Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery: A Practical Approach to the Impact on Current Criminal Legal Practice

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

This seminar aims to increase awareness about circumstances in which legal practitioners are likely to encounter victims of trafficking.

Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  
Areas of Law: Criminal Defence

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In light of the vulnerability of victims of human trafficking and forced labour, and the media attention subsequent cases attract, it is vitally important that practitioners can detect and defend victims caught up in criminal cases.

This seminar aims to increase awareness about circumstances in which legal practitioners are likely to encounter victims of trafficking. Speakers will provide tips about how to identify such victims and how to represent them in criminal proceedings.

Delegates will leave with an enhanced understanding of the issues facing lawyers representing victims of trafficking from the initial stages at the police station, to interviewing techniques, disclosure and court appearances.

This seminar will cover:

  • The National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
  • Judicial review vs abuse of process
  • How to deal with age disputes in criminal proceedings
  • The Crown’s perspective
  • The relevance of immigration status to criminal proceedings against a victim of trafficking

What is included?

  • 2.0 hours of fully-accredited CPD training
  • Talks prepared by specialist practitioners who work with and represent victims of human trafficking
  • Comprehensive notes for your future reference
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

Who should attend?

Criminal, immigration and employment law solicitors working with victims of trafficking who are either suspects or defendants in criminal proceedings.

About the speakers

Paramjit Ahluwalia, Criminal defence barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Regularly acts in criminal cases involving victims of trafficking and domestic slavery.

Henry Blaxland QC Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers
A highly experienced criminal defence practitioner. He recently appeared in two of the leading cases concerning the court’s approach to the prosecution of victims of trafficking, R v THN and others and R v M, B and G.

Michelle Brewer, Immigration law barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Michelle has expertise in cases involving victims of trafficking and was recently part of the legal team instructed for the interveners in the Supreme Court case of Hounga v Allen.

Ben Douglas-Jones Barrister, 5 Paper Buildings
Recently co-wrote the CPS Guidance on charging and prosecuting victims of human trafficking.

Deborah Lashley-Bobb, Anti-Trafficking Project, Afro-Asian Advisory Service (AAAS)
AAAS is a voluntary organisation that provides a specialist immigration information, advice and representation service.

Shu Shin Luh Public law barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Regularly acts on behalf of victims of trafficking as well as in judicial review challenges which address state failures to protect trafficking victims.

Philippa Southwell, Solicitor, Birds Solicitors
Specialises in representing victims of human trafficking who have been prosecuted and/or convicted of crimes in the UK.


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