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Strengths: ‘The team are excellent and extremely efficient,’ says a client.

Another reports: ‘Penningtons Manches Cooper were excellent and I was impressed by the depth of their expertise.’

Sources say: ‘They are highly professional, remain calm in all circumstances and smooth with clients. They are didactic and explain legal mechanisms whilst remaining focused on essentials and getting straight to the point.’

Notable practitioners
George Mingay demonstrates deep knowledge of the physical commodities space. He regularly advises clients on disputes, with experience advising on arbitrations.

‘George Mingay has technical expertise, is very commercial and can distil information well.’ ‘He is extremely fast with a wide-ranging knowledge of law.’

Darryl Kennard: ‘He is very good dealing with complex matters and is very easy to communicate with. He knows the market, is very proactive and finds a solution quickly.’

Chambers UK - 2022 edition


Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is highly active in the full range of contentious shipping work…Darryl Kennard is frequently instructed by shipowners, underwriters and salvage companies on wet and dry shipping disputes. Another key individual is Tim Kelleher, who has 35 years of experience of the marine industry. Alex McIntosh focuses on contractual disputes. Wet shipping specialist Nick Donnelly and James Severn are also names to note.

‘The Penningtons shipping team is excellent. Their lawyers combine a strong foundation in the law with legal creativity, and a high level of commercial and litigation acumen.’

 The international trade and commodities group at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is heavily involved in cases concerning soft commodities, metals, mining, oil and gas and trade finance. The firm acts across the supply chain, from producers through to trading companies and end-users, though it is particularly focused on acting for trading companies and financing banks. George Mingay (who is 'measured, thoughtful and calm under pressure') and Mark Sachs jointly lead the 'quick, practical and knowledgeable' team, in which key partner Lisa Hillary plays a central role.

The Legal 500 - 2022 edition


Offers expertise in physical commodities matters to a client roster that includes financing banks and trading companies. Advises on contentious and non-contentious commodities matters, with complementary ability in civil fraud. Draws on a wealth of experience handling soft commodity cases.

Works with clients on wet and dry shipping matters, with acknowledged ability in contract disputes, maritime casualties and marine insurance matters. Other areas of expertise include pollution and marine personal injury matters. Notable global presence in Europe, Singapore and São Paulo. Also offers expertise in yachts.

Strengths: A client reports: 'They provide a quick response and have great in-depth knowledge of the market.'

Another client comments: 'We have been impressed with their knowledge, thoroughness and accessibility. They have guided us very well through the process.'

Notable practitioners
George Mingay is a key contact at the firm.

Darryl Kennard is known for expertise in handling wet and dry shipping matters. He often advises on collision and salvage matters, and he also has experience in charter party and bill of lading claims.

Chambers UK - 2021 edition


Penningtons Manches Cooper is active across a range of shipping matters including admiralty disputes, dry shipping disputes and shipbuilding work. The practice is led by Tim Kelleher, who has over 35 years' experience in this area, and Darryl Kennard, who is active in both wet and dry shipping disputes. Alex McIntosh is another key contact, recognised for his work on charterparties; he is well-regarded by clients.

Darryl Kennard has excellent knowledge and experience in his field – he is efficient, proactive and solution driven.

Alex McIntosh is always available, quick to respond and very proactive. He knows the law and is very practical. Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has built an international trade and commodities group that acts for clients across the supply chain including producers, trading companies, banks and end users. Practice heads George Mingay (who has 'a level-headed approach to litigation and arbitration') and Mark Sachs, along with key partner Lisa Hillary, work closely with the firm's shipping and trade finance groups, as well as specialists in the firm's offices in Singapore, Paris and Madrid. Their work covers soft commodities, metals, mining and oil and gas matters, with Mingay particularly prominent in sugar disputes.

George Mingay is an excellent lawyer – technically adept and always pragmatic.

The Legal 500 - 2021 edition


With an international reach, the team is 'well-known in the sector for its shipping and trade knowledge and expertise' and 'regularly punches above its weight'. It handles a broad range of instructions including casualties, major losses and commercial disputes; the team is 'particularly strong in pure shipping disputes, with a wealth of knowledge and experience'. Tim Kelleher is noted for his disputes expertise and team head Darryl Kennard, who is 'energetic and knowledgeable', specialises in wet work including salvage, loss and collision claims. 

The Legal 500 - 2020 edition


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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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