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.

We provide high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network includes offices in Madrid, Paris, Piraeus and Singapore.

With 130 partners and over 880 people in total, our main areas of practice are real estate, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, private client and family.

We have a particular focus on the social housing sector and have a developed, respected and thriving practice; which represents a significant part of the firm's business. We are proud of the focused and personal service we offer to housing associations who rely on us to combine clear business oriented advice with a sense of social responsibility.

Our clients include housing associations ranging from organisations with less than 1,000 homes to some of the largest housing providers in the country. We also act for local authorities, local housing companies, and private developers and consultants active in the sector.

Our 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.

Our social housing team provide 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
  • Sales and home ownership

In the latest edition of the leading legal directory, Chambers UK, a client praises the lawyers for being "helpful and responsive. If there is a pressure timescales and we need a quick response, they will do their best to help." Another adds: “The firm is very efficient and breaks down the legal language into layperson’s terms.”

Offer to our members

Members are encouraged to sign up to Penningtons Manches Cooper’s free webinar programme covering a range of legal and commercial topics targeted to the housing sector.

For more details and to register, please email Caroline Barry (