Children: Persistent offending as a bar to Naturalisation, Deportation & Exile

Thursday 10 June 2021

This webinar is brought to you by the Garden Court Chambers Immigration Team and the Garden Court Youth Justice and Child Rights Team.

Our panel of speakers are from the Garden Court Chambers Immigration Team, the only set of barristers awarded the highest ‘Band 1’ status for immigration law advice by the independent Chambers Bar Guide rankings and the only set in 'Tier 1' of the Legal 500 rankings:

Date: Thursday 10 June 2021
Time: 5pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Immigration Law , Criminal Defence , Youth Justice & Child Rights

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This webinar will look at how persistent childhood criminal offending can prevent naturalisation and result in deportation orders. The panel will discuss the immigration consequences of childhood offending, aimed at criminal practitioners, and will explore the potential for legal challenge given the academic research and understanding of childhood offending and desistance.

This webinar is aimed at criminal practitioners seeking to understand the immigration consequences of childhood offending.




Sonali Naik QC, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Sonali Naik QC is a senior public law and immigration practitioner with over 28 years’ experience who specialises in public law cases and in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. Sonali is ranked for immigration in Chambers UK 2020 and has a significant Higher Courts practice. She conducts almost exclusively leading work at all levels: the Court of Appeal, the Administrative Court and in the Upper Tribunal in statutory appeals and judicial reviews. She has very substantial immigration and asylum experience in her High Court and appellate court practice, acting in various country guidance asylum cases, most recently in AS(Afghanistan) in the Court of Appeal, the latest leading case on internal relocation. Sonali has an extensive judicial review practice in the areas of Article 8 ECHR certification, nationality, challenges to Home Office policy, trafficking and unlawful detention.

Sonali is Chair of Liberty and a trustee of Freedom From Torture and the Immigrant’s Aid Trust (charitable arm of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants), a member of the JUSTICE Council and she was appointed to the JUSTICE Working Group on Reform of Immigration and Asylum system. She won Lawyer of the Year at the Diversity Legal Awards 2018. She won Highly Commended for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity & Inclusion at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019. She was a finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and was featured as The Times’ Lawyer of the Week in January 2018.

Greg Ó Ceallaigh, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Greg Ó Ceallaigh is a barrister specialising in human rights, asylum and immigration and public law. Described as "very, very effective" Greg is ranked in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2021 and the Legal 500 2021 for immigration. Greg has over a decade of experience in immigration law and has acted in all kinds of matters ranging from the most complex asylum and human rights claims to Tier 1 Investor cases. The core of Greg's practice is public law challenges to decisions of the Home Office and other bodies dealing with the rights of migrants either in the Administrative Court or the Upper Tribunal. He is also an extremely experienced Tribunal advocate both at the First-tier and the Upper Tribunal and is regularly instructed in his own right in the Court of Appeal. He has much experience of urgent removal cases and is comfortable taking instructions at short notice.

Greg writes for Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice and Butterworths Immigration Law Service. He is a regular contributor to Free Movement, and has been featured in national and international press as an expert on immigration issues and the refugee crisis, including the Independent, Wall Street Journal, RTS and Al Jazeera. He is on the Lexisnexis Panel of experts.

Helen Foot, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Helen is a barrister specialising in immigration, public law, human rights and nationality law. Helen is an experienced advocate in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal and the Administrative Court. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, where she acted as junior counsel for the appellants in KO (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53 and R(Hysaj and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 82 and has expertise in representing individuals whose citizenship is subject to deprivation proceedings where fraud is alleged.

Helen’s judicial review practice comprises challenges to immigration detention, removal and deportation, certification of protection claims and decisions under the National Referral Mechanism for identifying victims of trafficking and modern slavery. Helen also acts in civil claims against public authorities in the immigration context, including claims in false imprisonment and claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998.

Dr Tim Bateman, Academic at University of Bedfordshire & Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice Associate
Tim’s main research and teaching interests are youth crime and youth justice. He has been in post at the University of Bedfordshire since 2010, having previously worked as a policy officer for a national charity and a youth justice social worker in a number of local authorities. Between 2015–2017, he was seconded full time to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England as Principal Policy Officer (Youth Justice).

Tim is currently Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ), deputy director of the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime; co-editor of Safer Communities journal; and on the editorial board of Youth Justice Journal and Child and Family Law Quarterly. He authored ‘The state of youth justice 2020’, published by NAYJ.

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