Legal Advice Conference on 17th Feb

On February 17th, we will be running our first ever Legal Advice Conference

Taking place at the Victoria Centre in Sheffield, this one-day conference will feature input from Refugee ActionHaringey Migrant Support CentreBritish Red Cross and the New Evidence Support Team Leicester, Asylum AidLiverpool Law Clinic, alongside NACCOM Member Hope Projects.

The aim of the day is to equip and resource organisations working with destitute migrants with practical insight and support around the field of legal advice.

Tickets are priced at £15 for member representatives and £20 for non-members and lunch will be provided (please let us know if you have dietary requirements). There are still limited spaces available if you book before Tuesday 14th February. To secure your place today, click here


Programme for the day:

You can download a copy of the updated programme here.

10.30 – 10.45 Registration and refreshments

10.45 – 10.55  Welcome and Introduction – Julian Prior, Chair of Trustees and CEO of Action Foundation

11.00 – 11.30 Dilemmas and challenges for a support organisation engaging with legal advice: Hope Partnerships’ experience –  Phil Davis and Shari Brown

11.30 – 12.45 Workshop 1 (see below for choices)

12.45 – 1.45pm  Lunch

1.45 – 2.15pm – Presentation and questions on Refugee Action’s Frontline Immigration Advice Project, and what is immigration advice – Carolina Albuerne and Jackie Peirce

2.15 – 3.30 – Workshop 2 (see below for choices)

3.30 – 3.45 Break

3.45 – 4.30 – What can NACCOM do to help? (start in small groups to address this question, but in main room. Each small group is facilitated. After 15 minutes collect in plenary)

4.30 – 4.40 Thanks and close

Workshop sessions:

Session 1- choice of three

  1. a) Developing partnerships between legal advice organisations and support organisations,including how support organisations can work effectively with legal representatives(Karolina Maroszek, Haringey Migrant Support Centre and Carolina Albuerne, Refugee Action) 
  2. b) What is immigration advice? Staying legalJackie Peirce, solicitor,Refugee Action
  3. c) Routes forward: Fresh claims, Family and private life, Statelessness(session 1) Piotr Kuhiwczak, British Red Cross and New Evidence Support Team, Leicester; Huw Eliot, Asylum Aid; Jo Bezzano, Liverpool Law Clinic.

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO LIMITED NUMBERS THIS WORKSHOP IS REPEATED IN THE SECOND SESSION

Session 2 – choice of 2

  1. a) Relating merits of asylum claim to accommodation. The importance of a legally knowledgeable sector and the role of initial assessment at Hope. Using judges’ determination letters and client care letters. Phil Davis,Hope Partnerships, Birmingham
  2. b)Routes forward: Fresh claims, Family and private life, Statelessness(session 2) Piotr Kuhiwczak, British Red Cross and New Evidence Support Team, Leicester; Huw Eliot, Asylum Aid; Jo Bezzano, Liverpool Law Clinic.

Delegates will be invited to choose which sessions they would like to attend before the event- please let us know in advance to help with planning.

We would love to see you there so please spread the word about this event and book your space today.

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