Our research

As part of developing the Justice Together initiative, we commissioned research including the following: 

A Huge Gulf: demand and supply for immigration legal advice in London

This research was commissioned by the Justice Together Initiative and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and was funded by the Greater London Authority. It provides evidence about the scale and characteristics of demand for and supply of immigration legal advice in London, and includes an examination of the different types of providers, their capacity, their distribution across the city, funding models and approaches, and the entry points and referral routes through advice networks in the capital.

The research finds a gulf between supply of and demand for immigration advice in London, particularly in areas of advice outside the scope of legal aid, and a bottleneck between advice and complex casework. It also identifies infrastructure challenges for the immigration advice sector, including a lack of trained advisors and a recruitment crisis. It concludes with a series of recommendations for resolving underlying infrastructure issues in the immigration advice sector in London for policymakers, funders and advice providers.

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Common themes from Justice Together national consultation

Before setting out on its mission, Justice Together undertook an extensive consultation across the United Kingdom to better understand the needs, challenges and opportunities concerning access to justice in the immigration system. This article pulls out the emerging themes from these multiple conversations.

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An overview of immigration advice services in England and Wales

This report provides an overview of the immigration legal sector, examining the different types of immigration advisers, assessing the impact of the changes to legal aid and considering the groups most vulnerable to harm or injustice due to a lack of immigration advice and representation. It provides valuable insight for funders, service providers and policy makers.

The author, Saira Grant, explains how the report evolved and the increased relevance of the findings in the context of COVID-19 in herĀ blog.

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Methods of increasing the capacity of immigration advice provision

This summary outlines how voluntary sector organisations have improved the capacity, efficiency and accessibility of immigration advice provision across the UK. Commissioned by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Trust for London, the research identifies nine methods to increase the capacity of the not-for-profit sector to meet immigration advice needs, and offers valuable insights for funders, service providers and policymakers.

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