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 > Human resources > Immigration

(Leading individuals)

Pat SainiPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s business immigration team works with corporates, start-ups, investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, and while it has a particular focus on the education sector, it is also adept at advising clients across the retail, finance, sports, technology, creative and private wealth sectors. It works closely with the firm’s corporate, commercial and employment teams to provide a thorough service for its clients, and is regularly engaged on crisis management advice to businesses and education sector clients when sponsor licences are under threat. The team provides various university clients and multinational corporations with support for EU national employees. The team also offers specialist human rights, appeals and overstay advice where it advises on complex applications and cases involving surrogacy and adoption. Department head Pat Saini is ‘very experienced‘ and is strong in the education sector. Saini is ably supported by Hazar El-Chamaa, who heads the firm’s private wealth immigration team. Senior associate May Cheung and associate Adam Cotterill are also recommended.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

The multi-disciplinary education team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is regularly instructed by leading UK universities and other higher education institutions on a number of matters pertaining to commercial property concerns, joint venture agreements, contracts and litigation. The group led by Gemma Woodhouse combines specialist employment and immigration expertise; immigration specialist Pat Saini and head of private wealth immigration Hazar El-Chamaa are both recommended. Corporate partner Simon Bickerdike advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects, and also handles merger-related matters.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s education team combines cross-departmental expertise in immigration, employment, commercial property and governance to advise clients on a wide spectrum of matters, including safeguarding and child protection as well as discrimination issues. Jointly led by Gemma Woodhouse, Hilary Aldred and Daff Richardson, the team has experience in assisting high-profile clients with historic abuse issues and defending against claims arising from this. Other key team members include immigration specialists Pat Saini and Hazar El-Chamaa.