Immigration & Nationality Law
We practice every aspect of UK Immigration law including the following:
- Tribunal representation, including paper and oral appeals
- Bail Applications
- Judicial Review Applications
- Home Office representations
- Police station representations
- Representation at port of entry
- Student visa applications
- Asylum applications
- British Citizenship applications (Registration and Naturalisation)
- Every aspect/type of visit visa application
- Business visa applications
- Sports visa applications
- Spouse visa applications
- Fiancée/Fiancé Visa applications
- Unmarried partner applications.
- Settlement visa applications
- Home Office interview assistance/attendance
- Further leave to remain applications
- Discretionary leave applications
- Administrative Review
- EEA registration/residence permits/permanent residence cards and appeals
- EEA spouse/dependants/non EEA dependants registration certificate/permanent residence cards and appeals
- EEA settled status and pre-settled status applications
- All PBS entry clearance applications
- All PBS in country applications
- All types of extension applications
- Removal, deportation and illegal entry
- Unaccompanied minors
- Sponsorship licence applications
Family Law, Children and Child Care Law
Our Family Law Services Include:
- Relationship Breakdown, Separation & Divorce
- Prenuptial agreements
- Domestic violence
- Will writing
- Deed of trust
- Estate administration
- Obtaining the grant of probate of a will
- Obtaining the grant of letters of administration when someone dies without leaving a Will
Our team can provide expert legal assistance with;
- Child Arrangement Orders
- Children, Residency or Custody
- Consent Orders
- Residence Orders
- Parental Responsibility Agreements
- Childcare and Adoption
We are used to advising clients in difficult emotional situations. We aim to provide sympathetic personal advice tailored to your individual circumstances and requirements. We offer prompt and practical advice on how to cope with problems and resolve them.
Employment Law governs the relationship between employer and employee and includes matters such as whether a person is employed or self-employed, whether a person had been dismissed unfairly or wrongfully, whether a person can claim paid holidays or any other employment related subject. In addition the law has developed a system of rules to prevent discrimination against a person on the basis of their ethnicity, age, sex, gender or disability.
If you have been terminated, made redundant or feel that you are being discriminated against in your current job, please contact us for advice.
We understand that employment matters can be very complex and confusing for both Employers and Employees and getting it wrong can be very costly. Employment Law is ever changing, which is why it is important for an Employee or Employer to obtain quick, accurate and good legal advice on their position.
We offer our clients a clear path through their legal obligations and ensure we provide practical, sensible advice to get the most cost effective solution for them. We can help with:
- Drafting contracts of employment
- Breach of contract including restrictive covenants
- Compromise agreements
- Sex, age, race, religious and disability discrimination
- Equal pay
- Unfair and wrongful dismissal
- Employment tribunal claims
- Maternity and paternity leave
- Holiday Pay
- Employment Contracts
- Disciplinary and Grievance Proceedings
- Maternity Rights
- Health and Safety
- Unfair Dismissal
An employer has to show that a dismissal was for one of the following permitted reasons
- Lack of capability
- Contravention of any enactment
- Some other substantial reason
An employee is entitled to a proper notice period before dismissal.
The law prevents discrimination against employees on the grounds of age, sex, gender, race or disability either in a direct or indirect way or by way of victimisation. This is a complex area and employees should seek advice as soon as possible.
Working Time Regulations
There are now maximum periods of time that most employees can be asked to work and also rules governing rest periods. The law has also set minimum periods of paid holiday that have to be given.
The government has set minimum hourly wage rates that are reviewed every year.
Work Related Stress
There is a developing area of law allowing employees to claim for the personal injury which they suffer as a result of stress associated with their work. This may also include bullying at work which is an increasing area of concern. The employee needs to take advice on this point at an early stage.
Employment Tribunal Procedure
For the overwhelming majority of claims in employment law there is a time limit of 3 months in which a complaint can be made to the Employment Tribunal. For dismissal the time frame is 3 months from the last day of employment. For discrimination claims it is 3 months from the last act of discrimination. These time limits are strictly adhered to by the Tribunal and therefore it is vital that advice is obtained at an early stage.
We are able to act on behalf of employees and employers in order to mediate or negotiate disputes and draft terms and conditions for the compromise agreements in their dispute matter.
