HJT first published its Immigration Manual providing a comprehensive knowledge base for every aspect of immigration law. Many of the UK’s leading immigration law trainers have subsequently worked on its development.
About HJT Training
HJT has been training people in government, business, NGOs and local authorities since 2003, when it was first set up by barristers David Jones and Mark Symes. We now offer specialist training around human rights and business issues, as well as specific areas of law, including immigration and employment law.
At the outset, we have aimed to make legal expertise accessible to those who need it and to ensure that people’s individual rights and interests are protected. Accessibility is still core to our values – to give people an understanding of how best to apply key human rights-related principles in their daily work – whether it is related to corporate responsibility, immigration concerns, or employment law.
Two things mark out HJT. Firstly, we offer legal training that is designed to ensure that practitioners have a foundation in every dimension of immigration law, not just in theory but taught to a standard that gets them through the accreditation exams. Secondly, we offer training to non-lawyers – be they civil servants, local government officials, human resources professionals – that really delivers professional insight and expertise that will help them in their daily work.
We design our courses to be as practical as possible, so that people can immediately apply the knowledge gained in their daily work. We have systems to keep on top of legislative change and trends – so that our clients don’t have to, because we pass on that knowledge so our clients have it at their fingertips. Our subscription Mastering Immigration Law, over two decades of development, is extensively updated and amended every month to provide practitioners with the most up to date information on the law. This gives us an unrivalled foresight into the issues and compliancy requirements faced by both businesses and government today, to help them plan and prepare. It’s what makes us different from the rest!
We work hard to continually update, sharpen and evolve our knowledge, ensuring that insights and information are shared with trainees. People who attend our courses have access to key experts including leaders in NGOs and non-for-profit organisations, academics, business executives and advisers. We work with a number of partner companies and affiliates who contribute to help us make our training topical and compelling. With a combination of face-to-face courses and online courses, we aim to maximise training benefits by minimising impact on working schedule.
HJT Training are also responsible for supplying the OISC assessment papers across all 3 levels, the marking and moderation process, and the communication of exam results with examinees. We are working hard with the OISC to ensure that together we raise the standard of legal representation in the OISC sector and hope that the accreditation scheme will help us to achieve this whilst ensuring fairness, consistency and accessibility for all.
HJT has always maintained ethical values. In the early days of the immigration accreditation exams we shared our training materials with NGO providers including JCWI, we sponsored research and publications involving country evidence and refugee law with the major national NGOs RMJ and IAS, and we make our Mastering Immigration Law resource available to small NGOs working on a non-profit basis.
HJT designed a four-day course which trained most of the UK’s leading immigration solicitors and caseworkers to pass the new Law Society accreditation exams for publicly funded firms.
Working with Affinity Skillbase and pursuing the objectives agreed by UNHCR, HJT provided a multi-day course to train 300 “new asylum model” case owners at the Home Office: grant rates subsequently exceeded 50% on the pilot project.
Working with Casetrack.com, HJT provided commercial law online courses written by leading junior barristers.
Working with Capita, HJT provided the immigration expertise to train MP’s research assistants so that they could more effectively handle their immigration casework.
Since then HJT has been a preferred supplier of Bar Council approved training and provides online courses for public access barristers wishing to represent clients on a “public access” basis. Also, HJT has set exams and marked the exam papers for the OISC immigration assessments.
Since then HJT has assisted with developing the core knowledge base text for the Law Society for their Immigration and Asylum Re-accreditation process. Also, HJT launched its Mastering Immigration Law, a constantly updated comprehensive online resource covering every aspect of immigration law.
HJT launched its Mastering the Points Based System, the first integrated and updatable resource for practitioners specialising in economic migration.
Official sponsors of the mSPORTi under 16 girls team
HJT launched OISC Level 1 online course, designed as an entry level online course on immigration advice for those sitting level 1 assessments or for junior lawyers. Partnered with Open University.
Diversity & Inclusion
By nurturing an environment that embraces diversity we become a better team, and in turn are able to provide you with better training! At HJT, equal diversity and inclusion is essential to our success. Embracing diversity nurtures creativity and collaboration, and with a team of trainers and staff from different backgrounds we create an inclusive environment that makes us empathetic to the needs and aspirations of our clients.
Diversity and inclusion are values that HJT feels can attract, develop, and retain exceptional colleagues. HJT provides equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, religion or other characteristics. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where all individuals feel valued, and respected.
Creating a genuinely diverse and inclusive workplace requires hard work. It is through our dedication and perseverance that we believe HJT can thrive and promote a working environment that embraces our differences for the better.