6 Tips How to Choose an Immigration Solicitor
Expert on visa, appeals, nationality applications talks tips.
by Stephen Hirsch
Written on 31/May/2012
S H Law
Choosing a Jewish Immigration Solicitor can help with the nuances of visa issues, appeals, nationality applications and all relevant immigration issues especially when one the partners is Jewish non EU national or Israeli National.
As a Jewish Immigration Lawyer, these are my tips.
1. Firstly speak to friends or relatives who have had positive experiences themselves.
2 Before the initial meeting it is advisable to undertake some quick research, in that
way if the advice differs sharply you should be slightly circumspect, particularly if
the fee is considerably more than expected.
3. Common signs of a decent Immigration solicitor are fluency with his subject, but
also someone who is attentive to your instructions whilst taking detailed notes.
If the solicitor says that he will need to confirm his advice this is also an indication
that he is reasonable and honest.
4. In regard to fees, if possible it is advisable to research what the costs are likely to
be, it is also important to remember that there are often Home Office charges to
pay in addition to the solicitor’s fees.
5. It is a professional obligation for all solicitors including Immigration lawyers to
provide you with a ‘Client Care’ letter, this is confirmation of the
instructions given and the advice either provided at the meeting or confirmed at
The Client Care Letter should also provide confirmation of the action required,
and should include details as to the name of the solicitor who will have overall
control of the matter, the complaints procedure and on what basis your fees will
be calculated. This letter should also advise as to the general duties of the
solicitor and client and the circumstances and arrangements at the end of the
6. As always instincts should be a guide, but a decent solicitor will ensure his client
fully understands the advice given, but will equally provide clarity as to the
precise method and basis he will use to charge his client. Any approach in
contradiction of these should be treated with great caution.