wealth of excellent work product.’

‘Tony Burns is very personable and very easy to deal with. He is very good at breaking down complex legal issues into manageable elements for us and has excellent attention to detail. His responses on our projects are always very prompt and accurate. Sam Davies is our stand out Associate – qualities as Tony’s.’

‘Tony Burns and Sam Davies are two of the very best real estate lawyers we have come across in the industry.’

Key clients

Knowsley (Image Business Park) Limited

Adanac Business Park Limited

Flight Centre

Cracknore Investment Limited

Flexford Mill LLP

Micro Bar Box Ltd

Thatcham Research

Wooldridge Developments Limited

Caravan Club

Work highlights

  • Advising Adanac Business Park on a c190,000 square foot programme of speculative development for light industrial use a £43m deal.
  • Advising Oceanic Woolston Limited on the sale of a bespoke new build, state of the art 31,881 sqf industrial unit, together with associated yard and quay zone at Marine Employment Quarter, Centenary Quay, Woolston, fronting the Solent.
  • Advising Thatcham Research on the acquisition of the ownership of a company operating a working airport in the East Midlands worth £10.5m.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Business-driven and pragmatic‘, Joanne Vengadesan , an expert in contracts and data protection, leads Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s non-contentious IT practice which has a strong fintech offering, an international scope, and advises on cutting-edge matters, including AI and blockchain. Associate Oliver Kidd is another specialist for contractual matters and data protection and in a recent highlight led the team in advising cryptocurrency-exchange platform Coinpass on agreements and FCA compliance.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Vengadesan

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Kidd; Fiona Rodgers; Dan Lovett; Nora Pook

Testimonials

‘Responsive, diverse, and wide expertise.’

‘Joanne Vengadesan is business-driven and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Spitfire Network Solutions Limited

Paul Mason Consulting Limited

TicketSocket, Inc

Nihilent Limited

Tata Advanced Systems Limited

Algorithm Software Pte Limited

Fenn Night Vision Limited

Coinpass Limited

Wavex Technology Limited

Ubisense Limited

StudentCrowd Limited

Astro Lighting

Oxford Endovascular Limited

Alemba Limited

Rezatec Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ubisense Limited on an exclusive reseller agreement with Rakuten in Japan.
  • Advising Wavex Technology on its contractual and compliance arrangements, including customer MSA reviews,negotiations, supplier/subcontracting arrangements, and data protection.
  • Advising TicketSocket, Inc. on its expansion into UK and European markets, including dealing with data protection requirements.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's corporate team in Guildford has seen a significant increase in instructions with a cross-border element. Nationally, the team continues to work on a range of complex matters, having recently acted for Thatcham on the acquisition of Gamston Aviation Limited. The team is led by Simon Bickerdike , who has a special interest in supporting clients in the vital consideration of sustainability in business and the impact of law on the green economy. David Kendall has expertise in the technology and private wealth sectors. Philip Walton  is a leading expert on pharmacy acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bickerdike; Matthew Martin

Other key lawyers:

David Kendall; Philip Walton; Hannah McIlwraith

Testimonials

‘As well as providing support on deals, I can turn to the team for general advice and to talk something over. No matter which member of the team you deal with, you always get a friendly approach.’

‘David Kendall and his excellent team, including Hannah McIlwraith, are able to provide us with a first rate service, commercial, pragmatic and very sound legal advice and help solve problems for us.’

‘David Kendall has advised us on several corporate reorganisations and acquisitions. Responsive, commercial, problem solving, engaging and very smart. An exceptional lawyer. Our go to lawyer for corporate matters and M&A.’

‘David Kendall has been my rock over the past couple of years – guiding and supporting through a complicated transaction with many twists and turns. He is down to earth and pretty much unflappable – which is exactly what’s needed. He has a really great team of associates who are confident and willing to step in and help as needed.’

Key clients

Alemba Limited

Artemis Group Limited

Barfoots Farms Limited

Blue Commodities LLP

Brick Kiln Composites Limited

Ecologi Action Limited

Elixirr International plc

Group Positive Limited

Infosec K2K Limited

Precision Acoustics Limited

Sourdough South Limited

Technical Resources Limited

Thatcham Research

The Magic Bean Co Limited

Wavex Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Thatcham on the acquisition of Gamston Aviation Limited, the owner and operator of Retford Gamston Airport.
  • Advised the shareholders of Whitespace on a transaction with Sequel Business Solutions Limited for an investment and acquisition of Whitespace. Whitespace provides re/insurers with a scalable digital placing platform and the investment allows a rapid acceleration of growth leveraging the digital transition in the re/insurance industry.
  • Advised the shareholders of Verb, the luxury performance marketing agency, on its sale to private equity-backed digital marketing agency, Croud.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

The banking and finance team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP undertakes a range of transactions including real estate finance, acquisition finance, project finance and general corporate banking work. The firm acts for a number of prominent clearing banks and an increasing number of overseas bank, enhanced by the arrival of Jose Millan Martin from the Madrid office. The firm is on the panel for a number of impressive clients such as Bank of China and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. John Chater leads the team and has experience in bilateral and syndicated transactions.

Practice head(s):

John Chater

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Santander UK plc

AIB Group (UK) Plc

Burhill Group Limited

Punjab National Bank (International) Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Link Group

Bangkok Bank Public Company Ltd

Bank of China

Apex Corporate Trustees

Hightown Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander on a complex term loan facility for the purpose of assisting with a private equity transaction proposed by the Borrower following completion of the loan.
  • Instructed by AIB Group UK plc to act on a £15,000,000 secured RCF facility agreement for an international construction group.
  • Acted for HSBC UK Bank plc in drafting and negotiating a new unsecured revolving credit facility based on Loan Market Association documentation for one of the Oxford colleges.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's team is led by 'enormously experienced' Oxford-based Daff Richardson, who specialises in employment issues; she also co-leads the education sector group. Reading-based Gemma Woodhouse also supports on employment matters for charities clients.

Practice head(s):

Daff Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A fantastic team. Knowledge of the law is second to none. They are completely dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for clients. They also have formidable expertise in managing complex and sensitive investigations.’

‘Incredibly supportive team who took time to understand my issue and spent time with me thinking through potential options without rushing to a conclusion. The team were very responsive both on email and phone and I could trust that any work conducted would be completed to an excellent standard and within plenty of time for review before finalisation. When cases have been concluded the team have celebrated with my organisation demonstrating their caring nature for the work.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have held a consistently positive and passionate attitude whilst supporting me. They have taken time to clearly understand my thoughts and perspectives and explained their conclusions from a legal point of view in a helpful and accessible way, taking further time to explain in greater depth as necessary. I have experienced them to be present whenever we meet, to be available rapidly as required and to offer helpful and thoughtful advice which I feel I can fully trust as they have excellent integrity.’

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper deliver the same top quality service to their charity clients as they provide to their other corporate clients. They are committed and enthusiastic in helping the not for profit sector.’

‘Daff Richardson is enormously experienced and able to answer most questions. When not able to help, she is able to direct clients to parts of her firm where she knows there is expertise.’

Key clients

Christ Church, Oxford

Quadram Institute Bioscience

Pembroke College, Oxford

The Licensed Trade Charity

Marine Stewardship Council

The Pirbright Institute

The Consumers’ Association (t/a Which?)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pirbright Innovations Limited, an education and charity governance with UK subsidy control advice.
  • Assisted a college which had received substantial funds from a legacy and wished to invest these by subscribing for additional units in a bespoke fund into which only other charities could subscribe.

Public sector Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s cross disciplinary team has deep expertise advising clients in the public sector, primarily acting for higher education institutions and independent schools. Its deep bench includes Reading-based school sector expert Gemma Woodhouse as well as Oxford-based education group co-head Daff Richardson, whose experience in employment law enables her to engage with the often sensitive issues involved in student complaints and employment disciplinary matters. Collaboration with the firm’s wider departments means the team is well-placed to take on employment, immigration, corporate, commercial and IP-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Daff Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Woodhouse; Sophie Whitbread; Hilary Aldred; Sam Rose

Testimonials

‘A fantastic team. Knowledge of the law is second to none. They are completely dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for clients. They also have formidable expertise in managing complex and sensitive investigations.’

‘Hilary Aldred is a truly exceptional lawyer. Hard-working, brilliantly intelligent, judgment is second to none.’

‘Sophie Whitbread is a fantastic lawyer, very knowledgeable, supremely organised.’

‘Daff Richardson is enormously experienced and able to answer most questions. When not able to help, she is able to direct clients to parts of her firm where she knows there is expertise.’

‘Sam Rose is not only an excellent, incisive lawyer, who is always a pleasure to deal with, extremely efficient and a very safe pair of hands for even the most complex of cases, but she has the key advantage of having previously worked in-house at a University.’

Key clients

Christ Church, Oxford

Pembroke College, Oxford

St Mary’s University Twickenham

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys and Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls

Wellington College

Nuffield College, Oxford

Work highlights

  • Assisted an Oxbridge college which had received substantial funds from a legacy and wished to invest the funds by subscribing for additional units in a bespoke fund into which only other charities could subscribe.
  • Advised an Oxbridge college on when to make data breach reports to the Information Commissioners office.
  • Assisted Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys and School for Girls with reviewing all staff contracts and queries in relation to term time working and zero hours.

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Knott

Other key lawyers:

Justin Winterbottom; Laura Gorman; Lauren Bray; Roberta Bombaci; Charles Seaward

Testimonials

‘Great market knowledge with an understanding of the commercial aspect of contracts as well as the legal points.’

‘A broad interest is shown across different areas and a good knowledge of emerging sectors, particularly the impact of fast-paced market environments as well as the move to more sustainable property and infrastructure. Charlie Seaward and Justin Winterbottom have been a great support in getting agreements over the line.’

‘Pennington Manches is able to advise and deal with a very wide range of legal matters related to our commercial property business. I am impressed with their commercial knowledge and always aware of the current market. They are able to help us with their wide legal knowledge.’

‘Justin Winterbottom is outstanding. He deals with things promptly and is always there if we need any immediate advice. He is very professional, highly knowledgeable and is happy to speak to anybody involved. He makes things for our business run smoothly and is an absolutely pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Fortitudo Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals

Vaccitech Limited

Exact Sciences Innovation Limited

Oxford Biodynamics PLC

T-Cypher Bio Holdings Limited

Evox Therapeutics Limited

23.5 Degrees Limited

Donnington New Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fortitudo Homes on the acquisition and development of a mixed use scheme in Bournemouth known as Glen Fern & Fir Vale Road, valued at £200m.
  • Acting for Vaccitech Limited on a lease of over 31,000 square feet of newly built space at Harwell Campus.
  • Acting for Frontier Estates Limited on a major new retail and industrial scheme valued at £60m.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's Basingstoke-based social housing team provides a broad service to its large client base of predominantly housing providers and associations, with dedicated subteams handling homeownership, social housing finance, and portfolio and asset management. Practice head Linda Storey focuses on the transactional side, often handling acquisitions and disposals as well as their associated planning agreements. Eugene Wojciechowski heads the social housing employment offering, where he acts on matters relating to issues including discrimination and modern slavery. Commercial property lawyer Catherine Bradshaw advises on complex transactions, acquisitions, and regeneration schemes, while associate Charlotte D’Avola leads on securitisation and portfolio management. Laura McCann and Graham Phillips are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Linda Storey

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Wojciechowski; Catherine Bradshaw; Charlotte D’Avola; Laura McCann; Graham Phillips

Testimonials

‘The social housing team provide an excellent service, the team are friendly and patient and take the time to explain and provide alternative options. Matters are dealt with promptly and nothing is too much bother.’

‘They have been responsive and quick to turn around enquiries.’

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper’s team have a vast experience of knowledge for all homeownership matters.’

‘Linda Storey and Laura McCann have provided us a really great service and continue to impress with their knowledge and experience and willingness to provide an excellent service. They provide excellent value for money on the service and very good at supporting and helping us shape our process to make the service we provide more efficient to our customers.’

‘Tailored service, excellent knowledge of our business, timely responses, clear explanations, takes the time to discuss matters’

‘The people we use within the team are always very helpful and responsive. They act professionally and give good, timely and practical advice when dealing with issues as they arise.’

‘They are ‘can do’ people that look for constructive solutions and help us to explore the options before making a decision. They also talk in plain English so that we understand what the real issues are.’

