Asylum (UASC)

We advise local authorities on their duties relating to UASC and support them in defending legal challenges to age assessments, care provision and withdrawal of support
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Local authorities are facing challenging times dealing with increasing numbers of asylum seekers including UASC and the legal issues that can come with supporting them.

The treatment and support of asylum seekers entering the UK is under increasing scrutiny from refugee non-governmental organisations and private community care law firms, as well as the government and public. Cases need to be resolved swiftly and with expertise to avoid escalating problems and expensive legal proceedings.

Our Kent-based team has over 12 years of unparalleled, front line expertise in acting for local authorities. We have been at the forefront of case law relating to age assessments and matters relating to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC).

We advise local authorities on their duties relating to UASC and support them in defending legal challenges to age assessments, care provision and withdrawal of support. We also provide advice and support to local authorities dealing with families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

Meet the team

Areas of expertise

  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
  • No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
  • Human Rights Act (HRA)
  • Age Assessments
  • Triple Planning
  • Leaving Care

Our expertise 

  • UASC: Children Act duties relating to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and Care Leavers (UASC)
  • NRPF: Children Act duties relating to families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
  • Age assessments: Support and direction in adopting a lawful practice on age assessments. In legal challenges, we provide step by step advice and representation in Judicial Review proceedings involving determinations on age
  • Triple planning: Advising on dual or triple planning perspectives and the best course of action to be adopted on a case-by-case basis
  • Leaving care: Assisting with the drafting of responses to appeals to SEND related claims.
  • HRA: Conducting quality assurance reviews for draft Human Rights Act assessments. In legal challenges, we provide advice and representation in Judicial Review proceedings
  • Pre-Action letters and Judicial Reviews: Responding to urgent pre-action judicial review letters in order to avoid expensive and time consuming legal proceedings relating to UASC and NRPF cases. We have a high success rate in defending Judicial Reviews
  • Legislative changes: Keeping you informed on legislative and case law changes, and how they will affect your practice
  • Training: Bespoke training can be arranged for your local authority on a variety of asylum related subjects, followed by back up support and advice

Our approach

Having come from within the heart of a local authority, we know the challenges you are facing first-hand in remaining compliant and fulfilling your statutory obligations, all whilst demonstrating continual service improvement.

We develop partnerships with our clients to ensure that we work together seamlessly. The unmatched experience of our team makes it easy for them to identify issues from the outset and address them to save you time, money and further legal problems later down the line.

Our team understands the need for timely, precise advice when dealing with Asylum cases and will match your local authority's pace. By instructing us early on in a matter, we save our clients a significant amount of money every year. This value-added approach means funds can be fed back into public services.

Our team

Our team has many years of front line expertise in acting for local authorities in Asylum related matters.

We have four members of the team who may work on your matter and they will be supervised by Kerry Short, Senior Solicitor and Head of Community Care at Invicta Law.

Asylum and Community Care News

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Our Team

Carmel Maher

Senior Solicitor

Carmel is passionate about providing expert legal support in emotive cases to local authorities who support UASC

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Tricia Lawlor

Senior Legal Assistant

Tricia knows how important it is to identify issues from the outset and address them early on to save clients time, money and further legal problems later down the line.

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Erica Ffrench

Solicitor

Erica uses her wealth of adult social welfare expertise to provide indispensable legal advice to clients

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Client testimonials

“Sarah provides excellent advice, often off the cuff at the end of the phone when urgent matters arise. She is extremely good at explaining the intricacies of planning law in layman’s terms, which is very much appreciated. Sarah is a reliable and conscientious colleague who I do not hesitate to contact for guidance and clarity in often high-pressured situations. She is well respected amongst her peers and colleagues, and officers very much appreciate her knowledge and calming influence.”
Planning & Highways Client
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
Private Sector Town Planning & Development Consultancy
“The whole team at Invicta Law are really professional, efficient and courteous in their approach to our Development Agreement works. This I find makes my role much easier particularly when this is a specialist subject that I often need to seek their advice with.”
Planning & Highways Client
“The experience has been really top end. Rather than just offering the options, they have given some real solid advice on the best route. It's a good business 'partnering' approach.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
“Their employment advice has always proved to be sound. I’ve worked with lots of different lawyers in London boroughs and. I’d also say that Invicta Law is the most solution-focused.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service

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