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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 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.

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.

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.

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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
 

Bindmans partner Chez Cotton to chair Butterworths’ Police and Prison Law conference

Date: 24 October 2012

Location: Central London

Chez Cotton, partner and head of the Police Misconduct Department at Bindmans LLP will be chairing the Butterworths’ Police and Prison Law conference on Wednesday 24 October. The conference will address some of the most important issues facing professionals in the police and prison legal sphere including:

  • Working with vulnerable people – delegates can participate in a discussion about how officers should deal with offenders and suspects who have mental or physical illness and drug dependency.
  • Deaths after police interaction – delegates will gain information including how communication with families should be managed after the death of a relative in custody or after interaction with police forces.
  • Discrimination and harassment – the conference will be addressing all the key stop and search cases as well as looking at the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on police interaction.
  • Right to privacy and disclosure of information - this session will explore the complexities related to releasing information to third parties, including to victims and their families, as well as the particular issues surround sex offenders.

This event provides the opportunity to come together as a profession and learn from each other’s experience and expertise.  The organisers hope to bring you a number of different insights, viewpoints and opinions.  Book before 31 August and receive a £50 discount.

To book your place click here

John Halford speaker at Judicial Review London – Trends and Forecast 2012

Date: 15 October 2012

Location: Central London

John Halford Partner in the Administrative and Public Law team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at Judicial Review London – Trends and Forecast 2012.  Together with Dinah Rose QC of Blackstone Chambers he will present a Claimant Lawyer Master Class, identifying key procedural and substantive issues to consider when identifying - and planning a winning strategy - for the most challenging judicial review cases:
 

Procedure for claimants

  • pre-action correspondence
  • witness statements
  • research and expert evidence
  • seeking information and disclosure
  • profile and publicity
  • winning at an early stage

Substantive issues to explore

  • Common law constitutional rights
  • equality duties
  • vires
  • fairness
  • EU law and human rights

For further information, please click here

Chez Cotton and Shah Qureshi speakers at DLA Equality Act Conference

Date: 5 October 2012

Location: London

Chez Cotton, head of the Police misconduct team at Bindmans LLP, and Shah Qureshi, head of the Employment team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the Discrimination Law Association Conference on:

Equality Act - keeping the show on the road

The conference is aimed at anyone working with and interested in equality law. Its aim is to review the Equality Act two years after it was enacted and to discuss how it can be used in the future to empower individuals asserting their rights.

Chez Cotton will be speaking on the topic: Impact of legal aid reforms, cuts to law centres etc; how to support and assist victims of discrimination, exploring different ways to

collaborate to achieve success.

Shah Qureshi will be speaking on the topic: How to combat employers seeking to avoid anti-discrimination provisions - use of illegal contracts/self employment/casual employment, etc.

For further information, please click here.

Katherine Gieve speaker at Children Law Conference

Date: 25 September 2012

Location: London

Katherine Gieve, head of the Family law team at Bindmans LLP is speaking at the White Paper conference on “Children Law: Shaping new case-law into highly developed advice for clients.”

The conference will provide skilful and persuasive answers to 12 thorny children law questions.

Katherine will be speaking on:

  • How are the courts approaching Special Guardianship Orders vis a vis Residence Orders?
  • Why are Special Guardianship orders cropping up more and more in private law cases and with what implications?
  • What are the rights of grandparents going forward?

For further details about the conference please click here.

Apply now for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Awards 2012

Date: 18 September 2012

Location: The Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Are you 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 18 June 2012.

It’s free to apply.

The SMK Campaigner Awards 2012 will take place at a special ceremony on 18 September 2012. Presented by Jon Snow, Channel 4 presenter and Patron of SMK, the awards recognise inspirational campaigners.

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

 

Alison Stanley speaker at UKCISA conference

Date: 11 July 2012

Location: University of Warwick

Alison Stanley, the head of the Immigration Department at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at the annual conference of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) on the topic:

Tier 4 appeals

The workshop is for student advisers who are experienced in dealing with Tier 4 applications, and are competent to advise students whose applications for leave under the Tier 4 (General) route have been refused or whose Tier 4 leave has been curtailed. This workshop has a practical focus examining how students can be assisted to identify the steps to take if a refusal or curtailment has occurred. This session aims to enable advisers to feel more confident when dealing with immigration appeals.

