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

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s full-service team provides an ‘exceptional combination of alertness, knowledge and availability‘, handling a range of employment, real estate, charity and regulatory work for universities. The team stands out for its expertise in immigration changes and international student visas. The ‘experienced, sensible and pragmatic’ Hilary Aldred is a well-known employment specialist, and also advises on public law and regulatory matters. She co-heads the education practice with Daff Richardson in Oxford, who focuses on student complaints and disciplinary matters, as well as data protection and freedom of information issues.

East Anglia > Employment > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Hilary AldredPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The Cambridge office of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP plays a key role in the firm-wide employment practice, which provides ‘practical and usable advice while always being clear of the risks and benefits‘. Practice head Hilary Aldred frequently advises clients in the technology and education sectors, though the firm also handles substantial matters in the life sciences industry and charity sector. Its work encompasses boardroom disputes, multinational reorganisations and redundancy programmes. Senior associates Sophie Whitbread, who is ‘very commercial and focused with excellent case management‘, and Charissa Upton are also recommended.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

(Leading individuals)

Hilary AldredPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has ‘‘national coverage, with quality offerings in all offices’. In Cambridge, employment specialist Hilary Aldred is co-head of the firm-wide education practice, which excels in assisting Higher Education clients, including Cambridge and Oxford colleges, with matters encompassing student/institution relationships, commercial contracts, public procurement work, governance matters and issues relating to the commercialisation of research. Senior associate Sophie Whitbread has ‘exceptional organisational skills‘ and frequently assists education institutions and charities with the management of employees.

East Anglia > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Biotechnology

The Cambridge office of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works closely with the team in Oxford to leverage its sectoral knowledge to assist more than 90 clients in the therapeutics, medical devices, agriculture and veterinary sectors. Cambridge-based practice co-head Rachel Bradley has significant in-house experience at a pharmaceutical company and now acts for high-profile companies and research institutions, among them Genestack, King’s College London and Wren Therapeutics Limited. Employment partner Hilary Aldred also plays a pivotal role in the practice, which clients describe as ‘thorough, quick, and effective‘.