Key clients

Bromford Housing Group

Metropolitan Thame Valley

Accent

Hightown Housing Association

Peabody / Catalyst

Plymouth Community Homes

Riverside Group

Saxon Weald

Sovereign Housing

Bpha Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing as lead property counsel in connection with the establishment of its EMTN programme in July 2021 and completion of the security aspects of its initial £250m sustainability bond.
  • Advising Peabody Group on a six-phased regeneration site in East London to a great success generating £60m in revenue for the client on completion.
  • Acting for Hightown in connection with the acquisition of a site in Chesham for development to provide 34 units of affordable housing worth £9m.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP remains a strong presence in the region with offices in Reading, Oxford and Guildford. The IP department focuses on the commercialisation of patents, know-how and software, in particular in the university sector and for spin-outs, transactional matters, the development and protection of trade mark and design portfolios, as well as disputes involving copyright, trade marks and designs with notable experience in the fashion, sports and luxury sectors. The group's additional sector expertise in the automotive, engineering,IT, publishing and life sciences is a further asset. The Oxford-based Chris Shelley heads the national team jointly with London colleague Anna Frankum . In Reading, Joanne Vengadesan heads the digital business and information technology group while Daniel Berry is in charge of the firm's South IP group.

Practice head(s):

Anna Frankum; Chris Shelley; Joanne Vengadesan; Daniel Berry

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Stenton; Holly Strube; Dan Lovett; Thomas Kirby

Testimonials

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is excellent mostly for its personal and client-oriented approach and high level of professionalism.’

‘We have absolute trust in Daniel Berry’s professional capacity and his pro clients attitude that can be seen in every case that comes to his hands.’

‘PMC provides high quality prosecution and infringement advice. PMC is always considering the real world consequences of filing decisions and how filing strategies can be employed in infringement disputes.’

‘Daniel Berry provides magic circle advice without the associated fees. His advice is extremely detailed and easy to present to clients. He is very commercial and employs a variety of strategies to put the client in the strongest position to obtain a successful outcome. I have complete confidence in his advice.’

‘Penningtons provides a superb commercial/IP group.’

‘Chris Shelley. Dependable and unflappable. Excellent at dealing with the detail without losing sight of the overall commercial aims of the transaction.’

‘Given his technical knowledge combining fields IP, IT and commercial, Daniel Berry provides well-rounded legal support to his clients. He is a brilliant problem solver, who is very also highly responsive.’

‘Penningtons’ team has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious sides. They always try to come up with the most cost and time-effective solutions for the clients. The team is very proactive and also has deep technical knowledge, and that is where they win.’

Key clients

Emma Raducanu

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Zihipp

Organix Brands Limited

Oxford Flow

Evac+Chair International Limited

Andreas Stihl Limited

United Colors International Limited

Roka London Limited

King’s College London

Oxford University Press

Pirbright Institute

Medicines Discovery Catapul

CAB International

bioMérieux SA

Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Veryan Medical Limited

Astro Lighting Holdings Limited

Celleron Therapeutics Limited

Grey Wolf Therapeutics Limited

Ethypharm Holdings SA

Norbar Torque Tools Limited

Oxford Gene Technology Group

Oxford VacMedix Limited

OneCom Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Emma Raducanu in implementing a global brand protection and enforcement programme across multiple continents.
  • Advising Zihipp on the establishment and licensing of a US-based joint venture with Korean company EOFlow Co., Ltd.
  • Managing the global trade mark portfolio of the Association of Chartered Accountants.

Employment Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in Cambridge has 'a fantastic team with unrivalled knowledge of the law that is completely dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for clients'. The firm is particularly adept in dealing with employment matters affecting clients in the technology, life sciences, charities and education sectors. Lead partner Hilary Aldred is 'hardworking, brilliantly intelligent, and her judgment is second to none'. She provides on-going HR and immigration advice to Abcam Plc, including assistance with employee grievances and disciplinary matters. 'Supremely organised' managing associate Sophie Whitbread and senior associate Charissa Upton are highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Hilary Aldred

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Practical, concise advice, good understanding of commercial situation, as well as the legal.’

‘Very supportive, responsive and helpful.’

‘A fantastic team. Unrivalled knowledge of the law. They are completely dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for clients. They have formidable expertise in managing complex and sensitive investigations.’

‘Hilary Aldred is a truly exceptional lawyer. Hardworking, brilliantly intelligent, judgment is second to none. Sophie Whitbread is a fantastic lawyer, very knowledgeable, supremely organised.’

‘With n ability to think through the ramifications of problems both legally and practically, this team is excellent at dealing with complex employment litigation. Great support from a team of associates and paralegals.’

‘Hilary Aldred – a “go-to” partner who thinks through issues with care and skill. Particularly adept at dealing with highly complex legal problems and heavy contentious disputes. Excellent with clients, measured and calm, she is someone you would want in your corner.’

‘I have the found the team to be uniquely pragmatic in the advice that they have provided. At all times, I felt that they had the best interests of my company at the core of their thinking and the guidance we received enabled us to navigate some potentially very difficult situations in a logical and calm manner. We were never encouraged to over-reach nor to seek exceptional or unachievable results, only to bring the matters to a realistic and entirely acceptable close. We always had the confidence that our business was in safe and knowledgeable hands.’

‘I have worked most closely with Charissa Upton who has provided me with the opportunity to explore best practice, to seek the best resolution and has given me the reassurance that the decisions we have taken were backed by solid knowledge and experience, both of the issue and our of business. She is my ‘go to’ call when I need additional advice, guidance and support in the minefield which is the area of employment law.’

Key clients

Nuffield College

Ocado Central Services Ltd trading as Ocado

Abcam Plc

Christ Church, Oxford

Ubisense Limited

Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust

Corpus Christi, Cambridge

Whiting & Partners

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Freight 24

The Company of Biologists

Work highlights

  • Supported Ocado Central Services Ltd by providing a senior associate as a secondee to the team for six months to provide advice on day to day matters and handle employment tribunal claims, as well as to be available to consider difficult technical points when required.
  • Acted on the well publicised disputes with the Dean of Christ Church including defending both the claims raised by him against Christ Church as well as the claim raised by woman the Dean was alleged to have sexually harassed.

Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 2

'Practical, clear advice is given', notes a client of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, adding that its lawyers are 'knowledgeable, and the fact that they presented issues with possible solutions was appreciated'. The firm acts for global banks, developers, housing associations, science parks, colleges and wealthy families in real estate matters, and counts Samsung Cambridge Solution and HSBC UK Bank among its clients. Practice head Sarah Coates has notable expertise in the acquisition and set-up of residential development sites, development finance secured lending and refinance work and landlord and tenant matters. She advised Hilltop Credit Partners on the £3m acquisition and development facility for a residential project in Brinkworth. Senior associate Giorgia Clements is recommended for her work for property investors.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Coates

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Practical, clear advice given.’

‘Knowledgeable, and the fact that they presented issues with possible solutions was appreciated.’

Key clients

Max Barney

HT Credit Partners

Vindis Group

Samsung Cambridge Solution

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hilltop Credit Partners in connection with the provision of a development finance facility of £8.7million to Mitchian Alliance Limited of a site in Leicester.
  • Acting for Hilltop Credit Partners in the provision of an acquisition and development facility worth £3m for a residential development site in Brinkworth.
  • Acting for HSBC on the grant of financing for the acquisition by the borrower of the freehold interest in a tenanted property.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Biotechnology Tier 2

The team Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for a wide range of clients across the therapeutics, medical devices, agricultural and veterinary fields. It counts medical research charity Parkinson’s UK, component supplier for protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography Molecular Dimensions, and clinical biopharmaceutical company SynOx Therapeutics among its clients. The firm's work encompasses corporate transactions, financing, IP, real estate and employment matters. IP, IT and commercial partner Rachel Bradley in Cambridge, who has a particular specialism in the life sciences and publishing sectors, is co-head of a five-partner, cross-office practice. 'She understood our requirements and provided an appropriate level of review and advice without over complicating matters', remarks one client. Employment partner Hilary Aldred is a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm understands the sector and the requirements of firms like ours.’

‘Rachel Bradley understood our requirements and provided an appropriate level of review and advice without over complicating matters.’

‘Rachel Bradley has been very responsive, rapid and transparent, and understands our broader business context and advises appropriately.’

Key clients

The Company of Biologists Limited

Parkinson’s UK

Applied Molecular Transport, Inc

Vivifi Biotech Ltd

Fluid Pharma Ltd

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Enterprise Therapeutics

Metrion Biosciences

Abcam PLC

King’s College London

Synox Therapeutics

MitoRx Therapeutics Limited

42 Technology Limited

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies

Molecular Dimensions

Certis Europe B.V.

Birch Tree IP

Work highlights

  • Advising Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies on the company’s IPO on the London Stock Exchange, and on all IP and Commercial aspects of the IPO.
  • Supported Fluid Pharma with reviewing its funding agreement with Unitaid for a grant to develop novel paediatric medicines for malaria using Fluid Pharma’s MicroCoat™ technology, and drafted collaboration agreements for Fluid to use with some of its partners for the project, which had to be consistent with key provisions of the main funding agreement.
  • Acting as lead co-ordinator of the review of all European clinical trial agreements for Applied Molecular Transport, Inc, for trials to occur in sites across numerous countries in Europe.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a broad-ranging practice that handles patents, designs, trade marks, copyright and rights in confidential information, and is adept in both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm has extensive experience in transactional IP, licensing, collaboration agreements and R&D agreements. Rachel Bradley works with partners in London and Oxford to co-lead the IP practice and clients remark that she has 'significant expertise and supports clients in robust and legally sound commercial agreements'. She advises clients in the life sciences, publishing and charities sectors, and acted for Fluid Pharma on collaboration agreements for the development of novel paediatric medicines for malaria.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Bradley

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP for many years now, and have never been disappointed with the service we receive.’

‘Rachel Bradley has significant expertise in our industry field, and has supported us closely over the last few years as our need for robust and legally sound commercial agreements has grown. Together with Rachel we have developed bespoke agreements for our customers, which not only provide them with the reassurances they require, but as a not for profit ensure that our interests are protected.’

Key clients

The Company of Biologists Limited

Applied Molecular Transport, Inc.

42 Technology Limited

Fluid Pharma Limited

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Cambridge Commodities Limited

Parkinson’s UK

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Vivifi Biotech Limited

Cambridge Design Partnership

Enterprise Therapeutics

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies

Work highlights

  • As part of the firm’s work advising on Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies’ IPO on the London Stock Exchange, it leads on all IP and Commercial aspects of the IPO. This included reviewing all IP agreements, such as patent licences, and the IP aspects (ownership, licensing obligations) of all other commercial agreements that the company had executed, as part of due diligence.
  • Supported Fluid Pharma Limited with reviewing its funding agreement with Unitaid, a global health agency, hosted by World Health Organisation, for a grant to develop novel paediatric medicines for malaria using Fluid Pharma’s MicroCoat™ technology, and drafted collaboration agreements for Fluid to use with some of its partners for the project, which had to be consistent with key provisions of the main funding agreement.
  • Acting as lead co-ordinator of the review of all European clinical trial agreements for Applied Molecular Transport, Inc, for trials to occur in sites across numerous countries in Europe.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s corporate team specialise in lower mid-market M&A with a focus on the technology, real estate, private wealth and retail sectors. Team head Matthew Martin  has extensive experience in the fashion, luxury and lifestyle sector. Seb Orton  has acted on a full range of issuer and investment bank-side transactions in the retail and health and care sectors. Chris Owen has considerable experience of acting on cross-border transactions. Helen Drayton  has extensive experience in corporate reorganisations, including solvent liquidations, demergers and the implementation of other tax planning schemes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Martin

Other key lawyers:

Seb Orton; Chris Owen; Helen Drayton; Michaela Britton

Key clients

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Holdings PLC

Tough Mudder UK

Doree Bonner Holdings

Needle & Thread

BM Advisory

Transearch International Partners Limited

HBL Bank UK Limited

SkinBioTherapeutics plc

finnCap

Peel Hunt

Canaccord

Newsquest

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s practice is active in several specialist areas beyond general commercial litigation, including international disputes; group actions involving professional negligence and financial mis-selling; banking and finance litigation; defamation and reputation management; and digital asset disputes and cybercrime. Additional key areas are insolvency, health and safety/product liability claims, HNW-related disputes, and IP/IT matters. Clare Arthurs heads the litigation team, which features international litigation leader Richard Marshall, who is ‘fiercely bright‘; IP & IT disputes head Phillip D’Costa; and cross-border disputes expert Alex Fox. The second line of partners showcases Michael Brown, who acts in financial services-related commercial disputes; David O’Brien, who ‘sees points that others would not‘; and Kamran Rehman, a 2021 recruit from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. Charlotte Hill, Oliver Cooke and Laura Coleclough are experienced senior associates, while former practice head Rustam Dubash retired from the partnership during 2022, but remains a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Clare Arthurs

Testimonials

‘Penningtons provides a bespoke service to meet its clients’ needs – one of the strongest teams around for mid-market commercial litigation.’

