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Richard Cooke, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Richard specialises in construction and engineering law and heads up the construction and infrastructure team. Before qualifying as a lawyer, his background was in civil engineering. Richard is admitted to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales. 

He represents clients across a broad range of construction and infrastructure projects from complex large-scale projects through to those much smaller in scale. Richard’s experience covers the transport, energy and oil & gas sectors, as well as traditional construction, development and PFI/PPP. He also advises on renewable energy projects including on AD/biomass and waste to energy, PV/solar and off-shore wind.

Richard works with clients putting projects together and representing them when problems or disputes arise. He works on both non-contentious and contentious aspects of construction and infrastructure projects, representing clients from all sides of the industry. These include local authority, public sector, charity and not-for-profit organisations as well as private companies. In addition to work within the UK, Richard has significant overseas experience and has represented clients on some of the world’s largest projects across a number of overseas jurisdictions.

Recent work highlights

  • Representing developers on both EPC and ePCM procurement of a number of anaerobic digestion plant across the UK. All procurements required substantial amendment to FIDIC Silver Book, I Chem E, JCT and NEC standard form contracts.
  • Preparing feedstock, off-take and operations and maintenance agreements together with all associated documentation.
  • Successfully representing a major private members club in disputes with a national contractor relating to the construction of new sports facilities. Matter concluded with a settlement agreement in excess of £2 million.
  • Representing colleges and universities on a number of new-build and refurbishment projects for student and academic accommodation and related infrastructure. This has included representing clients on landmark, listed buildings subject to significant heritage control.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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