All of these courses are available for members here on Free Movement to Tier 1 members to help you keep up to date, hone your skills, improve your knowledge and meet your CPD obligations:
Immigration update training (1 CPD each)
Keep yourself up to date with the monthly update collections, podcasts and quizzes based on the legal content on Free Movement, all available to choose from here.
This course covers how to lodge and then prepare for an immigration appeal, looking at what makes a good witness statement, drafting a skeleton argument and preparing a good quality appeal bundle.
Costs in immigration cases (2 CPD)
This course covers the powers to award costs in statutory appeals in the First-tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal and in judicial review cases, the basic principles of orders for costs, the meaning of unreasonable conduct by a party and the circumstances where wasted costs might be awarded, all with examples from an immigration law context. The course also covers rates, negotiation and summary assessment and includes a podcast interview with Jawaid Luqmani.
Representing children is easy to do badly, with potentially disastrous consequences. This course explores best practice and novel ways of working with and providing advocacy for children. It includes materials on achieving best evidence, preparing for hearings and what to expect at hearings, all with regard to the child’s best interests and wellbeing.
Social media for lawyers (2 CPD)
Social media is something we are all under pressure to engage with. The potential benefits of doing it well are considerable, but there are pitfalls to avoid along the way. This course examines the reasons you might want to get started with social media on a professional level, how to go about getting started and reviews the main platforms and tools you can use. It includes a 15 minute video review of the key points. This is non core training for OISC purposes.
Urgent injunction applications (2 CPD)
This course equips solicitors and barristers with the knowledge and skills they need to secure just outcomes for their clients and to minimise the chances of judicial criticism. It covers the ethics of ex parte applications, strategic considerations when dealing with the Home Office in the run up to a removal, Home Office policy on judicial review and deferring removal, the particular problems around charter flights, the mechanics of making an application at the Upper Tribunal or High Court, what happens once the application is made, how to deal with out of hours situations if, despite your best efforts, such a situation arises. The course includes a podcast interview with Jawaid Luqmani.
Covering the fundamentals of EU free movement law for EEA nationals, their family members and their extended family members, this course looks at who qualifies for free movement rights of residence and permanent residence, how to make an application and what evidence is necessary.
The Surinder Singh case offers a route for British citizens to make use of EU free movement law both moving to another Member State but also returning to live in the UK with family members. This expanded version of the popular ebook includes explanation of what activities impart Surinder Singh rights, an analysis of real life reasons for refusal and covers the practicalities of returning to the UK.
Immigration Act 2016 (3 CPD)
The new Immigration Act 2016 builds on and extends the effects of the Immigration Act 2014, further reducing appeal rights, replacing temporary admission with a completely new Immigration Bail, creating new criminal offences and modifying others, extending enforcement powers and more. Course includes 32 minutes of key point videos and clear signposting on what is in force and what is not.
Immigration Act 2014 (2 CPD)
The new Immigration Act 2014 will profoundly affect the way that immigration lawyers assist their clients. It completely re-writes rights and grounds of appeal and removal powers and also includes important changes to marriage provisions, immigration bail and detention, enforcement powers, citizenship laws and access to services in the UK. The course includes audio recordings from a seminar by Mark Symes, Sadat Sayeed, Bijan Hoshi and Colin Yeo.
Appendix V to the Immigration Rules introduced a radical new set of rules for visits to the United Kingdom. The substantive requirements are largely unchanged but the rules themselves are now very different. Get yourself up to speed with the rules and claim CPD in the process!
The purported incorporation of Article 8 into the Immigration Rules in July 2012 followed by the introduction of statutory human rights presumptions in July 2014 has caused considerable confusion for lawyers and judges and generated much ongoing litigation. This course reviews the old and new case law and looks at some of the available arguments when attempting to run a ‘traditional’ human rights case.
A new legal instrument known as ‘Dublin 3’ is now in force governing third country returns. This course looks at commencement, the hierarchy behind allocation of responsibility, the provisions on discretion and how to run challenges to returns to other EU states.
Introduction to immigration law (1.5 CPD)
The basics of immigration control, including basic principles, terminology, key concepts, means of control and sources of law. Includes an overview of the Points Based System and useful links to laws, policies and relevant pages of the gov.uk website.
Refugee law in the UK (2 CPD)
This introductory level course with key point videos offers not just up to date legal analysis on the definition of a refugee but also practical examples and hints and tips on arguing asylum cases. Also available as a downloadable ebook.
Unlawful detention (2 CPD)
This course looks at the basic principles of arguing an unlawful detention case in the immigration context, dealing with statutory detention powers, when and how to pursue a bail application, the different kinds of unlawful detention claim and tactical and practical considerations as to evidence gathering, assessing damages, and transferring unlawful detention public law claims into private law.
Zambrano and EU citizenship (1.5 CPD)
The landmark Court of Justice of the European Union case of Zambrano fundamentally changed the basis of ‘derived’ EU residence rights. The initial judgment was short on reasons, though, and this course looks at subsequent EU and domestic case law and explored UK implementation and practice.