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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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