The team is jointly led by the 'approachable, pragmatic and very knowledgeable' Anna Frankum in London and Chris Shelley in Oxford, whose extensive client lists cover the full spectrum of sectors.
‘The team provides creative, strategic, and practical advice to address the issues posed. The communication is clear and concise and makes it very easy for me to relay to my ultimate clients.‘
John Doherty leads the product liability team; he is 'very bright, organised and very good indeed with clients'.
The Legal 500 - 2022 edition
The team is technically excellent, and backs this up with strong commercial judgement and advice. They have a real can-do attitude. The team is very user friendly.
This is a technical area needing even more specialist advice than other areas of law, and a potential minefield for the uninitiated. I get that advice from Penningtons Manches Cooper.
Anna Frankum is calm, authoritative and sound in her advice.
Joanne Vengadesan is an extremely capable, intelligent and warm person and makes you feel valued as a client.
The Legal 500 - 2021 edition
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP boasts a strong domestic and international client base of well-known brands in a variety of sectors, from retail, food and drink and professional services through to education and biotech.
Anna Frankum and Christopher Shelley jointly lead the team.
Gavin Stenton advises brand owners on the commercial exploitation of their brands, as well as on the acquisition of third-party brands.
'They have simply done it before many times and have the expertise', says a client of the practice.
The Legal 500 - 2020 edition
Tata Limited and other Tata group companies frequently consult Penningtons Manches for advice on various commercial contracts. We value the clear and concise advice we receive. I feel confident in recommending them to colleagues in companies across the Tata group, in the UK and India and also to other friends. They provide a prompt and helpful service and their rates are competitive in relation to other firms.
Jimmy Contractor, Company secretary, Tata Ltd
Our requirement is that our advisers become, in effect, part of our management team, understanding our business, plans and strategy, which we achieve through regular meetings and communication. In choosing our legal advisers, we needed to be sure they understood our requirements, and had the capability to deal with them. Penningtons Manches has acted for us over many years, and we have made full use of many of the services they provide, covering commercial agreements, property transactions, IP requirements and employment law. They have never let us down, providing sound, sensible advice in a timely fashion, and at a reasonable cost.
Simon Wyatt, Director, Contamac Ltd
Our company has worked with Penningtons Manches’ commercial team for many years. They advise us on the contracts we sign with our European partners, such as distribution agreements. They provide practical, commercial advice. We really value their input on our business dealings in the UK and Europe.
Senior vice president, multinational automotive company
Joanne Vengadesan and her team at Penningtons Manches have advised Canara Bank on privacy, data handling and e-commerce issues – these being key areas of compliance for us as an Indian bank with a growing presence in the UK. We have been impressed with the level of service, and value the clear and timely guidance they provide.
Paul Hymas, Manager and MLRO, Canara Bank
XL Marketing has consulted Penningtons Manches on privacy issues that affect our company. As a US based digital marketing business expanding into the UK and EU, compliance is important to us. Privacy laws vary from country to country and we value Penningtons Manches’ grasp of the EU regime. We have found the team to be knowledgeable, responsive and understanding of our business needs. They have provided us with discerning, actionable advice on a wide variety of topics.
Dan Berger, Executive vice-president and general counsel, XL Marketing