Says it is ready to tackle the problems faced by the legal aid cuts
15th July 2011: Stepping in to fill the gap after the announced closure of the Immigration Advisory Service, a solicitors’ firm with offices in Kidderminster and Stourbridge has offered assistance to anyone without representation.
The development is significant as IAS was one of the UK’s largest immigration and refugee charities. It’s decision to go into administration is expected to leave thousands of refugees without legal advice and representation.
Having a specialist immigration department, Talbots says it is ready to tackle the problems faced by the legal aid cuts.
Heading the immigration department across the Talbots Group, Steve Grosvenor says the loss of IAS is a sad reminder of the effect that legal aid cuts will have on clients and legal advice organisations alike, whether charities or solicitors.
Individuals must now go through the arduous task of ringing around to find someone to take their case. The fact is that many organisations are likely to suffer as the IAS have.
Grosvenor says he is confident that the team at Talbots will be on hand to help anyone who have been affected by the loss of the IAS.
He added they were confident of offering a high quality service to all their clients and to those who are unable to pay for legal advice we can offer publicly-funded services through Talbots Legal Advice Centre.
Talbots holds a free immigration surgery each Thursday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, at Denning House, George Street, Wolverhampton.
Responding to the announced closure, the Legal Services Commission, responsible for funding legal aid, said their priority now would be to work closely with IAS and the administrators to ensure clients of IAS continue to get the help they need, while safeguarding public money.
The commission added they were now identifying alternative advice provision in the areas affected and arrangements for case transfer would follow as soon as possible.”