Operates a highly sophisticated litigation outfit, and is exceptional in dealing with top-end shareholder and director disputes. The team adopts a very pragmatic approach to its cases, and is particularly exceptional in achieving the best outcome for the client without the need to litigate the case all the way to trial.

‘Richard Marshall is as tactically astute as he is knowledgeable. It is the breadth of his experience that is of the greatest benefit to the clients. Whether in mediation or immediately before trial, he provides a calm reassurance that the best result will be achieved.

‘Richard Marshall is fiercely bright, and shows exceptional commercial acumen. His skills really stand out when advancing the client’s case in a mediation context, or when negotiating with the other side.

‘Richard Marshall is very experienced, knowledgeable and strong strategically.

‘David O’Brien is a cut above the rest – sees points that others would not.

Alex Fox’s enthusiasm ensures that claims are driven forward with a clear strategic vision, and senior associate Charlotte Hill is a rising star.

‘Oliver Cooke is an excellent senior associate with in-depth legal knowledge, and who takes a sensible and commercial approach to resolving disputes.’

Key clients

Podhurst Orseck PA (LaMia)

Various SMEs insured with National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society

The Consumers’ Association (t/a Which?)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a US law firm (on behalf of 43 individuals) in resisting and seeking the quashing of an interim anti-suit injunction obtained in England by insurance broker Aon and re-insurer Tokio Marine Kilnand.
  • Assisting with the enforcement of rights to payments, further to the sale of a renowned golf course.
  • Acting for a group of SMEs in breach of contract claims against the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society, in relation to Covid-19-related non-payment of business interruption claims under various NFUM-underwritten insurance policies.

Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has ‘a wealth of knowledge in the soft commodities market‘. The firm provides ‘good, strong and professional advice after weighing up all options‘. George Mingay (who is ‘always willing to discuss and explain situations in an easy friendly way‘) and Mark Sachs lead the international trade and commodities practice, which acts for a diverse roster of clients. Its work spans soft commodity, metals, mining, oil and gas, and trade finance cases. Mingay chairs the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the MMTA; Sachs is fluent in Mandarin and frequently handles arbitrations in London, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Stockholm.

Practice head(s):

George Mingay; Mark Sachs

Testimonials

‘Being involved in the soft commodity field there appears to be a wealth of knowledge in the practice.’

‘George Mingay is always willing to discuss and explain situations in an easy friendly way.’

‘PMC offer good, strong and professional advice after weighing up all options.’

Key clients

Czarnikow

British Coffee Association

Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China

Piraeus Bank

National Bank of Greece

Commonwealth Bank

Bank ABC

Czarnikow

British Coffee Association

Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China

Piraeus Bank

National Bank of Greece

Commonwealth Bank

Bank ABC

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 2

Described as ‘unique in the breadth and width of its expertise’, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is geared to handle a broad range of employment matters on behalf of employees, trade unions and staff associations, including complex discrimination claims, collective redundancies, judicial reviews and whistleblowing cases. In addition to its notable strength in litigation at all levels of the judiciary, the group is frequently sought after to advise on industrial action, police injury pensions and large group claims. Practice head Binder Bansel is regarded as ‘one of the very best employment lawyers in the UK’. Other key practitioners in the team include Anthea Christie, who is especially sought after to represent employees in the High Court and the Employment Tribunal, and senior associate Clare Walsh, an expert in whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):

Binder Bansel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Anthea Christie is a stand-out practitioner. Anthea is widely known for her assiduous client care and excellent legal brain. She is 100% committed to her clients and creates and holds long-term relationships with unions and qua-union institutions in the UK due to the quality of her performance.’ 

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper is a fantastic firm doing some fantastic work. They are well known for their Police Federation work. Binder Bansel and Anthea Christie lead a formidable team.’

‘Anthea Christie is a diligent and well-respected lawyer amongst her peers. She has instructed me on several cases over the years. I have always found her to be extremely thorough, conscientious and knowledgeable. I am more than happy to recommend her.’

‘Anthea Christie is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, efficient and determined. Clients know their corner is being fought in the most effective way possible.’

‘Senior associate Clare Walsh is pragmatic, efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Pennington Manches is our go to firm. Its ability to deal with voluminous and lengthy employment tribunal or civil cases is unparalleled. The team is large and covers a wide geographical area but still manages to maintain close ties with their clients such that they are able to give a very personal and individual service.’

‘The team is unique in the breadth and width of its expertise. It has wide knowledge across the whole field of employment law but also in areas where few dare to trespass such as pensions, industrial action and judicial review. The team is superbly efficient.’

‘Binder Bansel is one of the very best employment lawyers in the UK. His knowledge of police law is second to none. His ability to spot the key issues in a case is unrivalled and his legal analysis is always spot on. He is a modest but brilliant lawyer.’

Key clients

Police Federation of England and Wales

Communication Workers Union (CWU)

Civil Nuclear Police Federation

United Road Transport Union

First Division Association

Police Superintendents’ Association

Association of School and College Leaders

National Association of Schoolmasters

Union of Women Teachers

Work highlights

  • Represented hundreds of sub-postmasters in M Baker and Other v Post Office, seeking to establish worker status and holiday pay entitlements.
  • Acted for the claimant in Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset v Eckland at the Court of Appeal involving the preliminary question of who is liable for discrimination which occurs during a police misconduct hearing.
  • Assisted 40,000 members of the Police Federation of England and Wales and the Police Superintendents’ Association with discrimination claims arising from the transitional provisions of the Police Pension Regulations 2015.

Employment > Immigration

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP fields a ‘very diligent and thorough‘ immigration team, known for obtaining ‘the best possible outcome‘ in difficult cases across the range of business and personal matters. Pat Saini leads the team, as well as co-leading the firm’s wider India group, and focuses on clients in the education industry – a key sector for the firm. Her clients range from individuals and institutions, and she also has a strong reputation for her work in the technology sector. Also notable is the ‘truly excellentHazar El-Chamaa, who, alongside her work heading up private wealth immigration and handling complex personal cases including nationality and EU work, currently sits as head of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Senior associate Meghan Vozila is noted for her broad practice acting for clients ranging from SMEs and high-net-worth individuals to multinationals, and associate Afeefah Shabbir is key to the firm’s corporate offering. Adam Cotterill has left the firm for Doyle Clayton.

Practice head(s):

Pat Saini

Testimonials

‘We found Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP to be highly professional and reliable. All their advice was concise and clear, that led us to a good result.’

‘Clear advice, very diligent and thorough in approach, went beyond to get us the best possible outcome.’

‘The lawyers in the team are all extremely knowledgeable which allows them to thoroughly assess a situation and provide top notch advice to clients.’

‘Pat Saini who leads the practice at Penningtons has done an excellent job, and has helped me to explain to key stakeholders and the media what is happening with UK immigration. She is a strong leader with great communication skills.’

‘Hazar El-Chamaa is truly excellent. In addition to her wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law, she is approachable, pragmatic and solution-oriented. A matter is always in good hands in her care.’

‘All members of the team are exceptional, particularly Pat Saini and Meghan Vozila. Both of these individuals are stars and can handle any immigration matter.’

‘Hazar El-Chamaa is particularly special to work with. Very professional and confident. Very experienced and knowledgeable. Always happy to go the extra mile to make things happen. They stand out from other firms particularly on engagement and availability.’

‘Meghan Vozila and her team always were available and made sure I had quick answers to my many questions. They always offered different solutions with the pros and cons. Meghan especially was always diligent in getting back to me and she took time to deal with my issues.’

Key clients

Galileo Global Education

Regent’s university

Navitas

Oxera

ISTITUTO MARANGONI

Tata Limited

Engitix Therapeutics

Valero

The Oversight Board

Lendable

Work highlights

  • Launched a dedicated audit, compliance, and training service, with significant demand from the education sector, including preparing four universities and two schools for Home Office audits.
  • Assisted many individuals including a family leaving Ukraine.
  • Assisted many individuals with late applications under the EU settlement scheme and permanent residency applications.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Practice head at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is Michael Cash who ‘is possibly the shrewdest contentious trust and probate specialist of them all. He has the extraordinary ability to get to the perfect result for his client’. The department advises numerous HNW individuals, families, trusts and estates and focuses on domestic and international trust and estate litigation (including disputed wills). It has also been busy advising on breach of trust claims and administration of estates disputes. Sarah Lee advises on a broad range of trust and estate litigation covering international and domestic claims over disputed wills, trust and estate administration, and Inheritance Act 1975 claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Cash

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Lee; Sian Hodgson; Sarah Arnold

Testimonials

‘The best team outside London for contentious trusts work. I do not think they ever take a bad case and they will always fight hard for their clients. They have a really strong team at the top and bring on bright and enthusiastic younger members‘.

‘Michael Cash is at the top of his game. Incredibly capable. Associate Sian Hodgson is a delight to work with, always has the trust of her clients’.

‘Good strength and depth. Some good individuals. Sarah Arnold always goes out of her way – and well beyond the call of duty – to look after her clients. She is also hugely focused on resolving difficult situations, without dwelling on them’.

‘Very responsive and professional. Sarah Lee is a stand out partner! Very easy to work with, very professional’.

‘Great strength and depth, but managing to retain the feeling of a boutique team. Sarah Arnold – efficient, knowledgeable but with an ever-present enthusiasm that makes her a pleasure to work with’.

‘They are a reliable and well-rounded contentious practice. They can cover off most domestic based disputes (estate disputes, trusts disputes and court of protection disputes). Other firms will have the international outlook, but PMC really nails the domestic outlook’.

‘Sarah Lee. She absolutely outstanding. Straight talking, gets to the heart of the issue and is commercially astute. She really fights her clients’ corner and can achieve great settlements through well deployed strategy even when the facts are less than favourable’.

‘Sarah Arnold is a star of the future. She is practical and innovative with her ideas, pragmatic and always give the clients the best advice’.

Key clients

Patrik Schumacher

Administrator for the estate of His Exalted Highness the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad

The administrator of Darrel Evans Dec’d

Savernake Estate

Administrator of Prince Abbasi Estate

Quinn Emauel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (now moved to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP ) on behalf of Walter Merricks CBE

Work highlights

  • Advised Patrik Schumacher on his application to remove his co-executors (Lord Palumbo, Brian Clarke and Rana Hadid) from acting as executors of the estate of Zaha Hadid.
  • Advised Walter Merricks CBE (via Quinn Emauel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP) on Estate law in the £14bn class action Merricks v Mastercard. Successful in securing the right to claim on behalf of 3 million deceased consumers in front of the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Acting for the administrator of the 7th Nizam’s estate in the long running dispute over £35m held by National Westminster Bank that was deposited in 1948.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

Daniel Toop and Julie Burton lead the excellent team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that has been strengthened by the additions of associate James Berry from Hodge Jones & Allen and senior associate Victoria Federico from Shoosmiths LLP. The group is skilled at acting as a professional deputy or trustee for individuals in receipt of an award due to personal injury or clinical negligence claims. It has a broad client base of children and adults with acquired brain injuries and other injuries across the UK and internationally. The group also manages the estates of a number of its elderly clients. It currently manages 128 deputyship matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Toop; Julie Burton

Other key lawyers:

Grace Serwanga; Rachel Taylor; James Berry; Victoria Federico

Testimonials

‘This is a leading Court of Protection Firm, well resourced and highly respected’.

‘The team is led by Julie Burton along with Daniel Toop who are excellent and highly experienced practitioners.  Grace Serwanga- highly proactive in addressing complex and difficult client challenges’.

‘They have in depth knowledge about deputyship, trusts and protecting personal injury awards. They have extensive experience in the areas they practice.’

‘I have worked with Julie Burton and Rachel Taylor. They are both very experienced and knowledgeable. They are fantastic with clients. Professional, approachable and available at short notice’.

‘Grace Serwanga –  I do love working with her,  I can feel the compassion on all things she does for us. She’s good listener and easy to talk to. I trust her and learning lots with her specially when making decision on a difficult situation’.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP  fields an ‘exceptionally strong team of family lawyers’. The ‘indomitableJames Stewart and the ‘highly experiencedAnna Worwood co-head the department that offers the ‘highest level of client care and prepares cases immaculately’. The group frequently acts in some of the most significant international cases that come before the English courts with a particular focus on the USA and the Middle East. It has considerable expertise in Part 111 claims and it has a ‘modern families’ unit that is headed by Linzi Bull – this unit focuses on issues such as surrogacy and the legal issues arising from artificial reproductive technologies. Edward Floyd  is now at Farrer & Co while the ‘impressiveTammy Knox has been promoted to the partnership. Among the other key members of the team are Jane Craig; Amanda Andrews and Rebecca Carlyon .

Practice head(s):

Anna Worwood; James Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This firm has strength and depth in a competitive field. They are well established as market leaders and provide a quality service backed up by experience. Anna Worwood has the combination of empathy, efficiency, intelligence and good sense which marks her out as a leader in her field. Tammy Knox is one to watch, as a newly appointed partner’.

