Strong universities practice with significant experience in Tier 4 sponsor licences, data protection and freedom of information work. Also deals with academic litigation, pensions and other employment issues. Developing a strong reputation among alternative providers of higher education.
Strengths: Commentators note: ‘The firm cares about its clients. They're very knowledgeable about and interested in the education sector.’
Another source adds: ‘They give sound, practical advice and offer a great level of service and contactability.’
Hilary Aldred is a key contact.
Chambers UK - 2018 edition
Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘very pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team provides comprehensive immigration and employment advice to funding providers and higher education institutions, as well as defending clients against claims arising under the Equality Act 2010. The ‘supremely sensible and knowledgeable’ Daff Richardson is advising a world-leading foreign university on the employment of a junior dean and is defending a higher education institution against a disability discrimination claim filed by an undergraduate student pertaining to the provision of special arrangements for examinations. Pat Saini is providing ongoing immigration advice to Navitas, including day-to-day support with risk management and Tier 4 Visa compliance. ‘Expert’ Hilary Aldred ‘grasps the nub of an issue immediately and sets out clearly and concisely related risks and available strategies’. Alison Talbot is also recommended.
Senior associate Sophie Whitbread acted for the commercial arm of a UK university on an HR audit that resulted in proposals for the restructuring of part of its business.
The Legal 500 - 2017 edition