New guidance on immigration and asylum related legal issues

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new guidance documents on immigration and asylum issues.

The guidance was developed in collaboration with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), and was developed following extensive consultation with consumer organisations and consumers themselves. Its publication follows the immigration roundtable that the BSB held in April.The first guidance document is aimed directly at people seeking legal help. The second is for professionals working with people with immigration and asylum issues, to help them better assist their clients to navigate the legal system.

BSB Director of Strategy and Policy Ewen MacLeod said: “As a regulator working to protect the public within the legal and justice system, we have identified those with immigration issues as especially vulnerable. Following the publication of our Immigration Review last year, we decided that consumers would benefit from some more guidance in this area. We hope that by producing these documents, both professionals and clients can be more assured of what is expected from immigration service providers.”(Source: Freemovement.org.uk)

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