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Hazar El-Chamaa, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Hazar is a partner in the immigration team and heads Penningtons Manches Cooper's private wealth immigration offering. With over 15 years’ immigration experience she advises high net worth individuals looking to relocate to the UK, working alongside colleagues in the private wealth team to provide a full service covering tax, family and real estate.

Also recognised for her expertise in the education sector, Hazar’s clients include universities, independent schools and large private education providers, whom she assists on all aspects of compliance, risk management, restructuring and business strategies.

Hazar also provides global immigration solutions to large multinational organisations from a wide range of sectors including retail, sports, entertainment and technology. She advises on immigration, citizenship and EU law, appeals, judicial review applications and challenges to Home Office decisions which affect sponsors. Fluent in Arabic, she has contacts throughout the Middle East, in particular the UAE, and regularly visits the region.

A frequent speaker on immigration law, Hazar gives training on compliance with sponsorship licence duties as well as with prevention of illegal working legislation. She is chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) and has provided training for ILPA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Boarding Schools Association. Hazar is recommended by various legal directories including Chambers UK and Chambers HNW, The Legal 500, and Spear's 500.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising and assisting a trade organisation representing over 2,000 companies on setting up a Tier 5 scheme.
  • Part of the team involved with the successful High Court challenges brought by both London Metropolitan University and English UK.
  • Successfully lobbying the Home Office, resulting in a change to the immigration rules on the ‘cooling off period’ for Tier 2 migrants.
  • Advising a major UK architectural firm on immigration options for its global mobility needs.
  • Successfully negotiating an extension application an Indian Investor with a complex investment structure.
  • Effecting the reinstatement of an Indefinite Leave to remain visa for a returning resident who had been absent from the UK for over five years.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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