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Our lawyers who volunteer for the group on a pro-bono basis and also offer private, paid services upon request.

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  • Aisha Rasheed

    Aisha Rasheed

    Aisha is an Immigration Adviser, regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) accredited at Level 3.

    Aisha has been working in immigration law since 1995 as a senior caseworker and adviser. Aisha has a Bachelors in Economics, LLB Hons, Masters in International law, LPC from College of Law and CILEX graduate certificate.

    Aisha is working with Redstart Law, and also has her own practice regulated by the OISC to give immigration and asylum advice at...
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  • Raphael Jesurum

    Raphael Jesurum

    Raphael practises in asylum, immigration and nationality law. He appears regularly in the Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.

    Raphael accepts instructions from law firms and members of the public ("direct access"). He has been praised by instructing solicitors as dedicated and willing to go the extra mile for clients. His advocacy has been described as "exemplary".

    Raphael advises and appears in:
    • Judicial review (eg fresh
    ...
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  • Bilaal Shabbir

    Bilaal Shabbir

    Bilaal is a Solicitor and Head of Court of Session Litigation at MBS Solicitors in Edinburgh. He practises in immigration law, family law, commercial dispute resolution and professional discipline. Bilaal sits on the Immigration & Asylum Committee of the Law Society of Scotland and leads its involvement in the Simplification of the Rules project organised by the Law Commission.

    In 2017, he presented a Petition in the European Parliament on how the UK government can amend the current...
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  • Our Legal Team

    Our Legal Team



    Do you need legal advice? See legal advice for more information.

    Details of the lawyers who volunteer for the group on a pro-bono basis are below. You may also contact them directly if you wish to receive paid, one-to-one legal advice and representation. Please note that lawyers are often able to offer their services remotely, such as consultations via phone or Skype. Therefore, it is not always relevant where they are located in the UK. ...
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  • Louis MacWilliam

    Louis MacWilliam

    Louis is Head of Immigration at Truth Legal Solicitors. He has been an immigration specialist for over 10 years and previously worked at Bindmans LLP and Asylum Aid. He gained a Masters of Law (LLM) in International and European Human Rights with distinction, from the University of Leeds and has extensive experience in handling applications for EU nationals and their family members, under the EEA Regulations and under the EU Settlement Scheme. Louis is also experienced in advising on complex nationality...
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  • Olga Mykytyn

    Olga Mykytyn

    Olga is an Immigration Adviser and director of Spectrum Visas LTD, registered and regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Olga started her career as an Immigration Adviser in 2010.
    Olga specializes in applications for EEA nationals and their family members including EU settlement scheme and family permits, as well as nationality applications for adults and children. Further areas of expertise include entry clearance applications for visitors, visas for spouses...
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  • Veera Thakur

    Veera Thakur

    Veera is a solicitor with over 12 years’ experience, who started her legal career as a Senior Immigration Caseworker for the Immigration Advisory Service, specialising in asylum and detention. She later became a director of a specialist immigration and asylum advice company. In 2014, she joined a private practice where she headed the immigration team. Veera advises on entry clearance, leave to remain, ILR applications, removals and deportations. She is an expert in EEA free movement rights and...
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  • Aron Fein

    Aron Fein

    Aron is a hard-working immigration lawyer, always on top of the rapidly evolving UK immigration law and he is an Immigration Adviser with Clowes Bureaucracy Experts LTD. He is authorised by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide immigration advice at level 2 and also a member of the UK Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).

    Aron is well versed with the benefits system and laws and volunteered as an adviser at Cheshire West Citizens Advice. He specialises...
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    Last edited by Aron F; 03-05-2020, 08:52 PM.

  • Gabriella Bettiga

    Gabriella Bettiga

    Gabriella is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and a qualified Italian lawyer.

    She has the highest level of accreditation (Level 3 Advanced Caseworker) with the Law Society Asylum and Immigration Accreditation Scheme and extensive experience in British and Italian nationality law, immigration and particularly applications and appeals of EEA nationals and family members.

    She regularly delivers training with ILPA and HJT, and publish articles on immigration for Free...
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  • Tim McMahon

    Tim McMahon

    Tim works as an Immigration Adviser, registered by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). He is a member of the UK Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA). He has extensive experience in EEA applications for EU citizens and their Family Members including applications for Permanent Residence, Residence Cards, Registration Certificates and Family Permits. He also regularly processes applications for UK Citizenship for adults and children. Further areas of experience include;...
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  • Melissa Vangeen

    Melissa Vangeen

    Melissa Vangeen is a solicitor who has practised in immigration law since 2001. She has held prominent positions at top London law firms including Head of Immigration at Watson, Farley & Williams and Partner, Head of Employment and Immigration at Solomon, Taylor & Shaw and Head of Immigration at Wells Burcombe LLP.

    Melissa is an accomplished lawyer in all aspects of individual and business immigration law including work visas, spouse visas, investor visas, entrepreneur visas,...
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  • Matthew Davies

    Matthew Davies

    Matthew Davies studied at the University of Manchester and the London School of Economics where he gained a Masters in Law (LLM) with distinction. He is Head of the Immigration Department at Wilson Solicitors LLP, managing a team of over forty immigration professionals. With 25 years of experience, his particular expertise is finding solutions for individuals with complex problems. Matthew’s interests include family, EEA nationals, human rights, citizenship, deportation, asylum, adoption and surrogacy....
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  • Deepak Bali

    Deepak Bali

    Deepak is a highly qualified and experienced senior solicitor who has successfully built established law practices from the ground up, representing clients with both immigration and employment legal issues throughout the UK and India. He set up DRB Immigration solutions in 2008 and represents high-profile, public clients and high net worth individuals on behalf of the company. Deepak is a regular speaker on Tier 1 investor and Entrepreneur visas and works as in-house counsel to various companies...
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  • Anthony Valcke

    Anthony Valcke

    Anthony has been advising on issues of EU law for over 20 years. He is the founder and supervising solicitor of the EU Rights Clinic, the first law clinic to specialise in EU law which was set up by ECAS in collaboration with the University of Kent in Brussels. He is visiting lecturer on EU migration law and EU advocacy at the University of Kent. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law at Vesalius College in Brussels where he teaches undergraduate courses on EU law relating to the single market and...
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  • Saaima Khalid

    Saaima Khalid

    Saaima is Director and Solicitor of JK Law solicitors & Notaries public. Her experience covers all aspects of UK immigration law, British nationality law, EEA free movement rights, refugee convention, the European Convention on Human Rights and Employment law.

    Saaima has experience in representing clients at tribunal hearings. She is a bilingual solicitor and represents a number of Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi speaking clients.

    Saaima also sits on the board of directors...
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  • Tariq Nawaz

    Tariq Nawaz

    OISC Level 3 in immigration and asylum adviser also accredited for Judicial Review Case Management (JRCM). He has dealt all types of applications under EEA Law and Immigration Rules, does appeals and advocates for clients’ cases in Tribunals. He is one of a very small number of individuals accredited by OISC for JRCM. Well versed with meeting clients’ needs regularly, particularly complex applications involving human rights. In an earlier life he studied mechanical engineering at University...
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    Last edited by Tariq N; 31-08-2019, 11:43 PM. Reason: Updating new accreditation in JRCM
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