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UCL and Bindmans LLP invites you to our 11th Annual Debate - The Prevent Guidance:  Preventing extremism or promoting prejudice?

Date: 15 June 2016

Location: UCL's Bloomsbury Campus: Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


Event time: 18:00pm - 19:45pm
 

About the event
 

It has been a year since 'Prevent', a limb of the government's counter-terrorism strategy, was given statutory teeth under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 201. Prevent imposes a statutory duty on public authorities to 'have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism'.

For some, Prevent's focus on tackling extremism and holding up 'British values' is key to diverting the young and vulnerable from extremism, and to re-educating them and building closer communities. But for others, Prevent undermines core civil liberties, including the right to freedom of expression and freedom to practice religion.

The debate will examine whether the policy is too broad in defining extremism - whether Prevent is effective in stopping 'radicalisation' or does it simply alienate the very communities it hopes to engage? And are the curbs on our liberties justified?


Speakers
 

Will Baldet (Prevent Coordinator)
Malia Bouattia (President-elect, National Union of Students)
Simon Cole (National Police Chiefs' Council lead on Prevent)
Miqdaad Versi (Assistant Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain)

The Chair will be taken by David Anderson QC (Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation)


Registration
 

This event is free to attend and registration form is available online.

Book your place online here.


Event enquiries
 

Contact the UCL Laws Events Team or Bindmans Marketing Team

Rachel Harger and Vajahat Sharif to speak at the ‘Prevent, Islamophobia, Civil Liberties National Conference’

Date: 4 June 2016

Location: Goldsmiths College, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

 

Rachel Harger, trainee solicitor at Bindmans, and Bindmans consultant Vajahat Sharif will be speaking about 'Prevent as an attack on dissent', legal strategies and knowing your rights at the 'Prevent, Islamophobia,Civil Liberties National Conference.'

One year ago the Prevent duty became statutory through the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015: this imposed a duty on public bodies to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

As many warned, the duty has in practice charged teachers, doctors and other professionals with monitoring people’s religious and political views.

It is eroding civil liberties and deepening discrimination against Muslims who are treated as a suspect community.Last year the Metropolitan police reported that hate crimes against Muslims were up 70%.

Prevent and the CTS Act have also narrowed the space for political dissent in many forms.

This conference will examine the act’s implementation across different sectors. It aims to build on the growing opposition to the duty which has seen lecturers, teachers, lawyers, students, and community organisations come together and call for the act to be repealed.

For more information on the event and a full itinerary click here.

 

Investigatory Powers Bill – The Implications for Lens Based Journalism

Date: 26 April 2016

Location: National Union of Journalists, Room A, London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road London, WC1X 8UE

At this month’s NUJ's London Photographers' Branch meeting human rights lawyer Jules Carey of Bindmans LLP and NUJ legal officer Roy Mincoff will give a talk on the Investigatory Powers Bill and the implications for lens based journalism. Both will speak for around 15 minutes followed by 30-minute question time.

For more information please click here

Reporting from conflict zones: the role of Journalists and Photographers

Date: 2 March 2016

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

Join us for an evening exploring the role of journalists and photographers working in Palestine. Hear stories of arbitrary detention, assault and persecution whilst carrying out a 'days work'. An exhibition of powerful pictures from the conflict zone will be on display on the night.

The seminar will consider the role of journalists and photographers working in conflict zones and how they carry out this role in places such as Palestine, an occupied territory. We will discuss the social and moral issues arising for the Trade Unions as well as the legal issues.

The current situation: you will hear from Jim Boumelha, President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) providing an overview of the IFJ and the situation in Palestine.

The Middle East and Arab World: Monir Zaarour will speak about the role of the IFJ in the Middle East.

Supporting journalists: Michelle Stanistreet from the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will be discussing their international work and the union’s role in supporting journalists reporting from Palestine.

Legal remedies: Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) of Bindmans LLP specialises in international and civil liberties and human rights law. She will be considering possible legal remedies.

Register your interest

Event details:

  • Registration from 5.45pm
  • Seminar starts at 6.15pm
  • followed by refreshments

Please click here to register your interest. To find out more about the event and our speakers please click here.

Bindmans LLP was pleased to host a seminar for Brazilian lawyers on a visit to the UK on 24th February 2016

Date: 24 February 2016

Location: Bindmans LLP

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) spoke about our use of the  Human Rights Act and cases that have transformed the legal landscape. Kate Goold spoke about the chequered history of extradition arrangements with Brazil and the position for Brazilian Nationals Jessica Skinns spoke about comparative English and Brazilian Criminal law and Mutual Legal Assistance.

Paul Ridge to speak at the Housing Law Practitioners Association Conference 2015

Date: 8 December 2015

Location: Royal College of Surgeons, London

Paul Ridge, Partner at Bindmans LLP will be discussing ‘The best interests conundrum: Mental capacity and tenants' rights’ at this year’s Housing Law Practitioners Association Conference. The event takes place on Tuesday 8 December 2015 in London and focuses on housing rights and righting wrongs. Speakers include Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the charity Shelter, Karen Buck MP, the Director of Policy and External Affairs at homeless charity Crisis and other leading housing lawyers.

The best interests conundrum: Mental capacity and tenants' rights
As domiciliary care, supported and extra care housing become a scarce resource in an ageing population the decision whether to sustain an existing tenancy with bolt on support or seek a managed move to another form of accommodation is of increasing importance and prevalence. When the tenant lacks the capacity to make the relevant decisions a litigation friend will need to negotiate this complex situation. Stephen Reeder will chair expert presentations including Paul Ridge who will address the jurisdictions of the County Court and Court of Protection in finding the best outcomes which further the best interests of the tenant. The hot topics addressed will include 'Diogenes syndrome' and hoarding cases.

Paul “has an excellent reputation amongst clients and peers” and comes recommended by legal directories in the social housing (tenant) practice area.

Please click here to find out more about the Housing Law Conference 2015.

Moving, Maintenance and Misrepresentation

Date: 26 November 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

Bindmans in association with Harcourt Chambers invites you for a lively discussion this autumn on relocation, child maintenance, Schedule 1 and non-disclosure.

Presented by Damian Garrido QC, Louise Potter and Jonathan Sampson of Harcourt Chambers. Convened by Flora Grossman of Bindmans LLP.

On the night our speakers will be covering the following topics:

  • Relocation; no more Payne?
  • Home and Away: Schedule 1 and Child Support, the Maintenance Regulation and beyond
  • It's The Thought That Counts: Subjective intention and non-disclosure post Sharland and Gohil

Event details:

  • Thursday 26 November 2015
  • Registration from 6pm
  • Seminar starts at 6.15pm until 7.45pm
  • 1.5 hours CPD accredited.
     

Please click here to register. It is free to attend this event, places are limited. Register now to secure your place.

For more information and speaker's biographies please click here.

 

Bindmans are proud to support the 2015 Defend the Right to Protest National Conference

Date: 15 November 2015

Location: SOAS SU, Thornhaugh St, WC1H 0XG

We are proud to be supporting the Defend the Right to Protest National Conference on Sunday 15 November 2015. The event ‘Policing the crisis’ features a day of workshops to discuss, organise and build solidarity against state violence, injustice, and the criminalisation of protest.

Speakers from Bindmans LLP include Jules Carey, Mike Schwarz, Charlotte Haworth Hird and Rachel Harger. They will be joined by a range of influential leaders, activists, writers and civil liberties lawyers including John McDonnell from the Labour Party, former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg and Rob Evans from The Guardian and author of ‘Undercover’. Representatives from Sisters Uncut, JENGA, #BlackLivesMatter, Movement for Justice also join the panel. To view full details of speakers please click here.

Workshops include:

  • Prevent and the threat to our civil liberties
  • Undercover policing and the new inquiry
  • Detention Prisons, border police & migrant solidarity
  • Whose communities? Policing the police
  • The Public Order Act and the criminalisaton of protest
  • Deaths in Custody
  • From Legal Aid to the Human Right Act

To register for Policing the crisis click here.

Preventing Extremism or Promoting Discrimination?

Date: 11 November 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

Join a lively discussion about the impact of the UK Government's Counter Terrorism and extremism policies, such as 'Prevent'. This seminar will provide attendees with the knowledge-base to provide initial advice to those affected by these controversial policies. You will hear from leading legal, academic and community experts on tackling discrimination associated with preventing extremism.

The UK Government's Counter-Terrorism policy is made up of four focus areas, the most notorious of which is the Prevent programme. This policy became a binding duty on all 'specified authorities' in the UK and was given effect by provisions in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Specified authorities include schools, universities and local authorities. These authorities now have a general obligation to prevent people from being drawn into extremism. The effect of the Act has been far reaching and insidious.

Where did this policy derive from? Our speakers will be discussing terrorism and extremism theory and exploring the background of the UK Government's Counter-Terrorism policy.

Are you on the frontline, dealing with people affected by the 'Prevent' policy? Hear from our leading experts, with an opportunity to share views and get advice.

Take advantage of networking with like-minded grassroot organisations that are equally dedicated to protecting local communities from discriminatory policies.

Event details:

  • Registration from 5.30pm
  • Seminar starts at 6pm
  • followed by refreshments.

Please click here to register. It is free to attend this event. Places are limited, register now to secure your place.

