Hilary Aldred > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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).

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

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East Anglia > Employment > Employment

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in Cambridge has ‘a fantastic team with unrivalled knowledge of the law that is completely dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for clients‘. The firm is particularly adept in dealing with employment matters affecting clients in the technology, life sciences, charities and education sectors. Lead partner Hilary Aldred is ‘hardworking, brilliantly intelligent, and her judgment is second to none‘. She provides on-going HR and immigration advice to Abcam Plc, including assistance with employee grievances and disciplinary matters. ‘Supremely organised‘ managing associate Sophie Whitbread and senior associate Charissa Upton are highly recommended by clients.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works largely with Cambridge, Oxford and other Russell Group universities on employment, real estate and immigration matters. Practice leaders Hilary Aldred and Daff Richardson handle Cambridge and Oxford respectively, with Aldred specialising in contentious and non-contentious matters including public law, and Richardson focusing on student complaints and disciplinary matters. Pat Saini focuses on immigration work, advising on sponsorship, student visas and the impact of Brexit and the pandemic on international students. Associate Sophie Whitbread has been described as ‘a future leader in this area of law.’

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Oxford-based Daff Richardson and Cambridge-based Hilary Aldred co-head the department at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that is particularly well-known for its legacy work with various local and national charities. It is well-placed to advise on the full array of legal issues and also provides specialist advice to grant making charities. It is skilled at advising on the creation of philanthropic structures as well as delivering a wide range of guidance to exempt, excepted and registered charities on governance, regulatory and charity issues.