Immigration appeals fee u-turn

News the government has dropped plans for new fixed fees for immigration appeals means people will continue to get the support they need to access the immigration tribunal, the Law Society of England and Wales said.

“50% of immigration appeals are successful*, clear evidence of how important it is that people have recourse to the tribunal to challenge Home Office decisions that have a profound impact on their future,” said Law Society president Simon Davis.

“There was a very real risk that fixed legal aid fees for the preparation of appeals would have made the immigration tribunal inaccessible, as they were utterly inadequate for the work required.

“By making the work financially unviable for solicitors fee changes would also have prevented the system from delivering justice.

“It is good news the government has now agreed to pay appropriate fees for these cases and base any future changes on more comprehensive evidence and consultation.”

Notes to editors

*Immigration appeals data

Law Society briefing on the impact of the fixed fees for immigration appeals work

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