Speakers:

  • Saimo Chahal QC (Hon)Partner, Bindmans LLP
  • Ifath Nawaz | Co-Founder Association of Muslim Lawyers 
  • Dr Fahid Qurashi | Criminology Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Leroy Logan | Former Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Abed Chowdhury | Researcher, Islamic Human Rights Commission
  • Zarah Sultana | National Committee Member, NUS Black Students' Campaign
  • Ibrahim Mohamoud | Communications Officer, CAGE UK

For more information and speaker's biographies please click here.

Mike Schwarz joins ‘Migrant Justice’ panel discussion on the Kristallnacht anniversary

Date: 10 November 2015

Location: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), WC1X 9EW

On Tuesday 10 November 2015 partner Mike Schwarz will be speaking at the launch of a Migrant Rights to Protest Programme on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

The discussion will be led by Holocaust survivor and human right activist Ruth Barnett. Mike Schwarz joins leading activists and human rights advocates to launch a coalition programme calling for engaged campaigning and defending the rights of refugees.

For more information please click here.

Liz Barratt to speak to Hertfordshire County Council on working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Date: 5 November 2015

Location: Hertfordshire Development Centre

On Thursday 5 November Liz Barratt, Partner and Joint Head of Immigration at Bindmans will speak at a training event on Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children  for Hertfordshire County Council

The event aims to:

  • provide delegates with an understanding of the asylum process, including rules, appeals and things to be aware of when working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children
  • update delegates on the new unaccompanied asylum seeking children policy
  • inform delegates on how to make a successful Home Office claim and the impact of the immigration “status” on HCC budgets.

Liz will be speaking more specifically on 'The Asylum Process' and take a questions and answer sessions from delegates. 

Sara Lomri to speak at INQUEST conference on Coronial Reform

Date: 4 November 2015

Location: Doughty Street Chambers, WC1N 2LS

Sara Lomri, civil liberties and human rights solicitor will be speaking at an INQUEST conference on Wednesday 4 November 2015, providing specialist training to lawyers specifically on natural cause deaths.

Inquest Practice and Procedure, Coronial Law and Judicial Review, and the Chief Coroner’s Guidance, Law Sheets and Bench Book

• Starts: 4.30pm
• Ends: 8pm
• Location: Doughty Street Chambers, WC1N 2LS
• CPD: 3.5 hours

To find out more information please click here to visit the INQUEST website.

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) to speak at the DLA Conference 2015

Date: 26 October 2015

Location: London, EC4V 6JA

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) will be discussing the first 50 years of the Race Relations Act at The Discrimination Law Association (DLA) 2015 Conference. Sir Geoffrey was legal adviser to the Race Relations Board from 1966-1976 and thereafter until 1983 to the Commission for Racial Equality.

This year’s DLA conference “Equality Rights - Where Next?” celebrates the fact that 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the first Race Relations Act, the 40th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act and the 20th anniversary of the first Disability Discrimination Act as well as the 20th anniversary of the Discrimination Law Association.

To find out more about the event please click here to visit the DLA website.

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) judge for The Law Society Excellence Awards 2015

Date: 22 October 2015

Location: Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) joins the judging panel for The Law Society Excellence Awards 2015.

Announced in May 2015 the panel of judges are all highly regarded specialists in their individual fields, from senior partners, justices of the High Court, and consultants, to legal commentators and journalists.

View the full list here.

Sir Geoffrey, joined by Ben Emmerson QC will be judging the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year category. A new category introduced for the 2015 excellence awards celebrating outstanding achievements in Human Rights in the year that marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

The ceremony takes place at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London on the evening of Thursday 22 October 2015.

Shah Qureshi and Peter Daly speak about Surveillance and Monitoring at the Institute of Employment Rights

Date: 21 October 2015

Location: The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

Head of Employment Shah Qureshi and Employment Solicitor Peter Daly have been invited to speak at the Institute for Employment Rights (IER) Conference “Human Rights: Possibilities and Problems for Labour Law” in Liverpool.

Shah and Peter will speak on the topic of Employee Surveillance, an increasingly relevant area of employment law, and on which they are in the process of finalising a forthcoming book.  Their talk: “Employee Surveillance: How Much is Too Much?” will summarise the law as it stands, and how recent technological developments have outpaced the relevant legislation.

To find out more and register please click here to visit the IER website.

This Way, That Way, The Other Way? Directions for Human Rights in the UK

Date: 19 October 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

We are delighted to be hosting an event for The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and The British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The event will offer an opportunity to hear leading voices reflect on the future of human rights protection in the UK.

Event details:

  • Registration from 5.30pm
  • Seminar starts at 6pm
  • Drinks reception from 7.30pm

Speakers include:

  • Helena Kennedy QC (Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws)
  • Martin Howe QC (8 New Square)
  • Anthony Speaight QC (4 Pump Court)
  • Professor George Williams AO (University of New South Wales, Australia and IAS Fellow, Durham University from October - December 2015)

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) will be chairing the event.

To find out more information and register please click here to visit the BIICL website.

Stephen Grosz QC (Hon) speaker at the launch of The Law Society Human Rights in Collaboration programme

Date: 19 October 2015

Location: The Law Society, London, WC2A 1PL

Stephen Grosz QC (Hon), chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee will be speaking at the launch event for the Human Rights in Collaboration (HRiC) programme on Monday 19 October 2015.

The event 'Where are human rights headed?' is the first in a series of UK based events aimed at celebrating human rights.

Speakers will be providing their views on the future of human rights.

To find out more information please click here to visit The Law Society website.

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) to speak at The Institute of Ideas, Battle of Ideas Festival Weekend

Date: 18 October 2015

Location: The Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) will be speaking at the Institute of Ideas' festival 'Battle of Ideas' on Sunday 18 October 2015. As part of this weekend event Saimo will join other leading industry experts on a panel discussing 'From Magna Carta to human rights: can the law set us free?'

Session details:

  • Date: Sunday 18 October 2015
  • Timings: 10am until 11.30am
  • Location: The Barbican, EC2Y 8DS

The Festival in association The Barbican takes place over two days, starting on Saturday 17 October 2015.

To find out more information please click here to visit the Battle of Ideas website.

 

Mike Schwarz to speak on surveillance at the 2015 Bar Conference

Date: 17 October 2015

Location: Westminster Park Plaza, London

Mike Schwarz will be speaking at the Annual Bar Conference on Saturday 17 October 2015 on the subject of ‘surveillance and privacy in a modern democracy’.  In a sessions moderated by Sir John Mummery (president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal) he will join a panel including David Anderson QC (Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation) to discuss the limits of the State’s power to monitor communications, including between lawyers and their clients.  

Please click here to view the conference programme.

Laura Hobey-Hamsher to speak at the Ann Craft Trust conference: Hidden Truth

Date: 12 October 2015

Location: St Peters House, Bradford, BD1 4TY

 

On Monday 12 October 2015, Laura Hobey-Hamsher will be speaking at the conference Hidden Truth - The Impact of Forced Marriage on People with Learning Disabilities. Laura will be discussing 'Forced and Non-Consensual Marriage: A Legal Perspective'.

Hidden Truth is a one day conference organised by the Ann Craft Trust, a national safeguarding charity.

To find out more, please click here.

Equality and Discrimination: post election priorities

Date: 7 October 2015

Location: Diskus Room, Unite the Union

The Institute of Employment Rights (IER), in association with Bindmans LLP, are holding a conference on Equality and Discrimination: post election priorities. The one-day conference takes place on Wednesday 7 October at Unite the Union.

To find out more and register please click here to visit the IER website.

Challenging discrimination has been a key part of Bindmans’ work for more than four decades and we remain the leading firm in this complex and evolving area of law. We are delighted to be working with the IER on their 2015-16 conference programme.

To find out more about our employment law and professional discipline work please click here.

Liz Barratt and Ashley Fleming to speak at ILPA course on getting started in Immigration Law

Date: 5 October 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

On Monday 5 October 2015 the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) will be running a training session on DT 1634 Introduction to Immigration Law: getting started, the first step to accreditation.

Event details

  • Start Time: 2pm
  • End Time: 7.15pm
  • Level: Basic
  • CPD Hours:4.5
  • Tutors: Liz Barratt, Joint Head of Immigration and Partner and Ashley Fleming, Associate at Bindmans LLP

Please click here to find out more information. To book now please click here.

A Legal Aid Practice Survival Kit

Date: 30 September 2015

Location: Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre, M4 4AF

An interactive training session which aims to identify the most serious threats legal aid firms face from procurement, contractual and regulatory decision-making – and how they can be addressed.

This event has already taken place please click here to download seminar materials.

This training will address the issues that commonly arise in these areas, calling on expertise from specialists, consultants, counsel and public law solicitors. This will be particularly pertinent to those involved in the current crime duty solicitors tender - it is essential that Legal Aid firms understand their options and act quickly whenever concerns about a procurement arise, given that any challenge must be brought within 30 days of grounds arising and sometimes within a week of a contract award decision to protect firms’ positions until a determination by the Court.  It will cover:

Procurement in the Legal Aid context

  • Procurement – the basics
  • What to do when it goes wrong

Dealing with Regulatory and Disciplinary Matters

  • Engagement with the LAA when concerns are raised
  • Responding to recoupment claims and financial demands from the LAA
  • Handling allegations of contract breach

Event details:

Registration from 5.30pm

Seminar starts from 6pm until 7.15pm

Please click here to register. It is FREE to attend this event. Places are limited, register now to secure your place.

