It has been some time since I last wrote to you, and I have plenty of exciting news to share with you.
Firstly, for many years you have known us as Penningtons Manches, a full service law firm in the heart of London with strong regional offices. Well, I am delighted to say that we have evolved through merger into Penningtons Manches Cooper!
In July 2019 our partnership grew through the addition of the partners and staff of one of London’s renowned shipping practices, Thomas Cooper LLP and its network of international offices. As a firm, we had been seeking new growth opportunities in the wake of the challenges being thrown up by Brexit, especially in litigation and arbitration. We were impressed with Thomas Cooper’s marine work, which is a new sector for us, but also with its international trade and arbitration capability.
Penningtons Manches has established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, with our lawyers recognised for their expertise in corporate M&A, commercial contracts, international litigation and arbitration, private wealth, technology and real estate. We have strong expertise in family disputes, life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and in these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.
It is an exciting time for us. Building on our reputation for excellence, with particular strength in commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation and class (group) actions, our offering has been boosted by the leading shipping and trade arbitration expertise brought by the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper. I am delighted that we have merged and look forward to getting to know our new colleagues and working with them to support our clients.
Today our headcount now amounts to over 850 people working across 13 offices in seven jurisdictions. This includes 141 partners and over 700 staff.
We have had an enormously busy year, speaking at and attending conferences in the UK, India, UAE and USA. We have undertaken transactions with Indian companies, supported Indian companies on their commercial operations in the UK and helped many people settle and thrive through our expertise in immigration and private wealth. Our head of immigration, Pat Saini, has been recognised as being a leading figure in the 100 most influential women in UK India relations and I am delighted to report that we won the award for UK India legal experts 2019 at the 9th Indian Corporate Counsel Association Summit in New Delhi in August. It has been quite a year!
In this newsletter, the India group has put together some articles on topical issues which I hope you will find of interest. These articles have been written by my Penningtons Manches Cooper colleagues.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or other members of the India group if you would like to have an informal chat.