Legal Advice and Assistance

JCWI deals with all areas of asylum and immigration law. We are recognised as experts in this field. We have almost 50 years experience of fighting for justice for those who are vulnerable. We are known for dealing with complex immigration issues and challenging government policy and legislation.

We represent clients at all stages of the legal process including applications to the Home Office, entry clearance, appeals and judicial review.

JCWI employs three solicitors.

Funding Your Case


Legal Aid is subject to both a means and a merits assessment. JCWI have a legal aid contract and so are able to represent clients under legal aid where they are financially eligible and where the case is in scope (please note that since the 1st April 2013 cases involving Article 8 ECHR only are not automatically in scope).

Please contact our mainline number to provide a description of your case. Our team will be able to advise you as to whether legal aid is potentially available to you. Even where legal aid is not automatically available, in some cases it is possible to apply for Exceptional Case Funding. JCWI have extensive experience in this area and are happy to advise should this be relevant in your case. Our team will also be able to talk you through the documentation you would need to provide to confirm your financial eligibility for legal aid.

Please note that JCWI are unable to represent clients in detention centres under legal aid. However, JCWI are able to represent clients who are detained in prison, whether serving their criminal sentences or detained under immigration powers. JCWI have considerable experience of securing release from detention by way of bail, by assisting with unlawful detention claims in the higher courts and have a proven track record in winning appeals against deportation. Our dedicated team would be happy to arrange a legal visit to see you in prison (dependent on location and distance from our offices).  Please contact us by phone, fax or post to provide further information about your case.


We also represent individuals who do not qualify for public funding, privately, at very competitive rates.


Price Guide 2016-2017

Fixed Fees

Initial drop-in interview & one off advice (30 - 45 minutes)

£75.00 - £125.00 depending on the complexity of the case

Entry clearance applications

£1000 per applicant

In country applications to the Home Office (including human rights

£1000 per applicant

Preperation and representation of an immigration appeal before the First-tier Tribunal

(inclusive of counsel fees)


Lodging a judicial review (initial paper permission application)

please note it may also be possible to enter in to a conditional
fee agreement (CFA).*


Adult dependent relative visa advice:

We offer a specialist consultation service to provide advice on the legal requirements, advice on merits of making this application and advice on alternative options. This is a one off consultation without commitment. Should you wish to instruct us to make the application on your behalf or to represent you at an appeal the consultation fee will be deducted from the full fee for the application or appeal



*Judicial Review is a complex area with multiple steps. Full fees and costs implications will be discussed in advance with clients.

All fees are exclusive of VAT and disbursements
(unless otherwise stated).

Please note that these fees are for guide purposes only.

Our experienced fee earners will discuss the facts of your particular case, consider the complexity and documentation involved and tailor the price accordingly, in consultation with you. Where you are financially eligible and your matter is in scope, you will be advised of the availability of legal aid where appropriate.

Surgeries and Helplines :


We hold an advice surgery on Tuesday mornings between 10am-12noon. We allocate slots in the drop in to people who phone in advance to book their place on a “first come first served” basis. Please phone 020 7251 8708 to book an appointment. For this service we charge a one off fee of £75. The aim of this service is to assist those who cannot afford to pay our full private fees or where they are financially eligble for legal aid but their case is now out of scope and exceptional case funding is not available. Please note that we are unable to provide free advice.

It is possible to arrange fixed-fee appointments with solicitors at other times. Please contact our team for further information.


If you are in the United Kingdom without documentation and would like free and confidential legal advice then please phone our specialist irregular migrant helpline (funded by Trust for London) on:020 7553 7470 between 10am and 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.


If you are in prison and need immigration advice please contact our free and confidential helpline on 020 7553 7468 every Wednesday between 10am-11am. You can also fax your enquiry to Fax: 020 7251 8707.


We run a specific helpline for UNISON members and provide free initial advice on all aspects of immigration law. The helpline runs on Tuesdays from 10am-3pm. Members should contact Unison in the first instance and ask them to contact us to arrange a phone call.


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