Immigration Legal Service

The Immigration Legal Service provides advice and representation, under the Legal Aid scheme, in all areas of asylum and human rights law relating to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Advice and representation is provided by specialist solicitors and caseworkers.

We offer appointments for the following matters where Legal Aid is available and the client qualifies financially for Legal Aid:

  • Asylum matters
  • Advice, preparation and representation on Asylum applications and in all appeal stages
  • Advice, preparation and representation on Article 3 matters
  • Domestic Violence and Bail matters – advice, preparation and representation on all appeal stages
  • Advice on the merits of making an application for Judicial Review
  • Appeals on Judicial Review where there are merits

We will organise professional interpreters when necessary.

Home visits can be arranged if you are not able to come to the office.

Our free casework service is available to people who qualify for Legal Aid or who are on a low income and live in the South East.

This will depend on your financial circumstances. To help us establish whether you are eligible for Legal Aid we will need to see evidence of your means (income and capital) for the three last months, and that of your partner, if you have one.

To contact us to see if you are eligible for legal aid and to make an appointment:

BHT Sussex, 144 London Road, Brighton BN1 4PH

Call into our reception and leave your name, phone number and the nature of your query. One of our caseworkers will contact you as soon as they are able.

If you require an appointment at our Hastings / St Leonards on Sea office then please make this clear in your email.

We are registered by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), registration number: N201300060

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BHT Case Studies - Baddar's Story

For some it comes as a surprise that BHT runs an immigration and asylum legal service.  The overwhelming majority of those we work with are ‘unaccompanied minors’, young people and children arriving in the UK with no adults to look after their welfare.

Baddar came to the UK in 2008 aged 15 fleeing persecution in Afghanistan.  His initial asylum claim was refused.  We assisted him with a further application to allow him to remain in the UK but this was also refused.  After this, there have been numerous appeals with every decision seeming to go against him.  We gathered evidence in support of his claim to show that he is particularly vulnerable as he has a learning difficulty and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression.

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