What Is Pro Bono Work?
Pro bono work refers to free advice or representation that is offered by legal professionals to those in need. This includes offering legal support to people who do not have the financial resources to cover legal fees or access to any other means of funding.
With drastic cuts to legal aid, countless individuals and their families who cannot afford immigration advice and representation are missing out on crucial support that could change their lives.
Offering fair access to justice for all is one of Simpson Millar's core values, which is why our Immigration solicitors are committed to providing free, high-quality immigration advice and support to anyone who needs it.
We are dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable, ensuring that their voices are heard and their futures are protected.
Pro Bono Clinic
We know that our help could make a big difference to the lives of those in need, which is why we run three free, drop-in immigration clinics on a weekly basis in our offices around the UK:
When you attend our clinics, you will have access to a free face-to-face appointment with a specialist immigration solicitor who will provide you with personalised advice and guidance.
Our clinics have proven very popular with local communities, which is why we also offer free telephone appointments if we are ever unable to see to you in person.
Whether you have questions relating to immigration or need help with an application, we will ensure you get the support you need at our clinics.
Meet The Team
Manuel Bravo Project, Leeds
The Manuel Bravo Project is a Leeds-based charity that offers you free legal advice and assistance if you do not qualify for legal aid.
Our Immigration solicitors have acted as immigration experts for the charity for a number of years, and have been running our own pro bono caseload for the Project in collaboration with the University of Law in Leeds.
We work with the University of Law's Pro Bono Department to give their students valuable in-house experience of working on real cases.
Through our combined efforts, we can help you submit a fresh claim for asylum and guide you through the process, from the beginning to the end.
British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester
After building close ties with different communities, we have found that they often struggle to find reliable and easy-to-understand advice.
Run by Arshia Hashmi, one of our solicitors based in our Manchester office, our free weekly clinics at the British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) have been welcomed by the local community.
If you would like free immigration advice in English, Urdu, or Punjabi, Arshia will be at the BMHC every Friday from 1.30 pm (after prayers), ready to find the best solution to your situation.
The Legal Hour Show On Heritage Radio
Arshia also presents a weekly phone-in radio show, the Legal Hour on Heritage Radio, where you can phone in and have your immigration queries answered live on air in English, Urdu, or Punjabi.
Whether you are looking for tailored advice from an expert or have an urgent question you need answered, Arshia will be happy to help you.
Give her a call on Tuesdays between 12 - 1 pm on 0161 883 2255.
Hope for Justice, Manchester
It is a devastating reality that people are suffering in modern slavery and from human trafficking in the UK.
We are proudly supporting the work of the charity Hope for Justice in Manchester, which aims to eradicate modern slavery and offers life-changing help to victims of trafficking.
Our team takes on a pro bono caseload, providing the important legal guidance that you need to start your life afresh.
Refugee Council, Leeds
We provide an expert training programme to the Refugee Council in Leeds and Hull, which is a charity that supports refugees and asylum seekers. The Council has been a key partner in the provision of support and advice for families that have recently arrived in the UK from Syria as part of the Syrian Resettlement Programme.
Simpson Millar provides immigration advice on a pro bono basis to families in this situation, and is committed to helping you resettle and build a new life for your family in the UK.
PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers), Leeds
Emma Brooksbank, Partner and Head of our Immigration team in Leeds, is proud to be one of the trustees at Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS).
PAFRAS provides holistic support to people who are experiencing destitution or are at risk of destitution in the asylum-seeking and refugee community and wider community.
Their weekly drop-in provides you with a vital source of immigration advice, health support, mental health support, clothing packages, as well as offering a friendly face and a warm meal.
University of Huddersfield's Pro Bono Clinic
Simpson Millar has recently joined the University of Huddersfield's award-winning pro bono scheme.
Irum Saleem, Paralegal in our Immigration team, attends the University's legal clinic on a regular basis, along with other legal specialists, where she offers free advice and guidance on matters relating to immigration.
Every year, Simpson Millar and Leeds Refugee Forum (LRF) raise awareness of the challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees by organising an event for the local community.
In collaboration with LRF, we host events that celebrate the diversity of cultures in the UK and support refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds. In 2015, we organised a Mini Music Festival that featured bands from different countries.
In 2016, we supported Displace Yourself Theatre, which put on a play about refugees' experiences of being displaced at the Interplay Theatre in Armley in coordination with Meeting Point.
After the success of our previous events, this year we are hoping to coordinate an exciting event across Leeds, Manchester, and Bristol.
BPP University and University of Law Pro Bono Department
We are passionate about helping the next generation of legal experts gain as much experience and knowledge of the field as possible whilst they are studying. Over the years, we have built a strong partnership with BBP University and the University of Law, offering support to their students through shadowing and mentoring opportunities.
We also have a long history of working in collaboration with their Pro Bono teams, and Catriona Harris, a Paralegal in our Immigration team, was recruited into the pro bono programme after the success of our pro bono clinic.
Our Immigration department is proud to be the founding mentor of the innovative Street Leeds project, which supports the charities in the voluntary sector working with refugees and asylum seekers.
As part of this project, immigration experts, including our team, act as mentors for law students at Leeds University, the University of Law, BPP University, and Leeds Beckett University, by giving them the tools they need to provide immigration training to charities.
One of our biggest successes involved working closely with a team of students to deliver immigration training to Meeting Point in Leeds.
Pro Bono Immigration Services In Bristol
We are expanding our pro bono provision in Bristol. Please feel free to contact Luke Piper in our Bristol office if you are an organisation in the South West area looking for pro bono legal help.
How Can Simpson Millar's Immigration Solicitors Help Me?
Our philosophy is simple: access to justice should be available to everyone, regardless of their background.
Through our pro bono work, we are able to make a positive difference to the lives of people from all walks of life with different immigration issues.
If you would like to find out more about our immigration services or need some legal advice, our solicitors are ready to help you.
Contact our solicitors now to get the immigration advice you need. Complete our no obligation online enquiry
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