Trinity Chambers has the only specialist immigration practice group of barristers in the North East of England. Barristers in the group also receive instructions from solicitors from further afield and have developed a niche practice in private as well as publicly funded immigration matters. The Immigration team cover all levels of representation from the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal to the Special Immigration Appeal Commission up to Judicial Review proceedings.
The team are experts in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality/entry clearance cases. The team regularly attend the North Shields Immigration Appeal Tribunal as well as hearings across England.
The Points Based System (PBS) and Enforcement Provisions have been gradually implemented by UK Border Agency since 2008, replacing the previous immigration categories such as work permits and the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme. The Points Based System (PBS) applies to a wide range of individuals including highly skilled migrants, entrepreneurs, investors, students, sportsmen/women and those sponsored by their employer.
Barristers in the Immigration Group can advise and assist on all aspects of business immigration law including employers registering as licensed sponsors and maintaining A-rated status; transitional arrangements from the previous work permit based system to the Points Based System; visas for highly skilled migrants and investors under Tier 1, visas for skilled workers under Tier 2, visas for students under Tier 4 and visas for temporary workers under Tier 5; applications for visa entry clearance and further leave to remain; applications for settlement in the UK (indefinite leave to remain); naturalization applications for British Citizenship; applications for EEA family members; preventing illegal working and generally advising on appropriate record keeping and monitoring processes.
Given the breadth of the practice areas which the barristers at Trinity deal with there are frequently crossovers with family law for example abduction, forced marriage and honour violence, and criminal proceedings for example extradition/deportation, as well as employment issues for example the Points Based System and work permits. In addition there are overlaps with public and administrative law including Judicial Review of tribunal decisions and Human Rights issues.
The immigration barristers frequently provide adhoc advisory services as well as training events to their solicitor clients attracting Solicitors Regulation Authority(SRA) CPD accreditation.