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‘Penningtons is great at handling all UK immigration matters, including highly complex matters for high net worth clients,’ says a commentator. ‘The UK team is extraordinarily knowledgeable,’ comments a source, adding: ‘They are very on top of what is going on in the Home Office regarding immigration matters.’

Hazar El-Chamaa ‘handled my case superbly’, says a source, adding: ‘I highly recommend her.’ ‘Clients find her approachable, friendly and extremely knowledgeable,’ states another commentator, adding: ‘She always goes the extra mile.’

Pat Saini advises high net worth individuals on a range of immigration-related matters, and is described by a source as ‘amazing; one of the best in the field’. ‘Saini demonstrates huge humility and professionalism,’ remarks another. A market commentator states: ‘She is very knowledgeable, especially on the EU front.’

Chambers UK – 2022 edition


The immigration team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is led by the 'outstanding' Pat Saini, who also co-heads the firm's India group. The team has a well-established reputation as a strong choice for both business and individual clients; the firm’s private wealth immigration offering is led by the 'wonderful' Hazar El-Chamaa, who was recently elected as chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association. The team has recently been busy advising clients whose travel and work plans have been impacted by the global pandemic, as well as continuing to assist businesses with post-Brexit issues.

‘Pat Saini is an outstanding immigration lawyer. She was critical in making our transaction happen smoothly. Great knowledge, availability and ability to make things happen.’

‘Hazar El-Chamaa is wonderful and always ready to support any legal requirements, including effective delegations. Her standing within the immigration and residency legal profession has been exceptionally earned.’

‘I would like to highlight the efforts and detail oriented work of Meghan Vozila. Meghan has not only been involved in every detail of the procedure but has gone above and beyond in supporting the client.’

The Legal 500 - 2022 edition


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.'

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Head of the immigration team Pat Saini 'is fantastic - she is super well connected and provides timely, concise and accessible advice.'

Chambers UK - 2021 edition


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 heads the firm's private wealth immigration offering, with a practice focused on complex investor and nationality applications. 

Adam Cotterill specialises in private and family immigration, including human rights claims, international surrogacy and adoption.

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.

Adam Cotterill was exceptional in all of our interactions. He was both professional and also kind and understanding to our situation.

The Legal 500 - 2021 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


The team provides various university clients and multinational corporations with support for EU national employees. The team also offers specialist human rights, appeals and overstay advice where it advises on complex applications and cases involving surrogacy and adoption. 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


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


Pat's counsel and assistance were simply excellent. Her experience was evident in her clarifications about the regulations, and her advice and guidance on how to proceed. She and her team were very responsive and helpful in the application process, which was completed very smoothly.

Private client


Thank you, Pat, for providing an excellent service and first class professional advice. It was appreciated that from the very outset you understood and respected both the individual and sensitive nature of my particular needs. I am also thankful that you additionally endeavoured to make everything abundantly clear to me from our first meeting and at all other times.

Niraj Shrestha, Rural Heritage


Hazar provided exactly the help and advice I needed. In short, I'm not sure I would have gotten my Tier 1 visa without her guidance. By following her suggestions, I completely transformed my application. She understands the process, she understands what the reviewers are looking for, and she understands how to adjust that knowledge for each individual candidate.Meanwhile, on a personal level, working with Hazar was a pleasure. She is professional, approachable, and extremely responsive. She was proactive in proposing ideas I should consider while also being thoughtful and pragmatic about what I was able to provide. I recommend Hazar without hesitation or reservation.

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


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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


Pat's counsel and assistance were simply excellent. Her experience was evident in her clarifications about the regulations, and her advice and guidance on how to proceed. She and her team were very responsive and helpful in the application process, which was completed very smoothly.

Private client


Thank you, Pat, for providing an excellent service and first class professional advice. It was appreciated that from the very outset you understood and respected both the individual and sensitive nature of my particular needs. I am also thankful that you additionally endeavoured to make everything abundantly clear to me from our first meeting and at all other times.

Niraj Shrestha, Rural Heritage


Hazar provided exactly the help and advice I needed. In short, I'm not sure I would have gotten my Tier 1 visa without her guidance. By following her suggestions, I completely transformed my application. She understands the process, she understands what the reviewers are looking for, and she understands how to adjust that knowledge for each individual candidate.Meanwhile, on a personal level, working with Hazar was a pleasure. She is professional, approachable, and extremely responsive. She was proactive in proposing ideas I should consider while also being thoughtful and pragmatic about what I was able to provide. I recommend Hazar without hesitation or reservation.

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


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