Our Services

Things we can do for you

Our vision is that our firm grows steadily as a hothouse of excellence and that all our clients feel that they have hired the best lawyers and won the best possible outcome in their case. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and abide by their Code of Conduct.

PERSONAL IMMIGRATION

Sony Sadaf Haroon Solicitors provides legal advice and representation in all immigration applications to the Home Office, including:

  • Entry clearance and leave to enter applications (visa applications);
  • Further leave to remain (extension applications);
  • Indefinite leave to remain (settlement applications);
  • Deportation and Deportation Orders;
  • Claims for recognition as a refugee;
  • Claims for protection under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR);
  • Appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT);
  • Applications for bail (both to chief immigration officers and the AIT).

More specifically we can assist with applications in the following categories:

  • Visitors (including business, medical and family visitors).
  • Students.
  • Dependant relatives.
  • Applications relating to married, unmarried, civil and engaged partners.
  • Indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of marriage to or civil partnership with a British citizen;
  • Indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of employment (eg work permit holders and HSMP participants);
  • Indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of 10 years lawful residence in the UK.
  • Leave to remain on the grounds of 20 years unlawful residence in the UK.
  • Indefinite leave to remain on behalf of persons exempt from immigration control (eg members of the Armed Forces and diplomats).
  • Applications for humanitarian protection and discretionary leave;
  • Registration certificates for EEA family members of EEA nationals.
  • Residence cards for non-EEA family members of EEA nationals.
  • Residence stamps for non-EEA family member of Accession State nationals.
  • Right of abode / entitlement to right of abode (certificate of entitlement)
  • Applications relating to inter-country adoptions and surrogacy
  • Postgraduate doctors and dentists.
  • Student nurses.
  • Applications based on clinical attachments, dental observer posts and PLAB tests.
  • Au pairs.
  • Applications for leave to enter or remain in order to exercise rights of access to a UK resident child.
  • domestic workers
  • Regularisation of immigration status
  • Applications under transitional arrangements (for those with leave in deleted categories)
  • concessions and discretionary applications
  • expediting applications
  • emergency airport interviews
  • carriers’ liability
  • administrative review
  • judicial review
  • Bail Applications

BUSINESS IMMIGRATION

Our immigration solicitors provide legal advice and representation in all business immigration applications to the Home Office, in particular:

  • Sponsor licence applications (Tiers 2, 4 and 5); licence management and revocation and audit services
  • challenges to sponsor licence suspension/revocation
  • challenges to employer civil penalties
  • Tier 2 of the Points-Based System applications (replacing the Work Permit scheme), including:
  • inter-company transfers;
  • senior board-level posts;
  • shortage occupations;
  • Tier 1 (Investor) – replacing the “Investor” category
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – replacing the “Entrepreneur” and “Innovator” category
  • Applications under EC Association Agreements.
  • sole representatives
  • Business visitors.

IMMIGRATION APPEALS

  • Sony Sadaf Haroon Solicitors has a dedicated team specialising in immigration appeals. Provided there is a right of appeal arising from the relevant decision, an individual can appeal against a negative decision of the Home Office to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. Our immigration lawyers routinely assist clients with appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal against:
  • decisions of the Home Office refusing to grant a visa extension;
  • decisions of the Home Office refusing to grant permanent residency (indefinite leave to remain);
  • decisions of the British Embassy refusing to issue entry clearance to enter the UK;
  • decisions of the Home Office to issue “removal directions” ordering the forcible removal an individual from the UK;
  • decisions of the Home Office to deport an individual from the UK;
  • decisions of the Home Office refusing to provide discretionary or humanitarian visas pursuant to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention or the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Sony Sadaf Haroon Solicitors immigration team has extensive knowledge of the immigration appeal process and members have gained invaluable experience from representing individuals.

HUMAN RIGHTS

The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force on 2 October 2000 and incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (‘ECHR’) into UK domestic law. Since that date, the State and all public bodies have been bound by a duty to respect the rights enshrined in the ECHR.

Our team can provide legal advice and representation in all areas where fundamental human rights have been, or are about to be, infringed. We provide legal support to our clients by way of:

  • Representations to public bodies in relation to alleged breaches;
  • Applications to the European Court of Human Rights once all domestic legal remedies have been exhausted;
  • Applications to the Home Office
  • for international protection (either under the UN Refugee Convention or the ECHR);
  • Appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal against human rights related decisions of the Home Office.

We can also provide legal support to individuals, charities and action groups outside the UK (particularly in developing countries) in legal actions alleging human rights violations by their State.

ASYLUM

Our team of expert immigration and asylum solicitors/caseworkers will be able to advise you on your application for Asylum as a Refugee.

We have an immense experience in dealing with Asylum cases for our clients of different nationalities with their applications, who fear they will be persecuted for their race, religion, nationality, sexuality, or political opinion.  Our asylum caseworkers and solicitors will be able to talk you through the process, guide, support and advise you on what you will need to provide; if you are able to.

We have advised and assisted clients from the initials stages right through to the appeals procedures.  We have further assisted clients with preparation in order to submit their further submissions (fresh claims).

There are also certain circumstances where if an individual does not qualify for recognition as a Refugee, there personal circumstances may warrant temporary permission or limited permission to stay in the UK, which can lead to settlement if there are humanitarian reasons why they should remain in the UK.

If you have been detained in a detention centre or prison pending a decision, we may also be able to make an application for bail on your behalf.

