After a successful series in early 2011, the IRC is pleased to announce that the masterclasses are starting again in December 2011 and will be held monthly until May 2012.  Aimed primarily at legal practitioners, the classes are also useful for other professionals.  The speakers are experts in their fields, in Ireland or the UK, and provide up-to-date information and guidance to assist in providing quality legal advice and assistance to individuals.

The first masterclass will cover the case law and legislative framework concerning exclusion and revocation, the Irish scheme allowing for revocation, compatibility of the scheme with the Qualification Directive, jurisdiction of the High Court on a statutory appeal, lessons from UK jurisprudence and practice and practical advice for assisting a client facing revocation.

5 CPD points available.

Speakers:  David Leonard BL and Mark Symes, Barrister-at-Law, London

David Leonard is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and a practising barrister who specialises in asylum, immigration and human rights law.  He has appeared in many judicial review applications and statutory appeals in the High Court and Supreme Court concerning asylum and immigration.  He is also co-ordinator of the Asylum and Immigration Law module on the Barrister-at-Law degree at the King’s Inns, Dublin.

Mark Symes is a barrister who provides advice and representation in all areas of immigration, asylum and human rights law dealing with cases from visas to refugee and criminal deportation cases.  He undertakes advocacy before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in the UK and the Court of Appeal and has a flourishing Judicial Review practice specialising in refugee and subsidiary protection.  He is co-author of ‘Asylum Law and Practice’ (Bloomsbury Press, 2nd edn.)