For further information, please click here

Alison Stanley speaker at ILPA seminar

Date: 26 June 2012

Location: Bindmans LLP

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

Surrogacy: immigration, nationality and family issues

This case-based seminar 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
 

Brain Injury Solicitor runs free advice clinic for carers in Camden during Carers’ Week, June 18-24, 2012

Date: 22 June 2012

Location: Argenta House, 1 Aspern Grove, London, NW3 2AB

Bindmans is running a free drop in advice clinic for carers of brain injured relatives and friends during Carers’ Week (June 18-24, 2012). The clinic will be held at Argenta House, 1 Aspern Grove, London, NW3 2AB on Friday June 22 from 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

Carers of brain injured people are invited to drop in for free legal advice without any obligations. General information and signposting to the other local services will also be available. While there, carers are eligible to enter a draw to win a spa break for two which can be taken at one of 50 spas across the UK.

“When someone suffers a brain injury, it is often a family member who steps up to the challenge of caring for their injured loved one,” says Jonathan Crocker, brain injury solicitor at Bindmans LLP. “The role of a brain injury carer is demanding and life-changing, but often help is available in terms of funding, guidance and support,” he explains. “We work in the best interests of the whole family, not just the brain injured individual, and we can advise carers about the opportunities that may be available to them.”

Bindmans LLP is a member of the Brain Injury Group which devised the idea of the drop in clinics as part of its support of Carers’ Week 2012. “Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on the whole family and it is crucial that they receive the right legal advice and support. Carers play a vital role in supporting the families and managing the years ahead” says Amandeep Khasriya, a solicitor at Bindmans LLP.

“Our theme for Carers’ Week 2012 is ‘In Sickness and in Health’ and will highlight the impact of caring on carers’ health and well-being,” says Helen Clarke, Manager of Carers’ Week. “Worrying about how you are going to cope financially causes carers stress and anxiety – some carers have to leave their work or reduce hours and the purchasing of specialist equipment and paying for house adaptations can also be costly. It is essential that carers get the right advice and support” she explains.

The Brain Injury Group can help where there is a compensation case to answer by freeing up funds to help pay for the necessary care. Brain injury cases can take years to resolve, but the Brain Injury Group solicitors are skilled at securing interim payments to help ease the financial burden while the case continues. They also provide information and signposting to appropriate services for all people affected by brain injury, regardless of whether there is a claim.

In addition to the clinics, the Brain Injury Group is publishing a carers’ microsite including advice articles, FAQs and signposting services at www.braininjurygroup.co.uk/carers.

For more information about the Brain Injury Group contact:

Katherine Selby, PR Workshop, 020 8657 4422, Katherine@prworkshop.co.uk

About Carers’ Week

Carers’ Week celebrates the UK’s 6.4 million unpaid carers. It is a partnership of eight national charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK. This year the campaign is being sponsored by Sainsbury’s and Skills for Care/Skills for Health.

For more information visit www.carersweek.org

 

Mike Schwarz speaker at the Society of Labour Lawyers and Fabian Society event

Date: 21 June 2012

Location: Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Mike Schwarz, a partner in the Crime team at Bindmans LLP, will be one of the speakers at the event on the topic of: The Right to Protest and the Privatisation of Public Space.

In the wake of Occupy London campaign and efforts to clear Parliament Square and the Olympic Park of campaigners, this discussion will look at the ways in which our laws regulate the right to political protest and assembly in public spaces and whether the right balance is being struck between freedom of expression and other interests in private property, national security and health and safety.

For further information please click here.
 

Alison Stanley and Rosalind Fitzgerald speakers at ILPA training session

Date: 14 June 2012

Location: London

Alison Stanley, the head of the Immigration Department at Bindmans LLP, and Rosalind Fitzgerald, a solicitor in the Family team will be speaking at the ILPA course on the topic:

Family law for immigration practitioners

This training session 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.

Alison Stanley is described by Chambers 2012 as a "legend in the field" ... "a market leader for refugee law and a wonderfully able and committed lawyer who also has a sense of humour." Her popular training on Surrogacy for ILPA (repeated 5 July 2012) was described by delegates as “an excellent session” “very interesting, well delivered and interactive.”

Rosalind Fitzgerald is regularly instructed by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit, in relation to “incoming” cases and has experience of other complex cross-border children cases including Brussels II revised, and in the use of the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction, and in forced marriage cases.

For further information, please click here.

Shah Qureshi speaker at Health and Wellbeing at Work conference

Date: 7 March 2012

Location: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

Shah Qureshi, a partner and Head of the Employment law department at Bindmans LLP is speaking at the Health and Wellbeing at Work conference and exhibition on ‘Beyond Religion - Where the Law is Taking Us with Regard to Respecting Beliefs.’

The conference and exhibition is all about improving the health and wellbeing of work-aged people. It will provide new ideas and resources to ensure employees are fit and healthy, return to work quickly following absence and stay in work. It also looks at pioneering strategies for getting vulnerable people into the workplace and enabling them to fulfil their potential.

