Free Hybrid Event - Can't Buy Me Love: The New Minimum Income Requirement (MIR)

Tuesday 6 February 2024, 6pm - 7.30pm


This event was brought to you by the Garden Court Immigration Team.

Date: Tuesday 6 February 2024
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm, Followed by networking drinks for in-person delegates
Venue: Chambers & Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Immigration and Family Law Crossover , Immigration Law , Immigration Detention, Asylum and Deportation , Immigration and Family Law Crossover

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The Minimum Income Requirement for partners has always posed problems for people of limited means. But far more will be affected by the upcoming dramatic raise requiring income of £29,000, due to take effect in Spring 2024. Prudent advisors and clients need to start their planning now.

We discussed:

  • The courts’ reaction to target incomes so far
  • How to meet the income requirement and the relaxations under the Rules
  • Proportionality arguments when the minimum income just can’t be met

Speakers from the Garden Court Immigration Team discussed legal and practical solutions for clients now facing indefinite separation from a loved one.

Our Immigration Team won 'Immigration Set of the Year' at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2023. We have been awarded the highest ‘Band 1’ status for immigration law by Chambers & Partners and we are ranked in 'Tier 1' in the Legal 500 UK Bar rankings. We are the only 'Tier 1' ranked chambers in immigration law.



Ubah Dirie, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Ubah is recognised as a tenacious and client focused advocate who specialises in advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, EU free movement, deportation and detention. She regularly appears in the First tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal. Ubah has developed a reputation as a practitioner who has the ability to explain complex points of law in a simple and straightforward way. She is ranked for immigration in the Legal 500 2024 and as 'Up and Coming' in Chambers UK 2024.

Mark Symes, Garden Court Chambers
Mark Symes provides advice and representation in all areas of immigration, asylum, and human rights law, including European Union free movement law. He has represented clients in every court from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. Mark deals with work ranging from business immigration and entry clearance representations and appeals, to refugee and criminal deportation cases. Mark regularly represents individuals who face separation from loved ones. He is one of the elite top-ranked barristers for immigration in Chambers UK (Band 1) and the Legal 500 2024.

Georgie Rea, Garden Court Chambers
Georgie is developing a broad public law practice, whilst specialising in immigration & asylum, housing, education, and community care law. Georgie has successfully represented lay clients in statutory appeals before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunals and drafted Grounds of Appeal in complex cases. She has experience in a wide range of immigration law matters, including complex asylum, deportation, human rights appeals, public law challenges to fresh claim decisions, and more novel challenges to the passport office. Georgie was shortlisted as a finalist for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year in 2022.

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