Penningtons Manches offers a notable family law service and is also able to draw upon its well-regarded private client expertise. "They are enormously strong in all areas," observes a source.
The team regularly acts for clients in high-value domestic and international financial claims arising from relationship breakdown. Members of the group also assist with cases involving children, including matters relating to relocation and abduction. An interviewee states: "They are really on top of their cases and go into the detail. They have very good client relations."
Jane Craig is a "very good lawyer, very thorough and leaves no stone unturned," according to one source. Craig leads the firm's family team and maintains a strong practice tackling financial divorce matters. She also handles disputes involving children and is an expert in Schedule 1 Children Act claims. Interviewees describe her as "very experienced and very good with clients," and commend her for her "perception and good judgement."
James Stewart "gets good work" according to interviewees. He has a broad family law practice covering both international and domestic financial matters. He is a leading figure in promoting collaborative law and is described by an interviewee as a "lovely guy, great fun."
Anna Worwood is praised by sources as "very bright," "very good and very able." She balances a notable high net worth financial practice with her considerable expertise in private children's law. One source regards her as "a lovely person and a good lawyer," noting: "She is particularly strong on the children's law side."
Penningtons Manches' private client expertise includes tax planning, advisory work for family businesses and cross-border estate planning. "They are extremely impressive and I feel very confident working with them," says a market peer. The team often provides fiduciary advice to its high net worth individuals, family offices and trust companies.
"They have very high-powered and cutting-edge tax knowledge, but at the same time they know the families. They enjoy being part of the development of families," says a source. Interviewees also recognise its "growth and knowledge of local matters, particularly UK probate work."
Christopher Lintott advises on a range of private client work but has particular knowledge of complex international and cross-border estate and trust structures. "His client handling is very good," says one source, while another interviewee adds: "I have always found him to be very helpful. He is very cerebral." Many of his clients come from India, the USA and Latin America and require advice on family businesses.
Colin Russell's expertise includes will drafting and estate planning, the creation and administration of trusts, charity law and matters in the Court of Protection. "I think he is a good trust specialist. He is a very nice person to work with or against," says a market peer. "He is good, he is very senior and very experienced," comments an interviewee.
Chambers High Net Worth 2016
Penningtons Manches LLP is ‘strong’ in the family law market. James Stewart is ‘very impressive’, and Rebecca Carlyon is ‘rated extremely highly’ for her work on pre- and postnuptial agreements. Gillian Rivers is recommended for high-value financial disputes, and provides ‘robust advice to achieve the best outcome for clients’. Simon Blain was made partner in 2015.
‘A great amalgam of wise heads and dynamic young stars’ - at Penningtons Manches LLP. Highly rated are the ‘personable and pragmatic’ Clare Archer, ‘efficient and constructive’ Chris Lintott. ‘An exceptional team that is outstanding across the full spectrum of private client advice, delivered in a sensitive and commercial manner’, comments one client. ‘Rising star’ James d’Aquino joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Geneva office in 2014.
The Legal 500 2015