JCWI's course trainers
Navtej Singh Ahluwalia
Navi is a practicing barrister at Garden Court Chambers specializing in public law, EU law and immigration and asylum law with over 12 years of experience in these areas. He is the former Assistant Director of Advice on Individual Rights in Europe, the AIRE Centre and former Head of International Legal Affairs at the Sikh Human Rights Group. He regularly teaches at seminars organized by the Council of Europe, UNHCR and non-governmental organizations for the judiciary and for civil society throughout central and Eastern Europe. He was counsel in MF (Article 8 – new Rules) and junior counsel in MM and others.
Brendan has specialised in UK Immigration Law since setting up Beder-Harrison & Co in 1992. This followed him studying Comparative Immigration Law for his Master of Laws Degree at University College London where he also undertook a specialist course in Law Lecturing. He lectured in Commercial Law whilst completing a B.A. and LL.B. Degree in South Africa also completing his Legal Training with a leading law firm and working for a Judge of the Supreme Court. Brendan’s Practice has developed a niche in respect of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Sponsor Licence work as well as all other areas of Immigration Law leading to Settlement and Naturalisation. He provides Immigration services to Corporate and Private Clients of a number of firms of Solicitors. Brendan is frequently called on by these firms to provide presentations updating their partners and key clients on all aspects of and changes to UK Immigration Law. Brendan qualified in Executive Coaching at Regents College in 2005 and provides coaching to mainly Law and other Professionals.
Rimmy has been providing immigration advice since 1996 and has extensive knowledge of the Points-Based System. Rimmy has worked for Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 law firms as well as the immigration practices for “Big Four” accounting firms. She has advised and trained global mobility departments of major multinationals and universities in HR compliance, Sponsor duties, and complex Sponsor Licence cases. Throughout her work experience, Rimmy has covered a broad spectrum of work such as leave to remain/entry clearance applications, family applications, all types of visitor categories, EEA applications, settlement/citizenship, Tier 1 - entrepreneur and investor applications, Tier 5 – government authorised exchange, youth mobility schemes, interns, sole representative visas and appeals. Given the expertise she has gained Rimmy shares her practical knowledge and gives holistic advice in all training courses offering alternative solutions to complex scenarios. Rimmy participated in a weekly radio show for a year, answering live questions on all aspects of immigration. She also presents business immigration seminars on behalf of external training organizations and active involvement with ILPA for consultation responses to UKBA. Rimmy is now a Managing Director of a niche immigration practice, and also continues to train lawyers or HR professionals on changes in the immigration rules.
Julian works as a freelance lecturer and trainer and, with various firms, as a consultant in immigration and asylum law and practice. Before becoming a freelancer, he had a 15 year career as a solicitor specialising in this area of work. Julian trained and qualified as a solicitor at Wilson LLP, and has worked as an asylum appeal caseworker for the Refugee Legal Centre, as a solicitor in private practice and as a senior lawyer and training manager for the Immigration Advisory Service. He is currently updating the JCWI Handbook
Nicola is the supervising solicitor at JCWI. She has 8 years’ experience working in immigration and asylum. Nicola was ranked as an associate to watch in the 2013 edition of Chambers and Partners. Nicola has a particular expertise in challenging detention. She has secured the release of numerous clients from detention by way of bail and has obtained over £200,000 in damages for those found to be unlawfully detained.
Emma is a Legal Project Manager at The AIRE Centre. She manages the Women in Prison project, running legal advice surgeries in prisons across England. Prior to joining the AIRE Centre Emma ran a Big-Lottery funded project focusing on improving the delivery of welfare services and working with local and national government on system reform in the welfare sector. She previously worked as a Caseworker for a London anti-poverty charity and provided advice and representation in tribunals and Magistrates’ Courts challenging government decisions on welfare, housing and debt on behalf of vulnerable claimants.
After obtaining his PhD at Manchester University and pursuing a career in academic research on asylum-related topics, Edward switched to legal practice in 2003, joining the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit. From 2006 to 2011 he worked at the Immigration Advisory Service in the north west of England, with joint responsibility for Upper Tribunal (IAC) matters and the delivery of training. He is a member of the Law Society's Immigration Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme and a member of the Consulting Editorial Board (Immigration) of Lexis PSL. Following a period in private practice at immigration specialists Latitude Law in Manchester, he is now practising as an OISC-regulated freelance advocate in the First tier and Upper Tribunals and regularly delivers training on all aspects of immigration law.
Mavelyn is an employed Barrister at Harris Ali Solicitors. She specializes in asylum, immigration and human rights law, with nearly 20 years experience in these areas. She is a former Legal Officer at the Refugee Legal Centre, and former Head of Immigration and Antons Solicitors. She regularly trains caseworkers and solicitors in her specialist areas, and has also taught Immigration Law as part of the Legal Practice Course for solicitors, and taught undergraduates. She was counsel, in the Court of Appeal, on JD (Congo) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department  which concerned the ‘second appeals test’; and MI & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department  which concerned the meaning of ‘persecution’.