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

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP fields a ‘very diligent and thorough‘ immigration team, known for obtaining ‘the best possible outcome‘ in difficult cases across the range of business and personal matters. Pat Saini leads the team, as well as co-leading the firm’s wider India group, and focuses on clients in the education industry – a key sector for the firm. Her clients range from individuals and institutions, and she also has a strong reputation for her work in the technology sector. Also notable is the ‘truly excellentHazar El-Chamaa, who, alongside her work heading up private wealth immigration and handling complex personal cases including nationality and EU work, currently sits as head of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Senior associate Meghan Vozila is noted for her broad practice acting for clients ranging from SMEs and high-net-worth individuals to multinationals, and associate Afeefah Shabbir is key to the firm’s corporate offering. Adam Cotterill is also noted.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works largely with Cambridge, Oxford and other Russell Group universities on employment, real estate and immigration matters. Practice leaders Hilary Aldred and Daff Richardson handle Cambridge and Oxford respectively, with Aldred specialising in contentious and non-contentious matters including public law, and Richardson focusing on student complaints and disciplinary matters. Pat Saini focuses on immigration work, advising on sponsorship, student visas and the impact of Brexit and the pandemic on international students. Associate Sophie Whitbread has been described as ‘a future leader in this area of law.’