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WEB 1251 Financial Requirements of Appendix FM (Webinar)



6th September 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
It’s all about the money! Together we’ll explore the financial requirements of Appendix FM.

Level: Intermediate


At the end of the course participants should fully understand the financial requirements in Appendix FM and the related evidential requirements in Appendix FM-SE, and be equipped to handle a range of applications involving different financial circumstances.

Topics will cover the requirements for partners and other family members under Appendix FM and Appendix FM-SE, including:

• calculating level of income/savings required

• permitted sources of income

• specified evidence

• methods of calculating salaried employment, self-employment, non-employment income and cash savings

• combining sources of income

• adequate maintenance test

• other sources of income, financial support or funds and the differing exceptionality tests

• case studies

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the financial requirements for partner-based applications for entry clearance and leave to remain made under Appendices FM and FM-SE, and to explore in detail aspects of those rules. Come prepared with a calculator!


The session is aimed at those who are already practising in this area, and will assume working knowledge of the structure of Appendix FM within the immigration rules.

Tutors: Nath Gbikpi, Leigh Day and Adam Cotterill, Doyle Clayton Solicitors

Adam is a Senior Associate at Doyle Clayton and has over 14 years’ experience in UK immigration law. He is recognised as one of the UK’s leading lawyers and has been ranked as a Rising Star by the Legal 500 for the last four consecutive years. Adam advises both individuals and organisations on the full breadth of UK immigration, but his focus is on personal immigration in particular applications relating to partners and children. Adam previously worked for 6 years at a Top 100 international law firm and trained and worked for 8 years at a Band 1 boutique immigration law firm.

Nath is an associate solicitor at Leigh Day, and her practice covers a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality law, with particular emphasis on human rights applications; initial asylum and fresh claims; and applications on the basis of domestic abuse. Nath also writes for Free Movement, including case law updates; briefings and training courses.

Nath co-founded the ILPA Well-being Working Group in 2018. She decided to start a conversation around well-being among immigration practitioners and collaborated with ILPA to organise its first well-being seminar in May 2018 and was a co-convenor until June 2020. Nath is now a co-convenor of the ILPA Family and Personal Migration Working Group.

Nath has delivered several ILPA training courses including on Appendix FM financial requirements; the EU Settlement Scheme; fee waivers; transnational marriage abandonment; and sole responsibility. Nath has been a panelist at ILPA’s AGM, Conference on Family Migration to the UK, Practicing Immigration Law: everything you need to know seminar, and co-chaired ILPA’s inaugural Well-being conference.