What people say about us

Marine, trade and energy


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, with offices 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

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.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP