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Penningtons Manches LLP

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East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
Corporate and commercial: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP¬†is praised for its ‚Äėexcellent and prompt advice‚Äė. The Cambridge office handles a growing number of high-value deals, especially those with an international element, thanks in part to a close relationship with the firm's office in San Francisco, US.¬†Helen Drayton¬†is the key partner in Cambridge and clients remark that she ‚Äėhas excellent all round depth of knowledge, responds fast and is determined to get the best for her clients‚Äė. ‚ÄėHer advice is the best available‚Äė, says one. She¬†acted for James Dolan Limited in the acquisition of the Dooley Rumble Group Limited, which gave the company a foothold in the freight forwarding sector. Another key deal saw her advise¬†Ellgia Recycling Limited on¬†the acquisition of assets of Purple Recycling Limited as part of the expansion of its services across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Partner¬†Ross McNaughton, who spent some time on secondment to the San Francisco office but remains a key part of the Cambridge team, specialises in corporate transactions in the¬†technology and life sciences sectors. He assisted Klareco Communications with its separation from Bell Pottinger. Senior associate¬†Rachel Bradley, who handles IP, IT and commercial matters, is also recommended.¬†James Stephen¬†¬†joined¬†Bircham Dyson Bell.

Leading individuals

Helen Drayton - Penningtons Manches LLP

Ross McNaughton - Penningtons Manches LLP

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP acts for both lenders and borrowers in complex financing matters and it has particular expertise in sectors such as real estate, travel, leisure, education, retail, energy and technology. 'I have been particularly impressed by her work' remarks one source who worked with practice head Helen Drayton on a high-value deal. The firm recently secured an appointment to the panel of HSBC and counts Svenska Handelsbanken, Santander and AIB Group among its clients. The Cambridge office plays a central role in the firm's nationwide banking and finance team, and Drayton is a recognised expert in acquisition finance and development finance. She recently handled a £30m loan by Lloyds Bank to client Industrial Chemicals Group Limited to refinance existing debt and fund capital expenditure. Sarah Coates, who is a specialist in real estate finance, is also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Helen Drayton - Penningtons Manches LLP

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP¬†is¬†‚Äėvery professional, fast and thorough‚Äė and one client describes the practice as ‚Äėtop class‚Äė. The practice is ‚Äėvery quick to respond and keeps clients well informed'. 'I have been really impressed with the quality of both the legal knowledge and case preparation' remarks one barrister. Hilary Aldred, who regularly acts for clients in the education sector, is recommended for her 'excellent customer service ethic, her personal touch and her¬†unrivalled, in-depth knowledge of the sector'. She worked with the firm's London team to advise Ocado Retail on data protection and HR matters. With senior associate¬†Senior associate Sophie Whitbread, she also assisted¬†UCL Business plc on various matters including¬†the response to a flexible working request from a key member of staff. Whitbread is ‚Äėvery professional and explains things well, so non-legal people can understand the terminology‚Äė. Counsel notes that 'her legal knowledge is excellent, she takes a very good analytical view of the case, she is incredibly thorough and she is a good tactical litigator; if I were a client, I would want her as my solicitor'.

Leading individuals

Hilary Aldred - Penningtons Manches LLP

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is 'very good in this practice area' and clients praise employment partner Hilary Aldred for 'trying her best to follow the client’s instructions carefully even in difficult situations'. One client in the education sector remarks that 'we receive an excellent level of service from the employment team, with immediate response times, pragmatic advice and a good understanding of the sector' and notes that Aldred has 'unrivalled in-depth knowledge and understanding of the higher education environment and academic employment and contractual matters'. The practice, which spans all of the firm's UK offices, is best-known for its work in the higher education sector, and is on the panel of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium for student disputes, employment and governance matters. Aldred assisted Stanford University on the dismissal of a member of its UK staff. Senior associate Sophie Whitbread is also recommended.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge
Commercial property: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP frequently acts for lenders and borrowers on property transactions in sectors such as banking, development, social housing, technology, life sciences and education. The firm is now on HSBC’s panel. Lead partner Sarah Coates is 'very knowlegable, efficient and always available'. She worked with corporate partner and finance specialist Helen Drayton to assist James Dolan Ltd with the acquisition of the Dooley Rumble Group, which included substantial real estate assets in the form of four existing leases with complex dilapidations issues. They also acted for Ellgia Recycling in the acquisition of assets from Purple Recycling Limited, which included the negotiation of a new lease that raised issues around liability for potential contamination. Partner Mark Sellers, who joined from Prince Evans Solicitors LLP in late 2017, works from both the London and Cambridge offices. He acts predominantly for social housing providers.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Penningtons Manches LLP

At Penningtons Manches LLP, biotechnology is a key industry sector across the firm's national network of offices and the key lawyers in Cambridge frequently advise start-ups and established companies in the sector on corporate and finance matters. Corporate partner Ross McNaughton plays a key part in the firm's life sciences team and last year he assisted a drug discovery company with drafting and negotiating a master services agreement for the provision of data room services by a US company, which involved complex issues around data protection. Senior associate Rachel Bradley in the IP, IT and commercial practice has more than 12 years' experience, which includes a stint as corporate counsel for a pharmaceutical company.

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