About ILPA

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is a professional association the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors and advocates practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. Academics, non-governmental organisations and individuals with a substantial interest in the law are also members.

Founded in 1984 by leading practitioners in the field, ILPA exists to promote and improve advice and representation in immigration, asylum and nationality law, through an extensive programme of training and disseminating information and by providing research and opinion that draw on the experiences of members.  ILPA is represented on numerous Government, official and non-Governmental advisory groups and regularly provides evidence to [parliamentary and official enquiries].

ILPA is a registered charity (No. 1155286) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 2350422).  The Committee of Trustees is elected annually by the membership. The work of members is supported by a Secretariat of paid staff. 

Our role and its context

The Secretariat does not give advice to members of the public on individual cases but works closely with members to ensure that they are enabled to do their best for their clients. It runs ILPA’s busy training programme and produces a wide range of information for members and non-members.

ILPA is not a regulatory body. It requires all members giving immigration advice to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Institute of Legal Executives or the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), or the equivalent professional bodies in the countries in which they work.  It is a requirement of membership of ILPA that a member adheres to ILPA's Guidelines for its members.

The links on this page will take you to more information about ILPA’s work, examples of which will be found throughout this website. To view the members’ pages you must be logged in as a member.  Find out how to apply for membership.

Read our Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Read our latest Annual Report

See our latest Accounts

Strategic Plan 2015 - 2018

ILPA is a registered charity (No. 1155286) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 2350422)

Lindsey House, 40/42 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6JN

Objectives and history

The objectives of ILPA are:

  • To promote the advising and representation of immigrants
  • To provide information to members & others on domestic and European immigration, asylum and nationality law
  • To secure a non-racist, non-sexist, just and equitable system of immigration, asylum and nationality law practice
  • These are set out in full in ILPA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

History of ILPA

The inaugural meeting of ILPA took place in the House of Commons on 12 July 1984, the date on which ILPA published its first bulletin for members.  Subcommittees were formed: an international committee, a committee on secondary immigration and a committee on refugee and asylum law, rapidly followed by committees on employment and immigration, the European Economic Community and on deportation.  ILPA embarked upon its influencing work, submitting evidence to the House of Commons sub-committee on Race Relations and Immigration and entering into correspondence with the Home Office, with whom meetings were held.  ILPA successfully persuaded parliament to reject provisions of the Administration of Justice Bill 1984 that would have restricted immigrants’ rights of appeal to the Court of Appeal in cases where an application for judicial review had been refused.  A training programme was established, which complemented panel discussions for members.

The first Annual General Meeting of the Association was held on 13 December 1984 when the first Executive Committee was elected and provision was made for regional subcommittees to be established.  ILPA became a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in 1989.

The objects of the Association have stood the test of time and ILPA’s activities today would be recognisable to those present in 1984.  ILPA members continue to come together to promote excellence in immigration, asylum and nationality law practice and to organise as subcommittees. Training and the dissemination of information have remained ILPA’s core activities and both are highly valued by the profession.  ILPA’s bulletin is recognisable in the respected [Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law] and in the detailed [monthly updates to all members]. The tradition of successful work with parliament has continued, as has that of raising and discussing concerns and criticisms directly with officials.   Despite the many changes in law and procedure between then and now, the range of concerns raised by practitioners is still recognisable and their commitment to working for the rights of refugees and migrants remains unflagging.

ILPA became a registered charity in January 2014.  The Executive Committee became the Committee of Trustees.


Missing links

Intro - Parliamentary and official enquiries
History - Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, and Monthly updates to all members