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Penningtons Manches Cooper

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Hilary Aldred

Work 01223 465465
Penningtons Manches Cooper

Work Department

Employment, education, technology.


Partner specialising in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment, including dealing with all aspects of tribunal work and appeals. Advising on a wide range of HR problems, policies and strategy, including the management of reorganisations and redundancy programmes, as well as having expertise in industrial relations across businesses including trade union matters and collective disputes. Deals with employment-related litigation, including post-termination issues, particularly for clients in the education and technology sectors.


Trained SJ Berwin; qualified 1998; assistant Hewitsons 1999-2003; partner 2003-07; co-founded Charles Russell’s Cambridge office 2007; partner Penningtons 2012.






Sharnbrook Upper School; Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (1995 BA Hons, law; 1999 MA Cantab).

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Hilary Aldred - Penningtons Manches Cooper

Within: Employment

Penningtons Manches Cooper¬†is¬†‚Äėvery professional, fast and thorough‚Äė and one client describes the practice as ‚Äėtop class‚Äė. The practice is ‚Äėvery quick to respond and keeps clients well informed'. 'I have been really impressed with the quality of both the legal knowledge and case preparation' remarks one barrister. Hilary Aldred, who regularly acts for clients in the education sector, is recommended for her 'excellent customer service ethic, her personal touch and her¬†unrivalled, in-depth knowledge of the sector'. She worked with the firm's London team to advise Ocado Retail on data protection and HR matters. With senior associate¬†Senior associate Sophie Whitbread, she also assisted¬†UCL Business plc on various matters including¬†the response to a flexible working request from a key member of staff. Whitbread is ‚Äėvery professional and explains things well, so non-legal people can understand the terminology‚Äė. Counsel notes that 'her legal knowledge is excellent, she takes a very good analytical view of the case, she is incredibly thorough and she is a good tactical litigator; if I were a client, I would want her as my solicitor'.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Education

Penningtons Manches Cooper is 'very good in this practice area' and clients praise employment partner Hilary Aldred for 'trying her best to follow the client’s instructions carefully even in difficult situations'. One client in the education sector remarks that 'we receive an excellent level of service from the employment team, with immediate response times, pragmatic advice and a good understanding of the sector' and notes that Aldred has 'unrivalled in-depth knowledge and understanding of the higher education environment and academic employment and contractual matters'. The practice, which spans all of the firm's UK offices, is best-known for its work in the higher education sector, and is on the panel of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium for student disputes, employment and governance matters. Aldred assisted Stanford University on the dismissal of a member of its UK staff. Senior associate Sophie Whitbread is also recommended.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Penningtons Manches Cooper offers 'practical, high-quality advice' and is 'sensitive to the needs and issues of higher education', according to clients. It assists a host of UK, international and alternative providers of higher education, including with immigration issues. Hilary Aldred, who provides 'no-nonsense, practical advice', and Daff Richardson, who has a focus on disputes in this sector, co-head the department. Other noted team members include Pat Saini and Alison Talbot. Aldred leads a team that is advising Florida State University on all its UK employment matters, and in other work it is advising the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance regarding a claim from a disabled student in respect of allegations regarding his fitness to study and practice.

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