‘An excellent team which attracts the very highest quality work. All members of the team are able and approachable. Jane Craig- a grande dame of matrimonial finance work. She is very highly regarded and rightly so. She has an unrivalled breadth of experience and her clients love her’.

‘The family team is the magic circle team to go to across the country. Linzi Bull – Linzi is fantastic to work with. She finds solutions in the most complex cases. Clients adore her for the way she explains legal strategy in the most clearest format. She is always going above and beyond what is required to get the right result. She is particularly good with cases involving complex human rights issues. Tammy Knox – a newly appointed partner. She has a piercing intellect and is able to cut thought complicated cases‘.

‘One of the largest and best family law teams in London that is going from strength to strength. When one is instructed by PMC one knows the quality of the work will be first rate. This is a team with very high standards from top to bottom’.

‘All the team is excellent but the following are stand out – Anna Worwood – the new head of department. This promotion is so deserved. She is a class act who mixes emotional and academic intelligence perfectly. She is caring and sensitive when needed but also robust and strong when appropriate. She gives her clients 110%. James Stewart – is a real specialist in international cases and one of London’s leading lawyers who is involved in many of the most important cases. A delight to work with. Lucy Clark – an excellent senior associate who knows her cases inside out and has a photographic memory which is so useful in a complex case with vast amounts of documents’.

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper has particular expertise in private law disputes with international issues, including jurisdiction, leave to remove and international child abduction. Anna Worwood wrote the book on leave to remove, and is tactically excellent. Tammy Knox has recently been promoted to partner. She has a background in complex care and international child abduction which provides an excellent grounding in the most difficult private law disputes.’

‘Tammy Knox and Anna Worwood are outstanding partners in the London office. The firm provide nationwide coverage over a number of offices’.

‘Service from Amanda Andrews in the Family Law team was fantastic. Helpful, responsive, creative, thorough and all done in a friendly and personable style. Amanda Andrews is excellent and far more authoritative and empathetic than others I have used in this field’.

Transport > Travel Tier 2

Excelling in cross-jurisdictional personal injury cases and serious brain injury claims, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s ‘personable and highly competent team‘ is predominantly active on the claimant side, but also has capacity to handle defendant instructions, often acting for policyholders. Group head Mark Lee is ‘skilled, pragmatic and absolutely the go-to guy for travel-related accident and injury issues‘ including catastrophic injury claims, while Warren Collins regularly handles catastrophic injury and fatal accident litigation. Louise High is the key contact for insurers.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a good reputation in the field and Mark Lee is always solid and sensible. On the defendant side, Louise High is excellent.’

‘Mark Lee – debonair, clever. Louise High – commercially minded, sensible.’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable in the field. Extensive network and ability to source experts in many jurisdictions. Good understanding of the bespoke nature of the product and practical application of skills.’

‘Mark Lee – extremely approachable. Flexible and accommodating, Mark is happy to pick things up at short notice.’

‘Personable and highly competent team.’

‘Mark Lee; Skilled, pragmatic and absolutely the go-to guy for travel related accident and injury issues.’

‘They have a solid team of people who have been doing travel law for many years and have the experience to deal in a very efficient manner with this type of claims.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a British national who sustained life changing injuries in a motorbike accident in Germany.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP represents clients in contentious matters, including shareholder disputes, professional negligence, and employment with a sector focus on retail, IT, and educational institutions. Practice head Emma Davies Day comes recommended for her expertise in financial disputes and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Clare Arthurs; Emma Davies Day

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Shillito; Daff Richardson; Rebecca Andrews-Walker; Holly Stube

Testimonials

‘Strong in commercial work generally, and they seem to have a really good understanding of their clients’ needs/instructions.’

‘Tremendously direct, concrete, actionable advice in the restructuring and litigation space.’

‘Associate Charlie Shillito and Partner Rebecca Andrews-Walker were both able to provide time-critical advice that was very direct and suited to the contentious nature of the proceedings in question. Right resources, team, skill-set, and proper case management: really outstanding!

‘Daff Richardson is a good communicator. She keeps you apprised of matters without prompting. She is very good at getting you access to the right people in the firm when other matters crop up but she herself manages the client relationship throughout.’

‘Emma Davis Day is puts my mind at ease and is very confident in the advice that is given. Charlie Shillito is very professional and prompt in replying to emails.’

‘Very good sector knowledge. Advice is very practical.’

‘PMC have a broad range of specialist offerings and have been very good at dealing with clients in the spin out and scale up world, sensitive with charging and dealing with matters at the right level.’

Employment > Pensions Tier 3

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a well-regarded insolvency and restructuring practice with strength in the key sectors of retail, property, technology, life sciences and healthcare. Oxford-based Rebecca Andrews-Walker  advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious restructuring matters while John Chater in Reading acts for insolvency practitioners, receivers and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Alex Fox; Matt Martin

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Andrews-Walker; John Chater; David Kendall

Testimonials

‘In the case I worked on, the Insolvency and Restructuring Team were responsive and got to grips quickly with the client’s business even though in an unfamiliar and niche area. They provided excellent strategic advice to meet the client’s objectives.’

‘Andrea Nicholls is a senior associate with sound commercial sense and a great client manner.’

‘Absolute 100% dedication to achieving the very best outcome for every client’s case. The classic combination: vast knowledge of the law, exceptional common sense, hard work, confidence and calmness personified, and utterly charming.’

‘The Penningtons team showed clear expertise in the property aspects of a large scale, multi-jurisdictional liquidation. They were very easy to communicate with, responsive to queries and provided clear advice and instructions.’

‘Rebecca Andrews-Walker and Andrea Nicholls are both extremely capable and easy to work with. Supported by Matthew Letts, both were responsive and available to deal with queries throughout the duration of our instruction. They provided clear advice and practical solutions to any issues that were encountered.’

‘PMC’s insolvency team are innovative, tenacious and experienced. They know how to navigate clients safely through the insolvency process in order to maximise recoveries.’

‘Alex Fox is always enthusiastic about his cases. He brings an energy to them which ensures that positive results are achieved.’

‘The team punches above its weight, often acting in high-profile insolvencies or against well-resourced City firms in substantial disputes.’

Key clients

League Managers Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for the League Managers Association in a general capacity.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Public sector Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in Cambridge has 'fantastic team with unrivalled knowledge of the law', remarks one client, adding that 'they have formidable expertise in managing complex and sensitive investigations'. Lead partner and employment specialist Hilary Aldred is co-head of the firm's national education practice. She is 'hardworking, brilliantly intelligent and her judgment is second to none'. 'Very knowledgeable and supremely organised' senior associate Sophie Whitbread advises education institutions and charities on legal aspects of their day-to-day management of employees, taking into account the duties of trustees and their additional obligations to the Charity Commission.

Practice head(s):

Hilary Aldred

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A fantastic team. Unrivalled knowledge of the law. They are completely dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for clients. They have formidable expertise in managing complex and sensitive investigations.’

‘Hilary Aldred is a truly exceptional lawyer. Hardworking, brilliantly intelligent, her judgement is second to none. Sophie Whitbread is a fantastic lawyer, very knowledgeable, supremely organised.’

‘Very strong and supportive team with excellent coverage across different levels of experience. There is a very strong representation of women in the work I have done with the firm.’

‘Hilary Aldred – very strong in client support and practical advice.’

Key clients

Christ Church, Oxford

Nuffield College

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Unifrog Limited

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Cambridge Commonwealth European & International Trusts

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

The Company of Biologists

Work highlights

  • Advised an Oxbridge college on when to make data breach reports to the Information Commissioners office, which in turn led to the need to make serious Incident reports to the Charity Commission in respect of various breaches of confidentiality.
  • Advised Christ Church on when to make data breach reports to the Information Commissioners office, which in turn led to the need to make serious Incident reports to the Charity Commission in respect of various breaches of confidentiality.
  • Providing day-to-day employment advice to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge in respect of academic and non-academic staff.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

The Cambridge office of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a busy property disputes practice that frequently acts for insolvent tenants and tenants of insolvent landlords, as well as liquidators and administrators. It also handles a range of agricultural and freehold property disputes, as well as contentious matters arising from commercial leases. Senior associate Andrea Nicholls is the key practitioner, and clients praise her 'diligence, communication, and accuracy of advice'.  One remarks that 'her in-depth knowledge on property law is second to none'.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Nicholls

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable advice given with an understanding and appreciation of commercial relevance and viability.’

‘Diligence, communication, accuracy of advice, Andrea Nicholls has been particularly helpful in providing timely advice on recent matters.’

‘We were recommended Penningtons Manches Cooper by another company who had used them for years on all of their land deals. We needed a firm that could give us solutions to the problems we had incurred. They are very strong on property law and gave us our options without expending further un-necessary monies. They were far more knowledgeable than the original firm we had employed and confirm the saying “you get what you pay for”.’

‘We dealt mainly with Andrea Nicholls. She was very easy to converse with. Reacted quickly when queries were raised and information required. Her in-depth knowledge on property law is second to none. She stopped us expending further monies down unnecessary routes and assisted in fine tuning our negligence claim documentation. She is easy to talk to and has a good sense of humour as well.’

Key clients

The Hub Pharmacy Limited

AL Realisations Limited (in Liquidation) formerly Laura Ashley Limited

Max Barney Limited

Barfoots of Botley Limited

Limetree Living Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Liquidators of AL Realisations Limited (formerly known as Laura Ashley Limited) to disclaim forty-five leases relating to former Laura Ashley stores across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Advising The Hub Pharmacy Limited on recovering arrears of rent from a tenant and negotiating surrender of a retail lease during the Covid pandemic.
  • Advising Barfoots of Botley Limited regarding a claim for a power outage which caused loss of power to food manufacturing plant on the client’s farm.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

Combining ‘candid, practical advice with a client-focused attitude and good ethos’, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP covers contentious matters as well as advice on complex remuneration packages and negotiations with employers. The firm advises top-tier senior executives, representing chairpersons, managing directors, finance directors, founders, CEOs and premier league football coaches and managers. Paul Mander leads the team which includes senior associates Sarah Mant, who handles all matters arising prior to, during and beyond the end of the employment relationship; and Hester Jewitt, who is ‘truly a stand out professional’.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mander

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Mant; Hester Jewitt; Andrew Haywood

Testimonials

‘Candid, practical advice with a client focused attitude and good ethos. Appreciated the pragmatism and diligence to the matters I collaborated with them on personally. Full trust in my Counsel.’

‘Recommended to me. Very knowledgeable, very experienced, and easy to talk with and made it easy to understand legal terms.’

‘The practice is well staffed and is able to turn around large projects quickly. They are transparent and honest to deal with as well as very willing to collaborate with other teams whenever it is beneficial to the client, while also not drawing on others where it would cause unnecessary costs to the client. They strike a wonderful balance in quality of service and cost and always aim to make the client’s life easier.’

‘Hester Jewitt is truly a stand out professional, however as are many of the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Hester has connected me with multiple talented colleagues from other teams who have also provided fantastic service and delivered up to the high standards she set.’

‘Andrew Haywood is phenomenal. I trust him fully, his expertise and all round down to earth and pragmatic nature. I really appreciated working with Andrew.’

‘In a stressful time for me I was treated with respect and was allowed to tell my story without judgment and given quick, sensible and clear advice which was suited to my needs and my hopes for the eventual outcome.’

‘Andrew Haywood. Showed empathy and understanding. Swift response to email and phone calls. Clear and tailored advice to get me where I wanted to be.’

‘Understanding and personalised approach with honest and reasonable advice.’

Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP joins the ranking on the strength of lead partners Grant Eldred, who leads the financial services sector group, and trade finance litigation specialist Mark Sachs. The trade finance practice is ‘very experienced and solution-driven, and is also to-the-point and pragmatic‘. Eldred is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced, a person you can rely on to guide a file to closing‘. The firm acts for overseas banks and financial institutions that specialise in trade finance, but also advises parties across the supply chain from producers through to trading companies and end-users. It has particular expertise in transactions involving Africa and South America, as well as matters concerning Russian sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Grant Eldred; Mark Sachs

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced and knowledgeable and have the wider depth in terms of product skills and expertise.’

‘Strong partners and capable juniors with a willingness to meet all deadlines.’

‘The individual we work with most extensively is Grant Eldred who is undoubtedly one of the best in the business for trade finance.’

‘Excellent and consistent. Very broad range of expertise.’

‘Availability and willingness to engage.’

‘The trade finance practice is very experienced and solution-driven. Also to the point and pragmatic.’

‘Grant Eldred – very knowledgeable and experienced. A person you can rely on to guide a file to closing.’

