Vulnerable Appellants / Witnesses And Those Lacking Capacity In The Immigration Tribunal

Vulnerable Appellants / Witnesses And Those Lacking Capacity In The Immigration Tribunal Webinar


Nadia Riaz


Most, if not all, of Garden Court North Chambers’ clients in the immigration and asylum tribunal are vulnerable by virtue of their age, health, traumatic experiences or personal characteristics. While the tribunal has good guidance in place, it is rarely used to best effect.

In this free webinar held on 28 June 2021, Lucy Mair of Garden Court North Chambers focuses on how to identify and evidence vulnerabilities early on and best safeguard and represent these clients.

Lucy looks at the Practice Direction, Joint Presidential Guidance Notes and AM (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and how they can be best utilised. She considers ground rules hearings and what types of accommodations can be sought in the giving of evidence by vulnerable clients. Lucy also examines how to apply for and appoint litigation friends. And finally, she discusses what type of medical and other evidence should be adduced to support an application to treat a witness as vulnerable or lacking in capacity.

Target Audience

This webinar is aimed at legal practitioners and those working with them, with an assumed basic knowledge of the topic area.


The recording and slides were available for three months following the event.

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Lucy Mair, Barrister, Garden Court North Chambers

Lucy is a human rights barrister who specialises in representing particularly vulnerable victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, torture, and sexual or other forms of exploitation at all levels in their immigration and asylum appeals and in judicial reviews.