For more information and speaker's biographies please click here.

We are also holding A Legal Aid Practice Survival Kit session in London, please click here to find out more.

A Legal Aid Practice Survival Kit

Date: 29 September 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

An interactive training session which aims to identify the most serious threats legal aid firms face from procurement, contractual and regulatory decision-making – and how they can be addressed.

This event has already taken place please click here to download seminar materials.

This training will address the issues that commonly arise in these areas, calling on expertise from specialists, consultants, counsel and public law solicitors. This will be particularly pertinent to those involved in the current crime duty solicitors tender - it is essential that Legal Aid firms understand their options and act quickly whenever concerns about a procurement arise, given that any challenge must be brought within 30 days of grounds arising and sometimes within a week of a contract award decision to protect firms’ positions until a determination by the Court.  It will cover:

Procurement in the Legal Aid context 

  • Procurement – the basics
  • What to do when it goes wrong

Dealing with Regulatory and Disciplinary Matters

  • Engagement with the LAA when concerns are raised
  • Responding to recoupment claims and financial demands from the LAA
  • Handling allegations of contract breach

 

Event details:

Registration from 5.30pm

Seminar starts from 6pm until 7.15pm

Please click here to register. It is FREE to attend this event. Places are limited, register now to secure your place.

For more information and speaker's biographies please click here.

 

We are also holding A Legal Aid Practice Survival Kit session in Manchester the following day, please click here to find out more.

Laura Hobey-Hamsher to speak at Court of Protection 2015 Conference

Date: 24 September 2015

Location: Holborn, London

In the ever changing landscape of the Court of Protection, Laura Hobey-Hamsher is speaking at the Court of Protection 2015 Conference on Thursday 24 September about getting the voice of the vulnerable heard in the CoP.

To find out more, please click here to visit the SG website.

A conversation with Sir Geoffrey Bindman

Date: 18 September 2015

Location: 3 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AQ

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) will be interviewed by Ben Emmerson QC at an event organised by The Association of Muslim Lawyers. Ben Emmerson QC will be talking to Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) about his career. Geoffrey founded Bindmans LLP in 1974 and throughout his long and distinguished legal career, has specialised in civil liberty and human rights issues.

Event Details:

  • Time: 6.30pm
  • Date: Friday 18 September 2015
  • Location: 3 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AQ

To register your interest please email info@aml.org.uk.

Jamie Potter and Paul Ridge to speak at National Badger Conference 2015

Date: 12 September 2015

Location: Colchester, CO4 3SQ

Jamie Potter and Paul Ridge, Partners at Bindmans LLP, will be speaking at the National Badger Conference 2015 on Saturday 12 September 2015 regarding legal issues relevant to the controversial pilot badger culls authorised by DEFRA and Natural England.

For more information please click here and visit the Badger Trust website.

Anna Thwaites to speak at Annual Deaths in Custody Conference 2015

Date: 10 September 2015

Location: Hilton London Green Park Hotel, W1J 7BN

Anna Thwaites, Associate at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the Annual Deaths in Custody Conference on Thursday 10 September 2015.

Delegates attending will benefit from hearing the country’s leading speakers discuss the pressing issues of the day in this stimulating conference designed to assist in this challenging area. Anna who represents families following deaths in custody will be discussing civil liability arising from the claimant’s perspective.

The event starts at 9.30am until 4pm.

For more information and to register please click here to visit the Covert Policing Training and Publishing Company website.

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) to speak at a Counterpoint forum discussing fresh perspectives on human rights in the UK

Date: 8 September 2015

Location: Free Word Centre, EC1R 3GA

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) will be speaking at a Counterpoint forum on Tuesday 8 September 2015 to provide a fresh perspective on human rights. As part of this one day event Saimo joins Rt Hon Dominic Grieve alongside a diverse panel of speakers including, policy-makers, psychologists, neuroscientists, anthropologists, historians, writers and psychoanalysts. This unique event will be forum style and invites people with big and distinctive voices to join the discussion:

  • How do we relate to the concept of human rights in everyday life?
  • Why should they remain at the centre of Britain’s political, social and cultural commitments?
  • How do we protect them and defend them?

The event aims to reaffirm why there is a positive case to be made for human rights and how to make it in more varied and compelling ways.

Events details:

  • Date: Tuesday 8 September 2015
  • Timings: 9.30am until 4.45pm
  • Location: Free Word Centre, EC1R 3GA

There are limited places left if you are interested in registering please email Ulrike Grassinger.

To find out more information about Counterpoint please click here.

John Halford to speak at Belfast Festival on the Batang Kali massacre case

Date: 3 August 2015

Location: St Mary’s University College Lecture Theatre, Belfast

John Halford, partner of Bindmans LLP will be speaking on Monday 3 August at the Belfast Festival. John represents some of the families seeking justice for the massacre carried out by British troops in December 1948 in the Malayan village of Batang Kali.

To this day, this atrocity has been the subject of no Government apology. In April 2015, the case seeking a public inquiry into what happened and its six-decade long cover-up was heard at the UK’s Supreme Court. It’s judgment is pending.

Event details:

  • Date: Monday 3 August 2015
  • Time: 2pm

To find out more information about the Batang Kali event please click here to visit the Belfast Festival website.

To find out more about the history of this case please click here.

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) to speak at the British Academy Conference - The Race Relations Act @ 50

Date: 9 July 2015

Location: The British Academy, SW1Y 5AH

The Race Relations Act was first introduced in 1965. Now 50 years on, 2015 offers a unique moment to reflect upon legal action to prevent and remedy racial discrimination, as well as think forward and consider what may need to be done to continue this work successfully until 2065.

Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) will be discussing Cause Lawyers in Legislative Reform.

Event information
Thursday 9 & Friday 10 July 2015, 9.30am – 5.00pm
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

To register please click here and visit the British Academy website.

Sara Lomri to speak at INQUEST Seminar on Natural Cause Deaths

Date: 2 July 2015

Location: Thirty Nine Essex Chambers, WC2R 3AT

On Thursday 2 July 2015 Sara Lomri, a solicitor at Bindmans LLP joins a panel of key note speakers to discuss Natural Cause of Deaths. The event has been organised by INQUEST in response to practitioners’ requests in this legally and evidentially complex area of inquest law.

The panel will explore the following subjects:

  • Issues to look out for from the beginning of a case
  • Evidential challenges
  • Importance of Experts
  • Funding challenges
  • Civil claims and causation

Panel: Nancy Collins, Irwin Mitchell, and Sara Lomri, Bindmans LLP, will be leading a panel including Independent Nursing Expert, Irene Walters, and Inquest and Clinical Negligence barrister, Katie Scott of 39 Essex Chambers.

This event is a closed event for members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group only.

Emma Cohen to speak at ILPA course on Criminality and the Immigration Rules

Date: 2 July 2015

Location: London

On Thursday 2 July 2015 the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) will be running a training session on DT 1612 Criminality and the Immigration Rules.

Event details

  • Start Time: 4pm
  • End Time: 7.15pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • CPD Hours: 3
  • Tutors: Emma Cohen, Bindmans LLP and David Chirico, 1 Pump Court Chambers

Delegates will obtain an understanding of the impact criminality has on applications for entry clearance and leave to remain (including settlement).  The course will cover consideration of the various different grounds for refusal set out in the general grounds and in Appendix FM and give delegates a knowledge of the impact of different criminal sanctions on immigration applications and how to address the issue in casework.

Please click here to find out more information. To book now please click here.

Shah Qureshi and Peter Daly speak about Surveillance and Monitoring at the Institute of Employment Rights

Date: 1 July 2015

Location: GMB, 22 Stephenson Way, Euston, London

Head of Employment Shah Qureshi and Employment Solicitor Peter Daly have been invited to speak at the Institute for Employment Rights (IER) Conference “Human Rights: Possibilities and Problems for Labour Law”.

Shah and Peter will speak on the topic of Employee Surveillance, an increasingly relevant area of employment law, and on which they are in the process of finalising a forthcoming book.  Their talk: “Employee Surveillance: How Much is Too Much?” will summarise the law as it stands, and how recent technological developments have outpaced the relevant legislation.

The one-day conference is due to take place at the GMB Headquarters.

To find out more and register please click here to visit the IER website.

10th Annual UCL & Bindmans Debate

Date: 17 June 2015

Location: UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, London WC1E 6BT

The TTIP. Is it a modern day Magna Carta, but for business, and where will it leave citizens' rights?

  • Date: Wednesday 17 June 2015
  • Time: from 6pm until 8pm
  • Location: UCL's Central Campus, Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

The Panel: 

  • Jacqueline Minor (Head of the European Commission’s Representation in the UK)
  • Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Associate Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford)
  • Allie Renison (Head of Europe & Trade Policy, Institute of Directors)
  • Nick Dearden (Director, Global Justice Now)

The Chair will be taken by Joshua Rozenberg

About the debate:
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently being negotiated, will create a free trade area between the US and EU. Its aim is to help people and businesses large and small, by opening up the US to EU firms, helping cut red tape that firms face when exporting and setting new rules to make it easier and fairer to export, import and invest overseas.

