Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s team offers broad expertise across a range of sectors, including mixed-use and private renting, hotels and leisure, housing, local authorities, care homes, and energy. Peter Stockill heads the wider construction team, which has a growing international practice. Peter Massey focuses on public and private joint ventures, and is experienced with waste-to-energy schemes and international development projects.
‘The team have considerable expertise in construction, land and property development law, particularly in complex contract scenarios including public-private collaboration.’
‘They are extremely knowledgeable and embraced technology during the pandemic and lockdowns.’
The Legal 500 - 2023 edition
Highly skilled construction team with a strong reputation for handling non-contentious issues. Possesses a noteworthy client base including significant developers, contractors and investors.
Strengths: One client remarks: ‘It is a very responsive firm that offers good access to very experienced partners who remain closely involved through all stages of a project.’
Another client reveals: ‘They provide relevant and practical advice, which, in the legal construction sector, is a real advantage.’
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.
Peter Massey is a non-contentious construction solicitor with a strong track record of representing housing associations and various developers. ‘Peter brings a real sense of commercialism and practicality to the table that is rare and appreciated.’
Chambers UK - 2022 edition
The growing construction practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP offers a diverse set of expertise across the housing, care, energy, mixed-use and education sectors. While the core of its work is domestic, acting on behalf of local authorities and contractors, it is receiving an increasing number of instructions from international companies.
‘Proactive in making contact and ensuring that clients are provided with information on developments that may be relevant.’
‘Francis Ho has good interpersonal skills and knowledge.’
‘Peter Massey has continually delivered for us and the team he manages work to the same high standards.’
The Legal 500 - 2022 edition
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