About this event

Digitalisation has transformed UK immigration practice in recent years, from online application procedures and the introduction of digital status in some routes, through to the 2019 expansion of use of eGates by certain ‘low risk’ nationalities. The pace of change is not going to let up, as the government’s stated intention is for a ‘fully digital border’ by 2025. Keeping on top of these changes is now a crucial element of day-to-day practice.

This webinar will look at key practical issues and problems in the digitalisation of UK immigration control, and how the legal regime underpinning the new processes can struggle to keep up.

Topics covered will include:

  • E-Gates/examination on entry and the future Electronic Travel Authorisation regime
  • Digitalisation and the EU Settlement Scheme; application and post-application experiences, including at the border
  • Digital application procedures, the Sponsorship Roadmap and new illegal working systems
  • Data sharing/use of data and privacy
  • Automated decision making


Kathryn Denyer

Managing Practice Development Lawyer, Lewis Silkin

Kathryn Denyer is a Managing Practice Development Lawyer for the Immigration & Global Mobility team at Lewis Silkin LLP. She joined the firm in October 2018.

Kathryn regularly advises and publishes articles on changes to primary and secondary legislation, the Immigration Rules, case law, immigration policy and operational practice. She also undertakes research on specific legal and practical aspects of client scenarios. Kathryn has specialised in UK immigration law since 2004, working for both multinational and boutique practices. She has a broad and detailed knowledge of UK immigration law and practice, having worked on the launch, development and maintenance of Lexis PSL Immigration between 2011 and 2018. She qualified as a legal practitioner in New South Wales, Australia, in 2001.

John Vassiliou

Senior Associate, Shepherd and Wedderburn

John Vassiliou is an immigration and nationality solicitor at Shepherd and Wedderburn. He primarily advises in business migration, global mobility, family migration, and complex nationality cases. He has a background in asylum, human rights and litigation, having acted for clients in the Tribunals and higher courts including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. John is a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in UK immigration and nationality law. He regularly writes opinion pieces, case notes, and training materials for the Free Movement website. John is co-convener of ILPA's Scotland Working Group and has recently been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.

Luke Piper

Head of Policy and Advocacy, the3million

Luke Piper is the Head of Policy and Advocacy at the3million, the largest campaign group representing the interests of EU citizens and their family members impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Luke, a non-practicing solicitor, has worked in the migration sector for over a decade and developed a particular expertise relating to the Citizens’ Rights, the Withdrawal Agreement and their application in the legal and political spheres. A key area of focus has been the developed of digitised systems relating to the EU Settlement Scheme and the roll out of UKVI’s ‘View and Prove’ dubbed ‘digital-only immigration status’.

Jonathan Kingham

Head of LexisPSL Immigration, LexisNexis

Jonathan Kingham is the head of LexisPSL Immigration. Jonathan specialises in business and personal immigration law, with particular expertise in the EU Settlement Scheme and other Brexit-related issues. He is a co-convenor of the European working group of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He also represents ILPA on the Home Office’s Simplification of the Immigration Rules Taskforce. In practice he has worked at North Star Law, Kingsley Napley and Bates Wells, where he advised on family immigration matters, nationality applications, and all aspects of business immigration, including applications by entrepreneurs and investors, and sponsorship under Tier 2 of the pre-Brexit Points-Based System.