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Immigration Series 2018 - Immigration Conference

23 Nov 2018
09:30 - 15:30
Law Society House, Belfast See Details

A range of Immigration events will be taking place over the course of 2018.

The events have been designed to provide timely, relevant and topical updates, advice and guidance for members.

In addition to the Introduction to Immigration Law and Practice and the practical session on Presenting and Preparing a Case for Hearing before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, the series this year will include the inaugural Immigration Conference - in conjunction with the Immigration Practitioners Group.

The Conference will showcase a range of speakers and contributors and will include judicial input, expert speakers on areas of interest to practitioners and we will hear from Third Sector stakeholders working in the area of Immigration and Asylum.

The series seeks to enhance the knowledge base for practitioners engaging in or thinking of working in the field of Immigration and Asylum Law.



Time and location


CPD hours       

Friday 23 November 2018

Immigration Conference

Law Society House, Belfast

9.30am – 3.30pm

£30 *Min  donation

4 General Group Study

Speakers will include:

Fionnuala Connolly BL - Fionnuala was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1996. She worked for several years at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg and as a Senior Associate with White and Case LLP in Brussels. Fionnuala is author of Immigration Law in Northern Ireland: A Practitioners Guide (SLS 2011) and co-author of Planning and Judicial Review Case Summaries 1976 – 2016 (Planning Online, 2016). Fionnuala regularly delivers papers on immigration law, human rights, judicial review and administrative law and her areas of practice include immigration law, planning law, EU law, inquests, judicial review, administrative law and human rights. She is Chairperson of the Bar Immigration Practitioners Association (BIPA), President of the Franco-British Lawyers Society for Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland representative on the CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies in Europe) United Kingdom Delegation.

Maria McCloskey

Maria is an associate solicitor at Napier & Sons. She recently graduated from QUB with a Masters in Human Rights Law, submitting her dissertation on the subject of “Protecting Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum in the UK: How the UK is Failing Despite its Commitments on Paper’’. Maria is currently working on a part-time basis with NICRAS on a ‘legal services’ project and she was recently elected to the position of Chairperson of the Law Societys newly formed Immigration Practitioners Group.

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