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WEB 1058 LGBTQI+ Asylum Claims in Litigation (FREE WEBINAR)

Event | Training

WEB 1058 LGBTQI+ Asylum Claims in Litigation is a FREE Webinar delivered in collaboration with UKLGIG
Register for your place HERE.

A practical course in preparing and conducting appeals, identifying errors of law in determinations, preparing fresh claims and getting ready to challenge refusals. It will also touch upon certifications. The course will address common errors by the Home Office, practitioners and judges.

Topics include:

  • Analysing refusal letters
  • Preparing an appeal
  • Errors of law
  • Preparing a fresh claim


September 22
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tutor details:
Marios Kontos, Solicitor and Legal Officer at UKLGIG and Gabriella Bettiga, Director of MHBe Legal and Supervising Solicitor at UKLGIG, Bojana Asanovic, Lamb Building
Tutor biographies:
Marios Kontos is a solicitor and the Legal Officer of UKLGIG. He provides legal advice and assistance to LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and helps deliver the organisation’s policy work. Marios has extensive experience in immigration, asylum and public law, having previously worked at Duncan Lewis Solicitors and UNHCR in London. He is certified by the Law Society as a Senior Caseworker.

Gabriella Bettiga is a consultant solicitor and holds Level 3 accreditation with the Law Society and with OISC. She is the Director of MGBe Legal and provides advice on immigration, asylum and nationality law, particularly in relation to EEA nationals and family members, asylum and complex human rights applications and appeals. Gabriella regularly delivers training with ILPA and publishes articles on Free Movement and other forums. Gabriella is a member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee and the Chair of the Independent Cost and Funding Adjudicators at the Legal Aid Agency. She is a volunteer lawyer for UKCEN and Here for Good, and the supervising solicitor at UKLGIG.

Bojana is a barrister at Lamb Building, practising almost exclusively in immigration, asylum and nationality. She has become known for her work on cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity both in asylum and immigration context. Chambers and Partners 2020 described Bojana as a "leading light on complex European law issues" and "very bright and meticulous in her preparation, and is absolutely one of the principal barristers for LGBT and immigration cases."
CPD Hours:
Zoom (Webinar)
Aim of Course:
The course is aimed at practitioners who wish to improve their skills in dealing with claims based on sexual orientation or gender identity. After the course, participants will feel more confident to represent LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum.
Spaces Left:
Immigration caseworkers and members of organisations dealing with asylum claims based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The course is practical and aimed to increase confidence in common aspects of litigating LGBTQI+ claims. It is at intermediary level because some knowledge of asylum procedure is necessary.
Webinar with case studies/group discussions