Penningtons Manches Cooper



Penningtons Manches Cooper's education group comprises a multidisciplinary team of corporate, commercial, charity, dispute resolution, employment, immigration, real estate, regulatory, pensions and tax lawyers. Working closely together to provide an integrated service, we support HE, FE and other education clients across a wide range of issues including sponsor licensing, student contracts, disputes, reorganisations, joint ventures, student accommodation issues, property transactions and employment tribunals.

We are increasingly being instructed by universities and private colleges to help protect them from commercial and reputational damage. Our clients welcome our ability to resolve any contractual disputes including employment, regulatory and charity issues relating to students, academic staff or education partners as well as corporate development challenges such as restructuring, overseas development and governance.

In addition to many of the UK’s leading universities, we also advise many independent schools, assessment and examinations bodies, educational publishers, national research councils and academic research associations. Our education group's immigration and employment partners are consistently ranked as leaders in their field by The Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession

We offer expert advice on:

  • joint ventures, partnering and collaboration agreements
  • restructuring, amalgamations and take-overs
  • employment and pensions issues
  • finance and banking arrangements
  • managing disputes
  • trade mark, brand protection and licensing
  • immigration and sponsor licences
  • property, development, student accommodation and planning issues
  • tax planning
  • independent schools and academies
  • educational oversight and regulatory issues
  • competition issues




Contact information:

Daff Richardson, Partner – Employment
T: +44 (0)1865 813647

Hilary Aldred, Partner – Employment
T:  +44 (0)1223 465405

Pat Saini, Partner – Immigration
T: +44 (0)20 7457 3117

Emma Davies Day, Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution
T:  +44 (0)1865 813733

Lisa Page, Partner – IP, IT and Commercial
T: +44 (0)121 312 2577

Kerry Fretwell, Partner – Family
T:  +44 (0)118 982 2658

Simon Bickerdike, Partner – Corporate and Technology
T:  +44 (0)1483 411460

John Morrison, Partner – Real Estate Litigation
T: +44 (0)1865 813722

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Additional information:
‘Exceptional combination of alertness, knowledge, availability and, when necessary, lateral thinking.’ Legal 500 UK 2022

‘They are a super firm that provides really high-quality advice and shows great levels of compassion.’ Chambers & Partners UK 2022

providing well thought out advice and guidance.’ Chambers & Partners UK 2022


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