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WEB 2118 Significant Others (Part 1)



21st November 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
This is the first of a two-session training, which covers all aspects of applications for spouses, civil, unmarried and same sex partners.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This training is split into two three-hour sessions and you will need to attend both. This is the first session, you will also need to book a space for the second session on this link.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Description: Our popular Significant Others session is back: covering all aspects of applications for spouses, civil, unmarried and same sex partners (excluding financial requirements) ‘The best course I have ever attended, brilliant’ , ‘outstanding’ , “informative, lively and important” says the feedback. 


Part 1 (Tuesday 21 November, 10:00 – 13:00) •  Overview of Appendix FM for partners • ‘Getting hitched’ • Genuine & subsisting relationships • Special focus on unmarried partners

Part 2 (Monday 27 November, 14:00 – 17:00) To be booked separately on this page. •    Paragraph EX •    Exceptional circumstances •    Article 8 ECHR &  Appeal rights •    Part 9 refusals & Suitability •   EUSS

Audience: This is an intermediate-advanced course aimed at practitioners who have some experience of making Appendix FM applications.

T utors: Tim Barnden and Matthew James, Bates Wells and Barry O’Leary and Andrew Jones, Wesley Gryk Solicitors.

Tim Barnden and Barry O’Leary are described as ‘particularly helpful tutors‘, with one participant commenting “I would be happy to attend any sessions conducted by Tim and Barry“.

Tim co-delivers ILPA’s flagship ‘Significant others’ course which has provided his and Barry O’Leary’s expertise in assisting couples negotiating the Immigration Rules for well over a decade now. He was an original presenter of ‘It’s all about the money: Financial Requirements of Appendix FM’, a regular tutor on ‘LGBTI Asylum Claims’, and also ‘What’s Left? Exploring the use of discretion in immigration and nationality law’ courses. Tim has also been a panellist at ILPA’s inaugural Well-being Conference. Tim is a former Trustee of ILPA.

Barry is a partner at Wesley Gryk Solicitors and his practice deals with the full range of immigration and nationality issues. He has particular expertise in applications based on partnership and family; applications following international surrogacy arrangements; and asylum and human rights claims based on sexual identity. He teaches the ILPA courses on ‘Significant Others’ (relationship based applications) and International Surrogacy.

Andrew is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP. His practice covers a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters. He specialises in applications on the parent and partner routes, as well as applications for children and adults relying on private life and long residence. He regularly assists clients with applications for asylum, British citizenship and status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Matthew is an Associate at Bates Wells. His work bridges personal and business immigration, advising on applications based on family relationships alongside the more commercial and work-based routes. He has built up a particular expertise advising employers and individuals on the implications of Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme. Matthew has spoken at events for umbrella organisations and provided commentary for legal resources and the wider media. He is listed in a number of legal directories, including Who’s Who Legal, Chambers and Partners, and Legal 500.