Hazar El-Chamaa

Partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper

ILPA Chair of Trustees and Trustee Liaison for the ILPA Economic Migration Working Group

Hazar is a partner in the immigration team and heads Penningtons Manches Cooper’s private wealth immigration offering.  She qualified in 2006 and joined the firm the same year.  With over 15 years’ immigration experience she advises high net worth individuals looking to relocate to the UK, working alongside colleagues in the private wealth team to provide a full service covering tax, family and real estate.

Also recognised for her expertise in the education sector, Hazar’s clients include universities, independent schools and large private education providers, whom she assists on all aspects of compliance, risk management, restructuring and business strategies. She is experienced in providing global immigration solutions to large multinational organisations from a wide range of sectors including retail, sports, entertainment and technology. She advises on immigration, citizenship and EU law, appeals, judicial review applications and challenges to Home Office decisions which affect sponsors. Fluent in Arabic, she has contacts throughout the Middle East, in particular the UAE, and regularly visits the region.

Hazar is a frequent speaker on immigration law and gives training on compliance with sponsorship licence duties under Tier 4 and Tier 2 as well as with prevention of illegal working legislation. She is Chair of ILPA and has provided training for ILPA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) and the Boarding Schools Association. Hazar is recommended by Chambers HNW and The Legal 500 and is included in the Citywealth Leaders List 2018 for immigration.

Hazar's Upcoming Training

Hazar's Past Training

Tutors: Hazar El-Chamaa and Hester Jewitt, Penningtons Manches Cooper

Delegates who attend this session will learn about the operational and practical side of prevention of illegal working obligations on employers.

At the end of the session they should be in a better position to advise clients on their duties under the Prevention of Illegal Working legislation and how to deal with the ramifications of a breach in those duties. Increased awareness of employment law considerations.

The course will also touch on implications of Brexit and recent changes introduced to the Right to Work checks.


  • Advising employers on prevention of illegal working checks – what, when and how?
  • Advising employers on how to minimise the risk of discrimination claims when carrying out prevention of illegal working checks.
  • Practical guidance for managing your clients’ employment law risk when dealing with cases of suspected illegal working including: unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and deduction from wages claims.
  • Common issues and practical tips
  • Difficult cases: Employment restrictions applicable to various immigration categories
  • Sanctions against employers and challenging these
  • Special considerations for licenced sponsors
  • Advising employers on civil penalty regime – sources, processes, points to check and ramifications.

The Hostile Environment: Prevention of Illegal Working

I really enjoyed it. I like that it was informal. It was all quite straightforward and easy to understand.