Penningtons Manches Cooper

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm, with a social housing team comprising over 80 lawyers able to advise across all legal disciplines.

They provide high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. This includes addressing each client's specific objectives through flair and technical expertise and offering a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.



Penningtons Manches Cooper has UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while its growing overseas network includes offices in Madrid, Paris, Piraeus and Singapore.

With 140 partners and over 880 people in total, Penningtons Manches Cooper's main areas of practice are real estate, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, private client and family.

The firm has established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, including social housing and has developed a respected and thriving practice; which represents a significant part of the business. Penningtons  Manches Cooper is proud of the focused and personal service it offers to housing associations. The large multi-disciplinary team of lawyers provide clear, business-oriented advice with a sense of social responsibility.

Clients include housing associations ranging from organisations with less than 1,000 homes to some of the largest housing providers in the country. The team also advise local authorities, local housing companies, and private developers and consultants active in the sector.

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s award-winning social housing team is praised for its creative solutions, including actively seeking land and business opportunities for housing providers from the firm’s broad client base of institutional investors, house builders, developers and contractors.

Their social housing team provides advice across the full range of services to the sector:

  • Development
  • Corporate governance
  • Construction and procurement
  • Commercial law
  • Commercial property and asset management
  • IP and IT
  • Employment and pensions
  • Finance and treasury
  • Housing management
  • Planning


 In the latest edition of the leading legal directory, Chambers UK, clients praised the firm saying:

"Penningtons has always been excellent at tackling issues that arise and they're good at coming up with creative solutions."

"Penningtons can give knowledgeable advice and their partners are accessible, helpful and efficient. They also provide timely responses."

Contact details

For information contact Caroline Barry, Business Development Manager: