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WEB 1211 Nationality Law is Fun



14th November 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
We hope that by the end of this course you’ll agree with us that Nationality law is fun!

Level: Intermediate


The session is aimed at practitioners who want to develop their understanding of British nationality law and who are interested in more than making applications for citizenship. It complements the ILPA courses on naturalisation and registration of children. It covers automatic acquisition of British citizenship by birth or descent, tracing family status and old Commonwealth cases on and after independence, other forms of British nationality (e.g., British Overseas citizens), and dual nationality issues in practice. It also looks at the swing to correct historical injustices based on sex discrimination, illegitimacy and birth in the British overseas territories.

It considers the nationality legislation of 1914 and 1948 before turning to the development of the British Nationality Act 1981 and its revisions down to the present day. The course includes discussion of relevant changes made by the Nationality and Borders Act 2022. Understand the implications of status tracing for your client and emerge a better-informed and wiser immigration, asylum and nationality lawyer.

The aim of this course is to provide training on parts of nationality law that clients seek advice and assistance upon so that practitioners can provide a full service on all aspects of British nationality law.

This course complements the ‘Nationality Law Applications for Children’ delivered by Emma Cohen and Ashley Fleming.

Audience: This course is designed for immigration practitioners who want to develop a deeper understanding of nationality law principles and history in the UK.

Tutors: Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers and Diana Baxter, Wesley Gryk Solicitors

Adrian Berry is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. He has an extensive practice in British nationality law, both in historic Commonwealth-based claims and in contemporary issues concerning the automatic acquisition of citizenship, naturalisation and registration, as well as deprivation and loss of British nationality.

He advises on claims to be a British citizen, British Overseas citizen (BOC), British overseas territories citizen (BOTC), British National (Overseas) (BN(O)), British subject (BS), or British Protected Person (BPP).

Adrian served as the Chair of the ILPA Committee of Trustees from 2014-2020 and was appointed as ILPA Patron in 2021.

​​​​​​Diana Baxter is a Partner at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP, a leading UK immigration firm. Diana’s legal practice covers a broad spectrum of UK immigration, asylum and nationality law, with particular expertise in cases involving children and young people, and complex nationality law. Diana regularly delivers training for ILPA on nationality law, Appendix FM and family routes.