Immigration Law and Policy Update
Date: Thursday 22 March 2018
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Venue: Stamford Auckland, 22 - 26 Albert St Auckland
Attend and earn 4 CPD hours
With significant changes and cases shaking up immigration law a number of complex issues have arisen. Explore these issues with leading experts, including the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. Gain 4 CPD hours while attending an information packed morning featuring critical updates and incisive analysis for you to implement in your practice.
Chair: Deborah Manning, Barrister
Immigration Case Law Update
Highlights in recent immigration case law in the courts and what the decisions mean for you representing clients before the IPT and Immigration NZ, with a particular focus on:
- Judicial challenges of IPT resident / non-resident deportation appeals and residence appeals
- Judicial challenges of discretionary immigration decision-making
Presented by Richard McLeod, Principal, McLeod & Associates and Somang You, Senior Solicitor, Ryken and Associates
Ethical Issues, Conflicts of Interest and Topical Professional Conduct Matters for Licensed Immigration Advisers
- Code of Conduct 'hotspots'
- Tripartite contractual relationships and third party arrangements
- Recent decisions by the Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal (IACDT)
- Risk management strategies
Presented by Peter Moses, Barrister
INSIGHTS FROM THE MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION & EMPLOYMENT: Immigration Policy Work Programme
Presented by Zoe Wyatt, Principal Advisor, Immigration Policy, Labour & Immigration Policy Branch, Labour, Science and Enterprise Group, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Immigration Law in Practice
- Employment: recent changes to the Immigration Instructions and their implications for employers and work visa holders
- Medical issues in the context of temporary and resident visa applications
Presented by Rita Worner, Senior Solicitor and Julia Strickett, Senior Solicitor, Lane Neave
- Review recent key cases in immigration law
- Gain a deeper understanding of ethical issues and conflicts of interest in immigration practice
- Examine employment law in the context of immigration and recent policy developments
- Receive an immigration Policy Work Programme update from the MBIE
Chair: Deborah Manning
Deborah Manning is a Law Honours graduate from the University of Auckland (BA/LLB, Hons). Since admission to the Bar in 1999, Deborah has been practicing in refugee and immigration law (including citizenship), and human rights law (including family, civil, employment and criminal law). Deborah is assisted by Maithili Sreen (barrister) in her practice.
Richard holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Otago and a Masters degree in Law from Victoria University, Wellington. After working with Amnesty International in London, Richard commenced a PhD scholarship researching international refugee law at Kobe University, Japan, before moving to Hong Kong in 1997 where he worked as a legal advocate with Pam Baker & Associates, representing hundreds of Vietnamese refugees in legal battles against the Hong Kong Government. His experiences affirmed for Richard that his future lay in the world of migration, putting him in good stead for a career advocating for migrants from all corners of the world, with a particular interest in refugee and asylum cases. After returning to New Zealand in 1999, Richard won thousands of immigration and asylum cases at departmental, appellate and court levels. Since founding McLeod & Associates in 2002, he has been involved in a number of high profile immigration cases including the Ahmed Zaoui case - which was fought and won at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court levels. He is regularly instructed to act for both individuals and large corporations in a variety of immigration disputes and litigation proceedings, and regularly works with Queens Counsel and other senior practitioners on complex immigration, human rights and refugee cases. Richard has appeared on TV and National Radio as an immigration expert and is a regular contributor to Law Society seminars and Continuing Legal Education. Having lived and travelled so extensively abroad, Richard has a particular affinity and respect for migrants to New Zealand and is frequently moved by the goodwill, decency and tenacity that he observes in so many of his clients. Outside the office, Richard loves travelling abroad, spending time with friends, boating, playing tennis, skiing, dancing, and fishing in the world's greatest country. His best getaway spot is to Hahei, Coromandel and his favourite slice of New Zealand paradise is right next door - at Cathedral Cove, Coromandel.
Somang graduated from Victoria University in Wellington in 2009 and moved to Auckland to join Ryken and Associates. He advises businesses and individuals on all aspects of immigration law and policy. Somang has extensive experience representing clients before Immigration New Zealand, conducting appeals at the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, and preparing judicial review and appeal proceedings at the High Court. Throughout his career, Somang has worked on numerous cases involving complex issues of administrative law and human rights in the refugee and immigration context and takes a special interest in advocating for the rights and protection of vulnerable people.
Peter is a barrister and is based in central Auckland. He specialises in immigration and refugee law. Peter started in this field as a Refugee Status Officer with the New Zealand Immigration Service (as it was then known). Since leaving the public sector in 2002 Peter has worked as a lawyer in private practice. Peter's current practice as a barrister covers the whole range of immigration work, extending from advice and representation in non-contentious and business migration matters, to deportation cases, refugee claims and all types of appeals. He also acts for clients in disciplinary proceedings, civil disputes, employment and summary criminal matters.
Zoe Wyatt is a Principal Advisor in the Immigration Policy Team at MBIE and based in Wellington. The Policy Team is small and separate from Immigration New Zealand, although works closely with them to ensure that immigration policies are able to be implemented effectively. Zoe's responsibilities focus on the labour market and economic outcomes sought from the immigration system (as opposed to the security, trade, social or humanitarian outcomes). She joined MBIE in September 2017. Prior to this she was at the New Zealand Treasury and the UK Cabinet Office.
Rita is a specialist immigration lawyer based in the Lane Neave Auckland office. She is experienced in preparing a wide range of visa applications, as well as providing practical and strategic advice on more complicated matters including Special Directions to the Minister, appeals, medical and character waivers, and INZ employer accreditations. She also has experience in regulating immigration advisers through monitoring compliance against competency standards.
Julia is a specialist immigration lawyer with experience in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. She has practiced extensively in immigration law, including a period working for a leading immigration and refugee law firm in the UK and in the area of policy and law reform in Australia. During her career, Julia has gained extensive experience preparing complex appeals, instructing prominent human rights law barristers and working with a politically-exposed person client base. In her current role, Julia advises individuals and employers on a broad range of visa applications, as well as special direction requests to the Minister, appeals and formal complaints. Julia excels at providing sound strategic and pragmatic advice on a wide range immigration-related matters. Julia has also worked with refugee communities in Australia and New Zealand, including unaccompanied minors in detention and school-aged refugees.
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