Pennington Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm, with a social housing team comprising over 80 lawyers able to advise across all legal disciplines.

We provide high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco.

With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are real estate, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, private client and family.

We have a particular focus on the social housing sector and have a developed, respected and thriving practice; which represents a significant part of the firm's business. We are proud of the focused and personal service we offer to housing associations who rely on us to combine clear business oriented advice with a sense of social responsibility.

Our clients include housing associations ranging from organisations with less than 1,000 homes to some of the largest housing providers in the country. We also act for local authorities, local housing companies, and private developers and consultants active in the sector.

Our award winning social housing team is praised for its creative solutions, including actively seeking land and business opportunities for housing providers from the firm’s broad client base of institutional investors, house builders, developers and contractors.

Our social housing team provide advice across the full range of services:

  • Development
  • Corporate governance
  • Construction and procurement
  • Commercial law
  • Commercial property and asset management
  • IP and IT
  • Employment and pensions
  • Finance and treasury
  • Housing management
  • Planning and environmental law
  • Sales and home ownership.

Our award winning social housing team is praised for its clear commercial advice and creative solutions.

In the latest edition of the leading legal directory, Chambers UK, a client praises the lawyers for the way in which they "fully understand the social housing sector and the requirements of housing associations."

In The Legal 500, 2020 guide, the team is described by a client as “Knowledgeable, provide comprehensible advice and always respond promptly”.

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Offer to our members

Members are encouraged to sign up to Penningtons Manches Cooper’s free seminar programme covering many of the legal updates and commercial issues that housing professionals encounter.

For more details and to register, please contact Caroline Barry.