Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)

Immigration Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Charity with a strong legal offering, frequently advising refugees, asylum seekers and migrants on immigration-related claims and appeals. Well versed in handling cases with complex elements relating to criminal convictions, mental health and sexual identity.

Strengths An impressed source describes it as "an outstanding institution which carries out test case litigation of the highest level staffed with committed lawyers. They punch well above their weight given the size of the organisation."

Another commentator says: "They're brilliant – all of them are really approachable and capable of speaking to very vulnerable people in a jargon-free manner. They're really committed to the community."

A further interviewee describes the lawyers as "excellent," adding: "The quality of their work, both in terms of their representation of individual clients and their strategic work on behalf of migrants more generally, is extremely high."

Work highlights Acted in a judicial review for a client who was found to have been unlawfully detained for several months following a public law error made at the time of a decision to deport.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Nicola Burgess regularly represents vulnerable individuals in unlawful detention claims, appeals against deportation orders and applications for indefinite leave to remain. A source comments: "Her strengths are her formidable knowledge of the law and practice, and that she always tries to see a way forward for her clients."