Key clients

Santander UK plc

Bank of China (London branch)

Agricultural Bank of China

Bank ABC

Bank of Beirut (UK) Ltd

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

Bank of Communications (UK) Limited

Banque Cantonale Vaudoise

Banque Cantonale de Genéve

Banque de Commerce & de Placements S.A.

National Bank of Greece S.A.

Emirates NBD

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

‘Fount of experience’ John Kyriacou leads the clinical negligence team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. The team deals with complex cases including those involving delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses; gynaecological and brain injury; general and maxillofacial surgery; orthopaedic complication; amputation; and cauda equina. In addition, the team’s workload includes sensitive matters involving psychiatric injury. Described as a ‘solicitor with a bright future in clinical negligence’, Rosie Nelson, who specialises in cerebral palsy, birth injury, orthopaedic and sepsis cases, is one to watch in the team.

Practice head(s):

John Kyriacou

Other key lawyers:

Rosie Nelson; Lyndsey Banthorpe; Emily Reville

Testimonials

‘Rosie Nelson is outstanding in all aspects of her work. Throughout my claim Rosie was professional, understanding, compassionate and thorough.’

‘The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper is one of friendly, loyal lawyers. Nothing is too much trouble and they always update me and try and make me feel as relaxed as they can. Rosie Nelson is very good at keeping me in the loop and keeping me calm. It’s not just about her legal advice, it’s also about the high-quality experience she provides.’

‘The team is hardworking, focused and organised.’

‘The standouts in the team are: Lyndsey Banthorpe, who is driven, hard-working, clever and strategic and Emily Reville, who is shrewd, sensible and extremely driven.’

‘The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP enjoys a solid reputation in the market. The associates are invariably well prepared, detailed and efficient.’

‘Rosie Nelson is a solicitor with a bright future in clinical negligence. She is very bright and knows her cases extremely well.’

‘The breadth of knowledge and depth of experience held by the team is a joy to behold. The cases are always well prepared, and the best experts instructed.’

‘Rosie Nelson is fantastic with clients and extremely bright. Her cases are brilliantly prepared. John Kyriacou is a fount of experience and guides the junior members of his team well. Emily Reville is highly intelligent and a tactical genius.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s team is co-led by the ‘incredible’ Warren Collins and the ‘exceptional’ Tristan Hallam. The team focuses on claims made by the catastrophically injured, and allocates its clients a dedicated lead lawyer from the outset. Its cases are complex in nature and often of significant value; they regularly involve road traffic accidents and assaults, resulting in such issues as severe brain and spinal cord injury, upper limb and orthopaedic injury leading to amputation, psychological harm and wrongful death. The team also has experience dealing with international matters, with a particular niche expertise in trans-atlantic catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Notably, Louise Taylor is currently working on a complex group action involving psychological harm caused to police officers during the Grenfell Tower disaster, and the team also works with Police Care UK, which provides support and rehabilitation to traumatised officers.

Practice head(s):

Warren Collins; Tristan Hallam

Other key lawyers:

Louise Taylor; Renee Wright; Sophie Bullimore

Testimonials

‘Renee Wright and her team did fantastic work. They were prompt and clear with exactly what I could expect throughout the process and unbelievably accommodating to my questions. Renee’s knowledge was unparalleled, as well as her passion to engage with me. It truly felt that I had her undivided attention, as if my case were her sole work. She worked tirelessly over many years. I would have wanted no one else to work with me, her expertise and understanding of my specific circumstances, combined with outstanding interpersonal skills, made me feel heard.’

‘The team as a whole have demonstrated a thoroughly professional approach to the claim in which I am involved. The practice understand the sensitivities and the right to privacy of those involved and have used innovative technology to allow detailed briefings of all claimants to take place whilst maintaining the individuals’ confidentiality and anonymity.’

‘Louise Taylor has been my primary contact throughout my claim and I cannot rate her highly enough. Throughout my dealings with her she has been thorough, compassionate, prompt and effective. Her attention to detail and grasp of the issues at hand are remarkable. Some of the conversations which needed to be had during this claim have been very hard and emotional and distressing for me; throughout, she has remained professional, non-judgemental and compassionate. The qualities that she has displayed have surpassed my expectations. I have rarely met an individual who displays such skill and professionalism.’

‘This is an excellent team which boasts such heavyweights as Warren Collins, who is renowned in catastrophic work. Tristan Hallam is also very capable and a seasoned lawyer with enormous talent.’

‘Warren Collins is an incredible lawyer with an amazing ability to secure fantastic results. He works tirelessly and is much admired in the sector for his thoroughness, capability, wisdom and experience, he will never let a client down. His opponents understand his ability and respect him hugely. He has encyclopaedic knowledge of personal injury and is a true top-notch performer.’

‘Sophie Bullimore is extremely bright and efficient, with excellent judgment.’

‘Tristan Hallam and Renee Wright are both exceptional and provide great client care and support.’

‘Tristan Hallam is one of the most experienced injury solicitors around. He has a marvellous sense of calm and reassurance that the clients appreciate, accompanied by his clear and concise advice. Renee Wright has a skill set beyond her years of experience.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has strong international capabilities and frequently assists UK resident and non-resident, non-domiciled individuals, international families and family offices as well as business owners from numerous countries across the globe on a whole host of issues. Clare Archer works with landed and business families and advises them on generational planning and governance matters often to avoid disputes. Ryan Myint  is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional tax planning, disclosure and reporting issues and is particularly sought after for UK-Singpore cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Clare Archer

Other key lawyers:

James d’Aquino; Elizabeth Nicholas; Ryan Myint; James Sedgley

Testimonials

‘A very strong team who work well together, exude confidence, charm clients and are a pleasure to work with. I never hesitate to recommend them.’

‘Elizabeth Nicholas – an absolutely first-rate lawyer who has deservedly been promoted to partnership this year and will doubtless continue to apply her excellent technical skills and charm for the benefit of clients with the most complex and interesting circumstances’.

‘James d’Aquino – a charming and technically excellent private client partner who is rightly recognised as a market leader’.

‘Responsive and savvy team, very competent and creative which is important for cross-border tax structuring work. Would highly recommend’.

‘Ryan Myint is an excellent tax and trusts advisor, very sound in law and able to work out solutions that are commercially sensible across complicated structures.’

‘Clare Archer. Meticulous. Has a high profile. James d’Aquino. Very good at offshore tax. Works immensely hard for the client, and ready to take robust positions .James Sedgley. Good at detail. A good point man accessing other disciplines’.

‘I have worked with Ryan Myint who has provided excellent service. He is very experienced with both Asian clients and with UK planning matters, which is unusual. Ryan is friendly and helpful. He is always willing to share initial thoughts and brainstorm potential solutions’.

 

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 3

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works largely with Cambridge, Oxford and other Russell Group universities on employment, real estate and immigration matters. Practice leaders Hilary Aldred and Daff Richardson handle Cambridge and Oxford respectively, with Aldred specialising in contentious and non-contentious matters including public law, and Richardson focusing on student complaints and disciplinary matters. Pat Saini focuses on immigration work, advising on sponsorship, student visas and the impact of Brexit and the pandemic on international students. Associate Sophie Whitbread has been described as ‘a future leader in this area of law.’

Practice head(s):

Hilary Aldred; Daff Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Pat Saini; Sophie Whitbread

Testimonials

‘Particular strengths are the firm’s client base and experience, which is second to none. Led by Hilary Aldred, Penningtons leads the pack in education law.’

‘Hillary Aldred is a stand-out practitioner; an outstanding lawyer and tactician, knows the law back to front, and has an impressive following.

‘Sophie Whitbread is also a future leader in this area of law.’

‘A very personal service’

‘Outstanding knowledge and very clear explanation and advice given. Sophie Whitbread is a pleasure to deal with, highly efficient and her speed of response is excellent.’

‘Penningtons has all the weight of a full service firm’

Key clients

Christ Church, Oxford

Nuffield College

Merton College, Oxford

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

St Mary’s University Twickenham

Navitas/SAE

ICMP Management Limited

Istituto Marangoni

Pembroke College, Oxford

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing HR and employment advice to Christ Church Oxford, covering various Employment Tribunal claims raised against them by the Dean.
  • Advised The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom (AASAP) on changes to the immigration rules in relation to work placements disadvantaged AASAP members impacting the experience they could offer international students.
  • Represented 39 claimants and successfully gained a General Civil Restraint Order (GCRO) against a vexatious litigant, who had plagued these academic/medical institutions with complaints, malicious correspondence, threatened and actual litigation for 20 years, following his repeated failure to gain a place at any of the institutions in his bid to develop a medical career.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

The reputation management and privacy practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP supports both claimants and defendants with libel claims, harassment, and data protection breaches. Head of litigation Clare Arthurs and reputation specialist Jeremy Clarke-Williams co-lead the team, having acted on numerous high-profile libel cases and matrimonial disputes. Adele Ashton has over 20 years' experience handling complex malicious falsehood and libel claims against major national news outlets, and is leading a number of large data breach claims. The team is supported by associate Eva McHale, who is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Clare Arthurs; Jeremy Clarke-Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jeremy Clarke-Williams is simply of the best libel lawyers in the field. Experienced, thorough and considerate he is well liked by clients and those that work with him. A superstar at tactics.’

‘Very long-standing expertise in defamation and related fields.’

‘Jeremy Clarke-Williams – always enthusiastic and approachable. Inspires great trust in his clients without inflating their expectations unrealistically.’

‘Jeremy Clarke-Williams and Adele Ashton lead a great team. We have referred work to them in the past to very good effect.’

‘Excellent reputation management team with wide range of other resources from departments within the firm.’

‘Jeremy Clarke-Williams is excellent. A respected figure within the reputation management field. He has done some of the ground breaking cases and is able to see the wider picture when advising clients.’

‘Adele Ashton is also highly regarded. She has great attention to detail and is highly efficient. She is great with clients – ensuring that all avenues are explored and their interests protected.’

‘Jeremy Clarke-Williams has huge experience which he brings to bear to assist clients resolve problems promptly. Clients appreciate his sympathy with their positions and his realistic advice about how to solve their problems. Adele Ashton is smart and good at privacy claims and managing large groups of clients. Eva McHale is impressive.’

Key clients

Christ Church, Oxford

Police Federation of England & Wales

TWI Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Emily Andrews, previously Royal Editor for the Mail on Sunday, in relation to an article published in Private Eye.
  • Provided data protection support to TWI Ltd, including assisting with data transfer impact assessments with various overseas offices, drafting a data sharing agreement with overseas offices, preparing an employee privacy notice and supporting the company in responding to data protection queries from staff (and data subject access requests).
  • Provided ongoing (and often urgent) reputation management advice to Christ Church, Oxford concerning the ongoing media interest in its activities; and, where publication has been threatened, dealing with publishers in order to minimise the private / confidential / defamatory material concerning the client, its employees and its students.

Transport > Shipping Tier 3

Providing ‘a breadth of maritime expertise‘, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP regularly handles dry shipping disputes as well as admiralty and regulatory work for a range of domestic and international clients. The firm also fields expertise in relation to yachts and superyachts, where it advises owners, charterers, traders, and P&I Clubs, among others. The practice is led by Darryl Kennard, whose work encompasses both wet and dry shipping matters, and charterparty specialist Alex McIntosh. Tony Riches was promoted to partner in April 2022 and specialises in admiralty law and charterparty disputes. Wet shipping expert Nick Donnelly and James Severn, who focuses on small commercial vessels as well as maritime injuries and fatalities, are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Darryl Kennard; Alex McIntosh

Testimonials

‘Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP provide a breath of maritime expertise giving the client standout advice.’

‘They are all extremely committed to their clients, and to obtaining the best result.’

‘The partners work very well together and use associates appropriately.’

‘Shipping specialists with great response time, professionalism and pragmatism.’

‘Darryl Kennard has a sharp mind, fast understanding of the issues, wide spectrum of experience, pragmatic and commercial approach to disputes.’

Key clients

Condor Ferries Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Norwegian Hull Club/Priminds HK in ‘The Eternal Bliss’ case and overturned the judgment before the Court of Appeal.
  • Assisted ferry operator Condor Ferries in the latest stage of its fleet renewal programme with the sale of the high-speed catamaran Condor Rapide to Spanish operator Trasmapi and chartering of the new Condor Voyager from affiliate operator Brittany Ferries.
  • Successfully represented Norwegian Hull Club/Priminds HK before the Court of Appeal in the ‘Tai Prize’ case.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has experience in a range of ECM transactions, including Main Market and AIM IPOs, secondary transactions and AQSE secondary fundraisings. Seb Orton leads the team and focuses on IPOs, secondary fundraisings, M&A and assisting listed companies with corporate governance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Seb Orton

Key clients

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Holdings PLC

finnCap

Stanford Capital

Elixirr International PLC

SkinBioTherapeutics plc

Peel Hunt

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Holdings PLC on its Main Market IPO (including a £16.5m placing of new shares).
  • Advised finnCap (Nomad and joint broker) and Peel Hunt (joint broker) on Revolution Bars Group’s £21m equity fundraising on AIM.
  • Advised finnCap as Nomad and broker to Parsley Box on a £7m equity fundraising on AIM.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 4

Primarily centred out of its Oxford office, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has ‘deep experience in understanding the requirements of both investors and investees’, particularly in the context of tech and life sciences matters. ‘Exceptional’ team head James Went is regularly at the forefront of the highest-profile mandates handled by the team, including a significant amount of university spin-out work. Corporate tax expert Kathy Hills is also a key resource in relation to investments made through tax efficient schemes, including the government-backed EIS and SEIS initiatives.

