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WEB 1267 Sole and Shared Parental Responsibility: rules and practice



22nd November 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The course will review the rules relating to sole and shared parental responsibility applicable to all areas of immigration law

Level: Intermediate


The course will review the rules relating to sole and shared parental responsibility applicable to all areas of immigration law, from children of British citizens to dependent of skilled workers, students etc. The course will also review 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 and shared parental responsibility
  • Caselaw relating to the concept of sole responsibility
  • Examine rule changes and implications in practice
  • Preparing applications – practical tips and procedure
  • Alternative options to move to the UK when the rules are not met
  • Case studies

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of the theory and practice of the Immigration Rules relating to sole and shared parental 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.


The session is aimed at those who are already practising in this area, assisting with a broad range of immigration applications including children and dependants.

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.