Critics however fear it will erode democracy, further hardwire ‘free market’ principles into the global economy and enforce corporate power through parallel legal systems that make states accountable to corporations rather than vice versa.

Of particular interest to lawyers are proposed ‘investor-state dispute mechanisms’ – tribunals in which corporations can litigate against government, at the cost, critics argue, of human rights, citizens’ interests and the rule of law.

Register

Please click here to register free of charge.

Event enquiries

Contact the UCL Laws Events Team at UCL Faculty of Laws
laws-events@ucl.ac.uk

Saimo Chahal QC (hon) and Basmah Sahib speakers at Preventing violent extremism?

Date: 13 June 2015

Location: The Amanah Centre, 251 Commercial Road, London E1 2BT

Saimo Chahal QC (hon) and Basmah Sahib (Paralegal, Civil Liberties and Social Welfare) will be speaking  at a conference about the UK Government’s Counter-Terrorism policy on tackling extremism.

Event details

  • Start time: 2pm
  • End time: 5pm

Ahead of the public event Saimo Chahal will be leading a closed morning discussion providing a legal analysis of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 as well as the corresponding Prevent Guidance, which has caused so much controversy.

Basmah Sahib will be speaking on the discussion panel which will consider from a community perspective whether the  Prevent Guidance  poses a threat to civil liberties.

To find out more please visit Islamic Human Rights Commission wesbite by clicking here.

 

Jules Carey to speak at the Alternative Magna Carta Festival, discussing the future of human rights and liberty in Britain

Date: 13 June 2015

Location: Clerkenwell, London

Jules Carey joins the protest panel at the Alternative Magna Carta Festival to discuss the future of human rights and liberty in Britain. 

What does the UK face in 2015 and beyond?

Human rights law threatened, surveillance powers increased, censorship of extremist and unpopular views, protest under attack, and uncertainty over the future of Britain itself.

How does this relate to the commemoration of the signing of Magna Carta, the document that supposedly forms the foundation of British freedom?

On Saturday 13 June 2015 the Alternative Magna Festival will gather some of the most prominent writers and thinkers to debate how civil liberties can be defended in the UK today. Taking place at three venues in London, the event will bring together hundreds of people from across Britain for a day of discussion, debate, art and culture.

For more information visit the Alternative Magna Carta event website by clicking here.

Laura Hobey-Hamsher joins District Judge Eldergill to discuss ‘Decision Making Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005’

Date: 21 May 2015

Location: Outer Temple Chambers, WC2R 1BA

Laura Hobey-Hamsher, Solicitor at Bindmans LLP, joins District Judge Eldergill on Thursday 21 May 2015 at Outer Temple Chambers. This seminar will discuss various approaches to decision making under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

This event will be chaired by John McKendrick, Barrister of Outer Temple Chambers. Laura Hobey-Hamsher and District Judge Eldergill will also be joined by speaker Mark Mullins, Barrister of Outer Temple Chambers.

Admission to this event is free, please click here to visit the Outer Temple Chambers website and to register.

Our Court of Protection team has a wealth of experience in representing vulnerable adults, and their families, in respect of mental capacity issues and in the Court of Protection. To meet the team and find out more about our Court of Protection and Mental Capacity work please click here.

 

Public Law Forum Re-launch - How to Challenge… the changes to Legal Aid

Date: 13 May 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

The Public Law Forum (PLF), run by and for junior lawyers, all with an interest in public law and access to justice issues re-launches on Wednesday 13 May 2015.

How To Challenge…the changes to Legal Aid

Arrival from 5.45pm (with a prompt 6pm start)

Bindmans LLP, WC1X 8HB (Click here to download directions)

To register your place please email PLF publiclawforum.events@gmail.com

Guest Speaker, Martha Spurrier from Doughty Street Chambers will discuss recent challenges to the government’s changes to Legal Aid, including the successful quashing of the “no permission, no payment” regulations for legally-aided judicial reviews, as well as the claim against the lawfulness of the exceptional funding regime for Legal Aid. There will also be a chance to discuss the likely future of Legal Aid under the new coalition (or not) government.

To find out more about PLF please click here to visit their website.

Protecting Journalistic Material

Date: 29 April 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

Join us for a lively discussion on investigative journalism in the context of terrorism and recent cases

This debate will focus on the much discussed issue of protection of journalistic source material and the most recent developments in this dynamic area of law, both at domestic and international level and the practical implications of recent legislative proposals for those working in this area.

What powers do the police have to seize journalistic material? What can journalists do to protect their sources and source material? How have the Courts approached journalistic material and source confidentiality? How is new surveillance technology affecting the law on investigations involving journalists?

Join the industry experts on Wednesday 29 April 2015

Registration from 5.30pm

Seminar starts at 6pm until 7.15pm followed by refreshments

Convened by Katie Wheatley, Partner Bindmans LLP, with speakers Martin Rackstraw, Partner Bindmans LLP, Matthew Ryder QC and Alex Bailin QC.

Registration for this event has now closed. Please click here to view seminar materials.

Sharney Randhawa to speak at the OCD Action National Conference 2015

Date: 18 April 2015

Location: Manchester

Sharney Randhawa, a Solicitor in the Employment and Professional Discipline department at Bindmans LLP joins leading OCD experts to discuss advocacy and legal rights in the workplace for those diagnosed with OCD.

OCD Action aims to create a society where OCD is better understood and diagnosed quickly, where treatment options are open and accessible, where support and information are readily available. The National Conference is an opportunity to get support and information about fighting OCD.

To find out more and book tickets please click here to visit the OCD Action website.

Jules Carey to speak at the Amnesty International National Conference and AGM 2015

Date: 18 April 2015

Location: The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Jules Carey joins a panel of key note speakers at the Amnesty International Conference and AGM 2015. This year's discussion will focus on the impending UK general election, what it means for the future of the Human Rights Act, and what it means for you and your rights.

To find out more and book tickets please click here to visit the Amnesty International UK website.

Legal Action Worldwide host A Night of Creative Lawyering

Date: 11 March 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

On Wednesday 11 March 2015, Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) are hosting an interactive discussion on creative lawyering. The discussion panel includes our founder Sir Geoffrey Bindmans QC (Hon) and Partner, Saimo Chahal QC (Hon). A short documentary on sexual violence in Somalia will be shown.

LAW are a non-profit organisation which focus on the provision of innovative legal assistance to the least represented people, especially women and children, in fragile and conflict-affected states.

If you missed this event click here to listen to the podcast.

Please click here to find out more information about Legal Action Worldwide.

Kate Goold to speak at the Home Affairs Select Committee about proposed pre-charge police bail

Date: 3 March 2015

Location: London, UK

Kate Goold, Partner at Bindmans LLP has been invited to speak to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday 3 March 2015. Kate who represented BBC Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini will provide evidence to the Committee as part of the proposed bail reform. In December 2014 Theresa May revealed the proposal to limit pre-charge police bail to 28 days. Paul Gambaccini was on bail for a year until the Crown Prosecution Service decided he would not face any further action. The consultation will conclude on Sunday 8 February 2015, details on how to respond and share your views can be found here.

Related Articles:

The US Senate Committee Report on Torture and Rendition: the end of the road or just the beginning?

Date: 24 February 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

Bindmans discussion forum on Human Rights issues continues with The US Senate Committee Report on Torture and Rendition: the end of the road or just the beginning?

The speakers will talk about Shaker Aamer, the last British detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and explore  the legal implications arising from this damning  report for victims, states involved in rendition and torture, and the USA.

Admission is now closed for this event however, we often hold seminars and discussions on similar topics please keep an eye on our website for future events.

Timings

  • 5.30pm registration
  • 6pm - 7.15pm seminar
  • followed by refreshments

Chair

 

 

 

Saimo Chahal QC (Hon), Partner, Bindmans LLP

Speakers

 


 


Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve

 

 

 

Richard Hermer QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers

 

 

 

Charlotte Kilroy, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

 

 

 

Dr Sam Raphael, Senior Lecturer, Politics, International Relations and Human Rights, The Rendition Project

 

Getting started in business immigration law, training from ILPA

Date: 10 February 2015

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

On Tuesday 10 February 2015 the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) will be running an introductory training course on business immigration law. 

Event details

  • Start Time: 4pm
  • End Time: 7.15pm
  • CPD Hours: 3
  • Level: Basic

This is a basic immigration course aimed primarily at practitioners with little or no previous knowledge of this area of practise.

Please click here to find out more information. To book now please click here.

Stephen Grosz QC (hon) to Chair Overview Business and Human Rights at the Annual Human Rights Conference

Date: 10 December 2014

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

In July 2013 the Law Society of England and Wales set up a practitioners' advisory group to consult on business and human rights.  In doing so, it has become the first bar association in the world to look at how the legal services sector practically translates the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  The Guiding Principles or UNGPs, which were adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2011, clarify the role and responsibilities of states, companies and other social actors in respect of corporate human rights impacts. 

This conference will cover a wide range of topics associated with business and human rights including Modern Slavery, Litigating the Global case and whether a treaty on business and human rights is the way forward?

Stephen Grosz QC (hon), Senior Consultant at Bindmans LLP will Chair the Overview Business and Human Rights session at the Conference.

For more information please click here.

Human Rights: ‘available in a Court near you’, or in ‘selected venues only’?

