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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 > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Biotechnology

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a cross-office biotechnology practice with a significant presence in Cambridge, where commercial IP specialist Rachel Bradley is the lead partner. Her in-house experience at a large pharmaceutical company is a major advantage in the firm’s work on commercial agreements for biotechnology companies, which includes complex collaboration agreements. The firm frequently acts for  funders and universities in spinouts from academic research groups. Employment partner Hilary Aldred and corporate partner Ross McNaughton, who works in Cambridge and San Francisco, also play key roles.

East Anglia > Employment > Employment

(Leading individuals)

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The team stands out for its creativity in tackling legal problems, its organisation and its responsiveness,‘ says counsel of the practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in Cambridge. The firm focuses on the technology, charities and education sectors. It advises both employers and employees in boardroom disputes, and counts multinational businesses among its clients. Practice head Hilary Aldred is the regional member of a 13-partner practice across the firm’s office network. She has more than 20 years’ experience in contentious matters and advisory work. Senior associate Sophie Whitbread is also recommended.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

(Leading individuals)

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has deep experience and an increasingly national profile for advising Higher Education clients. It counts many colleges of Cambridge and Oxford Universities among its clients, as well as many other universities. The practice is spread across the firm’s offices, but Cambridge is home to practice co-head and employment law specialist Hilary Aldred who handles both contentious matters and advisory work, which includes advice on regulatory matters. She frequently advises universities seeking to establish themselves in the UK.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a well-known name among universities, for whom it handles banking and finance, dispute resolution and employment law work. Led by the ‘outstandingDaff Richardson in Oxford, the practice has a niche reputational management sub-group, which assists clients with student-related issues and social media matters. In Cambridge, Hilary Aldred is a go-to for advice on contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Also recommended are immigration head Pat Saini and Hazar El-Chamaa, who advise London-based universities on student visa matters.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the education group has a wide offering spanning areas such as employment, data privacy and data protection, immigration and corporate governance. The firm also has a specialist safeguarding sub-group that acts for schools and individuals in contentious student issues and historical abuse. The practice is jointly led by Hilary Aldred, Daff Richardson and Reading-based Gemma WoodhousePat Saini and Hazar El-Chamaa are also recommended.