Housing and Debt
Housing Law covers any dispute between a landlord and tenant. We cover most aspects of landlord and tenant work. We have acted for tenants though we also act for landlords, for both freeholders and leaseholders in long lease disputes and for parties in mortgage possession proceedings. Below are some of the areas in housing law that we cover though we are not limited to this list. Please contact us if you would like to discuss anything on this page or otherwise:
- Bringing or defending county court possession proceedings
- Applications to set aside possession orders or suspend warrants of possession (evictions)
- Bringing claims on behalf of tenants regarding landlords’ failures to carry out repairs on a property
- Representing homeless applicants where an application has been rejected by the local authority and liaising with local authorities
- Acting for parties involved in leasehold disputes
- Acting for leaseholders under the Collective Enfranchisement Regulations
- Bringing judicial review proceedings on decisions made by local authorities
- Providing general housing advice to either landlords or tenants
- Bringing or defending claims under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
- Defending mortgage possession proceedings
- Processing and defending HMO licence applications
- Checking lawfulness of attempted eviction and advising clients
- Negotiation with landlords/lenders
We also undertake Housing Disrepair claims including
- Advising client on possible action and likely outcomes
- Negotiations with landlord
- Obtaining experts reports
- Representation at Court
Landlord Services: – These include:
- Residential Recovery
- Debt Recovery
- Residential Eviction
Step 1: Service Notice (£120.00 plus VAT)
- Solicitor’s review of papers
- Checking for risks
- Advice to landlords and agents if necessary
- Notice drafting and serving
Step 2: Possession Order (£240.00 plus VAT – if we don’t serve the notice)
- Check and review
- Advice to landlord and agent
Step 3: Claim process
- Applying to court
- Completing the forms
- Liaison with court
Accelerated Procedure – from Notice to possession stages £1250 excl VAT and court fees. (S.21 based notice).
Step 4: Section 8 or Non-accelerated s.21 Claims from Notice to possession stages and advocacy. (£1400 plus VAT).
Step 5: Bailiffs (£300.00 excluding VAT and court fees)
An application can only be made to court if the tenant does not leave after a Possession Order has been granted to the landlord.
Step 6: High Court bailiffs/Sheriffs £500.00 excluding VAT and court fees
We can apply for a writ of possession through the high court for enforcement
Civil law, as opposed to criminal law, is the branch of law dealing with disputes between individuals and/or organisations, in which compensation may be awarded to the victim. We assist in matters of administrative and public law including judicial reviews.
Litigation Law covers the process of bringing and pursuing a lawsuit, and encompasses the entire procedure. A lawsuit is a case or controversy authorized by law, to be decided in a court of justice, brought by one person or entity against another person or entity for the purpose of enforcing a right or redressing a grievance.
Litigation is one way that people and corporate entities resolve disputes. The parties rely on a judge or jury to determine a legal question or matter. The term litigation is sometimes distinguishable from alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, such as mediation or arbitration.
Our Civil Litigation Services
We could all find ourselves facing a dispute in our lives that mediation cannot resolve. We recognise that litigation is complex, expensive and the outcome may be uncertain. However we aim to solve your legal problems and resolve conflicts. We are able to offer advice and assistance on a full range of litigation.
We strive to reach an early settlement to avoid court proceedings as we offer a different approach to problems by putting forward solutions that suit our clients’ individual circumstances.
We are flexible enough to adapt to the needs of each individual client in the field of litigation. We are aware of the rising legal costs of litigation and at all stages of the case clients will be informed of the costs.
We can help with:
• partnership disagreements
• building disputes
• employment disputes
• human rights
• enforcement or judgements in foreign jurisdictions
• housing disputes
• debt recovery
• business disputes
• breach of contract
• professional negligence
Our civil litigation services also include small claims
Personal Injury refers to an area of law that lets you get a legal remedy for losses stemming from an accident or other incident where someone else’s carelessness, intentional conduct or omission, causes you to be injured. If you have suffered injury, but are unsure whether you have a claim, give us a ring and we would be pleased to advise you over the phone.
Once we have advised that you have a claim worth pursuing, we will arrange an appointment where the details of the accident can be evaluated. We will then start to gather evidence in support of your case. We will write to the person you believe to be responsible for the injuries, telling them that you wish to make a claim against them and giving them details of the claim. Generally claims for personal injury must start within three years of the accident happening, but there are exceptions to this rule, particularly in cases involving children.
Some people may be put off making a claim because they believe that solicitors are very expensive and may not be able to afford to pay the fees. However, you may be covered by an existing insurance policy under your household contents policy or even your credit card, for example. We realise that insurance policies are not always easy to read or understand, so if you bring the documents to us we can check to see whether you are covered.
Our services extend to:
- Road Traffic Accident Claims
- Employers Liability Claims
- Public Liability Claims
- Medical Negligence
- Professional Negligence
Our Litigation Team regularly handle a wide range of disputes and we can provide practical and specialist advice with the aim of resolving your dispute quickly and cost-effectively.