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WEB 1038 Sole responsibility and the Immigration Rules (WEBINAR)

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The course will review the Immigration Rules relating to sole responsibility for family members of PBS migrants and British and settled citizens; caselaw relating to the concept of sole responsibility, and the practical application of the Rules. We will also think of alternative options for families who cannot meet the strict Immigration Rules relating to sole responsibility. 


  • The Rules relating to sole responsibility
  • Caselaw relating to the concept of sole responsibility 
  • Applications in practice – evidence
  • Difficulties with the rules
  • Alternative options to move to the UK, including “compelling circumstances” and Tier 4 student applications
  • Case studies


13:45 – 14:00 Registration 
14:00 – 14:10 Introductions
14:10 – 15:25 Part 1: the rules relating to sole responsibility, caselaw and practice (what evidence can you submit)
15:25 – 15:30 Activity/case study set – a practical example of how the rules can lead to unfair results
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:00 Group discussion relating to above example
16:00 – 17:00 Part 2: thinking of ways for children to be able to come to the UK despite sole responsibility, including “compelling circumstances” rule and Tier 4 child applications
17:00 – 17:15 Group discussion/Q&A
17:15 End


26th October 2020
2:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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Tutor details:
Nath Gbikpi, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP and Adam Cotterill, Penningtons Manches Cooper
Tutor biographies:
Nath is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors and a co-convenor of the ILPA Family and Personal Working Group. Her practice covers a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality law, with particular emphasis on applications based on partnership, family and private life; asylum on the basis of sexual identity; and the rights of Europeans and their family members. 

She volunteers for Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and UKLGIG; writes regularly for Free Movement; and is a JCWI trustee.

Adam is a solicitor at Penningtons Manches Cooper and has been practising UK immigration law for over 10 years. He advises on the full range of UK immigration law and specialises in complex cases, particularly matters involving private and family immigration; EU citizens; PBS migrants, as well as their dependants.

He chairs the socioeconomic committee for his firm’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative; volunteers for UKLGIG, and is an active member of ILPA.
Concessionary Training Prices: £50
Member Training Prices: £100
Non Member Training Prices: £180
CPD Hours:
Aim of Course:
To provide an overview of the theory and practice of the Immigration Rules relating to sole responsibility, highlight the difficulties with those rules, and think of ways in which families who do not meet the rules can move to the UK.
Spaces Left:
The session is aimed at those who are already practising in this area, assisting with applications for family members of PBS migrants and/or British and settled citizens.
Webinar with case studies/group discussions