Francis Ho is a well-respected construction lawyer with strong experience advising on redevelopment transactions in the private rental sector. He regularly advises clients on the construction aspects of a wide variety of development schemes, including residential property, student accommodation and office buildings. 'He is a knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient lawyer who doesn't overcomplicate things and gets to the heart of matters quickly.'
Neave Maguire is an associate in the firm's construction team who regularly assists clients with risk, procurement and contractual aspects of developments. She has strong experience in relation to leisure, hospitality and education sector transactions. 'She is very professional in her attitude and she has great attention to detail.'
Chambers UK - 2021 edition
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works with local authorities, property developers and contractors, and is praised for 'really taking the time to get to know their clients'. The team advises on mixed-use and private rented sector developments, student accommodation and hotels. 'Clear communicator' Richard Cooke has a background in civil engineering, while Francis Ho, who has 'first-rate knowledge of the industry' has expertise in a range of non-contentious matters covering construction, infrastructure and projects.
Richard Cooke is a clear communicator with a very sensible approach to structuring solutions. Good knowledge of industry sector and recommendations for further expert advice, as needed.
Francis Ho has a first-rate knowledge of the industry. Strives to find creative solutions that protect our commercial as well as legal interests.
The Legal 500 - 2021 edition
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's practice primarily acts for developers and funders, while also advising contractors, handling across the hotels, social housing, healthcare and renewable energy sectors. The practice is led by Richard Cooke who covers the oil and gas, energy and transport sectors. The 'high performing' Francis Ho is a key member of the team and is advising Harlow Properties on a regeneration project in Harlow, Essex.
The Legal 500 - 2020 edition
Richard Cooke heads the transactional construction team at Penningtons Manches LLP, which acts for clients including Aviva Investors, Viridian Housing, Sovereign Housing Association, Thames Valley Housing Association and Hoxton Hotel Group. Francis Ho is advising the joint venture on a major Private Rented Scheme in central Manchester, and Harlow Properties on a regeneration scheme with multiple data centres planned. Peter Stockill joined in March 2018.
The Legal 500 - 2019 edition