How to refer a client
We represent adults, young people and children.
For all cases, if you want free help, the legal aid rules say you must pass a financial test to show you do not have enough money to pay for advice.
To refer a client please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your name and contact details (email and telephone)
General location of the person you wish to refer
Type of legal advice sought: immigration, housing or compensation
Brief details about the person and case you wish to refer (eg. what the client is seeking; information about the decision to be challenged; for compensation matters, a summary of the treatment suffered)
Key dates or important deadlines (eg. a hearing date; date of the decision to be challenged; for compensation matters, the last day of work and the date they escaped their traffickers)
Referrals are reviewed on a Thursday. If the referral is very urgent please call 0207 700 7311.
If you are a lawyer or support provider and would like advice for a victim of trafficking or modern slavery who you are assisting please contact our advice line.
We have launched a pilot project, based in our Sheffield office, to help those who wish to seek a reconsideration of their negative Reasonable or Conclusive Grounds decision. We know many potential victims are struggling to get reconsiderations and are piloting this service to help increase the numbers that can get a negative decision reviewed. To refer a client please email email@example.com with 'Reconsideration' in the subject line. Your client does not have to be eligible for legal aid to take advantage of this service.
South Yorkshire pre-NRM advice project
We are also offering single advice sessions in South Yorkshire for potential victims of trafficking with complex cases who have concerns about entering the NRM. This is part of a limited pilot funded by Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. If you have a client in South Yorkshire that you would like to refer to this service please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Pre-NRM advice' in the subject line. Again, your client does not have to be eligible for legal aid to use this service.
Immigration and public law
We take cases for victims of trafficking and modern slavery, across England and Wales, who:
Want to apply for any type of leave to remain in the UK*
Have a claim for asylum
Want to challenge a decision that they are not a victim of trafficking
Want to challenge a refusal of discretionary leave to remain as a victim of trafficking or modern slavery
We take cases at the initial stage and in the Tribunal (appeals) and in the Higher Courts (High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court).
* You will need a reasonable or conclusive grounds decision that you are a victim of trafficking or modern slavery to get free (legal aid) advice on leave to remain if you do not also have an asylum claim.
Our team also has additional capacity to help potential victims to challenge negative Reasonable or Conclusive grounds decisions or a refusal of discretionary leave by judicial review.
A victim of trafficking or modern slavery will not require a positive reasonable or conclusive grounds decision to access legal aid to bring a compensation claim.
We take the following cases for victims of trafficking and modern slavery across England and Wales:
Claims for compensation against the trafficker: We bring civil claims against the trafficker in the High Court, County Court and Employment Tribunal. Legal aid is available for these cases. Unlike immigration cases, you do not need a reasonable or conclusive grounds decision that you are a victim of trafficking or modern slavery from the government to get legal aid.
Claims for compensation against the state: We bring human rights claims against the state in the High Court. Legal aid is available and you do not require a positive reasonable or conclusive grounds decision.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA): We make applications for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and represent victims of trafficking to challenge CICA decisions. Legal aid may be available for these cases.
We take cases in the Employment Tribunal, the County Court and the High Court. We also take cases on Judicial Review and on appeal in the higher courts (the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court).
Housing and support
We take on cases for victims of trafficking and modern slavery, across England and Wales, who:
Need accommodation while they are going through the process of identification as a victim of trafficking (this is called the National Referral Mechanism or NRM)
Need accommodation while they pursue a claim for asylum or other application for leave to remain
Need accommodation if their application for asylum or leave to remain has been refused
Have been granted leave to remain, are homeless and need to make an application for homelessness assistance to the local authority
Need help asking the local authority to accommodate them because they have a child who is at risk of harm due to destitution and/or homelessness
Have accommodation which is unsuitable for them
Are renting property and are facing eviction by their landlord.
Our team also has capacity to advise victims of trafficking who wish to challenge a refusal of NRM accommodation and support.