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WEB 1084 Family Law for Immigration Practitioners

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Aimed at immigration practitioners of all levels with no or limited family law experience, this is your chance to learn from the experts – gain a broad outline of all family law issues relevant to immigration practitioners. This interactive session will discuss in depth case studies. 

  • Options and processes available in divorce/separation 
  • Children law:

Public law (care) proceedings; 
Private law (child arrangements, prohibited steps and specific issue proceedings); 
Child abduction; 

  • Domestic violence; Forced marriage; 
  • Availability of legal aid for family cases

A reminder that pupil barristers and trainee solicitors who are ILPA members and Category A members (Law Centres, Local Citizens’ Advice Bureaux and not-for-profits) are entitled to the concessionary training price (50% off the members' training price).


17th June 2021
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Tutor details:
Emma Cohen, Associate in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality team, Olivia Piercy, Partner in the Family and Matrimonial Law team, Hannah Marshall, Solicitor in the Family and Matrimonial Law at Bindmans and Clara Barry Born, Family Solicitor at Bindmans
Tutor biographies:

Emma is an associate solicitor in the immigration department at Bindmans LLP where she has worked for over ten years. She covers all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality law.  She has particular interest and experience in complex immigration and nationality cases involving families and children including inter-country adoption and she regularly writes court reports on immigration issues in family cases.   Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1995 at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite.  Although she has spent most of her 25 years post qualification experience working in immigration law in private practice Emma has also lectured at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.  She is a volunteer adviser for UKLGIG.

Emma is a regular trainer for ILPA and had delivered courses on Family Law for Immigration Practitioners, Indefinite Leave to Remain: all you need to know, Criminality in the Immigration Rules, Professional conduct and ethics in immigration cases, Home Office policy, concessions & the exercise of discretion outside the rules, and Discretion – What’s Left? Exploring the use of discretion in immigration and nationality law.

Hannah qualified as a family law solicitor in 2018, having trained exclusively at Bindmans. She has established a diverse and busy practice in complex cross-border children disputes, including acting for parents who are applicants and respondents in child abduction and wardship proceedings. Alongside her international practice, Hannah regularly acts for parents in private law cases including involving child contact disputes, domestic violence, fact-finding proceedings, declaration of parentage and applications to relocate with children (both within England and abroad). Hannah advises cohabitees, married couples and civil partners on all aspects of relationship breakdown and the financial disputes that may arise as a result. She assists with divorce and financial remedy proceedings, including contested divorces and achieving settlements both in and out of court proceedings.

Hannah assists Amy Rowe in complex cross-border public law children proceedings, and proceedings to secure the protection of children and vulnerable adults living in this jurisdiction under orders of foreign courts. She works collaboratively with senior members of the team in adoption and surrogacy matters.

Hannah regularly acts for both appellants and respondents within Court of Appeal proceedings, resulting in successful outcomes for clients.  

Olivia is a solicitor who advises on all areas of family law, with particular expertise in the financial issues arising from marital and relationship breakdown. Olivia has a broad experience of cases relating to children including those involving issues of abduction, adoption, surrogacy and international relocation. Olivia was awarded Jordan’s family law Young Solicitor of the Year in 2013. She is favourably ranked in the legal directories.

Olivia joined the department in 2017 having qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She has specialist expertise in cases with an international or cross border element and has participated in numerous family law conferences around Europe.  Olivia is frequently instructed to act in cases at High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level; a  number of her cases have been reported.

Olivia undertakes complex private and international children law cases. She provides legal training to fertility clinics on issues relating to fertility law, legal parentage, surrogacy, co-parenting and known donor agreements. She was invited to contribute as one of two stakeholders at the UN’s launch of their ground-breaking report: State of World Population 2018, “The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Global Fertility Transition.” She is a member of Mr Justice Cobb’s Private Law Working Group which has been set up with a view to revising the Child Arrangements Programme. She recently wrote a chapter for a book published by Only Dads and Only Mums, to support litigants in person in children law proceedings.

Olivia is a domestic violence activist; she campaigns to improve law and policy and to increase access to justice. She previously worked at Rights of Women, providing free family law advice to survivors of gender violence and abuse; she volunteers there still. Olivia responds to government consultations on prospective law, has participated in All Party Parliamentary Groups on legal aid and domestic violence and sat for two years on the Foreign Office’s Forced Marriage Partnership Panel. She is currently part of a Resolution Working Party to provide an analysis of the family law requiring preservation post Brexit.

Olivia was part of the campaign in support of the private member’s bill to ratify the Istanbul Convention on gender violence. She was also involved in Rights of Women’s successful Judicial Review of the Government’s dangerously restrictive legal aid regulations. 

Clara is a family solicitor at Bindmans. She acts for parents in children cases, including in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She represents clients in private law cases involving disputes between parents about contact and residence issues, including where there are allegations of parental alienation and domestic abuse.

Clara also regularly acts for clients in cross border children cases, including international relocation, child abduction, wardship and inherent jurisdiction cases. She has a growing practice in public law children cases representing parents in care proceedings.

Clara also advises clients in relation to divorce and financial matters, which may arise out of separation. She assists with financial remedy cases and with cases involving financial disputes between unmarried parties.

As a legal adviser with Rights of Women, Clara provides pro bono advice on all aspects of family law and is committed to tackling domestic abuse issues.

Concessionary Training Prices: £50
Member Training Prices: £100
Non Member Training Prices: £180
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Aim of Course:
To enable delegates to identify:

•    key aspects of family law legislation, both private and public law, that commonly occur in immigration cases.
•    what documents that are disclosed in family law proceedings can be used in immigration applications.
•    significant recent cases in family law that impact on immigration case law.
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This course is aimed at immigration practitioners of all levels with no or limited family law experience.
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