Claiming asylum in the UK
Representation of asylum seekers is particularly challenging. Unlike other areas of law there is rarely any official documentation of a case or witnesses and the factual basis of the claim can often span several years. For this reason asylum cases require an extensive fact finding exercise and usually in the presence of an interpreter. Most cases will ultimately turn on whether the asylum seeker is to be believed. The assessment of credibility is a complex task and the presentation of the case requires skill and care. The law imposes a particularly high standard for the asylum decision making process.
Asylum cases call for most anxious scrutiny and we recognise at Danielle Cohen Solicitors that what is at stake in these cases is fundamental human rights including the right to life itself. The quality of legal representation is therefore of paramount importance to asylum seekers whose cases routinely raise issues of life and liberty. At Danielle Cohen Solicitors quality is an essential component of value for money.
Evidence suggests that early intervention by solicitors in the asylum process delivers better outcomes.
Our aim is to ensure that the full factual and evidential basis of a case is put before decision makers at the earliest opportunity in the form of a witness statement and supporting evidence.
Our solicitors when assisting an asylum applicant will identify and gather all relevant facts, evidence and arguments in a timely manner, presenting them to the Home Office in the best way. We exercise tactical judgment and explore every reasonable legal avenue to ensure a full and fair hearing of the case and to ensure that the client knows the best case has been put forward on his or her behalf, consistent with the relevant legal framework.
We have extensive experience of using experts, whether psychiatric or country experts and interpreters and translators. We work together as a team and establish trust, confidence and a mutually respectful relationship with our clients. We have a constructive relationship with the Home Office so that the best case is made and the decision maker is able to make an accurate assessment of the case for international protection.
We have a proven track record of our success rate and we attribute this to the time that we spend on the case and the quality of our work. We operate a fixed fee scheme for certain types of asylum application and provide our clients with peace of mind that their work will be carried out in a detailed and timely way. All of our work is tailored to the clients and their individual circumstances and the cases are always progressed comprehensively, appropriately and efficiently.