Tim Barnden

Partner and Head of Immigration at Bates Wells

Tim co-delivers ILPA’s flagship ‘Significant others’ course which has provided his and Barry O’Leary’s expertise in assisting couples negotiating the Immigration Rules for well over a decade now. He was an original presenter of  ‘It’s all about the money: Financial Requirements of Appendix FM’, a regular tutor on ‘LGBTI Asylum Claims’, and also ‘What’s Left? Exploring  the use of discretion in immigration and nationality law’ courses. Tim has also been a panellist at ILPA’s inaugural Well-being Conference. Tim is a former Trustee of ILPA.

You can find out more about Tim here.

Tim's Past Training

Tutors: Tim Barnden, Bates Wells and Barry O’Leary, Wesley Gryk Solicitors

Our popular Significant Others session is back: covering all aspects of applications for spouses, civil, unmarried and same sex partners.

Participants will have a clear understanding of the more difficult issues relevant to making applications by the partners of British and settled people.

Learning objectives: To give an overview of the immigration rules for significant others with a particular focus on partners with adverse immigration histories

Anticipated learning outcomes: For delegates to be better able to assist significant others in both straightforward and difficult claims


Appendix FM framework as it relates to partners/getting married/genuine and subsisting marriages and relationships/Article 8 ECHR/Paragraph EX/ exceptional circumstances/paragraph 320(11)/ appeal rights.

The course will have a particular focus on partners with an adverse immigration history.

We are delighted to be hosting the inaugural ILPA Well-being Conference for the first time on Thursday 16th May 2019 to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

The day will consist of a series of talks and workshops around the topics of mental health, vicarious trauma and well-being in the workplace.

10:00 – 10:15 Chairs Opening Remarks 
Nath Gbikpi, Soliciotr, Wesley Gryk Solicitors

10:15 – 11:00 Communication for Well-being
Anna Robinson, Senior Solicitors, Laura Devine Solicitors, Mental Health Ambassador and practising Psychotherapist

11:00 – 11:30 Welcoming Diversity
Raggi Kotak, Barrister, 1 Pump Court Chambers

11:30 – 12:15 Vicarious Trauma
Beate Dasarathy, Legal Officer in the Medico Legal Report Service and Ilana Bakal, Psychological Therapist, Freedom from Torture

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Experiential and Interactive Session 
Brendar Beder and Linsday Wittenberg, Smooth Transitions – Executive Coaching

14:00 – 14:45 Mental Health First Aid
Zoe Puckering, Mental Health First Aid England

14:45 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion: Self-care and care for others in the workplace

Aisha Choudhry, Associate, Bates Wells

Tim Barden, Partner and Head of Immigration, Bates Wells

Kat Hacker, Head of Legal Protection, Helen Bamber Foundation

Dr Francesca Brady, Clinical Psychologist and Co-head of Therapies, Helen Bamber Foundation

Rajesh Rai, Barrister, 1MBC Chambers

16:00 – 17:00 This Place Minds: Lewis Silkin Campaign 
Emma Richardson, Director of the Worksphere HR Service, Lewis Silkin LLP

17:00 – 17:15 Chair’s Closing Remarks

Tutors: Diana Baxter, Wesley Gryk Solicitors and Tim Barnden, Bates Wells

At the end of the course participants should fully understand the financial requirements in Appendix FM and the related evidential requirements in Appendix FM-SE, and be equipped to handle a range of applications involving different financial circumstances.

The session is aimed at those who are already practising in this area, and will assume working knowledge of the structure of Appendix FM within the immigration rules.

The requirements for partners and other family members under Appendix FM and Appendix FM-SE, including:

  • Calculating level of income/savings required
  • Permitted sources of income, specified evidence and method of calculating salaried employment, self-employment, non-employment income and cash savings
  • Combining sources of income
  • Adequate maintenance test
  • Case studies

Tutors: David Chirico, 1 Pump Court Chambers, Louise Hooper, Garden Court Chambers and Tim Barnden

After taking this course you will

  • Be aware of the particular issues facing those who claim asylum on the basis of their sexual and gender identity, and apply them to taking instructions
  • Know the current case law concerning these claims
  • Know sources of information to support these asylum claims

The course does not seek to cover the general asylum process.


  • Introduction and myth busting
  • Persecution, detention and treatment of LGBTI asylum seekers
  • Legal developments in the last year
  • European Court of Justice judgments
  • Home Office policy and practice on sexuality claims
  • The independent investigation into Home Office handling of claims
  • Recent case studies

This course was fully funded by Trust for London in 2017 and was only open to ILPA members who qualified.