EUROPEAN UNION

Our immigration lawyers have extensive knowledge in the field of EU law, with particular emphasis on freedom of movement for workers and their family members and dependents.

We routinely assist clients in submitting applications for registration certificates, residence permits and permanent residency. We also assist in bringing legal action against the Home Office when there are unreasonable delays in either decision-making or in issuing residence permits

NATIONALITY

Our immigration lawyers provide legal advice and representation in all nationality applications to the Home Office, including:

  • naturalisation as a British citizen;
  • registration as a British citizen
  • British passport applications
  • Overseas British passport applications

POINTS BASED SYSTEM

2008 has seen the biggest overhaul of the UK’s immigration system for over 45 years with the launch of the Points-Based System. Under the new Points Based System the 80 or so established routes of entry into the UK are being replaced with a system that allows entry under one of 5 Tiers.

Our immigration solicitors are fully versed on the Points Based System . Our team is able to assist both employers and individuals with applications under the Points Based System, as well as assisting employers with sponsor registration. Key categories under the Points-Based System include:

  • Tier 1 (Investor), catering for high net worth individuals making a substantial financial investment in the UK. Tier 1 (Investor) was launched on 30 June 2008 and replaces the previous investor category.
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), catering for individuals investing in the UK by setting up or taking over, and being actively involved in the running of one or more businesses in the UK. Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) was launched on 30 June 2008 and replaces the entrepreneur category.
  • Tier 2 (General), catering for sponsored skilled workers from outside of the EEA.
  • Tier 2 (Ministers of Religion) catering for those coming to the UK as a religious worker with recognised religions and intending to preach to their community and/or perform a pastoral role.
  • Tier 2 (Sports People) catering for elite sports persons or coaches who intend to base themselves in the UK, are internationally established at the highest level, and whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their at the highest level in the UK. Tier 2 (Sports People) was launched in November 2008 and replaced the work permit scheme for sportspersons.
  • Tier 4, catering for international students. Tier 4 was launched in 2009 and replaced  all of the current student categories.
  • Tier 5 (Youth Mobility scheme), catering for young people seeking to temporarily come and experience life in the UK. Tier 5 (Youth Mobility scheme) will replace the Working Holidaymakers category.

Tier 5 (Temporary Workers – Religious Workers), catering for ministers of religion coming to the UK on a temporary basis as a religious worker in a non-pastoral role, where duties include performing religious rites, but not preaching to a congregation.

This is a summary of the most frequently requested services and is not an exhaustive list of our areas of expertise. We shall be delighted to provide further details of our UK services.

FAMILY LAW

  • Divorce & other related matrimonial matters
  • Nullity
  • Pre- Nuptial Agreements
  • Post- Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Consent Order
  • Residence Order
  • Occupation Order
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Non-Molestation Order
  • Specific Issue Order
  • Parental Responsibility Order
  • Child maintenance
  • Family Mediation
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnership
  • Forced Marriages
  • Financial Relief / Claims
  • Clean break Order
  • Financial Settlements
  • Guardianship
  • Child Arrangement Orders (e.g. Residence Order and Contact Order)

Conveyancing

  • If you are buying or selling a house or flat; if you want to transfer ownership of a property through transfer of equity or if you want to grant a mortgage or remortgage a property, our specialist Conveyancing solicitors are here to help guide you. Our team makes use of the most up to date technology available for this specialist area and enables our clients to complete transactions swiftly and cost effectively.Conveyancingis a legal transfer of property from one owner to another. Conveyancing process can often be stressful and time consuming, however, if carried out by our specialist Conveyancing solicitors team, we will aim to make your transfer stress free and we will ensure the purchaser does own all of the property, all of the land and all of the rights they have paid for as quickly as possible. In doing so our specialist Conveyancing solicitors will:
  • Obtain the Deeds to the Property
  • Prepare a Property Information Form
  • Send Draft Contracts to Purchasers
  • Agree a Completion Date
  • Exchange Contracts
  • Settle Mortgages
  • Pay Estate Agents
  • Forward Proceeds Appropriately (to a Mortgage Lender or Seller)
  • Our aim is to ensure all transactions proceed swiftly and so we will communicate effectively with all parties; clients, lenders and other organisations by post, email, fax or telephone, which ever medium is preferred. With this in mind, to avoid delays and where we are able to, all investigations including searches are carried out over the World Wide Web.Property transfers and transactions can cause our clients anxiety and so we do all we can to carry out our transactions in the speediest and most convenient way to help keep stress levels and costs low. If you would like to know more about the service our specialist team can offer you please contact us on 01727568353

HOUSING LAW

We can guide you in any matter or issues arising with local housing authorities, housing applications, tenants, landlords, ownership, repairs and many more. This department also regularly represents clients in the courts, ensuring they receive the highest quality assistance throughout their case.

Our Housing solicitors’ work includes:

  • Possession proceedings – anti-social behaviour, rent/mortgage arrears, succession.
  • Evictions and applications for re-entry.
  • Homelessness – challenging local authority decisions on review and appeal, homeless advice.
  • Challenges to the suitability of temporary accommodation.
  • Unlawful evictions.

There is a breadth of knowledge within the housing team which means that we deliver a rounded service and one which has expertise and professionalism.

LITIGATION

Landlord & Tenant disputes

Partnership disputes

Debt recovery

Civil Penalties

Out-of-Court Settlement / ADR

  • Power of Attorney
  • Draft Affidavits
  • Witness Documents
  • Certify Documents
  • Commissioners for Oath
  • Partnership Agreements.
  • Application checking service
  • Same day visa service