About ILPA

ILPA Members Survey 2019

(ILPA is) an excellent forum for discussing relevant issues and hearing the views of my peers


If one is an immigration lawyer I firmly believe it’s crucial to be a member of ILPA. It’s an invaluable tool. (ILPA Members’ survey 2019)

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is a professional association and registered charity, the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors, advocates and OISC regulated advisers practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. Academics, non-governmental organisations and individuals with a substantial interest in the law are also members.

Founded in 1984 by leading practitioners in the field, ILPA exists to promote and improve advice and representation in immigration, asylum and nationality law, through an extensive programme of training and disseminating information and by providing research and opinion that draw on the experiences of members.  ILPA is represented on numerous Government, official and non-Governmental advisory groups and regularly provides evidence to parliamentary and official enquiries.

ILPA is a registered charity (No. 1155286) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 2350422).  The Committee of Trustees is elected annually by the membership. The work of members is supported by a Secretariat of paid staff.

The objectives of ILPA are:

  • to promote the advising and representation of immigrants,
  • to provide information to members and others on domestic and European immigration, asylum and nationality law,
  • to secure a non-racist, non-sexist, just and equitable system of immigration, asylum and nationality law practice.

These are set out in full in ILPA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association

Our role and its context

ILPA is not a regulatory body. It requires all members giving immigration advice to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) or the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), or the equivalent professional bodies in the countries in which they work.  It is a requirement of membership of ILPA that a member adheres to ILPA’s Guidelines for its members.

The Secretariat does not give advice to members of the public on individual cases but works closely with members to ensure that they are enabled to do their best for their clients. It runs ILPA’s busy training programme and produces a wide range of information for members and non-members.

To view the members’ only pages and resources you must be logged in as a member. Get in touch at any point to find out why membership is for you.

Information about our governance:

ILPA during Coronavirus

ILPA has been a really useful resource during this unprecedented time

.. everything I need …

I get everything I need out of (ILPA Membership) – training, resources and a chance to network. (ILPA Members Survey 2019)