Joining ILPA

Joining ILPA is your opportunity to get involved, alongside leading practitioners, in improving the quality of immigration advice & representation and in influencing the development of immigration law. 

Law Centres / Local Citizens' Advice Bureaux

Law Centres, local Citizens' Advice Bureaux and not-for-profits (voluntary sector organisations, whether or not charities) with a turnover of less than £500,000.

With 1-5 barristers, advisers or fee earners

Barristers Chambers with 1-5 barristers, OISC regulated organisations with 1-5 advisers, Solicitor firms with 1-5 fee earners, Alternative Business Structures with 1-5 fee earners and all organisations not listed elsewhere.

With 6-25 barristers, advisers or fee earners

Barristers Chambers with 6-25 barristers, OISC regulated organisations with 6-25 advisers, Solicitor firms with 6-25 fee earners, Alternative Business Structures with 6-25 fee earners and not-for-profits (voluntary sector organisations, whether or not charities) with a turnover of over £500,000.

Over 26 barristers, advisers or fee earners

Barristers Chambers with over 26 barristers, OISC regulated organisations with over 26 advisers, Solicitor firms with over 26 fee earners, Alternative Business Structures with over 26 fee earners.

Additional postage fee applies for overseas members, £30 to Europe and £80 for the rest of the world.

Full time student / retired member * / unemployed

You will need to provide proof of FULL TIME student status or proof of unemployment. Retired members refers to former members who are NOT employed or self-employed (including working on a consultancy basis) and do not intend to be so engaged at any time in the future. Those not fitting this description must apply for individual membership.

Pupil barristers / trainee solicitors

You will need to provide proof of pupillage or training contract.

All other individuals

As part of your application you will need to state where you are employed.

Practising barristers, solicitors and advisors (5-10 years)

Practising barristers between 5 and 10 years call. Practising solicitors with between 5 and 10 years since first entered on the roll of solicitors. Advisers accredited with the OISC/registered with CILEX for between 5 and 10 years.

Practising barristers, solicitors and advisors (10+ years)

Practising barristers over 10 years call. Practising solicitos with over 10 years pqe. Advisers accredited with the OISC/registered with CILEX for more than 10 years.

Additional postage fee applies for overseas members, £30 to Europe and £80 for the rest of the world.

Benefits of joining

  • Reduced rates for all ILPA training

  • A listing in ILPA’s Directory of Members

  • ILPA’s monthly mailing updating you on new developments

  • Email alerts on developments of importance

  • Opportunities to participate in specialist members-only working groups, through e-groups and meetings

  • Free copies of ILPA publications including best practice guides

  • Opportunities to become involved in the influencing work of the Association

"ILPA is an invaluable resource which provides us with information and wisdom.  The determined campaigning that ILPA undertakes is vital to maintaining a check and balance to current immigration policy."

Emma Brooksbank, Simpson Millar LLP, Leeds

Membership information

Who is ILPA for?

ILPA membership is open to those who are substantially engaged or interested in the law.  Those giving advice and representation must be regulated by a recognised professional body, with a code of conduct and the power to discipline its members. Full details are set out in Articles 3 and 4 of ILPA's Articles of Association.

Membership is open to individuals and organisations and the categories of membership are set out in the membership application pack. Members must adhere to ILPA's Guidelines for members.

Further information about ILPA

ILPA was founded in 1984 and remains true to the principles of its founders, as set out in ILPA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. These describe our work to promote standards of best practice, and the breadth of all of all our activities.

We work across all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality law, concerning migrants from all countries of the world, without discrimination. 

Members share and disseminate information and views on immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice in the United Kingdom and beyond.

ILPA members communicate by email as well as face to face and through meetings and mailings.  Members share information and views with other members; contribute to [ILPA's monthly mailing], to subcommittee email groups and to discussions. ILPA’s strength is that all members support each other.  Members’ contributions are also what make ILPA’s influencing work so powerful, as members feedback their views on those making decisions on law and practice.

ILPA highly-regarded training sessions are an opportunity for trainers and attendees to share in a collaborative project to improve knowledge and standards of practice.  They are unique.  We also team up with others, in the UK and overseas, for training and conferences. Members contribute to training sessions as attendees and as trainers and suggestions from members' inform the development of ILPA's training programme.

The special character of ILPA is that practitioner members do not simply voice their own interests but the interests of clients and of a just and equitable, non-sexist and non-racist immigration, asylum and nationality law practice.  ILPA uses its powerful voice in influencing work to speak up for the rule of law and for people under immigration control. ILPA members have frequently spoken up for measures that will make their own lives as practitioners more difficult, because these measures would be better for people under immigration control.  Opposition to racism and sexism in immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice informs all ILPA’s work.

 We hope that you will want to be part of that project and look forward to receiving your application.