Navigating the Immigration Landscape in 2018

Garden Court North Chambers’ Immigration Team would like to invite you to their Spring 2018 seminar on Wednesday 16th May 2018, 9.30am to 5.00pm at thestudiomanchester.

This one-day seminar will provide a comprehensive update on the ever-changing landscape in the areas of Article 8 ECHR jurisprudence, Dublin III removals, deportation appeals post-Kiarie, and immigration bail and detention. In addition, the Team will present best practices in challenging both delay and negative trafficking decisions by the NRM and in countering conduct-based refusals. The Team will be joined by guest speakers to discuss the latest challenges facing EEA migrants under Brexit and the experience of Liverpool Law Clinic of making statelessness applications since 2013 under the Part 14 regime.

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.






Registration and refreshments

10.00am Rory O’Ryan

Opening remarks and Article 8 ECHR update.

10.30am Ian Macdonald QC and Gary McIndoe

Brexit: how to protect your EEA National clients in an uncertain environment.




Morning break

11.40am Tasaddat Hussain and Natalie Wilkins

Challenging conduct-based refusals: discussion of the refusal framework in Part 9, Appendix FM and Appendix V of the Immigration Rules, common factual issues raised in refusals (including ETS, false documents, HMRC records), and legal and evidential strategies for tackling allegations of bad character and deception.

12.30pm Mikhil Karnik and Jo Bezzano of Liverpool Law School

Reflections on the statelessness provisions – 3 years of struggle.




Buffet lunch

2.20pm Workshops (choose one of two)

Breakout 1 Trafficking and NRM

Lucy Mair and Will McCready

Best practice in challenging: delays in NRM decision making, negative reasonable and conclusive grounds decisions, failure to reconsider on the basis of new evidence, and failures to grant discretionary leave.

Breakout 2  Post-Kiarie: what next for ‘deport first, appeal later’, appeals and returns

Joe Markus and Tom Royston

Fairness and out-of-country appeals: how the SSHD and the courts have responded to the judgment in Kiarie, how to ensure appeals can be run fairly in the light of Kiarie, and future risks and future challenges




Afternoon break

3.40pm Workshops (choose one of two)

Breakout 3 Immigration bail and detention

Vijay Jagadesham and Elizabeth Mottershaw

A practical review of the recent changes to immigration bail and detention and a survey of recent case law.

Breakout 4 Dublin III

Jonathan Holt and Camille Warren

Practical approaches to current third country removal decisions including challenges based upon reception conditions, vulnerability and an assessment of recent authorities.

4.40pm Ian Macdonald QC

Closing remarks. 

Ticket price

The ticket price is £90 (£75 + VAT) for general admission and £54 (£45 + VAT) for not for profit organisations.

What is included?

  • A set of expert presentations and panel discussions by leading immigration law professionals;
  • Breakout sessions led by specialist immigration barristers;
  • Contribution to CPD learning and development;
  • Delegate materials including comprehensive notes; and
  • Lunch and refreshments.


For directions to thestudiomanchester, please click here.

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When: 16 May 2018
Where: theStudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
Start time: 09:30
End time: 17:00

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To book your place on this seminar, please use the booking form below. If you have any queries please email the Practice Management Team at

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