Immigration Conference Spring 2019

Garden Court North Chambers Immigration Team would like to invite you to their Spring 2019 seminar on Thursday 23rd May 2019, 9.45am to 4.45pm at thestudiomanchester.

This one-day seminar will provide an analysis of current themes in immigration law. Furthering GCN’s aim to learn from other disciplines, we will be addressed by Professor Emeritus Anthony Good, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh on the topic of Country Experts in the UK Asylum Process; considering the use of Country of Origin Information, and highlighting the contrasts between anthropological and legal approaches to such evidence. The Immigration Team and other guest speakers will also talk on other developments in asylum law, developments in the law on Article 8 ECHR, with a particular spin on deportation, and developments in free movement, and in immigration routes for employment in the UK. The speakers will address legal developments arising from Brexit, where humanly possible.

Garden Court North Chambers has had a specialist Immigration Team since our foundation and it is now one of the largest and most well respected in the country, led by Ian Macdonald QC. The Team provides expert advice and representation in all aspects of asylum, immigration, trafficking and nationality cases. We are committed to publicly funded work and to assisting the vulnerable; including people who have been trafficked or exploited, victims of domestic violence and torture and those experiencing mental ill-health or limited capacity.

The course will be presented by:

Garden Court North Chambers Immigration Team plus guest speakers.


9.45 -10.00 am Coffee and Registration
10.00 – 10.30 am Introduction and ‘new matters’/consent

Rory O’Ryan

10.30 -11.30am Latest developments in asylum law and practice

Kerry Smith

11.30 -11.45 am Break
11.45 -12.45 pm Country Experts in the UK Asylum Process

Professor Emeritus Anthony Good

12.45 – 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 – 2.30 pm The future of deportation: KO (Nigeria), section 94B in practice and EEA nationals

Jonathan Holt and Ian Macdonald QC 

2.30 – 3.15 pm Latest developments in free movement

Mikhil Karnik and Camille Warren

3.15 – 3.30 pm Break
3.30 – 4.30 pm The future for non-EU national workers: including changes to the Immigration Rules, practical issues with using new systems

Emma Morgan and Rachel Harvey Shoosmiths LLP

Rory O’Ryan 

4.30-4.45 Closing remarks

Cost: £90 (£75 + VAT) for general admission and £54 (£45 + VAT) for Not for Profit organisations.

Location: The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 2JA. Directions can be found HERE

What is included: A delegate’s pack will be provided on the day. Other electronic resources used on the day will be available to delegates by email after the event.

Lunch and refreshments are included. Please contact Moe Gavin by e-mail to advise of any specific dietary requirements:

Access: The venue is accessible by lift. For any further enquiries, please contact Moe Gavin:

Anthony Good ( is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and was formerly Head of its School of Social and Political Science. He holds doctorates in Chemistry (Edinburgh, 1967) and Anthropology (Durham, 1978) and his overseas field research focuses on South India and Sri Lanka. He has acted as expert witness in over 500 asylum appeals involving Sri Lankan Tamils, and has done ESRC- and (with Robert Gibb) AHRC-funded research on the asylum processes in France and the UK.

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When: 23 May 2019
Where: theStudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
Start time: 09:45
End time: 16:45

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