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DT 1855 ILPA Seminar: Practising Immigration Law: everything you need to know + Q&A and drinks reception

Are you thinking of a career in immigration law and want to find out more about training routes and qualifications? This discussion will introduce you to the variety of pathways into practising immigration law and will draw upon the expertise of immigration practitioners from across the sector. Our expert panel will share their routes into, and experience of, practising immigration law as well as providing you tips and guidance for your own career pathway.

Event details

Date(s):24 September 2019
Start Time:17:30
End Time:20:30
Audience:The event is open to all but is specifically targeted at law students, paralegals, trainee solicitors and anyone who works within the advocacy and advice sector.
Main area:Immigration
Main area other:This event is free and open to all. Book your ticket here:
Tutor details:Chair:  Elspeth Guild Partner, Kingsley Napley and Professor of Law, Queen Mary University  Panel:    Zoe Harper Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers,  Charles Rumsey, Ernst & Young,  Gillian Brownlee, Kingsley Napley,  Michael Hanley, Wilson Solicitors LLP,  Hazar El-Chamaa, Penningtons Manches LLP and Kat Hacker, Helen Bamber Foundation * more speakers to be announced 
Tutor biographies:


Elspeth Guild, Partner, Kingsley Napley and Professor of Law, Queen Mary University of London

Elspeth is a partner in Kingsley Napley's immigration team. She is best known for her expertise in the field of European Union free movement of persons, immigration and borders law and practice. She is widely recognised as an expert in her field. 
Elspeth is also a law professor at Queen Mary University of London and has extensive expertise on EU immigration and border control. She regularly teaches lawyers and judges in the EU on issues of EU borders and migration law and acts as an expert for international organisations such as the Council of Europe, UNHCR, and the European Commission and Parliament. 
Elspeth’s career has included providing expertise and assistance to many high net worth individuals as well as companies.  Over the past ten years she has focused in particular on issues of EU free movement of persons, immigration and borders law.  She often provides advice to international organisations and institutions on border and immigration control issues. Recently she assisted the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' office in developing guidelines on human rights protection in the context of border controls. ​


Zoe Harper, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers and former ILPA Legal Officer

Zoe Harper is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers practising in immigration, human rights and public law with a specialism in representing survivors of gender-based violence and in other claims involving gender issues.  She is also joint co-ordinator of the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project (ATLeP), a network of network of solicitors, barristers and specialist practitioners who advise, represent and support victims of trafficking and other vulnerable people.  Prior to joining Chambers in 2017, Zoe worked in advocacy, policy and research roles within the NGO and academic sector.  She was Legal Officer at the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association where she drafted amendments and conducted advocacy on the parliamentary bill that became the Immigration Act 2016.  She has trained extensively on the legislation and is co-author of A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016 published by Bloomsbury Professional.  She previously led advocacy on the rights of survivors of torture in the UK asylum system at Freedom from Torture and provided individual representation in asylum and immigration cases in roles at Asylum Aid, Refugee Legal Centre and Hackney Community Law Centre.  Her research, conducted at Barnardo’s, on the sexual exploitation of young people in London and protecting young people at risk is identified as a ‘noteworthy project’ in the UNICEF Handbook on the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.  Zoe is also a qualified yoga teacher and committed advocate for well-being within the sector.

Charles Rumsey, Consultant, Ernst & Young

Gillian Brownlee, Legal Counsel (FCILEx), Kingsley Napley

Gillian is a Legal Counsel (FCILEx) with specialist knowledge and expertise gained over a period of 22 years within the legal profession.  She has in-depth knowledge of the UK immigration regulatory framework and advises a broad range of international businesses and individuals on immigration issues and compliance-related matters.
Gillian’s remit includes global immigration projects and providing assistance on immigration issues associated with complex corporate restructures.  She has the relevant technical know-how to provide senior executives from the global business community with solutions to seemingly intractable immigration problems. Her high profile client base covers multi-national corporations, including FTSE100 listed companies, particularly in the financial and professional services sectors.  She advises high net worth individuals on UK visa and immigration issues.

Gillian has delivered training courses on behalf of ILPA and regularly carries out training sessions for HR and legal professionals.  She also participates in quarterly meetings with senior representatives from the Home Office where important regulatory matters are covered.  Gillian’s specialism has been particularly valued following the outcome of the UK referendum on membership of the European Union.

Michael Hanley, Senior Partner, Wilson Solicitors LLP and fee paid Judge

Hazar El-Chamaa, Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP and ILPA Trustee

Kat Hacker, Helen Bamber Foundation 

* more speakers to be announced

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