Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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The UK immigration system - legislation and regulatory reform, implementation and impact, and tackling irregular migration

March 2020

This conference will discuss priorities for the UK immigration system, including reforming the migration law and tackling irregular migration.

The conference follows government’s recent publication of a policy paper which outlines its plans for a new UK points-based immigration system which:

  • changes the definition of a skilled worker to include A-Levels/Scottish Highers equivalent standard;
  • requires overseas citizens to achieve 70 points to be allowed to work in the UK which can be achieved through having a skilled job offer with an approved sponsor, speaking English, qualifications, the salary on offer and wanting to work in a shortage sector; and
  • lowers the salary threshold to £25,600 for skilled workers wanting to come to the UK as recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee.

We expect discussion on the government’s proposals which follow the  recently published recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee in its report on a points-based system and salary thresholds for immigration. There will also be discussion on the Law Commission’s proposed reforms to immigration rules, which focuses on simplification.


We are pleased to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from:

  • Professor Alan Manning, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science and Chair, Migration Advisory Committee;
  • Nicholas Paines QC, Commissioner, Public Law, Law Commission
  • John Tuckett, Commissioner, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner; and
  • Mateusz Stąsiek, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in London, First Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London.

Further speakers include: Deepa Chadha, UK Council for International Student Affairs; Colin Dobell, Mitie; Seema Farazi, EY; Matthew Percival, CBI; Councillor Rupinder Singh, Coventry City Council; Satbir Singh, JCWI; and Andrew Tingley, Womble Bond Dickinson.

Lord Dubs and Rt Revd Paul Butler the Lord Bishop of Durham have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

The agenda

  • The Migration Advisory Committee’s review - options for the salary threshold and a points-based immigration system;
  • Immigration rules - key points from the Law Commission’s reforms and priorities for regulation;
  • The UK’s future immigration system - implementation issues, routes to migration, and ensuring the system works for individuals, communities, and the economy;
  • What Brexit means for Polish nationals; and
  • Irregular migration and border control - improving cross-agency collaboration, workforce training, and human rights considerations.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Legal Policy Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the Home Office; MoJ; BEIS; UKRI; DfE; Home Office; Migration Advisory Committee; NAO; Office For Budget Responsibility; ONS; The Scottish Government and the Department for the Economy, NI.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates