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WEB 1027 Domestic Workers (WEBINAR)

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An examination of the requirements of the visas for domestic workers in private and in diplomatic households, with a particular focus on how to navigate the ethical problems thrown up by the power relationship between employer and worker. A look at what can be done for migrant domestic workers when things go wrong: what options are open to them, including when are they recognised as trafficked persons? The course will also consider the circumstances in which you might be called upon to assist domestic workers in private households who held the “old” visa that led to settlement. 




1.     Visas for domestic workers in private households

2.     Visas for domestic servants in diplomatic households

3.     Ethical considerations

4.     When will a domestic worker be recognised as trafficked (and when not)?

5.     What options are open to domestic workers recognised as trafficked?

6.     Domestic workers who came in on visas leading to settlement and the problems with which they present.


July 9
3:00 pm - 6:15 pm
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Tutor details:
Alison Harvey, No.5 Barristers' Chambers and Alex Millbrook, Kalayaan
Tutor biographies:

Alex Millbrook has worked for Kalayaan since 2017 as one of its immigration lawyers. She graduated with an MA in Modern History from St. Hilda's College Oxford and then qualifies as a barrister. She practices in family, criminal and employment law before joining the Government Legal Service as a legal assistant in the Court of Appeal and later in the legal department at DEFRA. She spent 16 years in Hong Kong where she worked at, and later chairs a charity, that provided free legal advice for migrant domestic workers, chiefly in employment and immigration Law. 

Alison Harvey is a barrister practising from No.5 Barristers' Chambers in London and Bristol in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law, including entry clearance, before the tribunals and higher courts. She is the Chair of Trustees of Kalayaan. 

Concessionary Training Prices: £50
Member Training Prices: £100
Non Member Training Prices: £180
CPD Hours:
Aim of Course:

By the end of the course participants will understand how to apply for visas for domestic workers in private and diplomatic households and what to do in cases where the employer /employee relationship breaks down, including in situations so exploitation and abuse. They will feel confident in tackling the ethical dilemmas that can arise in these cases and in working with this client group.  

Spaces Left:
Intermediate, Advanced
The course is designed to appeal both to those instructed to apply for employers, including diplomats, to bring domestic staff with them to the UK and those who assist domestic workers subject to exploitation and abuse. It is hoped that by bringing both groups together, a rounded understanding of the relevant legal, ethical and practical considerations will be gained by all participants.
Webinar with group discussions and Q&A