Strong team acting for a broad range of social housing providers on matters including acquisitions, sales, procurement and housing management litigation. Recent work includes shared ownership units sales for housing associations.
Offers expertise in the development and procurement of local authority housing. Also counsels on finance issues and stock transfers. Growing practice relating to the development of new home ownership schemes.
Strengths: One interviewee admires the firm for providing ‘a highly comprehensive service,’ adding: ‘The advice they give is articulate and very thorough.’
Clients say: ‘They're very good, they have good communication and a good client overview.’
Social housing team head Linda Storey is described as ‘very approachable and pragmatic’ by market sources. She advises a range of registered providers on home ownership sales, right to buy and property acquisitions.
Andrew Casstles has a commendable property practice which includes advising on site acquisitions and regeneration. He also has notable strength in funding matters. Clients highlight his ‘very clear advice and very comprehensive and commercial contract drafting.’
Catherine Bradshaw of Penningtons Manches LLP is recognised for her expertise in advising registered providers across a range of development and acquisition matters. She is also noted for her handling of infrastructure agreements.
Chambers UK - 2018 edition
Penningtons Manches LLP is ‘the firm of choice for many clients’ due to its ‘comprehensive and swift service combined with clear unequivocal advice and expansive legal expertise’. ‘Expert property lawyer’ Andrew Casstles advised Spectrum Housing Group on its acquisition of 62 residential dwellings from a developer, and assisted the client with the purchase of land that was subject to planning conditions surrounding an affordable residential scheme. The team also includes ‘pragmatic, commercial and highly competent’ construction specialist Peter Massey, who led advice to One Housing Group on a remediation contract relating to the remediation of a major gasworks site in London, which will be used as a residential and commercial scheme. Practice head Linda Storey, who specialises in home ownership matters, and senior associate Charlotte D’Avola are also recommended.
Employment disputes partner Eugene Wojciechowski is also a name to note.
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