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Pat Saini

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Immigration, education, technology.


Pat is an immigration partner who advises corporate and education sector clients, including the board of various universities and large private sector clients on risk management, sponsor compliance matters, partnership arrangements and the immigration aspects of business restructuring. Pat often liaises with senior UKVI officials on behalf of clients. She also has experience of challenging UKVI decisions to suspend, revoke or other UKVI action against sponsors. Her specialist areas of work also include immigration services for private individuals, many of whom are applying for Tier 1 investor and entrepreneur visas. She has a wealth of experience in dealing with human rights cases, appeals, judicial reviews and Court of Appeal matters. Her clients are spread across the firm’s education, charities, retail, sports and entertainment and technology sectors.


Qualified 1998; associate solicitor, Penningtons 2009-12; partner 2012.


Hindi, Punjabi.


ILPA; co-convenor of the family and general subcommittee of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association; co-chairs the immigration and talent working party at Tech London Advocates; member of the City of London Corporation’s migration working party; and member of UKVI’s operational forum.


Dudley College of Technology; Middlesex University (LLB); The College of Law.

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Pat Saini - Penningtons Manches Cooper

Within: Immigration

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s ‘professional’ department is ‘approachable and collaborative’ and ‘excels in the field of immigration’. It provides advice to corporate and personal immigration clients, which are often high-net-worth individuals. The team advised tech company Paddle on its sponsor licence application. Navitas Holdings, Coventry University, Tata and Florida State University are also clients. 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’. El-Chamaa regularly acts for education, fashion, luxury, lifestyle, sports and entertainment sector clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals. Afeefah Shabbir has joined from Clarkslegal LLP.

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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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