Date: 9 December 2014

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB

This event is now fully booked please click here to register for updates and to find out about future events.

During International Human Rights Week Bindmans LLP will be hosting a talk on the subject of Human Rights: 'available in a Court near you', or in 'selected venues only'? 

In an increasingly mobile and global environment, how can we ensure that there is no safe haven for those who commit gross Human Rights violations? Is state immunity an outmoded concept? What are the tools available to challenge those who commit torture and other abuses?

Event information:

  • Tuesday 9 December 2014
  • Registration from 5:30pm
  • Seminar 6:00pm - 7:15pm followed by refreshments

Chair 
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon)
Bindmans LLP

 

 

Speaker
Kirsty Brimelow QC
Doughty Street Chambers

 

 

Speaker
Saimo Chahal QC (Hon)
Bindmans LLP

 

 

Speaker
Ben Emmerson QC
Matrix Chambers

 

 

Speaker
Carla Ferstman
Redress

 

 

 

 

Alison Stanley is speaking at the Business Immigration 2014 Conference: A Legal & Practical Update

Date: 2 December 2014

Location: London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, W1K 1BE

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration department at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the Business Immigration 2014 Conference: A Legal & Practical Update on the topic:

Sponsoring Family Members of Business and Work Related Applicants
This session will look at the rules concerning sponsoring family members of business and work related migrants. It will touch on other applications by family members under annex FM of the Rules, and residual discretion, outside the Rules including Article 8 ECHR.

To register please click here.

Throw off the Label fashion fundraiser

Date: 27 November 2014

Location: London, WC1X 8HB

On Thursday 27 November 2014 Wish, a voice for womens' mental health are hosting a fashion fundraiser at the Bindmans office. The show will feature beautiful handmade scarves, jewellery and a catwalk show. If you would like to come along and show your support please click here and join the Facebook group. 

Please note there is a suggested entrance fee of a £5 donation.

Event timings: 6:00pm until 8:30pm

Please download directions here.

 

 

 

Jules Carey and Rachel Harger speakers at WE DO NOT CONSENT: Defend the Right to Protest Conference 2014

Date: 16 November 2014

Location: SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

Jules Carey Partner of Bindmans LLP, Police Actions Team will be joined by Bindmans LLP Paralegal, Rachel Harger speaking at the WE DO NOT CONSENT: Defend the Right to Protest Conference 2014 on Sunday 16 November 2014.

This one day conference will discuss: how we tackle state violence and injustice in a climate of austerity, rising racism and inequality.

Sessions cover subjects including:

  • Protest, surveillance, stop and search – know your rights & get organised
  • Undercover cops and the secret state
  • Still the Enemy Within - strikes, solidarity and the law

To find out more visit defendtherighttoprotest.org and download a programme here.

To book your place now click here.

Practitioner Issues in Family Finance

Date: 29 October 2014

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB

Bindmans LLP and Harcourt Chambers would like to invite you to joint seminar and discussion. 
  
Admission is open to all and free of charge although capacity is limited and we would ask you to reserve your place as soon as possible by following the link at the bottom of this email. 
  
Please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues and contacts. 

Time:

  •    Registration from 6:00pm 
  •    Seminar 6:15pm - 7:30pm 
  •    followed by refreshments   

Venue:
     
   Bindmans LLP 
   236 Gray's Inn Road 
   London WC1X 8HB 
     
CPD 
     
   1 hour accredited CPD
 
Chair:

Flora Grossman (Partner, Joint Head of Family team at Bindmans LLP) and Farhana Shahzady (Partner, Joint Head of Family team at Bindmans LLP)

Speakers and topics:

  • Fiona Hay, Harcourt Chambers - Pension Update  
  • Damian Garrido, Harcourt Chambers - Maintenance
  • Nicholas Goodwin QC,  Harcourt Chambers - .22ZA and legal costs

How to book:

The event is FREE but booking is essential. Click here to register for the event.

Paul Ridge speaking at UCL conference to encourage pupils to consider higher education

Date: 11 October 2014

Location: University College London

As part of encouraging wider access to law, Paul Ridge will be speaking at UCL on 11 October about access to law and encouraging pupils from non-selective state schools from backgrounds with little or no connection higher education.

The half day conference aims to encourage them to positively consider higher education and understand how it can help with a career.

Saimo Chahal speaker at Women Lawyers Division annual conference 2014 - Are we there yet?

Date: 18 September 2014

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

This event is designed for practitioners who want to progress in their career by taking control of their future. You will hear from inspirational speakers including, Saimo Chahal QC (hon), partner, Bindmans LLP.

The event will challenge you whilst guiding you through life-stage career decisions that might otherwise be made by default.

Break out sessions will enable you to plan for personal and career success whether your current focus is on job interviews, work/life balance or planning for career change or retirement. Session will include:

  • Communication skills training, how to conduct yourself at an interview, body language, working a room; Public speaking and how it can enhance your standing within your firm
  • Do you love what you do? How to put key steps in place to ensure you achieve your positive life change and embrace the (best!) time of your life
  • Social media and how it can enhance your professional and private life if used correctly
  • Flexible working rules have changed and you will hear from our expert how this may affect you and the positive impact it could make to your life
  • Self-improvement:
    - Identifying goals and setting development plans
    - Networking and building contacts
    - Building confidence

For further details about the event and to register, please click here.

UCL / Bindmans Debate 2014

Date: 18 June 2014

Location: Cruciform LT1, Cruciform Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Surveillance, Security and Privacy - have we got the balance right?

The ninth annual Bindmans LLP and UCL debate will provide a forum to discuss the issues surrounding Surveillance, Security and Privacy. The pros and cons will be considered in what will be a lively debate.

The panel includes:

  • The Rt Hon The Baroness Neville-Jones
  • Shami Chakrabarti, Liberty
  • Sam Lincoln, formerly of the Office of Surveillance Commissioners
  • Helen Steel, one of the campaigners in the McLibel 2 case

The Chair will be taken by Professor Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, UCL / Bindmans.

The debate starts at 6.00pm, and will be followed by a drinks reception from 8.00pm.

Sign up online - free of charge: click here

Kate Goold speaker at the Solicitors International Human Rights Group event

Date: 17 June 2014

Location: London

Freedom of Expression and the Press: David Miranda, Rwanda and the international picture

Kate Goold, partner in the Crime team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking on freedom of expression, rights of journalists and the recent Miranda judgment.

For further information please click here
 

Kate Goold speaker at Don’t Spy On Us: Day of Action

Date: 7 June 2014

Location: London Shoreditch Town Hall

Kate Goold, partner in the Crime team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking with a panel including Duncan Campbell, Ewan McCaskill and Tim  Dawson (NUJ) on the following topic

How does mass population surveillance restrict our free expression?

The session will outline how mass population surveillance impacts on freedom of expression and what the direct impact of the Snowden revelations and the treatment of The Guardian has been on free speech and press freedom in the UK. The panel will look at previous exposes of surveillance and the lack of protection given to whistleblowers and investigative journalists, the treatment of today's whistleblowers, and consider the protections required to ensure the press remains free to report on matters of public interest. Kate will draw from her experience representing David Miranda and will discuss the use of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to detain and seize journalistic material of those who are trying to expose the extent and illegality of this mass surveillance.

For further information please click here

Jamie Potter speaker at Bindmans LLP and Doughty Street Chambers Commercial Judicial review update

Date: 12 May 2014

Location: 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

The seminar will cover recent developments in commercial judicial review.

Jamie Potter, associate in the administrative and public law team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking on:

Property rights under the ECHR and EU Charter

For further information please click here.

Nick Fry joins expert panel at the OCD Action National Conference 2014

Date: 10 May 2014

Location: London

Bindmans Solicitor Nick Fry has been invited to join a panel of experts in a Question & Answer Session at the OCD Action National Conference 2014. The panel will answer questions on ‘Advocacy and your rights’ and Nick will be addressing questions on employment issues faced by people with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), including problems around ill health, discrimination, bullying and privacy.

The OCD action website says about OCD:

“OCD is a clinically recognised disorder which affects around 1-2% of the population. It is debilitating and paralysing. People with OCD experience intensely negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts, combined with a chronic feeling of doubt or danger (obsessions). In order to quell the thought or quieten the anxiety, they will often repeat an action, again and again (compulsions).

“One of the greatest challenges that people with OCD face is the need to fight both the all pervasive stigma of mental health disorders and the widely held belief that OCD is a mild or even "quirky" problem that is nothing more than hand washing. Many people now use the term "a bit OCD-ish" without understanding the onerous nature of the disorder in its severe form. This site offers lots of information in a format to suit you.”

More information about the conference, including booking details, can be found on the OCD Action website here: http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/conference.


 

Alison Stanley and Elizabeth Cape Cowens speakers at ILPA course

Date: 8 May 2014

Location: London

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration department at Bindmans LLP and Elizabeth Cape Cowens, solicitor in the Family department will be speaking at an ILPA course on the topic:

Family law for immigration practitioners
The course is aimed at immigration practitioners of all levels with no or limited family law experience. It offers a chance to learn from the experts - gain a broad outline of all family law issues relevant to immigration practitioners.  This interactive session will discuss in depth case studies.

