GOOD ADVICE UK Social Impact Commitment
During 2018 GAUK has collectively provided more than 120 working hours of Pro Bono counsel and legal assistance because we are aware that legal advice and support are costly services and there are many who cannot afford it, but desperately needed it.
We believe that legal help should be accessible for all, however, in broad terms immigration cases are out of scope for legal aid, except asylum, or unless the immigration case is connected within scope.
We treat each assignment exactly as we would a billable matter, deploying the right skills and knowledge, performing the work with the same level of diligence and expending the effort necessary to meet the needs of low-income and disadvantaged individuals.
Our clients need to show they cannot afford to pay for legal costs and their problem is serious. They usually must provide details and evidence for their income, benefits, savings, and property and those of their partners.
After assessing our client’s eligibility, our senior legal advisor, Mr Atef Elmarakby, is consulting them regarding their eligibility to obtain legal status in the UK and our team provides exceptional guidance and assistance with their applications, including filling out forms, assisting in document gathering, chasing up Home Office delays, problems with coming to the UK or staying in the UK, e.g. applications for entry clearance, leave or enter to remain, naturalization or even claiming asylum.
One of our recent cases was about a Philippine national, who married to a British citizen. She moved to the UK to live with her husband and their child and then our client was introduced to many problems and arguments. Our client was a victim of unspeakable domestic violence after she tried to find a new place to move with her son. She was unable to find accommodation due to her legal status in the UK and the lack of funds. Our client came to us in huge distress and fear. We managed to help and she has been granted a Leave to Remain, being able to work and to take care of her British child.