Legal Services Commission has published list of legal aid providers
24th June 2010: With the Refugee and Migrant Justice have entered administration due to financial difficulties, the UK Border Agency has asserted those without money to pay for a legal representative qualify for free advice through an official legal aid scheme.
The Legal Services Commission has published a list of legal aid providers, who operate in the same areas of the country as Refugee and Migrant Justice.
You can also contact Community Legal Advice via 0845 345 4345 to obtain details of other legal aid representatives in your area.
The UKBA has asserted: `If you have no money to pay for a legal representative, you may qualify for free advice through an official scheme known as legal aid. Community Legal Services Direct can tell you more about this.
`If you want your legal representative to attend your asylum interview, you should find one quickly, because your case owner will not normally delay the interview while you do so. A legal representative who is claiming legal aid on your behalf may not be able to attend your asylum interview, so you should ask him or her about this’.
The UKBA has been added it `has been informed that Refugee and Migrant Justice have entered administration due to financial difficulties’; and has given details on how you can find a qualified person to advise you on the legal aspects of your asylum application.
It has asserted: A legal representative is someone who can advise you on the laws that apply to your application for asylum, and help you to deal with the UK Border Agency.
`If you want to employ a legal representative, you should make sure you use either a solicitor, a qualified lawyer who is a member of the Law Society, or an adviser who is officially regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
`This will ensure that your representative is properly qualified to advise you and meets approved standards.
All advisers, or the organisations they belong to, registered with the OISC should display its logo. The OISC can give you a list of those organisations and they are also listed on its website. You can phone the OISC on 0845 000 0046.
Your case owner can give you information on finding a legal representative. Or phone Community Legal Service Direct on 0845 345 4435 for information on legal representatives in your area. It has translators who can speak to you in a number of languages.