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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

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team ‘always does what it says it will do’; ‘its soft skills and approachability makes it stand out from the crowd’. Anna Frankum attracts particular praise; she is ‘a great lawyer who provides advice that is solid, thorough and pragmatic’. The group acts for clients ranging from SMEs and public sector bodies to AIM-listed companies and multinational corporates. As a founding member of the MultiLaw network, it is well positioned to handle an increasing international workload. Recent highlights include advising Mahindra International UK (part of the Mahindra Group) on the UK launch of its electric car, the e2o, and assisting Polsinelli LLP with terminating a distribution agreement across six territories. Tata Group, Hong Kong Tourism Board and LSS Photography are also clients. Gavin Stenton made partner.

Chris Shelley, who heads the commercial practice outside London, ‘provides excellent input’. Commercial partner Joanne Vengadesan splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading and is noted.

Rachel Bradley stands out for her commercial work in the life sciences and publishing sectors.

The Legal 500 - 2017 edition

Our clients

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

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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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