Joining ILPA is your chance to get involved alongside leading practitioners, in improving the quality of immigration advice and representation and in influencing the development of the law. ILPA membership is open to those who are substantially engaged or interested in the law. Those giving advice and representation must be regulated by a recognised professional body, with a code of conduct and the power to discipline its members. Full details are set out in Articles 3 and 4 of ILPA’s Articles of Association. Membership is open to individuals, and organisations. Members must adhere to ILPA’s Guidelines for members.
The application is a simple process, first decide if you are applying as an individual or an organisation member, and which category of membership you fit. You can then complete the simple online form. The applications are reviewed for approval by our Committee of Trustees and we hope to get back to you as soon as we can. We will send an invoice for payment once the membership has been approved.
ILPA during Coronavirus
ILPA has been a really useful resource during this unprecedented time
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)
.. everything I need …
I get everything I need out of (ILPA Membership) – training, resources and a chance to network. (ILPA Members Survey 2019)
… very supportive …
Can I just say how amazing the ILPA response has been to all the changes, very supportive of us all, bringing them altogether etc and so quickly – really amazing and so helpful. (An ILPA member, April 2020)
Did you know you can attend training at the members’ rate (according to the category you are applying at) whilst your application is pending? (If your application is not successful you would be liable for the full non member fee). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Benefits of membership
- reduced rates for all ILPA training: keep up your professional development, or share your expert knowledge by speaking at one of our events
- a listing in our directory of members
- advertise your membership using our ILPA members logo
- receive regular email alerts on important developments and access to our resources archive
- access to our members’ only ‘ILPA Monthly’ content – a monthly round up of our work featuring contributions from members
- participate in specialist members-only working groups and email lists
- benefit from reduced fees for placing a job advertisement on our jobs board
- many opportunities to become involved in ILPA’s influencing work working alongside leading practitioners in the field to represent ILPA at meetings, provide evidence to parliament and in response to consultations run by government departments and others;
- attend our AGM: a great learning and networking opportunity
- Have a say in how the organisation is run
The emails from ILPA …
… keep me up-to-date, so I know I am not missing out on any important information and changes, as well as (providing) current resources (ILPA Members Survey 2019)
ILPA was founded in 1984 and remains true to the principles of its founders, as set out in ILPA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. These describe our work to promote standards of best practice, and the breadth of all of all our activities. We work across all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality law, concerning migrants from all countries of the world, without discrimination.
Members share and disseminate information and views on immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice in the United Kingdom and beyond.
ILPA members communicate by email as well as face to face and through meetings and mailings. Members share information and views with other members; contribute to ILPA’s monthly mailing, to working group email groups and to discussions. ILPA’s strength is that all members support each other. Members’ contributions are also what make ILPA’s influencing work so powerful, as members feed back their views ton those making decisions on law and practice.
ILPA highly-regarded training sessions are an opportunity for trainers and attendees to share in a collaborative project to improve knowledge and standards of practice. They are unique. We also team up with others, in the UK and overseas, for training and conferences. Members contribute to training sessions as attendees and as trainers, and suggesitons from members inform the development of ILPA’s training programme.
The special character of ILPA is that practitioner members do not simply voice their own interests but the interests of clients and of a just and equitable, non-sexist and non-racist immigration, asylum and nationality law practice. ILPA uses its powerful voice in influencing work to speak up for the rule of law and for people under immigration control. ILPA members have frequently spoken up for measures that will make their own lives as practitioners more difficult, because these measures would be better for people under immigration control. Opposition to racism and sexism in immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice informs all ILPA’s work.
We hope that you will want to be part of that project and look forward to receiving your application.
ILPA membership is essential for me, extremely valuable (ILPA Members survey January 2019)