For further information, please click here
 

Alison Stanley and Emma Cohen speakers at ILPA course

Date: 1 May 2014

Location: Birmingham

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration department at Bindmans LLP and Emma Cohen, associate in the Immigration department will be speaking at the following ILPA course:

Home Office policy, concessions & the exercise of discretion outside the rules

The course offers training on Home Office policies and concessions outside the immigration rules in immigration and nationality (not asylum) cases - where to find them, what they cover, pitfalls and how to use them in your clients' cases, run in conjunction with HJT training.

The experienced trainers will guide you through policy and practice, the principles upon which discretion is exercised both within and outside the rules; the major areas of UKBA discretion in areas including family settlement, commercial immigration categories, British nationality and enforcement of immigration controls and how the exercise of discretion is currently operating.

For further information please click here.

Alison Stanley and Emma Cohen speakers at ILPA course

Date: 9 April 2014

Location: London

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration team and partner at Bindmans LLP and Emma Cohen, associate in the Immigration team will be speaking at the following ILPA course:

Home Office policy, concessions & the exercise of discretion outside the rules

The course offers training on Home Office policies and concessions outside the immigration rules in immigration and nationality (not asylum) cases - where to find them, what they cover, pitfalls and how to use them in your clients' cases, run in conjunction with HJT training.

The experienced trainers will guide you through policy and practice, the principles upon which discretion is exercised both within and outside the rules; the major areas of UKBA discretion in areas including family settlement, commercial immigration categories, British nationality and enforcement of immigration controls and how the exercise of discretion is currently operating.

For further information please click here.

Emma Cohen speaker at ILPA course

Date: 26 March 2014

Location: London

Emma Cohen, associate in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the following ILPA course:

Criminality and the Immigration Rules

Delegates will obtain an understanding of the impact criminality has on applications for entry clearance and leave to remain (including settlement).  The course will cover consideration of the various different grounds for refusal set out in the general grounds and in Appendix FM and give delegates a knowledge of the impact of different criminal sanctions on immigration applications and how to address the issue in casework.

For further information please click here

Jamie Potter speaker at Young Public Law Lawyer’s Group (YPLG) debate on the future of the Human Rights Act 1998

Date: 26 March 2014

Location: 39 Essex Street Chambers

Jamie Potter, associate in the administrative and public law team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking against the motion at the YPLG debate on the topic:

Our own courts are better than Strasbourg: we would be better off with a Bill of Rights so we don’t have to defer to Strasbourg

The debate is hosted by Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers.
 

Jules Carey speaker at People’s Parliament discussion

Date: 24 March 2014

Location: Committee Room 11, House of Commons

Jules Carey, head of the Police misconduct team at Bindmans will be a member of the panel discussion on “Demise of Justice”.

The People’s Parliament is a discussion series hosted by John McDonnell MP in Parliament over the coming months with the aim of livening up and providing political depth to the debate in the run up to the next election.

For further information please click here
 

Emma Cohen speaker at ILPA course

Date: 6 March 2014

Location: Leeds

Emma Cohen, associate in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the following ILPA course:

Home Office policy, concessions & the exercise of discretion outside the rules

The course offers training on Home Office policies and concessions outside the immigration rules in immigration and nationality (not asylum) cases - where to find them, what they cover, pitfalls and how to use them in your clients' cases, run in conjunction with HJT training.

The experienced trainers will guide you through policy and practice, the principles upon which discretion is exercised both within and outside the rules; the major areas of UKBA discretion in areas including family settlement, commercial immigration categories, British nationality and enforcement of immigration controls and how the exercise of discretion is currently operating.

For further information please click here.
 

Alison Stanley speaker at ILPA training course

Date: 19 February 2014

Location: London

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration Department at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at an ILPA training course on the topic:

Home Office policy, concessions & the exercise of discretion outside the rules

ILPA's unique training on Home Office policies and concessions outside the immigration rules in immigration and nationality cases - where to find them, what they cover, pitfalls and how to use them in your clients' cases, run in conjunction with HJT training.

An essential update from a practitioners' perspective, the experienced trainers will guide you through policy and practice, the principles upon which discretion is exercised both within and outside the rules; the major areas of UKBA discretion in areas including family settlement, commercial immigration categories, British nationality and enforcement of immigration controls and how the exercise of discretion is currently operating.

For further information, please click here
 

Saimo Chahal speaker at a conference of doctors, psychiatrists and other health professionals

Date: 7 February 2014

Location: Broadmoor Hospital

The event will mark 150 years of providing mental health services in High Secure Hospitals. The event will be high profile and attended by key health professionals across the board as well as interested media.

Saimo will speak about the ECHR and  what it means for mental patients.
 

Shazia Khan speaker at Care Quality Commission event

Date: 6 February 2014

Location: London

Shazia Khan, partner in the Employment and Professional Discipline department at Bindmans will be speaking at the CQC event on the topic:

A conversation with whistleblowers

Shazia will talk about how to deal with patient safety concerns, including the legal issues and hurdles associated with the same.
 

Alison Stanley and Emma Cohen speakers at ILPA course

Date: 20 January 2014

Location: London

Bindmans Immigration lawyers Alison Stanley and Emma Cohen will be speaking at the following course:

Professional conduct and ethics in immigration cases

Everything you need to know about ethics but were afraid to ask. How do you comply with professional conduct obligations, such as anti-money-laundering regulations? How do you foresee ethical dilemmas and minimise the risk of their arising when deciding who is your client and setting up client care letters? What do you do when faced with ethical questions, including in court and in the tribunal?

For further information please click here

Emma Cohen speaker at ILPA course

Date: 27 November 2013

Location: London

Emma Cohen, associate in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the following course:

Indefinite leave to remain - all you need to know

Everything you need to know about applying for indefinite leave to remain including family applications (covering the 9 July 2012 changes and the transitional provisions), work routes and long residence.  The course will also cover the Life in the UK test / English language requirement, criminality, the calculation of the period leading to settlement, the definition of continuous residence and the use of discretion.  Time permitting, we shall also touch on indefinite leave for refugees and those with humanitarian protection and discretionary leave.
Emma's training for ILPA has been described as "excellent" with delegates valuing the "useful sharing of experiences."

For further information, please click here

Alison Stanley to chair Doughty Street Chambers Refugee law conference

Date: 22 November 2013

Location: 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration department at Bindmans LLP will be chairing the conference on the topic:

Current issues in Refugee Law

The conference will give critical examination to topical issues in refugee law. Covering EU, ECHR and domestic refugee law, as well as taking a comparative look at developments in Ireland and in the Netherlands, the programme aims to provide new insights for those working in courts and in the field.

The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Current issues: a comparative perspective
  • Developments in ECHR asylum law and practice (including Rule 39)
  • The EU asylum acquis and fundamental rights
  • Reception of asylum seekers and access to protection: national and international challenges

Employment Law Update

Date: 7 November 2013

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB UK

New off the record “dismissal” conversations – how to have them lawfully and constructively

Bindmans LLP and Heads Up invite you to a FREE seminar to make sure you are up to date on recent and important changes in ‘off the record’ agreements to dismiss staff. Admission is FREE of charge and open to all Head teachers and Deputy Head teachers, however, we have limited spaces so please register soon.  You are welcome to forward this invitation to your colleagues and contacts.

This seminar will update you on the most recent relevant developments in ever changing employment law, including the significant introduction of new off the  record conversations and settlement agreements that could lead to staff leaving on agreed terms without lengthy capability or disciplinary hearings beforehand.  Shah Qureshi, Head of the Bindmans LLP Employment Law team will introduce the speakers.

TOPICS COVERED:
What is a settlement agreement?

Outline of the legal framework and the context in which these new agreements can be used
Emma Webster, Associate, Bindmans LLP Employment Law team

Tips and pointers to improve difficult conversations
Sonia Gill, Founder of Heads Up

Update on other recent employment law changes
Including the new tribunal fees regime and caps on unfair dismissal awards
Emilie Cole, Partner and Nick Fry, Solicitor, Bindmans LLP Employment Law team

How can I pre-empt it all getting this far?
Workplace mediation – its role within educational establishments
Shazia Khan, partner, Bindmans LLP Employment Law team

HOW TO BOOK: The event is FREE but booking is essential.  More details here. Places are limited – please book NOW by email to g.adumata@bindmans.com

Bindmans LLP’s award winning Employment Law team can provide your school with proactive legal advice to reduce the risk of claims and ensure that robust policies and procedures are in place to manage HR issues.  Heads Up supports UK Head Teachers have successful difficult conversations and create high performing teams.

Bindmans LLP - dedicated to protecting human rights and civil liberties
Heads Up - one head, two minds - creating outstanding schools

 

                

    
 

Liz Barratt speaker at ILPA course

Date: 6 November 2013

Location: London

Liz Barratt, associate in the Immigration team at Bindmans will be speaking at an ILPA course on the topic  Introduction to Immigration Law: getting started

For further information, please click here.

Stephen Grosz to chair a session at the Law Society’s human rights conference 2013

Date: 30 October 2013

Location: The Law Society

Stephen Grosz QC, Senior Consultant at Bindmans will be chairing the session on “Speaking up for social justice.”

The event will look at the current challenges to and protection of human rights in an increasingly globalised society. The conference will comprise a mixture of keynote addresses, breakout sessions as well as informal opportunities to exchange ideas and build relationships.

