What? A meeting with the Solicitors Regulation Authority – the national watchdog for the 160,000 solicitors working across England and Wales.
“We have started to look at ways of improving the experiences that asylum seekers have when they are using solicitors – this includes the service that they receive from solicitors, the quality of the advice and legal representation, and raising awareness of the rights to redress that people have when they make asylum applications via a solicitor.
As part of this we have started discussions with people in different parts of the country about problems that exist currently for people who are seeking asylum and are a client of a solicitor (whether through legal aid or via private payment).”
When? 15th July, 1pm – 3pm
Where? 4th Floor, Oak House, LS3 1EL
Exactly what will be discussed?
- the strength (or otherwise) of service that asylum seekers are getting from immigration solicitors
- problems or concerns about the advice and representation provided to asylum seekers by solicitors
- the barriers asylum seekers can face in speaking up if they have a problem with their solicitor
Please note, this is not a forum for airing concerns about specific cases or specific solicitors: it’s a meeting for LMP Partners – groups or agencies – working with asylum seekers who work with solicitors.