Practice head(s):

James Went

Other key lawyers:

Will Axtell; Kathy Hills; Dominique Sabatini

Testimonials

The team is very experienced and knowledgable about university spin-outs, familiar with the typical contract terms and therefore making the process as efficient as possible.’

Previously firms I’ve worked with have engaged in point-scoring at the clients’ expense, here a laser-like focus on the desired outcome left me feeling like we got tremendous value.’

They have deep experience in understanding the requirements of both investors and investees and developing appropriate legal frameworks to meet these.’

‘They have a knack for understanding the commercial considerations behind the legal implications, something that is not always the case in a law practice!’

James Went was exceptional, adroitly guiding us through a complex deal structure with a trade buyer whose revenue was three orders of magnitude higher than ours.’

Key clients

First Light Fusion Limited

Bramble Energy Limited

OrganOx

Celleron Therapeutics

Healome Therapeutics Ltd

MitoRx Therapeutics Limited

OxVax

Digital Asset Services Limited (Coincover)

Depixus SAS

Orthox Holdings Limited

Oxford Flow Limited

coinpass Limited (coinpass)

OXDX Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for First Light Fusion on its $45m Series C fundraising from investors including Oxford Science Enterprises, Hostplus, IP Group plc and Braavos Capital.
  • Advised London-based hydrogen fuel cell company Bramble Energy on its £35m investment round led by HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc.
  • Advised OXDX on the completion of its spin-out from Oxford University and its £2.6m pre-seed funding.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 4

The product liability team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is known to work for large multinationals on a range of contentious and non-contentious compliance matters. Particularly, the team does work within the automotive, retail, life sciences, technology and food and drink sectors. Team head John Doherty is experienced in handling EU product safety and regulatory requirement matters. Elise Bevan is a specialist in transvaginal mesh claims on behalf of claimants and Lisa Page provides regulatory advice on medical devices.

Practice head(s):

Clare Arthurs; John Doherty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths and capabilities are very much in the field of product liability. Both partner and associate have a lot of experience of product liability cases. Both are also able to call on the support of colleagues to carry out extra research if the need arises.’

‘John Doherty always provides very thorough advice, giving a balanced legal view and assessment. This enables making decisions about a case knowing that one has all the legal issues laid out and a good idea of the pro’s and con’s of the options.’

‘Their technical and legal knowledge and attention to detail is always absolutely spot on. They clearly care about their clients and really go the extra mile to ensure that client objectives are met and all relevant avenues, legal and commercial, are considered. They’re also just really nice people and easy to work with.’

‘John Doherty and Lisa Page are both excellent lawyers, with very impressive knowledge of the sectors in which they work. I have found them to be meticulous and conscientious and a pleasure to deal with.’n.’

‘Penningtons’ team has outstanding knowledge about the product liability practice in the UK. Moreover, Penningtons’ strength lies in its network with EU law firms which makes it possible to keep pace with rapid developments and respond promptly to requirements posed by governmental authorities in EU countries concerning product liability matters.’

‘John Doherty. His work is impressive. His first priority lies in the client’s satisfaction, not to mention his expertise in this field. He is always quite responsive and considerate of the client’s needs and expectations.’

‘They have experts in every field that we have needed, and they reply back quickly and efficiently. All our needs, of a small foreign start-up, working in international markets, with a food supplement product that requires legal expertise in all different ways, have been met.’

‘They all seems to know their areas of expertise extremely well and thus are efficient in giving you relevant legal opinions in a timely and cost effective manner.’

Key clients

AB

Breathe Happy Limited

Sales Force National PTY Ltd (t/a ‘Zenexus’)

Work highlights

  • At the commencement of the UK’s Covid Lockdown No.1, urgent advice and assistance was required to be provided to Breathe Happy Limited concerning the production and marketing of their novel reusable face masks. This involved providing initial guidance on the British Standards and alternative regulatory regimes in England and Wales.
  • Compliance advice to leading global furniture producer re importation and sale of products in the UK market, pre and post-Brexit, including:   status as importer and/or producer and its related responsibilities and potential liability.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is focused on group action claims against solicitors and on claims for and against construction professionals. The professional negligence team is led by David Niven, working alongside David O’Brien. Niven acts for claimants in high value, multi-party actions against solicitors and other professionals, while O'Brien - 'a standout performer' - specialises in complex commercial and financial disputes. Senior associate Nicole Blakey is described as 'a star, fantastic to work with - very clever but also approachable and kind.'

Practice head(s):

David Niven

Other key lawyers:

David O’Brien; Nicole Blakey; Colin Hayes; Kamran Rehman

Testimonials

‘The individuals in the team in each case complement one another so that there is a partner in charge of overall strategy, an associate solicitor who deals with the day-to-day running of the case and one or two paralegals. They are all extremely competent and work very well with each other.’

‘David Niven has a really good grasp of tactics and strategy and is very experienced. He is commercially minded and a really good negotiator.’

‘David Niven was instrumental in setting up the group actions practice – he saw that there were many individuals who had smaller claims against solicitors who would not get proper redress on their own and he set up a team to help larger groups. David O’Brien is extremely bright and able to explain difficult concepts clearly.’

‘Nicole Blakey is a star – she is fantastic to work with – very clever and aware of the legal concepts but also approachable and kind – she serves her clients well.’

‘Kamran Rehman has good commercial judgment. He has a strong team under him.’

‘The team has strength in depth across the board with some standout individuals. One of the top firms when it comes to a professional negligence practice.’

‘David O’Brien is a standout performer – excellent on the detail, a very good communicator and at the top of his game.’

Key clients

Northern Powerhouse Developments Ltd

Giambrone – 85 claimants

Cutlers Holdings Limited (formerly Sheffield United Limited) and Scarborough Group International Limited

Hope Capital

Social Money T/A SoMo

Work highlights

  • Acting for c.200 claimants pursuing professional negligence claims against their own solicitors, seeking damages of c.£17m

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP covers immigration, employment and debt recovery work for a growing number of schools, as well as handling cases related to SEN tribunals, discrimination and historic abuse claims. The team is led by Gemma Woodhouse, who advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with a particular focus on cases related to discrimination allegations. Associate Katie Glendinning focuses on advising independent schools in areas including the removal of pupils for behavioural issues, challenging EHCPs and admissions queries.

Practice head(s):

Gemma Woodhouse

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Penningtons have excellent relationships with us as the client. Our point of contact, Katie Glendinning, is excellent. We are a relatively small school and so having a consistent point of contact helps maintain consistency for us and to build relationships with our legal partner.’

‘Katie Glendinning is exceptional. Her attention to detail is outstanding and she has taken time to understand our school and our context to best give advice that fits us. Katie’s response time allows us to act on situations quickly and I have consistently found her support to be first class.’

‘The team are knowledgeable and able to anticipate and communicate any changes which may affect our business.’

‘Gemma Woodhouse – empathetic, excellent understanding of challenges in independent schools. Clear, decisive, objective. Supports client’s direction of travel but keeps us firmly on the right side.’

‘Gemma Woodhouse is a total star – amazingly accessible, practical and responsive.’

‘Gemma Woodhouse is fantastic. She always has time for us, and provides wise, nuanced answers on any topic we need. I think it is her approachability and genuine desire to understand our specific situation that sets her apart from other legal firms we have worked with.’

‘The Employment team take time to really understand our business, the issues we face and the challenges we need to overcome. As such their advice is then tailored and bespoke and always achieves the desired results. Excellent support team for our in-house HR and Management team.’

‘Gemma Woodhouse is an outstanding business partner. She knows me, my style and my business challenges. As such she goes out of her way to offer a range of solutions all of which will achieve the desired outcome but tailored to my style. Similarly Katie Glendinning has been trained well under Gemma and is also an excellent business partner for myself and my business and I have worked with both individuals across various businesses over the years.’

Key clients

St David’s School

Bishops Challoner School

Wellington College

Hemdean House School

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Elstree Schools Limited

Crosfields School

Cognita Schools

Reed’s School

Caversham Preparatory School

The Oratory Schools Association

Shrewsbury House School Trust

The Licensed Trade Charity

Brampton College

Arnold Lodge School

King’s House School

Association for the Education and Guardianship of International students

Derby Grammar School

Beaconsfield Educational Trust (Davenies)

Prior’s Field School

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship

Notre Dame Prep School

Cambridge Tutors College

The Stephen Perse Foundation

Falkner House Preparatory School

Mander Portman Woodward

Work highlights

  • Assisting with the removal of a bursary for a vulnerable child as a result of safeguarding concerns regarding the child’s conduct at school and ancillary issues regarding his placement going forward.
  • Advising on the exclusion of a student with various learning difficulties, and disciplinary action to be taken against another student as a result of an altercation between the two students, and exchanging inappropriate messages on social media.
  • Advising a leading independent school on the proposed withdrawal from the TPS, including collective consultation requirements and potential employee grievances, industrial action and union recognition.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s team offers broad expertise across a range of sectors, including mixed-use and private renting, hotels and leisure, housing, local authorities, care homes, and energy. Peter Stockill heads the wider construction team, which has a growing international practice. Francis Ho specialises in complex construction and infrastructure projects, and in using hybrid or management contracting procurement strategies. Peter Massey focuses on public and private joint ventures, and is experienced with waste-to-energy schemes and international development projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter Stockill

Other key lawyers:

Francis Ho; Peter Massey; James Hallas

Testimonials

‘A good team that punches above its perceived weight.’

‘Francis Ho is a classy operator who knows his onions.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable and embraced technology during the pandemic and lockdowns.’

‘Each lawyer has their own specialism and can be relied upon to provide straightforward advice in their area of expertise, they also very good at utilising those skills on each project.’

‘The team have considerable expertise in construction, land and property development law, particularly in complex contract scenarios including public-private collaboration.’

‘Individual expertise and experience matched with appropriate soft skills and business acumen.’

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Hutchison Ports

Ares Management

Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

Activum SG Capital Management

City & Country

Espalier Ventures Limited

AECOM

The Lancaster Landmark Hotel Company Limited

Peabody Trust/Peabody Construction Limited

Newlon Housing Trust

Paragon Asra Housing

Wooldridge Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Kampus Holdings on all construction matters relating to the 550 apartment Kampus development in central Manchester, with a construction cost of £140m, including residential and commercial units, disputes with contractors, construction insolvency and funding.
  • Advising ActivumSG Capital Management on the development of two upmarket new care homes with a construction cost of £100m.
  • Advised Newlon Housing Trust on the development of over 200 apartments at a former Homebase store site in Walthamstow, London, with a GDP of wider scheme £370k and key blocks being acquired over £60m.

Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for housing associations, investors, developers and local authorities on developments, acquisitions, planning and construction matters, including the development of new investment and social housing delivery models via, for example, joint ventures. ‘Stand-outAndrew Casstles understands the registered provider world very well‘ with particular experience of development transactions for housing association clients. Mark Sellers acts for registered providers on acquisitions, including by way of golden brick agreements and option agreements.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Casstles; Mark Sellers

Testimonials

‘I’ve used London based solicitors before and have been disappointed by the service. Penningtons, however, made me feel at every point like the most important client they had, and certainly not a number.’

‘They were responsive, professional and realistic about what could be achieved and in what timescale. Updates on progress are regular and without the need to request. At all times you feel like they are acting in your best interests.’

‘Easy to work with knowledgeable solicitors.’

‘Penningtons are professional and very responsive and always seem able to help.’

‘I have mostly worked with Andrew Casstles. He is professional, easy to get along with and understands the RP world very well. Always pitching the discussions and advice at the correct level for my team who are relatively new to development to understand and make informed choices.’

‘We consistently get good understandable advice from the team.. They understand our needs and tailor the advice accordingly’

‘The team provides a blanket of support that isn’t just reliant on one individual and as such we get access to support quickly and effectively. We really feel they have our best interests at heart and have 100% trust in their advice and outputs.’

‘The individuals within the team are professional, diligent and appear very happy in their work. They give the impression of a happy and integrated team.’

