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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Immigration, education, private wealth, retail, sports and entertainment


Hazar is an immigration partner, known for her pragmatic, solution-oriented approach to solving her client’s immigration problems. She advises on the full spectrum of immigration routes, on citizenship, the EU Settlement Scheme and sponsor compliance.

Her role as Chair of Trustees of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) means that she often liaises with senior UKVI officials raising policy and operational issues on behalf of the sector.

She heads the firm’s private wealth immigration offering, working alongside colleagues to provide a full-service covering tax, family and real estate to those looking to relocate to the UK with their families.

Hazar is recognised for her expertise in the education sector, built over 14 years. She advises on all aspects of compliance, risk management, and restructuring. Her clients include universities, independent schools and large private education providers.

She is experienced in providing global immigration solutions to large multinational organisations from a wide range of sectors including retail, sports, entertainment and technology.

Fluent in Arabic, she has contacts throughout the Middle East, in particular the UAE, and regularly visits the region.

Hazar is a frequent speaker on immigration law.


Hazar trained at Bartram & Co Solicitors and qualified in 2006, at which point she joined Penningtons Manches Cooper. She was made partner in 2016.


Arabic and French


Chair of Trustees of Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)


Pimlico School, London; Kingston University (Bachelors of Laws and French Law with Honours); University College London (Master of Laws with Honours); University of Law (Legal Practice Course).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s team of independent school specialists is well-regarded for its advice on employment, safeguarding, and governance issues, with a notable record of advising on employee compensation and pension matters as well as sensitive student and staff disciplinary issues. Practice head Gemma Woodhouse, who practices from Reading, is particularly noted for her understanding of matters related to students with special educational needs and is also a key contact for discrimination and employment issues. Katie Glendinning is also based in Reading and is recommended for her employment expertise, while London-based lawyer Hazar El-Chamaa provides schools with critical regulatory compliance advice, especially on immigration matters.

London > Employment > Immigration

(Leading individuals)

Hazar El-ChamaaPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP provides a full service immigration offering for a range of clients, but possesses particular sector strengths in relation to education, tech, and private wealth. As a freestanding immigration practice within a full-service law firm, the team is able to leverage both a genuine immigration specialism and wider offerings in related areas of tax, employment, and corporate law. The firm’s offering has been bolstered by the addition of the audit compliance and training arm to the immigration team. Practice head Pat Saini is also the co-lead of the firm’s India group, and deploys her substantial experience in education and tech to related matters. Hazar El-Chamaa leads on private wealth work, acting for clients from every part of the world, while senior associate Meghan Vozila works with HNW clients, particularly in creative industries. Associate Jen Parker joined from Bindmans LLP in September 2022, and brings expertise in private individual cases, namely those related to exceptional applications and engaging human rights.