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Immigration detention is the policy of holding individuals suspected of visa violations, illegal entry or unauthorised arrival, and those subject to deportation and removal, in detention until a decision is made by immigration authorities to grant a visa and release them into the community, or to repatriate them to their country of departure. Mandatory detention is the practice of compulsorily detaining or imprisoning people seeking asylum, or who are considered to be illegal immigrants or unauthorised arrivals into a country.

The British government has been given powers to detain asylum seekers and migrants at any stage of the asylum process. There are three situations in which it is lawful to detain an asylum seeker or migrant:

  1. To fast track their claim
  2. If the government has reasonable grounds to believe that the asylum seeker or migrant will abscond or not abide by the conditions of entry.
  3. If the asylum seeker or migrant is about to be deported.

As UK Solicitors, we know that immigration law is complicated, not least because the rules change frequently and the interpretation of those rules is also subject to new rulings by the courts. Legal representation is essential to ensure that the rules are applied correctly in each case and to this end we can offer a professional service. We can assist in bail application services and as deportation lawyers deal with deportation and removal issues.

It is important that clients are able to access legal advisors quickly to promptly address their concerns and ensure that their rights are protected. As we are experienced in immigration and detention cases, we can offer our legal services to ensure that representations are sent to the Home Office at the earliest possible stage so as to ensure that the appropriate legal remedy is pursued in each case.

We are specialists in assessing the legality of detained persons under the UK Immigration Acts and can offer our immigration services in these matters. We can:

  • assess the legality of detention and the making of a claim for damages
  • apply for temporary admission (release)
  • represent at bail hearings
  • assist with foreign prisoners facing deportation from the United Kingdom
  • assist with foreign prisoners with an application to revoke deportation orders
  • revocation of leave / nationality

If you consider that you have been detained for an unreasonable period of time, or that you are being detained with no likelihood of you being removed from the UK, or alternatively are facing deportation, then we can assist.

Please note that we are only able to provide publicly funded assistance to foreign prisoners who are detained at one of Her Majesties Prisons in London and the South East of England. We cannot provide public funding to any detainee at one of the immigration removal centres.

We can, however, if we agree that a detainee at a removal centre has been detained for a prolonged period of time with no imminent prospect of removal, assist in a claim for unlawful detention and release with what is known as certificated work. This is another form of legal aid. We would however require our private fees to be paid in order to assess the case and address pre action protocol issues before a public funding certificate can be issued.