Key clients

Paragon Asra Housing

Newlon Housing Trust and Newlon Build Limited

Peabody Trust / Peabody Construction Limited

CBRE UK Affordable Housing Fund

Hightown Housing Association

Optivo

bpha Limited

Saxon Weald

Accent Housing

Abri Group Limited

Settle Group

White Horse Housing Association

Poplar HARCA

Treveth Holdings LLP and Treveth Development LLP (wholly owned subsidiaries of Cornwall Council)

Mount Green Housing Association

Phoenix Community Housing Association

Inquilab Housing Association

Plymouth Community Homes Ltd

North London Muslim Housing Association Ltd

One Housing Group Ltd

Hexagon Housing Association Ltd

NW3 Community Land Trust Limited

Sapphire Independent Housing Limited

LiveWest Homes Limited

Southern Housing Group Ltd

West Kent Housing Association

Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association Ltd

Epping Forest District Council

Advance Housing & Support Limited

Sage Housing Ltd

Raven Housing Trust Limited

South Yorkshire Housing Association Ltd

Catalyst Housing

Cross Keys Homes Ltd

Bromsgrove District Housing Trust Limited

Richmond Housing Partnership Ltd

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Westway Housing Association Ltd

Bromford Housing Association Ltd

Sovereign Housing Association Ltd

Ekaya Housing Association Ltd

Warrington Housing Association Limited

Orbit Group Ltd

Mace Housing Cooperative Limited

Christian Action (Enfield) Housing Association Ltd

Midland Heart Limited

Wandle Housing Association Ltd

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Housing Solutions Group

Octavia Housing

Mackenzie Homes (South West) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Newlon Housing Trust on the development of over 200 apartments at a former Homebase store site in Walthamstow, London with the GDP of the wider scheme being £370m.
  • Advised bpha Limited on the purchase of 150 affordable dwellings from Countryside (UK) Limited via a development agreement conditional upon the developer acquiring the site, obtaining reserved matters planning permission and a variation to the existing planning agreement.
  • Acted for Paragon Asra Housing Limited (PAH) on the acquisition of 156 affordable rented units in four tower blocks across two sites, from Cetza Trustees V3 Limited and Cetza Trustees V4 Limited (Seller).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s full-service sports offering supports clients across football, including the League Managers Association, motorsports, athletics and esports. The practice also retains expertise in sailing and yacht races. Team head Andrew Haywood focuses on employment, eligibility, discrimination, business protection and disciplinary issues in sports. Richard Marshall has extensive experience in contentious sports-related matters, particularly regarding tax and fraud cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Haywood

Other key lawyers:

Richard Marshall; Jeremy Clarke-Williams; James Severn; Nick Humphrey; Oliver Cooke

Testimonials

‘Richard Marshall has excellent legal knowledge and adopts a commercial and pragmatic approach to disputes. Oliver Cooke is also a knowledgeable lawyer, hard-working and adopts a commercial approach to disputes.’

‘Really strong with their offering in sport, particularly employment, commercial and related regulatory/disciplinary disputes.’

‘James Severn is great at arbitrations in sport.’

‘Nick Humphrey has a niche specialism in manager disputes’.

‘Richard Marshall is a  specialist at high-value contract disputes in sport.’

‘Andrew Haywood is pre-eminent about employment disputes in sport.’

‘Richard Marshall is extremely experienced and a very good person to work with.’

Key clients

League Managers Association

Emma Raducanu

British Athletes Commission

Mahindra Racing UK Limited

Gordon Murray Group

Toca Football Group

Sports Resolutions

Katie McCabe (Arsenal and captain of the Republic of Ireland women’s national football team)

Carlos Ortiz-Patino (founders and previous owners of the Valderrama Group which owns the famous Valderrama golf course, Spain)

Footbolé

Work highlights

  • Instructed to represent the individuals that survived the plane crash, which carried the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, and the families and estates of those that did not.
  • Provided support to the British Athletics Commission by undertaking merits analyses of decisions involving elite international athletes as well as drafting contractual documents for the BAC.
  • Instructed to assist Emma Raducanu implement a global brand protection and enforcement programme across multiple continents.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

Working with a diverse roster of corporate clients, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises on numerous mid-market private and public M&A transactions – both within the West Midlands and beyond. Adam McGiveron is regularly sought out by various entrepreneurs and directors for assistance in various corporate transactions, including reorganisations and shareholder and private-equity driven investments. Richard Wrigley is noted for his capabilities in cross-border deals, particularly in the technology and energy sectors. Emma Bryant specialises in early-stage and fast-growth business transactions. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Martin (Co-head of Corporate); Simon Bickerdike (Co-head of Corporate); Matthew Martin (Co-head of Corporate); Simon Bickerdike (Co-head of Corporate); Matthew Martin (Co-head of Corporate); Simon Bickerdike (Co-head of Corporate)

Other key lawyers:

Adam McGiveron; Emma Bryant; Richard Wrigley

Testimonials

‘The Penningtons approach is highly personable combined with exceptionally strong legal advice. The team are hard working, and most transactions tend to be dual partnered, ensuring senior level input is available at all times. Billing rates are extremely competitive. Most of all, they do what it takes to deliver transactions on a timely basis.’

‘Unique combination of an eye for detail, coupled with a sensible level of pragmatism.’

‘Richard Wrigley is able to bring his experience to bear to get to a sensible solution in a good timeframe.’

‘The team are extremely commercial – forward thinking and approachable.Out of the box thinkers who are willing to work very hard for their clients.’

‘Adam McGiveron is always very enthusiastic and positive when working with us and it is a pleasure to work with him and the team.’

Key clients

Alliance Automotive Group

Griggs Family, founders of Dr Martens plc

Express & Star

Polygiene AB/Addmaster UK Ltd

Bushell Investment Group Limited

Valsoft Corporation Inc.

Monavate Holdings Limited

Digital Asset Services/Coincover

Faraday Institution

Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies

Work highlights

  • Completed around 10 acquisitions for Alliance Automotive during the year.
  • Advised Polygiene AB on the acquisition of Steritouch following our role advising the sellers on the £33m sale of Addmaster to Polygiene.
  • Advised fintech companies Monavate and Coincover on multi-million pound cross-border private equity investments.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts both for and against banks in a range of litigation, and is particularly praised for its work on misselling and misrepresentation claims against banks. The group is jointly led by Clare Arthurs, who is head of commercial dispute resolution, and Alexander Fox, who leads the business and finance disputes team. Fox is ‘an impressive combination of charming and clinical’ and takes the lead on litigation against banks; other key figures in the group include Kamran Rehman, who has ‘good commercial judgement’ and focuses on professional negligence claims in this area, and ‘tenacious and intelligent’ senior associate Charlotte Hill.

Practice head(s):

Clare Arthurs; Alex Fox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very client orientated and commercially astute. Good delegation occurs at all levels. Client communication is very clear and efficient’

‘Kamran Rehman runs a focused, down to earth, happy team that seems to take trouble to understand each client’s needs and to address them appropriately’

‘Prepared to go the extra mile for their clients – very good at imposing and keeping to deadlines!’

‘I’ve worked with Kamran Rehman. Good commercial judgement. He has a strong team under him, and he, and the firm generally are happy to take responsibility’

‘The team is a powerhouse in banking litigation, with a particular expertise in bringing misrepresentation and misselling claims against banks and financial institutions. The expertise spans the depths of the team.’

‘Alex Fox is an impressive combination of charming and clinical. He has a grasp of the legal and factual minutia which is unusual for a partner running such high value and complex litigation. Charlotte Hill is tenacious and intelligent. She runs the litigation from the front but is adept at delegating tasks efficiently and cost-effectively.’

‘Penningtons are a very strong team, from top to bottom. The partners are both legally adept, and strategically-minded. The associates work phenomenally hard. And the paralegals are also excellent. I highly recommend Penningtons for banking litigation.’

‘Alex Fox is an engaging, and engaged, partner: great at the strategy, and also on the detail. He is always happy to make the big calls himself.  Charlotte Hill is a powerhouse senior associate, and surely a partner in waiting. She is a real dynamo, full of energy and strategic vision; a formidable opponent, but a great lawyer to have in your corner.’

Key clients

The Consumers’ Association (t/a Which?)

Various SMEs insured with National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Ltd (“NFUM”)

Tuset Trading Corp

Bank of Montreal

Hope Capital

Social Money

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Consumers’ Association (t/a Which?) on an intervention in the Court of Appeal case of Fiona Lorraine Philipp v Barclays Bank UK PLC.
  • Acting for an ever-growing group of SMEs in claims against National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Ltd for breach of contract relating to the non-payment of business interruption claim under various policies of insurance underwritten by NFUM and arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for a lender in a professional negligence claim against a firm of valuers in relation to an overvaluation of a 15th Century Grade II* listed property in Cobham owned by the National Trust, which was used as a restaurant and was being converted into a large home, without the National Trust’s consent.

Employment > Employers Tier 5

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, Paul Mander leverages over 30 years’ experience in contentious and non-contentious employment and partnership matters. Recognised for his expertise in boardroom disputes, employment status issues and restrictive covenants/injunctions, he is sought after by a range of employers, from financial institutions through to e-commerce operators. Elsewhere, Andrew Haywood has a strong sports-side focus and often advises on misuse of confidential information, social media and competitive moves. Nick Humphreys is the key contact for international and maritime aspects of employment law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mander

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Penningtons’ employment team is second to none.’

‘Comprehensive legal knowledge, wide-ranging experience and great practical insight.’

‘Nick Humphreys has a wealth of experience dealing with the full range of employment law issues, giving him both the legal knowledge and the practical experience to be a leader in the field.’

‘Great team. I think their emphasis on the employment/regulatory interface is a distinguishing factor.’

‘The team at Penningtons have been amazing, assisting with very unique queries on our employment matters and contracts.’

‘They always deliver a professional and competent service, provided in both a friendly and accessible manner.’

‘Andrew Hayward is a very knowledgeable partner who has a great ability to understand and resolve complex employment issues. I value and trust he is providing the best advice for our business.’

‘Nick Humphries is a first class employment litigator. Nick is responsive, commercial and a delight to work with. Nick doesn’t pull his punches.’

Key clients

The College of General Dentistry

Xace Limited

Farfetch Uk Limited

Arup

Ocado Central services Ltd trading as Ocado

Ikon Science

Playtech

Cenkos Securities

Markettiers

Trayport Limited

Lanson International UK Limited t/a Lanson Champagne

Bucher Industries AG

John McAslan + Partners

Amelco

Work highlights

  • Continue to support a number of listed clients on day-to-day matters, employment claims and C-Suite recruitment and terminations.
  • Successfully defended an international financial services company in a claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination, achieving a Strike Out of the claim.
  • Advised a major international leisure travel company in relation to its resumption of operations in the UK, including the introduction of policies limiting guests and staff to those who are Covid-vaccinated.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's London team is led by senior partner Rhys Clift, who holds over 35 years’ experience in insurance and reinsurance. Marine insurance, coverage disputes and credit risk are his key areas, working alongside consultant John Strange, associate director Louise High and Guildford-based travel law head Mark Lee.

Practice head(s):

Rhys Clift; Mark Lee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a strong insurance practice, at all levels. A distinguishing feature is the very high quality of trainees that the firm attracts. Consequently, most trainees end up having an important role within individual matters and the partners then have a tough time deciding who to retain from among a very strong pool. This is good for clients since having a large number of trainee hours keeps costs down.’

‘Louise High and her team are very very good – sensible, unflappable, responsive to industry and very knowledgeable.’

‘Rhys Clift at PMC has many years of experience in acting for and against insurers in a wide variety of marine and energy insurance risks. He has the ability to see the bigger picture which is of great assistance to his clients.’

‘Rhys Clift has decades of experience in insurance and particularly marine insurance. He has some of the most interesting cases in the market. His technical knowledge and understanding of principles of insurance is second to none, and far superior to that of partners at other comparable firms, in my experience. He is also extremely committed and dedicated to his clients, frequently working around the clock to get the job done.’

‘The key person from my perspective is Rhys Clift. He has enormous experience and is a shrewd and highly competent litigator, a real force to be reckoned with, and a veteran of some huge cases particularly in the marine sector.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fleetscape in coverage litigation against MI underwriters on multiple total loss claims (11 vessels).
  • Acted for GNMTC in coverage litigation against hull and war underwriters in London,  on total loss claim for vessel BADR, in multiple jurisdictions.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Oxford-based Daff Richardson and Cambridge-based Hilary Aldred co-head the department at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that is particularly well-known for its legacy work with various local and national charities. It is well-placed to advise on the full array of legal issues and also provides specialist advice to grant making charities. It is skilled at advising on the creation of philanthropic structures as well as delivering a wide range of guidance to exempt, excepted and registered charities on governance, regulatory and charity issues.

