DT 1436 Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for EEA Nationals and their family members: What Counts

Is NHS cover sufficient to meet the requirement that self-sufficient EEA nationals and EEA national students have comprehensive sickness insurance cover?  What about other cases? Adrian Berry, Chair of ILPA, and Adam Weiss, ILPA’s Secretary, have grappled with this question at the national and European level, in the immigration and social security jurisdictions.  Get straight on this subject once and for all

Event details

Date(s):13 February 2013
Start Time:16.00
End Time:19.15
CPD Hours:3
Audience:The session is aimed at practitioners who work with EEA nationals and their family members or who intend to do so. Some prior experience with EU free movement law would be helpful.
Main area:Immigration;European;Family Immigration
Aim of course:

By the end of this session participants will be able to advise their clients (EEA nationals and their family members) what should constitute comprehensive sickness insurance and will be able to make arguments on behalf of clients who are viewed as not having comprehensive sickness insurance.



1.        Brief overview of EU free movement law and where comprehensive sickness insurance fits in

2.        Overview of the case law on comprehensive sickness insurance

3.        Private sickness insurance in the UK – which plans will suffice?

4.        Public or private sickness cover in another EU Member State

5.        NHS cover from the UKBA’s perspective – relying on NHS cover in EEA applications

6.        NHS cover from the NHS’s perspective – charging EEA nationals and their family members for treatment


Tutor details:John Walsh, Doughty Street Chambers, Adam Weiss, Aire Centre and Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers
Tutor biographies:

Adam Weiss is the Legal Director of the AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), a London-based charity whose mission is to promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights.  The AIRE Centre provides free legal advice to EEA nationals and their family members, as well as other lawyers and advisers assisting them, in response to over 500 queries each year.  This includes advice on residence status and access to social assistance and social security benefits (including NHS care).  The AIRE Centre also litigates cases on behalf of EEA nationals and their family members in the tribunals and has intervened in numerous cases in this area.  The AIRE Centre also litigates cases before the European Court of Human Rights.  Adam has been involved in all areas of the AIRE Centre’s work since joining the organisation in 2007 and currently oversees all of its legal work.  Adam is a member of the New York State Bar and is also regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner at level 3.  Adam is also the secretary of ILPA’s Executive Committee. 

Adrian Berry is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers.  Chambers UK describes him thus:” has a "first-class brain" and has been involved with most of the leading cases that have decided how EU rights should be applied domestically in the housing context. His "vast knowledge in this area" has ensured that "he has assisted a very large number of migrants and their children." One impressed source said that his "commitment to ensuring that EU law can be used to benefit people who would otherwise be destitute is unwavering." Amongst other things, he stands out for his expertise in British nationality matters.”  He is a member of ILPA’s Executive Committee.

John Walsh is a specialist practitioner in immigration and prison law. He has acted as counsel before numerous tribunals and higher courts and European Court of Justice. He is a member of Immigration Law Practitioners Association, Bar European Group and Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association. He has been listed on Chambers & Partners Directory for several years now as a leading junior and has particular expertise and interest in EU law. He is co-author of Free Movement of Persons in the Enlarged European Union (Sweet and Maxwell) (republished Summer 2012).

PriceConcessionary Training Prices: £60
Member Training Prices: £120
Non Member Training Prices: £240

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