Over 140 solicitors have benefited from the expertise of top barristers and eminent speakers in the field of immigration at seminars held in Birmingham and London.

No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Group hosted the Annual Immigration Seminars at Maple House in Birmingham, and at Hatton Garden in London. Both events were well attended and accumulated waiting lists.

No5’s Immigration Group were delighted to welcome Mark Ockelton – Vice President of the Upper Tribunal at the Immigration and Asylum Chamber as the keynote speaker at Birmingham.

The London seminar welcomed the newly-appointed Mr Justice Peter Lane, President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber at the Upper Tribunal, as the keynote speaker. The event attracted over 70 delegates, comprised of mainly solicitors.

Chaired by Joanne Rothwell, Head of the Immigration Group, authoritative insights were also given by prominent barristers from the group.

Manjit S Gill QC, Head of the International Human Rights Law Group at No5 Barristers’ Chambers, also facilitated a panel discussion on the Brexit implications.

Mark Bradshaw, Deputy Head of the Immigration Group said: “This is a showpiece event for us and a chance to put the spotlight on the team. The seminars give people the opportunity to update their knowledge and give attendees the chance to meet us and develop relationships with us as a Chambers. As a team, we can build up links with the legal community as well.”

Joanne Rothwell added: “It was an honour and a privilege that Mark Ockelton and Mr Justice Lane gave their time to attend our seminars and speak to us on the way forward for UTIAC and, from that, on the parameters on how the law is changing. The seminars also provided the opportunity for us all to meet in a fairly informal setting.”

The seminar programme included updates on Article 8 and protection claims, Nationality applications, out of hours injunctions, current trends in Tier 2, challenging civil penalties, changes to detention and bail, human trafficking and advice on making successful Judicial Review claims.

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Group at No5 are holding a series of seminars on Judicial Review in the autumn which will be announced in due course.  No5 Barristers’ Chambers regularly holds seminars aimed at continuing professional development and a list of forthcoming events can be found here: No5.com/seminars