Continues to be known for its stellar work in the education sector, advising a range of clients including universities, schools and other educational institutions on Brexit planning and sponsor licence issues. Also provides visa and immigration services to multinational corporations. 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 large Indian companies on the transfer of sponsored employees to the UK.
Strengths: Sources say: 'They are incredibly knowledgeable about this area of law and always up to date on what's happening and what's going to happen.'
Head of the immigration team Pat Saini is adept at offering strategic immigration advice to education sector clients. Her advice to these clients is comprehensive, covering a broad range of issues including Brexit preparation, sponsor licence applications and audits. 'She is fantastic - she is super well connected and provides timely, concise and accessible advice.'
Chambers UK - 2021 edition
The immigration group at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is particularly recommended for its work for education and technology clients, sectors where practice head Pat Saini has a strong reputation; she also has extensive experience in UK-India relations. The team provides audit and compliance services and advises schools and study abroad providers seeking to set up in the UK. Associate May Cheung provides corporate immigration advice and handles sponsor compliance audits. On the private client side, Hazar El-Chamaa heads the firm's private wealth immigration offering, with a practice focused on complex investor and nationality applications.
The team was hands down one of the best I’ve worked with from our first engagement. I would say some of their strengths are: communication, flexibility, efficiency, high level of knowledge in their specialist fields and overall wonderful service.
Pat Saini is outstanding. She understands the details and complexity of immigration rules and also is able to discuss the bigger picture impact of immigration policy.
Hazar El-Chamaa is very thorough with her work. She presented a process of the matter presented to her from start to finish. Hazar is also very prompt in all her responses.
The Legal 500 - 2021 edition
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's business immigration team works with corporates, start-ups, investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, and while it has a particular focus on the education sector, it is also adept at advising clients across the retail, finance, sports, technology, creative and private wealth sectors. It works closely with the firm's corporate, commercial and employment teams to provide a thorough service for its clients, and is regularly engaged on crisis management advice to businesses and education sector clients when sponsor licences are under threat. Department head Pat Saini is 'very experienced' and is strong in the education sector. Saini is ably supported by Hazar El-Chamaa, who heads the firm's private wealth immigration team. Senior associate May Cheung and associate Adam Cotterill are also recommended.
The Legal 500 - 2020 edition
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
Pat Saini leads the immigration team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. "She is absolutely brilliant, immensely responsive and has a very clear way of explaining issues," comments an interviewee; "she is very good at articulating and distilling what is important." Another source says: "She is very approachable, always accessible and is an authority on immigration."
Hazar El-Chamaa heads up the private wealth immigration offering of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. "She is very pragmatic and provides very straightforward advice," says a source. "She is super, I don't think I have met a lawyer like her ever before," confides another interviewee, who continues: "She is very good at her work and she takes pride in it. I don't have enough words of praise for Hazar."
Chambers High Net Worth - 2020 edition
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
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