What’s the difference between an immigration barrister and an immigration solicitor?

What’s the difference between an immigration barrister and an immigration solicitor?

Traditionally, a solicitor was responsible for giving general advice and for case preparation, whereas a barrister was responsible for providing in-depth advice on complex issues and for case presentation at court.

From 2012 onwards, there were a series of changes in barristers’ practising rules. Now, suitably qualified and accredited barristers can work directly with members of the public including to ‘conduct litigation’, i.e. take full responsibility for their client’s case, without the need for a solicitor. This is known as the ‘direct access’ or ‘public access’ scheme; barristers offering this service are called ‘direct access’ or ‘public access’ barristers. 

An advantage of instructing a direct access barrister to prepare your case is that they will become very familiar with it before they attend court to present it to the judge. 

Demstone Chambers’ barristers can manage all stages of your immigration issue, including:

  • providing immigration advice  
  • submitting Home Office applications (e.g. Human rights & ILR applications)
  • corresponding with the Home Office 
  • submitting appeals to the Tribunal
  • submitting applications for judicial review to the Tribunal
  • appearing in the Tribunal or Court 

For immigration advice, help with an immigration application, or assistance with a Tribunal appeal or judicial review claim, contact Demstone Chambers’ immigration law barristers. Our offices are in London and Milton Keynes but we can travel to most parts of the UK to help clients.

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