The areas examined will include:

  • Is a high quality defence a human right?
  • What is the lawyers role in raising issues in the corporate world?
  • Trafficking and children's rights
  • Disability, children, women and HR issues

For further details about the conference, please click here

Stephen Grosz speaker at the JUSTICE Human Rights Law Conference 2013 in association with Sweet & Maxwell

Date: 24 October 2013

Location: Bloomsbury Hotel, London

Stephen Grosz QC, Senior Consultant at Bindmans will be speaking on the topic:

Judicial review and human rights update

  • Changes restricting access to JR in some cases, including tighter time limits for review and higher hurdles to get a case off the ground
  • Proposals in Transforming Legal Aid to restrict legal aid for JR
  • Key JRs of government action at home and abroad

The conference will cover the key areas of human rights law and provide an update on pertinent legislative and case-law developments across the field, including jurisprudence from domestic and European courts as relevant.

For further details about the conference, please click here
 

Bindmans Partners John Halford and Shah Qureshi invited to speak at Discrimination Law Association Annual Conference

Date: 21 October 2013

Location: Baker & McKenzie LLP, London EC4V 6JA

Two Bindmans partners have been invited to address the influential Discrimination Law Association Annual Conference.

In one of the centrepieces of the conference, Partner and Joint Head of Public Law John Halford will address the delegates with his insights on litigating using the Public Sector Equality Duty.  He will share his experiences from the solicitor’s perspective while Helen Mountfield QC will provide the barrister’s view. 

The title of John’s speech “Red Tape or Superhero’s Cape” reflects the attacks to which the duty has recently been subjected which have led to the possibility that it will be scrapped.

Partner and Head of Employment Law Shah Qureshi will lead a workshop on religion and belief discrimination. Shah is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s experts on this area of the law, having brought the leading case in the area.  His workshop will focus on recent developments and common pitfalls.  Shah will be joined by Bindmans Employment Solicitor Peter Daly.

The DLA Conference is the major annual event for discrimination law and lawyers. 
 

Saimo Chahal is a speaker at the Public Law Project conference on Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts 2013

Date: 14 October 2013

Location: Herbert Smith Freehills, London

Saimo Chahal, joint head of the Public law and human rights department at Bindmans will be speaking at the annual conference on the topic: 

A matter of life, death and public law

Saimo will look at the legal issues surrounding ‘right to die’ cases, including:

  • A brief resume of legal issues (cases of Tony Nicklinson and Paul Lamb)
  • A matter for Parliament or the courts?
  • What part do cultural & religious values play in the debate?
  • Emerging law elsewhere
  • Conclusions

For further details about the conference please click here
 

Katherine Gieve chairs Butterworths’ law webinar

Date: 7 October 2013

Location: Online

Katherine Gieve, head of the Family law team at Bindmans LLP will be chairing the Butterworths Family Law webinar on Public children law.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Case monitoring system
  • Changes to family justice - the 26 week rule
  • Instructing experts
  • Special guardianship and adoption procedure
  • Adoption
  • Case law update

For further details about the webinar please click here.

Relationship Espionage Seminar

Date: 2 October 2013

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB

Time: Registration from 5.45 pm, seminar 6 - 7.30 pm, followed by drinks and buffet.

CPD: 1.5 hours

  • What are the legal implications when clients record conversations and obtain information using spyware?
  • Reputational damage and spousal espionage

Agenda
The timetable is as follows:
5.45  Registration
6.00  Introduction from the chair, Katherine Gieve, head of Bindmans LLP Family team
6.10  What are the legal implications when clients record conversations and obtain information using spyware? John Vater QC
6.30  Reputational damage and spousal espionage, Damian Garrido
Followed by closing remarks from Katherine Gieve
7.15  Drinks reception and continuation of discussions
 

How to book
Places are limited for this free seminar and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so you are advised to reserve your place now.

Email events@news.harcourtchambers.co.uk

         

 

Bindmans get on their bikes

Date: 15 September 2013

Location: London

We've formed a team at Bindmans LLP – the “Bindmans Revolutions” – and we’re taking part in the London Bikeathon 2013 in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The cycle ride will take place on Sunday 15 September.

Our team is: Jonathan Burrow, Simon Burrow, Jon Crocker, Andrew Folkes, Kate Goold, Lynn Knowles, Dominic London, Rosalind London, Jonathan Robinson, Rowan Smith and Arkadiusz Nowosad.

26 MILES – TOUGH

We’re ready for the cycle challenge and will be spending our Sunday taking on a thrilling cycling route around London and helping to raise money to beat blood cancer.  Beginning at Royal Hospital Chelsea, most of us will be taking part in a picturesque 26 mile London bike ride route which will take us around Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. We’ll ride past Stamford Bridge and around Ham House.

100 MILES – EPIC

Four if the team will be stepping up a gear, with an epic 100 mile bike ride to test their limits. This tougher century cycle challenge is new this year.  The quartet hope to ride like Olympians and conquer the infamous Box Hill stretch from the 2012 Olympics!  It’s the London Bikeathon’s most challenging route ever, with a huge change in elevation, along with sweeping hair-pin bends and breath-taking views which make Leith Hill, White Down and Box Hill a perfect cycling challenge!

You can read more about the event here.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Your contribution really will make a difference to the lives of the 30,000 people diagnosed every year with a blood cancer.

We have a Just Giving page for our team here.
 

Paul Ridge speaker at LegalVoice LASPO Survival conference

Date: 15 July 2013

Location: Allen & Overy LLP

Paul Ridge, head of the housing team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the LegalVoice conference on the topic:

Getting your Legal Aid Bills paid in full

Legal Help and Legal Aid Certificated work is only viable if you get your bills paid in full. Do you make use of the guidance? What might help? In this workshop, hear practical tips to ensure that you recover all of the time spent on your cases and resist any attempts to have your claims reduced on assessment.

For further information please click here

 

Surrogacy, Abduction and Relocation Update

Date: 3 July 2013

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB

Time: Registration from 5.45 pm, seminar 6 - 7.30 pm, followed by refreshments

CPD: 1.5 hours

  • The 1996 Hague Convention – an introduction
  • Surrogacy – an overview
  • Are relocation applications getting harder?

Agenda
The timetable is as follows:
5.45  Registration
6.00  Introduction from the chair, Katherine Gieve, head of Bindmans LLP Family team
6.10  The 1996 Hague Convention – an introduction, Mehvish Chaudhry and Edward  Devereux
6.30  Surrogacy – an overview, John Vater QC
6.50  Are relocation  applications getting harder?  Frances Judd QC and Damian Garrido
Followed by closing remarks from Katherine Gieve
7.15  Drinks reception and continuation of discussions
8.45  Approx close

Who should attend?

  • Lawyers
  • Advocates
  • Those involved in policy work about family issues

How to book
Places are limited for this free seminar and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so you are advised to reserve your place now.

Email events@news.harcourtchambers.co.uk

 

        

         
         

UCL / Bindmans Debate 2013

Date: 19 June 2013

Location: UCL Main Campus, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, London

International human rights breaches - State accountability v State immunity

The eighth annual Bindmans LLP and UCL debate will provide a forum to discuss the issues surrounding International human rights breaches – State accountability v State immunity.  The pros and cons will be considered in what will be a lively debate.

The panel includes:

  • Eileen Denza CMG
  • Omar Deghayes, Cageprisoners, former Guantánamo prisoner
  • Ben Emmerson QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Julian Knowles QC, Matrix Chambers

The panel will be introduced by Saimo Chahal, partner, Bindmans LLP and the Chair will be taken by Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC, Queen Mary’s College, London.

The debate starts at 6.00pm, and will be followed by a drinks reception from 7.30pm.

Sign up online - free of charge: click here

View the recording of the debate here

Alison Stanley speaker at ILPA course

Date: 12 June 2013

Location: London

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration department at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at an ILPA course on the topic:

Surrogacy: immigration, nationality and family law issues

In a case-based seminar, the course will look at immigration, nationality and related family law problems arising out of the developing law in this area. These include obtaining passports and travel documents for the children; private international conflicts of law; questions of domicile and the appropriate family jurisdiction; obtaining family orders in the UK and getting permission to bring surrogate children into or to remove them permanently from the UK.

For further information, please click here

Apply now for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Awards 2013

Date: 10 June 2013

Location: London

Are you just starting out as a campaigner or speaking out and taking action on issues that matter? Or does this sound like someone you know?

Apply or nominate now for a SMK Campaigner Award, which equips people to become more effective campaigners. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Monday 10 June 2013.

Winners of an SMK Campaigner Award will receive a tailored package of support to help them campaign more effectively. They will also attend a special ceremony hosted by Channel 4 newscaster and SMK Patron Jon Snow.

For further information visit: http://www.smk.org.uk/campaigner-awards/

 

Case preparation and advocacy made simple

Date: 9 May 2013

Location: Bindmans LLP

Time: 6-8pm

This seminar for members of the London Irish Lawyers Association (LILA) will provide criminal practioners with practical tips on good practice in case preparation and advocacy.

Topics to be covered include:

Case preparation:

  • Disclosure
  • Defence Statements
  • The importance of choosing the right expert
  • Whether to call the Defendant or defence witnesses

Advocacy:

  • How best to address different fact-finding tribunals
  • The importance of case theory
  • The importance of clarity, posture and courtesy

What is included?