Practice head(s):

Daff Richardson; Hilary Aldred

Testimonials

‘The team has a particular strength in education and University work in general. They are fantastically organised and hardworking’.

‘Hillary Aldred is an outstanding lawyer and tactician, knows the law back to front and has an impressive following’.

Key clients

Christ Church, Oxford

Somerville College, Oxford

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship

Pembroke College, Oxford

Reeds Foundation

Quadram Institute Bioscience

Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust

Right to Play UK Ltd

Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind-t/a Sightsavers

The Licensed Trade Charity

Marine Stewardship Council

World Obesity Federation

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers

The Pirbright Institute

The Company of Biologists

The Institute of Psychoanalysis

The Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Institute for Fiscal Studies

The Finzi Trust

The Consumers’ Association (t/a Which?)

Work highlights

  • Reviewed and negotiated the template services agreement with over thirty business schools and universities to deliver the Government’s £520m Help to Grow: Management Programme.
  • Advised The Pirbright Institute on compliance both with charity law and also UK subsidy control.
  • Acting for the Consumers Association (t/a Which?) on an intervention in the Court of Appeal case of Fiona Lorraine Philipp v Barclays Bank UK PLC.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

Real estate investment transactions make up a large proportion of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s workload, as well as high-value development projects, office relocations, leasing negotiations and distressed property matters. James Nadin leads the team and has demonstrable experience in portfolio acquisitions and disposals, while James McNeilly focuses on long income real estate mandates and consultant Simon Allan has considerable experience in handling large-scale high-value development and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

James Nadin

Other key lawyers:

Simon Allan; James McNeilly; Louis Manches

Key clients

Munroe K Luxembourg SA

Fairbridge Developments Limited

Scarborough Group International

Work highlights

  • Acting for Scarborough Group International on the funding and £500m development of Middlewood Locks, a 25 acre waterside development in the Salford area of central Manchester.
  • Advising Munroe K on the continued expansion and development of White Rose Office Park in Leeds, including the joint venture with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Network Rail for grant financed construction of mainline White Rose Station worth £100m.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

Real estate investment transactions make up a large proportion of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s workload, as well as high-value development projects, office relocations, leasing negotiations and distressed property matters. James Nadin leads the team and has demonstrable experience in portfolio acquisitions and disposals, while James McNeilly focuses on long income real estate mandates and consultant Simon Allan has considerable experience in handling large-scale high-value development and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

James Nadin

Other key lawyers:

James McNeill ; Alex Prew; Joel Kordan

Key clients

Munroe K Luxembourg SA

Fairbridge Developments Limited

Scarborough Group International

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in advising on construction and infrastructure project disputes, as well as on defects and fire safety-related claims. Peter Stockill heads the team, and has particular expertise in interim applications, final accounts, delay and disruption, and termination adjudications. Chris Bates focuses on handling engineering claims, as well as large-scale infrastructure and building project matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Stockill

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bates; Sam Mullender

Testimonials

‘Peter Stockill is a very clear thinker with substantial experience. He is able to identify the key issues and drill in.’

‘Penningtons have real strength in depth. They are incredibly well set up, in terms of people, resources and technology, to handle even the largest and most complex of cases.’

‘An outstanding group of lawyers including Peter Stockhill and Chris Bates. They are extremely thorough, diligent, hard-working and experts in their field.’

‘Peter Stockill provides thorough and timely advice and recommendations with the right blend of legal rigour, strategic advice, and common sense.’

‘Sam Mullender is detailed and determined, and delivers as promised.’

‘Peter Stockill and Jamil Sanaullah have good communication skills and excellent knowledge in their area.’

‘Knowledgeable and pragmatic at managing complex processes and delivering complicated messages in simple form.’

Key clients

Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

KTN Group

City & Country

Rigby & Rigby

R Durtnell & Sons

AECOM

Ramboll

CHPK

Peabody Construction Limited

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

    Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises clients on development disputes, contentious insolvency matters and TOLATA claims, amongst other areas. Donald Lambert heads the team; senior associate Kerra Jelbert is noted for her work on commercial asset management, while senior associate and barrister Laura West is 'exceptionally diligent and a true litigator; prepared to get into the detail of matters.'

    Practice head(s):

    Donald Lambert

    Other key lawyers:

    Kerra Jelbert; Laura West; Ben Robinson; David Masters

    Testimonials

    ‘Ben Robinson is a stand-out individual; his calm, collected unflappable exterior belies exception client care skills combined with tactical nouse in litigation. He has particular strength in leasehold matters including cladding/ fire safety issues.’

    ‘Highly commercially aware and technically excellent. The team also has a warm and friendly approach that inspires confidence in individual and corporate clients alike.’

    ‘Kerra Jelbert – handles matters for blue chip clients with a perfect balance of pragmatism and business sense.’

    ‘David Masters – very experienced. Thoughtful, good judgement.’

    ‘The legal team understands their drivers, their processes and even the obstacles they face commercially. Their working relationships with their clients helps Penningtons deliver good outcomes.’

    ‘Donald Lambert is intelligent, measured and thoughtful. He has the ability to see interesting, viable legal angles that can support his clients’ positions. He is very commercially minded and highly aware of the drivers of his clients.’

    ‘Laura West is exceptionally diligent and a true litigator. She is prepared to get into the detail of matters and is singularly determined to find points that assist her clients.’

    ‘The team takes an appropriately commercial approach to dealing with disputes between landlords and tenants. They take the time to understand clients’ specific goals and work to use the law as a tool to assist with achieving them. They are not afraid to deliver difficult advice.’

    Key clients

    CGW Snooker LLP

    Monkhill Limited

    Munroe K Luxembourg SA

    Southern Housing Group

    Metropolitan Thames Valley

    Sellar Property Group (developers of The Shard)

    Peabody Trust

    Cross Stone Securities Limited

    Rock Asset Management

    Work highlights

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

      Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises domestic and international clients across the full range of trade mark, brand and design protection services, from strategy and portfolio management issues, to infringement, exploitation and protection mandates. The practice is led by the ‘incredibly knowledgable’ Anna Frankum, and Oxford-based Chris Shelly, who also heads up the firm’s life sciences group.

      Practice head(s):

      Anna Frankum; Chris Shelley

      Testimonials

      ‘Knowledgeable in the sector, always meet deadlines, and easy to work with.’

      ‘An understanding of our business and commercial drivers.’

      ‘Anna Frankum is incredibly knowledgeable but also kind, friendly and supportive.’

      Key clients

      Emma Raducanu

      Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd

      Andreas Stihl Limited

      The Institute for Fiscal Studies

      American Institute for Foreign Study

      Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

      The Institute of Psychoanalysis

      Bray Film Studios Limited

      Thatcham Research

      Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

      General Healthcare Ltd

      The Finzi Trust

      Roka London Limited

      United Colors International Limited

      Evac+Chair International Limited

      Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

      Organix Brands Limited

      Imperial College

      Spitfire Network Services Ltd

      First Law P.C. (Bighit Entertainment Co Ltd)

      Roka London Limited

      United Colors International Limited

      Work highlights

      • Assisting Emma Raducanu with implementing a global brand protection and enforcement programme across multiple continents.
      • Advising celebrity chef, TV personality and musician Levi Roots and his company in relation to all of its domestic and international brand management and enforcement matters.
      • Advising the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on its trade mark portfolio and related matters, including invalidation and revocation actions before the UKIPO.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

      Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

      The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP covers a wide variety of civil fraud matters in numerous jurisdictions, including India and South America, and was recently strengthened by the arrival of John Adams from Browne Jacobson LLP, where he was London head of insolvency and dispute resolution.

      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 and culture.

      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 overseas network stretches from Asia to South America through offices in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris and Madrid, as well as in São Paulo via an association with Brazilian law firm Mattos Engelberg Echenique. 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 a series of 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, Singapore

      DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
      Chief executive Helen Drayton
      Head of dispute resolution division Franco Bosi
      Head of business services division David Kendall
      Head of private individuals division Rebecca Dziobon
      Head of real estate division Peter McElligott
      Banking and finance Grant Eldred
      Clinical negligence Philippa Luscombe
      Clinical negligence Alison Appelboam Meadows
      Commercial Anna Frankum
      Commercial Chris Shelley
      Commercial dispute resolution Clare Arthurs
      Construction Peter Stockill
      Contentious trusts Michael Cash
      Corporate Simon Bickerdike
      Corporate Matthew Martin
      Court of Protection Julie Burton
      Education Hilary Aldred
      Employment Paul Mander
      Energy and offshore Darryl Kennard
      Family Anna Worwood
      Immigration Pat Saini
      Insurance and reinsurance Mark Lee
      Intellectual property Anna Frankum
      Intellectual property Chris Shelley
      International trade Darryl Kennard
      International wealth Laura Dadswell
      International wealth James Stewart
      Life sciences Chris Shelley
      Personal injury Philippa Luscombe
      Private client Clare Archer
      Real estate Peter McElligott
      Real estate litigation Donald Lambert
      Residential property Lee Greaves
      Retail Matthew Martin
      Shipping Darryl Kennard
      Social housing Linda Storey
      Tax Stephen Goldstraw
      Technology Joanne Vengadesan
      Travel Mark Lee
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      Simon Bickerdike photo Simon BickerdikePartner and national head of the firm’s corporate team specialising in cross-border…
      Tony Burns photo Tony BurnsPartner in the real estate division. Tony acts for a number of…
      Mike Busby photo Mike BusbyPartner in the Guildford office of the real estate division specialising in…
      Stephanie Code photo Stephanie CodePartner in clinical negligence and personal injury team. Varied practice covering a…
      Michael Cole photo Michael ColePartner specialising in contentious and non-contentious employment matters for public and private…
      Timothy Davies photo Timothy DaviesPartner in the real estate team in Guildford. Specialises in acting for…
      Rachel Donald photo Rachel DonaldRachel specialises in divorce and related financial matters and children cases. She…
      Hannah Gearey photo Hannah GeareyAn associate director in Penningtons Manches Cooper’s private client team in Guildford, Hannah…
      Veronica Gilmour photo Veronica GilmourPartner in the family law team with a broad range of experience…
      David Kendall photo David KendallCorporate partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity corporate…
      Mark Lee photo Mark LeeMark heads the firm’s nationally recognised travel team and its insurance and…
      Philippa Luscombe photo Philippa LuscombePartner heading the clinical negligence and personal injury team in Guildford, Acts…
      Maria Riccio photo Maria RiccioConsultant in pensions team advising trustees, employers and intermediaries in relation to…
      Gillian Rivers photo Gillian RiversPartner. Gillian advises on all areas of domestic and international family law…
      Philip Walton photo Philip WaltonPartner in the corporate team specialising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures…
      Number of UK partners : 132
      Number of other UK fee-earners : 385

      At Penningtons Manches Cooper, we believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce generates vitality for our firm and helps to shape individuals’ professional development. We actively endeavour to attract a vibrant and varied workforce from the widest pool of qualified candidates. All job applicants and employees receive equal treatment regardless of age, sex, gender identity, marital status, race, religion, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

      Our inclusion strategy takes a five-point approach covering recruitment, retention, training, communication, and data analysis. 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 have a diversity 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. We review the impact of our inclusion efforts on a regular basis and complete a full strategic review of our practices, processes, and external partnerships annually.

      External partnerships

      As a firm, we are committed to widening access to the legal profession and our external partnerships play a key role in this.

      Penningtons Manches Cooper is a signatory to the Race Fairness Commitment which mandates the firm to a series of data driven techniques and measures aimed at tackling inequality in the recruitment, progression and retention of talent from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK.

      We remain committed to supporting our colleagues’ mental health. Last year, we signed the Mental Health at Work Commitment to help inform our approach and to make our existing targets more ambitious. In line with this, we have refreshed our mental health action plan to adhere to the standards set out in the commitment, focusing on tackling the stigma of talking about mental health, ensuring our culture supports positive mental health and increasing understanding and awareness of mental health throughout the firm.

      The firm has also joined the Women in Law Pledge which was launched by the Law Society, in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), to promote gender equality across the profession. The pledge supports our broader gender pay gap action plan.

      Internal working groups

      We have six employee inclusion networks: Age, Disability and Mental Health, Gender, LGBTQIA+, Race & Faith, Socioeconomic. Our networks are run by employees and supported by partner sponsors. Our networks provide an open forum for employees to share their thoughts and ideas and play a pivotal role in raising awareness and educating the firm on inclusion initiatives.

      In addition to our networks, we have 27 Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Ambassadors who are committed to fostering, embedding, and promoting an inclusive culture. They have lived experience in the area in which they are offering support and as such, can provide tailored guidance and a safe space for individuals to share their thoughts and experiences.


      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.”