Writing the article was a cathartic experience as it got me thinking about how my working life has changed since I first qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and began to specialise in Immigration
law. In 2019, I am now a senior solicitor in the Immigration
and Public Law department of OTS Solicitors in London.
We always knew that if we followed our dreams of becoming Immigration
lawyers no two working days would be the same, there would always be a client needing expert help and new legal challenges. What we had not anticipated back in 2010 was how the Immigration
landscape would change and how the hostile environment would affect so many migrant’s lives and those of their families. I am not alone in being shocked by how far the UK has come in 10 short years with many of the best London immigration solicitors
commenting on the change in approach to UK immigration law
How can OTS Solicitors help?
In what can feel like an increasing hostile environment for migrants, it is important that you get the best London immigration solicitors
advice so that Immigration
applications and challenges stand the best chance of success. In the event of a rejection or refusal, it is vital that you have expert administrative review, tribunal or court representation.
OTS Solicitors specialise in all aspects of personal and business immigration
law and I have particular expertise in:
and humanitarian protection claims;
• Applications for Administrative Review;
• Certification challenges including Asylum
and Human Rights
claims where no appeal right has been given;
• Challenges to unlawful detention and to the Detained Fast Track procedures;
• Detention and bail applications;
• Deportation cases;
• Representation at appeals at the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunals.
Please call me on 0203 959 9123 to arrange an appointment to speak to me or to one of our experienced London immigration solicitors
who will be happy to help you.
Not many of the best London immigration solicitors
would have thought that the UK would have reduced appeal routes from 17 to 4 in four tumultuous years of changes to Immigration
law and the creation of the hostile environment. However, that is what happened after the implementation of the Immigration
Not only have the routes to appeal Immigration
decisions in some classes of Immigration
applications been drastically reduced but access to tribunals and courts
has also been restricted. This is because of the introduction of the right to an administrative review in some Immigration
applications, such as an application under the points based system. To the top London immigration solicitors
changing the appeal routes for some migrants from an independent tribunal to administrative review by a Home Office caseworker just did not sit squarely with the concept of fairness and independent review.
Frustratingly for a London Immigration
solicitor, if a Home Office caseworker carries out an administrative review and rejects the application, normally the only route to appeal the caseworker’s review decision is to apply to court for a judicial review
Most migrants assume that a judicial review
is like an appeal against an Immigration
decision made by the Home Office, either after a decision by a caseworker or after an administrative review carried out by a different Home Office caseworker. It is not.
The rules and procedures for judicial review
are so complex and prescriptive that at OTS Solicitors we have a specialist team of Immigration
solicitors whose job it is to challenge Home Office caseworker decisions by judicial review
or alternative challenge, where available.
Many migrants think that it is possible to put forward Human Rights
claims at any stage of the Immigration
application and appeal process. top London immigration solicitors
caution against doing this as in the case of Nirula, a points based system migrant only put forward a Human Rights
claim after his initial points based system appeal failed. It was held the Human Rights
claim could not be made after the removal decision had been taken.
The Home Office were taking the view that an applicant could not put forward an Immigration
rules claim for a review of the refusal of an Immigration
application at the same time as submitting Human Rights
representations. In the recent long fought cases of Ahsan and Khan, Human Rights
grounds were put forward at the same time as the case that the applicants met the Immigration
rules. The tactical advantage of this approach is that the applicants would have a right of appeal, subject to certification, and that can mean the difference between the success and failure of an Immigration
What the hostile environment did bring home to top London immigration solicitors
was the need to rise to the challenge of migrant’s facing reduced routes of appeal against Home Office caseworker decisions and the need to develop new ways to challenge Home Office caseworker decisions, including the use and timing of Human Rights
claims. The other benefit of working through the Home Office hostile environment policy I suspect is a keenness amongst top London immigration solicitors
to rise to the challenge of helping EU migrants post Brexit
to navigate the complex rules of the proposed new Immigration
How can OTS Solicitors help?
OTS Solicitors are specialist in Immigration
law matters. The firm is recommended for Immigration
law in the Legal 500. OTS Solicitors have Law Society accredited solicitors status as trusted specialists in Immigration
As experts in Immigration law, we can answer all your Immigration concerns and help you if you need to challenge a Home Office decision. For advice on any aspect of Immigration law please call me on 0203 959 9123 to arrange an appointment to speak to one of our experienced London immigration solicitors who will be happy to help