Garden Court North Chambers' family rights team specialises in family and children law and cases concerning violence and discrimination against women, particularly with an international, human rights or immigration law element, drawing upon our established reputation and expertise in immigration and human rights law.

Presented by members of our specialist team and aimed at family practitioners, this seminar series marks the launch of the GCN family rights team and will explore developing areas of family law which overlap with human rights, immigration and international law.  It culminates with an official launch event on Wednesday 21st October 2015 and an opportunity to hear from some prominent guest speakers working in this field. 

Speakers : The seminars will be presented by  Lucy Mair, Zimran Samuel, Kerry Smith and Natalie Wilkins  along with guest speakers Leyla Hussein and Cris McCurley at the Launch Event.

Immigration law for family practitioners

Wednesday 30 th September 2015 6-8pm (2 CPD) 
Presented by Lucy Mair ,  Kerry Smith  and  Natalie Wilkins  (GCN)

Aimed at family practitioners representing persons from abroad, this seminar will provide an essential overview of relevant immigration law including EEA and nationality law and the protocol on communications between the family court and immigration tribunal. 

£25 + VAT (£15 + VAT for NFP voluntary organisations) 
Full programme and online booking for 30.9.15 seminar

Protecting children across international borders

Tuesday 6 th  October 2015 6-8pm (2 CPD) 
Presented by: Zimran Samuel with  Kerry Smith and Natalie Wilkins  (GCN)

Cases of children being abducted or removed from the jurisdiction for Forced Marriage and cases of FGM/C Protection Orders are increasing in frequency and are areas where specialist knowledge is particularly important.  They are also areas of practice where legal aid is still available.  In this seminar, Zimran Samuel will provide in-depth detail in respect of the developments within the Serious Crime Act 2015 and recent guidance from the Family Division of the High Court.  Zimran will also detail latest developments within international relocation cases, including the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Re F [2015] EWCA Civ 882.

£25 + VAT (£15 + VAT for NFP voluntary organisations)   
Full programme and online booking for 6.10.15 seminar

GCN Family Rights Team Launch Event 

Wednesday 21st October 2015 6-8pm (2 CPD) 
Hosted by the GCN Family rights team with guest speakers:

  • Leyla Hussein - Leyla Hussein is an anti-FGM activist, psychotherapist, ‘Strong Voice’ of Amnesty International’s END FGM European Campaign and co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a charity dedicated to ending gender-based violence including female genital mutilation.
  • Cris McCurley (Ben Hoare Bell solicitors) - Partner and International Family Law specialist Cris McCurley was named Solicitor of the Year 2014 at the Law Society Excellence Awards.  Cris has devoted her career to helping some of the least visible and most vulnerable in society concerning issues such as slavery, women treated as chattels, forced marriages, child abduction, domestic violence, people-trafficking, sexual exploitation, FGM and honour killings. 

To register your interest in attending the Launch Event please email Helen Ray hray@gcnchambers.co.uk

GCN Family Rights team seminars 2015

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About the speakers:

GCN's Lucy Mair is an experienced immigration and public law practitioner and has a particular interest in parallel immigration and family proceedings including child arrangement cases where the client is subject to immigration control.  She has been involved in a number of JRs regarding trafficking .

Zimran Samuel is a specialist in children law and human rights and has appeared in numerous High Court cases concerning international relocation and child abduction, and was counsel in the second ever FGM Protection Order (July 2015).  He substantially contributed to the new civil law on FGM and was Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year (2014).

GCN's Kerry Smith is a senior practitioner specialising in immigration, public law and human rights.  She regularly deals with cases involving concurrent immigration and family law proceedings.  Kerry acts in cases concerning violence and discrimination against women and represents survivors of human trafficking and FGM.

GCN's Natalie Wilkins has an extensive immigration practice and a strong interest in cases involving children.  She is able to represent clients where they have both immigration and family proceedings.