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Penningtons Manches leads the way in the Surrey legal market

By Jo Whittle
30 November 2018

Leading law firm Penningtons Manches is committed to supporting Surrey businesses, institutions and charitable initiatives through the multi-disciplinary teams based in its Guildford office.

A key player in the firm’s record performance over the past two years, the Guildford office provides a market-leading, full-service offering covering the firm’s three key sectors: private wealth, real estate and technology. Specialist practice areas within the Guildford office include clinical negligence, corporate, employment, family, personal injury and private client. These teams offer a range of expertise, both locally and internationally.

The Guildford office has gone from strength to strength in the past three years, more than doubling in size – growing from 58 people in 2015 to 127 in 2018. This follows a move from Godalming to Guildford that completed in 2015.

Working with forward-thinking businesses

With easy access to the UK’s technology ‘golden triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge – as well as Silicon Valley through the firm’s San Francisco office, specialists in the Guildford office can provide critical commercial insight to the technology sector. The nine strong corporate practice advises companies in the Surrey area at the earlier stages of their life cycle, supporting companies as they progress and seek opportunities in the City and/or the US.

The office’s employment practice works with a variety of businesses in Surrey, with experts covering all issues regarding workplace disputes. The pensions team has experience on all forms of UK pension and life assurance arrangements, advising both employers and individuals.

The office also houses diverse real estate expertise, both residential and commercial, which comprises an integral part of Penningtons Manches’ business. The teams offer clients a wealth of knowledge on property transactions together with an in-depth appreciation of the Surrey property market.

Supporting individual needs

The highly capable clinical negligence and personal injury team cover a range of claims including most aspects of medical care and claims arising from accidents at work and on the roads. The practice has particular expertise in catastrophic and fatal injury claims, both domestic and international.

Penningtons Manches’ nationally ranked family and private client teams, part of the firm’s wider private wealth group, continue to build momentum. The family department, which was established in 2015, has recently celebrated its third year of success. The private client team often works for several generations of the same family as trusted advisers.

Community commitment

As a large employer in Guildford, the local team is committed to investing in the community. The firm is a key sponsor of The University of Surrey’s Surrey Sports Park and maintains a close working relationship with both the Sports Park and University to help drive innovation and excellence.

The firm is a signatory to the Guildford Corporate Citizenship Charter – a pledge in collaboration with Guildford Borough Council – which is committed to making a positive contribution in the community by encouraging responsible corporate citizens.

Penningtons Manches also collaborates with and sponsors local station Eagle Radio’s initiatives.

Wellbeing focus

Alongside the wellbeing of the community, the firm prides itself on its wellbeing scheme ‘PennWell’ which focuses on different initiatives: physical, mental and financial. Penningtons Manches also puts a great deal of emphasis on diversity and inclusion through its ‘Pennclusion’ committee.

The office also supports the community through the registered charity, the Penningtons Manches Charitable Foundation which supports initiatives that have a positive impact on the communities in each of the firm’s six UK offices.

CEO David Raine says “We have always had a Surrey presence through our Godalming office and it’s been fantastic to see that flourish even more in our Guildford base. As active members of the community, the team understands the Surrey market and knows how to deliver to the clients in the area. I look forward to seeing the office continue to thrive as the town’s commercial offering grows.”

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