Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘professional’ department is ‘approachable and collaborative’ and ‘excels in the field of immigration’. Department head Pat Saini is experienced in advising education and tech-sector clients, as well as high net-worth individuals. Hazar El-Chamaa heads the private wealth immigration offering, is ‘exceptionally good with private clients; she instantly builds trust, understands what the client goes through and helps them navigate their way through complex immigration rules seamlessly’.
The Legal 500 - 2019 edition
Continues to be known for its stellar work in the education sector, advising universities on sponsor-licence issues and providing lobbying services. The team is able to utilise the firm's education, corporate and employment teams to provide a complete service to clients. Notable expertise in relation to India including advising companies wishing to do business there as well as Indian groups looking to operate in the UK.
Strengths: Sources say: ‘This firm combines its knowledge of the law and its implementation into practice very well, which is a very big plus.’
Interviewees value ‘the degree of knowledge, flexibility and understanding of our business.’
Pat Saini is described by clients as ‘very positive and always available’ and is praised for her ‘high degree of expertise and knowledge’. She advises an array of clients from the technology, education and entertainment sectors, among others, on the full spectrum of immigration issues.
Chambers UK - 2018 edition
Penningtons Manches LLP’s team of ‘absolute experts’ has ‘a grasp of the law as well as practice, and this makes a tremendous difference when dealing with complicated and challenging issues’. It acts for clients in the education, technology and sports sectors, and advises individual high-net-worth clients on their immigration requirements. Team head Pat Saini delivers ‘creative solutions’, takes a ‘personal’ approach, and acts for high-net-worth individuals, multinational corporations, and SMEs and start-ups, and has particular expertise in the education and technology sectors. The ‘very able’ Hazar El-Chamaa heads the immigration offering for the private wealth sector and mainly handles investor and entrepreneur applications, as well as complex individual applications. Penny Evans focuses on corporate and education sector clients, and leads the Cambridge-based team.
‘Scrupulous and professional’ senior associate Duncan Bain has ‘a great wealth of knowledge’, is ‘completely approachable’ and ‘always demonstrates tremendous empathy, breaking down complex matters into simple language and allowing the client to make an informed decision’.
The Legal 500 - 2017 edition
Continues to be known for its stellar work in the education sector, advising universities onsponsor licence issues and providing lobbying services. The team is able to utilise the firm's education, corporate and employment teams to provide a complete service to clients.
Strengths: ‘The knowledge and information that they have is impressive. They are down to earth, with fantastic contacts in business.’
‘What is particularly beneficial is their networking ability. They also keep up to date not just with legal developments but political developments too.’
Pat Saini ‘is really strong in the technology sector’ and ‘extremely diligent,’ according to clients. She advises businesses and education clients on sponsor compliance, risk management and government lobbying.
Chambers UK - 2017 edition
I will never forget the level of service, detail, effort and care Pat provided to successfully obtain my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent and Promise Visa. I met Pat through Tech London Advocate (TLA) and as soon as we met I was relieved to know I was not alone in this process. Pat, not only was instrumental in advocating for and developing the TechCity Exceptional Talent and Promise in Technology visa but also had an impressive success track record. However, what sets Pat apart is her genuine compassion and support during the inherently stressful application process, passion for talented people to remain and grow their businesses in the UK and her pro-active approach in finding ways to help above and beyond the legal process. Pat also helped me believe in myself and pushed me to new heights as an entrepreneur.
Jillian Kowalchuk, Safe & The City
Niraj Shrestha, Rural Heritage
Daryl Orts, OpenMarket
Thank you for having represented me for my entrepreneur visa application and getting the desired results. Your work was truly outstanding. I appreciate your expertise, poise, and patience. You are a gift.
Achin Narula, Everest Advisors