September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Lewis Silkin LLP,
5 Chancery Lane

Windrush and the Hostile Environment: A Human Rights Perspective


6.00pm Tuesday 24 September 2019

Lewis Silkin LLP, 5 Chancery Lane, London, EC4A 1BL


The Human Rights Lawyers Association is pleased to invite you to a public event to discuss the government’s response to the Windrush scandal as well as the broader implications of the Hostile Environment policy from a human rights perspective.


The event will be held on Tuesday 24th September 2019, from 6.00pm – 7.45pm at Lewis Silkin LLP.


On 16 April 2018, the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd apologized formally to the members of the Windrush generation. The government set up a taskforce to review cases, initiated a compensation scheme and abandoned the term ‘hostile environment’.


The panel will discuss the impact of the steps taken by the government and the current situation of the Windrush generation. Speakers will comment on whether the official end of the hostile environment policy was mirrored by a noticeable change in how migrants are treated by the Home Office and other public authorities, drawing on current issues such as the EU Settlement Scheme or the TOEIC English language tests.


In doing so, the panel will examine the human rights law framework that applies to immigration policy and review the UK’s compliance with it.


The discussion will include a Q&A session for audience members to participate in the debate.



Speakers include:

Martin Forde QC –  (Independent Advisor on the Windrush Compensation Scheme/ Barrister, 1 Crown Office Row) 

Amelia Gentleman – (Journalist, The Guardian)

Sonali Naik QC – (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers)

Chai Patel – (Legal Policy Director, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants JCWI)



To RSVP for this free event, please contact administrator@hrla.org.uk.

We will accommodate any reasonable adjustments in order to meet the needs of our guests so please do notify us of these when registering.



We are tremendously grateful to our hosts at Lewis Silkin for their support of this event