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DT 1754 (FULL) Sponsor Licence Law Conference

The first conference of its kind to be dedicated to the fascinating and complex topic of Sponsor Licence Law, ILPA’s Sponsor Licence Law Conference will provide attendees with a comprehensive knowledge and advanced understanding of sponsor licence law, primarily relating to Tier 2 (General and ICT), including recent rule changes and policy developments. The speakers will provide highly practical insight and tips from their extensive experience and the day will provide a unique opportunity for those who practice in this area to share their experience and expertise.

 

Event details

Date(s):12 April 2018
Start Time:10.00
End Time:17.00
Location:London
Level:Intermediate;Advanced
Audience:The session will be of interest to immigration lawyers advising businsses and other organisations on sponsorship and related issues. Experience in advising sponsors would be useful.
Main area:Immigration;Business Immigration - companies;Judicial Review;Other
Main area other:Sponsorship
 
Aim of course:By the end of the session attendees will be informed about up to date issues in sponsor licensing in law and in policy as well as being able to take away practical ideas about how to deal effectively with these cases in day to day practice. The day will cover issues relating primarily to Tier 2 sponsors (with some reference to Tiers 4 & 5)
 
Topics:
  • dealing with complex sponsor licence applications;
  • best practice for maintaining a sponsor licence;
  • complex issues relating to applications for migrants and family members;
  • dealing with problems including investigations, suspensions and revocations;
  • case-law review
  • judicial review: best practice
Tutor details:Chairs: Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas. Judith Farbey QC, Doughty Street Chambers Confirmed speakers include: Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas. Judith Farbey QC, Doughty Street Chambers; Bryony Rest, David Gray Solicitors; Joe Middledon, Doughty Street Chambers, James Perrott, Macfarlanes, Tom Brett Young, Veale Wasborough Vizards.
Tutor biographies:Nichola Carter and Judith Farbey QC are the conference chairs. Biographies of all the speakers will be updated shortly. 


Nichola Carter is the founder of Carter Thomas Solicitors and has practised immigration law for almost two decades. Ranked consistently in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 since 2006, she is described as having an ‘exceptionally strong reputation amongst the education sector’ and is often referred to as one of the UK’s leading experts on sponsor compliance.
 
Judith Farbey QC is a leader in the field of immigration law at Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to undertaking cases raising European and international human rights law, she has developed a niche in sponsor licensing in the further and higher education sector, having been described as having "an unrivalled strategic understanding" of this area of law. 
 
Both Nichola and Judith worked on the London Metropolitan University case with Nichola advising the board and management of the University and Judith appearing for the National Union of Students. They have worked together on numerous other cases since then.  
 
Judith and Nichola have delivered previously acclaimed courses for ILPA including: ‘Sponsorship for experienced practitioners’, ‘Judicial reviews for business practitioners’ and ‘Dealing with Disaster.’ 

Speakers:

Simon Kenny, Eversheds Sutherland

Simon Kenny is a member of the Eversheds Immigration Team. He regularly presents training seminars and writes in sector specific publications, professional journals and the media generally on immigration law. Simon is a Principal Associate in the Human Resources Practice Group. He specialises in immigration law.

Simon advises companies and universities seeking to sponsor people from overseas to work or study in the UK. He helps organisations with immigration compliance responsibilities, conducting appropriate right to work checks, meeting regulatory requirements and helping to rectify immigration problems.

Joe Middleton, Doughty Street Chambers

Joe Middleton is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. He has been working on cases arising under the points based system since it was introduced in 2007-2008 and he co-authored the chapters on the PBS in Immigration Law and Practice. He has acted for numerous Tier 4 sponsors, both in both the public and private sectors, in challenges to suspension and revocation decisions. He has spent much of the summer advising clients on the mass suspension of Tier 4 sponsor licences on 24 June 2014.

James Perrott, Macfarlanes
James is a Senior Solicitor in private client. He joined Macfarlanes in 2014 from a leading law firm where he held a senior position with one of the UK’s highest ranked immigration teams.
 
James provides specialist immigration advice to a range of clients including FTSE100 companies, Small and Medium Enterprises, Higher Education Institutions and High Net Worth Individuals.
 
He provides strategic consultancy advice to major companies on immigration matters in a variety of sectors and supports UK start-ups through the sponsor licence application process. He also helps to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Points Based System (PBS) and the illegal working legislation.
 
James has assisted companies and Higher Education Institutions in their discussions with the Home Office following the threat of or actual downgrading / suspension of their sponsor licences, ensuring they retain their licences and have the policies and processes to maintain ongoing compliance. James has been heavily involved in the evolution of the PBS, drafting discussion papers for the Home Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on key policy areas such as advertising, internships, settlement and business visitors. James has also led discussion groups with Government Ministers on immigration and works closely with various bodies including the Greater London Authority.
 
James is a regular speaker at conferences, writes articles for leading immigration publications and has been quoted in the national press.

Tom Brett Young, Veale Wasborough Vizards
Tom Brett Young is an Associate in the Veale Wasbrough Vizards employment team who specialises in immigration law, advising on the full range of immigration issues, with a particular focus on advising employers across all sectors.
 
Tom assists clients with sponsor licence applications, sponsorship of migrant workers under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System and visa and leave to remain applications under all immigration categories. He also delivers training on immigration issues (such as how to carry out compliant 'Right to Work' checks) and assists clients with mock sponsor licence inspections and audits of their immigration records. He can also assist you with the development of immigration strategies and policies, such as issuing invitation letters to visitors from overseas and, more recently, planning for Brexit.
 
Tom is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and has been convenor of its Economic Migration Working Group since 2013. He is regularly invited to speak on UK immigration at conferences and seminars in the UK and overseas, and delivers training on business immigration to fellow immigration practitioners, lawyers practising in other disciplines and clients.
PriceConcessionary Training Prices: £240
Member Training Prices: £360
Non Member Training Prices: £720

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