  • 2 hours of fully-accredited CPD training
  • Talks prepared by highly skilled criminal defence barristers
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

Who should attend?

Criminal practioners including solicitors and solicitor advocates

About the speakers

David Spens QC is a former Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, and has appeared in many of the most prominent cases over the last 25 years including recently the Victoria Station case, and Charlie Gilmour.

Antony Dunkels has experience in all areas of criminal defence work. He has regularly appeared in the Court of Appeal in appeals against sentence, an Attorney-General's reference instructed on behalf of the Respondent (R v D M) and as Respondent on an interlocutory appeal by the Crown (R v W and others).

David and Antony are both members of Garden Court Chambers Crime Team.

CPD Hours: 2

 

Emma Cohen speaker at ILPA course

Date: 9 May 2013

Location: Birmingham

Emma Cohen, associate in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the following course:

Home Office policy, concessions & the exercise of discretion outside the rules

The course offers training on Home Office UKBA policies and concessions outside the immigration rules in immigration and nationality (not asylum) cases - where to find them, what they cover, pitfalls and how to use them in your clients' cases, run in conjunction with HJT training.

The experienced trainers will guide you through policy and practice, the principles upon which discretion is exercised both within and outside the rules; the major areas of UKBA discretion in areas including family settlement, commercial immigration categories, British nationality and enforcement of immigration controls and how the exercise of discretion is currently operating.

This course is suitable for more experienced practitioners.

For further information please click here.

Alison Stanley speaker at ILPA course

Date: 1 May 2013

Location: London

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration Department at Bindmans LLP and Rosalind Fitzgerald will be speaking at an ILPA course on the topic:

Family law for immigration practitioners

The course is aimed at immigration practitioners of all levels with no or limited family law experience. This is your chance to learn from the experts - gain a broad outline of all family law issues relevant to immigration practitioners.  This interactive session will discuss in depth case studies.

For further information, please click here

Emma Cohen speaker at ILPA course

Date: 17 April 2013

Location: London

Emma Cohen, associate in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the following course:

Indefinite leave to remain - all you need to know

Everything you need to know about applying for indefinite leave to remain including family applications (covering the 9 July 2012 changes and the transitional provisions), work routes and long residence.  The course will also cover the Life in the UK test / English language requirement, criminality, the calculation of the period leading to settlement, the definition of continuous residence and the use of discretion.  The course will also touch on indefinite leave for refugees and those with humanitarian protection and discretionary leave.

Emma's training for ILPA has been described as "excellent" with delegates valuing the "useful sharing of experiences".

For further information please click here

Bindmans Employment Law Solicitor Emma Webster guest speaker at conference for Head Teachers

Date: 7 March 2013

Location: Friends House, Euston, London

Emma WebsterEmma Webster will be speaking at a one day conference for head teachers. Her talk, “Effectively tackling teacher under-performance and capability” - will be about effective performance management whilst keeping within the legal boundaries regarding under-performance and highlighting common mistakes to avoid.

The conference aims to provide for support school leaders and line managers so that they can tackle underperformance with greater confidence and competence, making the process better for all involved.  It is organised by Heads Up, a Head Teacher support body.

For further information please click here:

Effectively tackling teacher under-performance and capability

Bindmans sponsors the 8th Kuttan Menon Memorial Lecture

Date: 21 February 2013

Location: The Old Council Chamber, The Law Society of England & Wales, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Equality in the Judiciary

Bindmans LLP is delighted to sponsor this year’s Kuttan Menon Memorial Lecture, which will be hosted by Tooks Chambers. This annual lecture will take place on Thursday 21 February 2013 at the Law Society at 6.00pm, followed by a drinks reception.

This year's speaker will be The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

The lecture will be introduced by Patrick Roche and the Vote of Thanks given by Sir Geoffrey Bindman.

The lecture is by invitation only and fully booked.

Kuttan was a former member of Tooks Chambers, who later became a Chair of the Employment Tribunal.
 

 

What does Leveson mean to you?

Date: 17 December 2012

Location: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB UK

You are invited to a discussion about the Leveson Inquiry's recommendations and its implications for NGOs and campaign organisations.  Admission is FREE of charge and open to all so you are welcome to forward this invitation to your friends and contacts.  To register, please reply by email to g.adumata@bindmans.com

What: discussion and questions followed by an informal drinks reception

Who: The Leveson Inquiry Report will be introduced and explained by:

  • Hugh Tomlinson QC - leading media silk at Matrix Chambers and director of Hacked Off (the campaign for free and accountable media)
  • Tamsin Allen - partner at Bindmans LLP representing the Core Participant victims in the Inquiry (Module 2 which deals with the relationship between the press and the police and the conduct of each)

When:  Monday 17 December 2012, 6.30pm (please arrive 6.15pm for a prompt start)

Where: Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB UK. See http://www.bindmans.com/contact

How to book: the event is FREE but booking is essential.  Places are limited – please book NOW by email response to g.adumata@bindmans.com

Paul Ridge speaker at Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA) conference

Date: 11 December 2012

Location: The Royal College of Surgeons, London

Paul Ridge, partner in the Housing team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the HLPA conference on the topic:

Capacity

A seminar addressing the thorny problem of housing problems for people who lack mental capacity and how the Court of Protection (COP) can assist in resolving housing issues, including those faced by young people. This can often be for those with mental health problems but also, for example, in the context of dementia, Alzheimer’s and in the context of substance abuse.

What is mental capacity?

  • What difference does it make to proceedings in the court? How can the COP help?
  • How can it help your client? What do you do if you are the landlord?
  • Capacity to hold a tenancy including young people
  • How do you deal with the problems of: tenant’s hoarding; waste and allegations of dirty and filthy properties; possession proceedings and nuisance; access problems e.g. gas inspection, repairs.

For further information, please click here

Alison Stanley and Emma Cohen speakers at ILPA training session

Date: 3 December 2012

Location: London

Bindmans Immigration lawyers Alison Stanley and Emma Cohen will be speaking at the ILPA course on the topic:

Professional conduct and ethics in immigration cases

How do you comply with professional conduct obligations, such as anti-money-laundering regulations? How do you foresee ethical dilemmas and minimise the risk of their arising when deciding who your client is and setting up client care letters? What do you do when faced with ethical questions, including in court and in the tribunal?

This training session offers a guide to ethics and immigration law for the anxious practitioner, covering everything you need to know about ethics but were afraid to ask. A chance to pose difficult questions (anonymously in advance, or in discussion at the session) to see what others would do.

For further information, please click here

Mike Schwarz speaker at Human Rights Lawyers’ Association event

Date: 28 November 2012

Location: Hardwicke, Lincoln's Inn, London, WC2A 3SB

Mike Schwarz, a partner in the Crime team at Bindmans LLP, will be one of the speakers at the following event:

We shall not be moved: Balancing the right to protest with the rights and freedoms of others

Join the panel for a topical debate on balancing the right to protest against the general rights of the community and individuals. The panel will look specifically at the right to permanent and indefinite protest and how the rights enshrined in Article 10/11 ECHR may/can be balanced against the rights of the public to enjoy public spaces or access particular services.

Registration is from 6pm, to start at 6.30pm, followed by refreshments.  Entry is free to HRLA members and £5 for non-members. CPD accreditation 1.5CPD (applied for).

For further information and to register please click here: http://weshallnotbemoved.eventbrite.co.uk/

 

Emma Cohen speaker at ILPA course

Date: 14 November 2012

Location: London

Emma Cohen, solicitor in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the following course:

Indefinite leave - all you need to know

Everything you need to know about applying for indefinite leave to remain including family applications (covering the 9 July 2012 changes and the transitional provisions), work routes and long residence.  The course will also cover the Life in the UK test / English language requirement, criminality, the calculation of the period leading to settlement, the definition of continuous residence and the use of discretion. The course will also touch on indefinite leave for refugees and those with humanitarian protection and discretionary leave and permanent residence under European law.

Emma's training for ILPA has been described as "excellent" with delegates valuing the "useful sharing of experiences.”

For further information please click here

Gwendolen Morgan speaker at Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare seminar

Date: 12 November 2012

Location: Doughty Street Chambers, London

Gwendolen Morgan, Associate in the Administrative and Public Law team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at an Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare seminar for NGOs and others working in the sector on the topic:

How to use public law effectively in animal welfare campaigning

Gwendolen will provide an introduction to judicial review and explain how such challenges can work for animal welfare and environmental organisations alongside their campaigns. She will give an overview of the practical benefits in terms of outcomes and accessing information in the course of litigation and discuss current issues relating to costs in judicial review proceedings.

For further information, please click here
 

Saimo Chahal keynote speaker at Black Letter Law event and launch of Black Letter Law 2012

Date: 8 November 2012

Location: London

Saimo Chahal, head of the Civil liberties and social welfare team at Bindmans LLP is a keynote speaker at the Black Letter Law event and launch of Black Letter Law 2012 on the topic:

BMEs in the law: setting precedents and changing the law.

For further information, please click here.

 

Anna Mazzola speaker at Human Rights Law Conference

Date: 24 October 2012

Location: Central London

Anna Mazzola, Associate in the Administrative and Public Law team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the Human Rights Law Conference 2012 - In the balance: rights, liberties and the law. Anna will be speaking about key judicial review and human rights cases over the past year. 

For further information, please click here
 

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