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Penningtons Manches LLP

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David Masters

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Real estate litigation.


Partner with a real estate litigation practice, acting for commercial and residential landlords and tenants, property companies and private individuals; the work includes party wall and rights to light disputes, 1954 Act lease renewals, rent reviews, dilapidations and service charge disputes, arrears and possession claims, squatters, enfranchisement and lease extensions.


Qualified 1981; assistant solicitor Nabarro Nathanson; partner Speechly Bircham 1990; partner Dawsons 1999; partner Penningtons Solicitors LLP 2011.


Property Litigation Association; Pyramus & Thisbe Club; Institute of Continuing Professional Development; accredited mediator.


Felsted School, Dunmow, Essex; Reading University (1978); Guildford College of Law (1980 Law Society Finals).

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The ‘strong, commercial savvy’ lawyers at Penningtons Manches LLP ‘combine a deep knowledge of the law with commercial advice and pragmatism’. Practice head Donald Lambert ‘applies the law in a commercial and strategic manner’ while being ‘pleasant to work with and extremely knowledgeable’. Lambert specialises in portfolio management in addition to development disputes and has recently been advising numerous landlords in dilapidations claims valued in excess of £1m. In another highlight, Lambert acted for a client on the enforcement of a buyback option in a guarantee of sale and leaseback financing deal for properties valued at £4m and €10m respectively. Ben Robinson has been promoted to partner and ‘can be relied upon to spot all the angles and be on top of matter’. Robinson is ‘strong on the residential side’ while the ‘commercially astute’ David Masters has particular expertise in lease extensions, party wall awards and rights to light. Laura West joins the team, having previously worked at Irwin Mitchell.

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Penningtons Manches LLP is instructed by a host of national housing associations in relation to property transactions, litigation, landlord and tenant issues and development joint venture agreements. Headed by Linda Storey, the team has been involved in several affordable housing and shared-ownership developments. In one example, Andrew Casstles advised Southern Housing Group on the acquisition of two development sites and a leaseback transaction, while Storey handled the shared-ownership leases and unit sales at the site. Similarly, Peter Massey assisted Sovereign Housing Association with a joint venture agreement with Kier Construction to develop a 280-unit mixed-tenure residential scheme. Senior associate Charlotte D’Avola leads a team that provides ongoing advice to Family Mosaic Housing in relation to charging, release and substitution work. David Masters is instructed by housing associations in connection with Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 obligations. Mark Sellers, who advises registered providers on site acquisitions and development agreements, joined the team from Prince Evans Solicitors LLP.

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