On 22 November Goldsmith Chambers welcomed a wide range of immigration and civil practitioners to its Seminar on Unlawful Detention and False Imprisonment, hosted at BPP University in Holborn. Attendees heard presentations from four members of Chambers, before having the opportunity to discuss further over drinks.
Head of Chambers Anthony Metzer QC opened the event with an overview of the substantive law of unlawful detention and a summary of recent key cases, including R (Kajuga) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 240 in which he was leading Counsel. Pierre Georget of Chambers’ immigration team followed with a guide to the law and practice of Immigration Bail.
Samina Iqbal, joint head of the immigration team, also an experienced immigration practitioner, discussed the approach to starting a claim for unlawful detention or false imprisonment in the civil courts, drawing upon recent examples of successful claims she has been instructed on. Finally, Barry Coulter, head of the civil team, explained the key elements of civil procedure, particularly useful for those in the audience with a more specialist immigration practice.
In addition to copies of the presentations, attendees were provided with a comprehensive ‘Practice Note for Immigration Detention’ produced by Daniel Searle, who has experience in both civil and immigration matters. A copy of the Practice Note can be found here.