For further details about the conference please click here

Bindmans sponsors the 7th Kuttan Menon Memorial Lecture

Date: 9 February 2012

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

 

EU Law on the anvil: the paradigm of Mangold and its progeny

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 9 February 2012 at the Law Society at 6.00pm, followed by a reception. The lecture is by invitation only.

This year's speaker will be A G Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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

For further details contact Carol Thomas at Tooks Chambers:

E carol.thomas@tooks.co.uk

T 020 7842 7611

 

UCL / Bindmans Debate 2012

Date: 8 February 2012

Location: UCL, Gower Street, London WC1

Freedom of the Press versus Privacy Rights: Time for Parliament to draw the line?

The seventh annual UCL / Bindmans Debate will provide a forum to discuss the issues surrounding self or statutory regulation of the press. How might the current system be reformed? Should regulation be scrapped altogether or is full statutory regulation the answer? The pros and cons will be considered in what will be a lively debate.

The Debate panel includes:

  • Tessa Jowell, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, the Shadow Minister for the Olympics, and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
  • Martin Moore, Director, Media Standards Trust 
  • Max Mosley
  • Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, The Guardian

The Chair will be taken by Hugh Tomlinson QC, Matrix Chambers

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

Sign up online - free of charge - at:
http://ucl-bindmans-2012.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please click here to watch the debate

 

Neil O’May expert speaker at Serious and Corporate Crime conference

Date: 30 November 2011

Location: Central London

 

Neil O’May, head of the crime team at Bindmans LLP, will be speaking at the Butterworths annual Serious and Corporate Crime conference on the topic of corporate manslaughter. The conference will also:

  • Examine the impact of the Bribery Act on corporate crime
  • Explore the effect of the review of criminal cartels
  • Debate the future of financial crime under the new financial services regime
  • Analyse the relationship between civil recovery and criminal prosecutions
  • Explore the liability of directors under the Companies Act and the Insolvency Act

Issues facing practitioners today will be explored including:

  • How will prosecutions under the Bribery Act work in practice?
  • How are extradition and international mutual assistance evolving?
  • What is the future agenda for the prosecution of financial crime in the new regulatory climate?
  • How has the Fraud Act affected the prosecution of corporate fraud in practice? 

For further details about the conference please click here

 

John Halford speaker at the Policing and Prosecution Conference 2011

Date: 29 November 2011

Location: 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5DA, London

 

John Halford, a partner in the human rights and public law team at Bindmans LLP, will be speaking at the JUSTICE / Sweet and Maxwell Policing and Prosecution Conference on the topic of public order.

The conference will also examine the key topical issues in breakout sessions on:
•Duties to victims and witnesses
•Police detention
•Surveillance and disclosure

Key areas covered:
•Recent legal developments affecting the investigation and prosecution of offences
•Key developments in police law
•The new policing landscape

For further details about the conference, please click here

Emma Cohen expert speaker at business immigration conference

Date: 26 October 2011

Location: Central London

 

Emma Cohen, solicitor in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP, is speaking at the Business Immigration Conference: exploring the new regulatory system to overcome migration challenges. 

Emma will be hosting the session on family issues and will be addressing the following topics: 

  • Sponsoring family members of PBS migrants
  • Entitlements of family members in the UK
  • The position of “over age” dependants
  • Dealing with relationship breakdown 

With the coalition Government living up to a pre-election promise to reduce net migration those working in the field have been left on a constant path of change. Major reforms have taken place within Tier 2 and Tier 1, making it more difficult than ever before to gain entry for highly skilled individuals. As well as limiting entry the Government has also proposed a break between employment and settlement, restricting the right to remain. 

Featuring the UKBA and a host of industry luminaries, this conference will offer you the opportunity to hear directly from Government bodies about the changes they have implemented so far and their continuing plans for the future. Leading experts are also available to advise on all aspects of the sponsorship application process. 

For further details about the conference please click here.

 

Alison Stanley guest speaker at the Law Society Immigration Conference

Date: 20 October 2011

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

 

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP is speaking at the Law Society Immigration Conference on the topic: 

Representing clients in a hostile world - An exploration of what unites us as immigration and asylum professionals. 

The conference is an opportunity to hear from and question leading figures in the immigration world about their perspective on migration statistics, what it means to be an immigration lawyer, quality in practice, the effect of the legal aid cuts, Government policy on settlement and citizenship and the chance to hear the UKBA's new Chief Executive. 

For further details about the conference please click here.

 

Liz Barratt speaker at ILPA seminar

Date: 18 October 2011

Location: London

 

Liz Barratt, associate in the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP will be speaking at an ILPA seminar on the topic:

An introduction to immigration law, getting started, the first step to accreditation

The seminar is for those new to the field: lawyers, including those preparing for the probationer level 1 multiple choice test, those registered at level 1 with the OISC and anyone else new to this area of the law or looking for a refresher course.

