Pat Saini > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper 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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Immigration

(Leading individuals)

Pat SainiPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The immigration group at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is particularly recommended for its work for education and technology client, sectors where practice head Pat Saini has a strong reputation; she also has extensive experience in UK-India relations. The team provides audit and compliance services and advises schools and study abroad providers seeking to set up in the UK. Associate May Cheung provides corporate immigration advice and handles sponsor compliance audits. On the private client side, Hazar El-Chamaa heads the firm’s private wealth immigration offering, with a practice focused on complex investor and nationality applications. Adam Cotterill specialises in private and family immigration, including human rights claims, international surrogacy and adoption.

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.