Following an intervention by SAHCA, the Home Office have widened their criteria to include Solicitor Advocates to carry out roles of reviewing appeals.
The Home Office is looking to instruct advocates on a flexible basis to undertake reviews of older decisions before they are heard by the Immigration Tribunal. The assessment, utilising experience of Immigration law, and supported by guidance will provide a recommendation as to whether each case should continue to be resisted and the likelihood of its success at appeal.
It is expected that reviews will be undertaken in batches of 10 allocated cases for which up to 7 hours at applicable rates will be paid at up to £45 per hour, equivalent to Junior advocate on the GLD civil panel lists who are also undertaking this work.
Reviews have commenced with instruction being available until 30th September. Applicants do not need to be available throughout this period.
This is an excellent opportunity to work with a Government Department and exercise knowledge of immigration law within an appeals context.
Additional to the review work there is an opportunity to present Immigration Appeals before the First Tier Tribunal representing the Home Office. This is expected to take place primarily in Central London. This work attracts the same rate of pay and consists of up to 5 hours paid preparation followed by up to 5 hours paid representation before the Tribunal.
For further information or to send applications including a CV and a statement (maximum of 400 words) of immigration law experience, email: Neil.Best3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
We would firmly encourage those advocates practicing in this area, to apply as it will provide an opportunity to do work, which would otherwise only be available to lawyers on the panel. This may assist in future applications to the GLD Panel.