The seminar will cover the following topics in basic detail:
•The structure, sources, personnel and terminology of immigration law
•The main categories of the immigration rules
•Policies outside the rules
•Main appeal-rights and time limits
•Immigration detention and bail/temporary admission
•Benefits/support and employment rights for all clients
•The definition of a refugee, asylum procedures and basic family reunion and travel documents
•Article 3 and 8 of the ECHR
•EEA and the EU accession countries
•Process of naturalisation and registration
•The types of legal aid available and the relevant tests.

Speakers:
•Liz Barratt, Bindmans LLP
•Andrea Als, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP

For further information, please click here

Shah Qureshi speaker at Discrimination Law Association Conference on the Equality Act

Date: 17 October 2011

Location: Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS

 

Shah Qureshi, a partner and Head of the Employment law department at Bindmans LLP is speaking at the Discrimination Law Association Conference on the topic:

Developments in religion or belief discrimination

The conference will be of interest to anyone working with and interested in developments in equality law.

For further details about the conference please click here

Alison Stanley speaker on course for ILPA

Date: 12 October 2011

Location: Central London

 

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

Professional conduct and ethics in immigration cases

The course is a chance to pose difficult questions (anonymously in advance, or in discussion at the session) to see what others would do. 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? Practitioners at all levels have found this seminar useful, fascinating and enjoyable.

The topics covered will be:
•Tier 2 and 5 applications who is my client?
•When should I stop working for a client?
•What should I do if in a publicly funded case the merits of a case change close to the hearing?
•What do I do if a fiancée doesn’t want to act to as sponsor?
•What happens if a spouse denounces my client?
•Can I offer an incentive to interpreters to bring me new clients?
•What do I do about forged documents?
•Who am I regulated by?
•How do the solicitors Code of Conduct, the Bar Code of Conduct and the OISC affect me as an immigration practitioner?
•How do I not put words into my client’s mouth?
•Can counsel file or serve documents?
•What should I do if my client is in the UK illegally and is paying me privately?

Speakers:
•Alison Stanley, Bindmans LLP
•Philip Trott, Bates, Wells and Braithwaite LLP
•Kathryn Cronin, Garden Court Chambers

For further information, please click here

Bindmans partner Mike Schwarz a speaker at Stand Up For Protesters public forum

Date: 11 October 2011

Location: University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, London

 

Mike Schwarz, a partner in the Crime team at Bindmans LLP will be one of the speakers at a public forum on defending protesters organised by Defend the Right to Protest.

For further information, please click here

 

Katherine Gieve speaker at the Family Justice Council

Date: 1 October 2011

Location: Dartington

 

Katherine Gieve, a partner in the family law team at Bindmans LLP, will be speaking about the legal aid changes at the Family Justice Council biennial weekend conference about the Family Justice review this weekend.

 

Bindmans partner speaking at Business Immigration Conference 2011

Date: 26 September 2011

Location: Business Immigration Conference

Alison Stanley, head of the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP is a guest speaker at the Business Immigration Conference, which returns again following its success last year.  

Together with an experienced panel of speakers and complex topics this conference will provide the best advice to anyone needing to keep right up to date on all the latest developments in this ever expanding area of law. Many of the speakers have had stupendous success in handling complex and unusual cases and throughout the day will cover the following topics: 

  • An overview of the current big issues
  • Tier 1 of the points based system
  • The Work Permit Scheme and Tier 2 of the Points Based System
  • Family issues
  • Getting the most out of EU Free Movement Law
  • Employment law issues 

For details about the Conference please click here.

 

Bindmans partner Mike Schwarz is one of the guest speakers at Right To Protest meeting

Date: 8 September 2011

Location: Central London

Mike Schwarz, partner in the Crime team at Bindmans LLP, will be one of the guest speakers at the Right To Protest meeting in Parliament on 8 September. The meeting is organised by Justice4Bolton, campaign against racism and fascism. For further information, please click on the link below:

Right To Protest Meeting

Alison Stanley speaking at UKCISA Conference

Date: 30 July 2011

Location: University of Bath

Alison StanleyAlison Stanley, head of the Immigration team at Bindmans LLP is speaking at the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) conference on the topic: 

Advising students bringing their family to the UK

This is a workshop aimed at experienced practitioners to look at the current immigration rules for students who wish to bring their family with them to the UK. It will cover both the rules for pre Tier 4 and Tier 4 and will also provide an opportunity to explore issues such as the sole responsibility rule for child applicants and cohabitation. 

For details about the conference please click here.

For details about the workshop please click here.

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