Penningtons Manches LLP acts primarily for institutional investors and developers in strategic land and investment portfolio transactions, and development projects. Development highlights have included Louis Manches advising Munroe K on its 500,000 ft2 development at White Rose Office Park in Leeds, and Alison Lewis assisting Lavignac Securities with the establishment of a development joint venture with Conygar Investment Company, and the partnership’s subsequent £13.5m acquisition of a development site in Nottingham. James Nadin led the property due diligence for a major hotel portfolio transaction, and John Hargreaves has particular expertise in the student accommodation sector. Martin Codd and James McNeilly are key contacts for site disposals and letting work.
Lead partner [in Cambridge] 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. Partner Mark Sellers, who joined in late 2017, works from both the London and Cambridge offices. He acts predominantly for social housing providers.
The [Guildford] team at Penningtons Manches LLP 'works seamlessly and incredibly hard on all instructions' according to one client. Department head Mike Busby and associate Sam Davies are 'outstanding solicitors with excellent communication skills'; the 'excellent' Tim Davies and Tony Burns are also key names, together with senior associate Graham Dixon. Jamie Lynch joined the team.
Richard Smith heads the [Oxford] team and leads the environmental and planning law group. Simon Knott has assisted White Stuff with the acquisition, disposal and day-to-day management of various high-street stores and warehousing centres.
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Handles investment and development matters and property joint venture projects. Regularly advises on student accommodation, prime residential sales and purchases and a variety of other property investments.
Strengths: ‘They understand our business and work to provide us with the best commercial position in any instruction,’ says a client.
‘They are terrific with communication,’ says another source, continuing: ‘Nothing is ever too much trouble.’
Louis Manches is a key contact.
Mike Busby's clients include developers, retailers and funds. He is praised for being ‘always on top of the details’ and ‘attentive and responsive to queries in a very prompt and personable manner.’
Lyndsey Whittell continues to advise on landlord and tenant matters. A client praises her ability to be ‘in control of everything.’
Richard Smith frequently advises on sizeable development schemes, including associated environmental issues. He is described as a ‘very well-considered property lawyer’ by sources.
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