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We are extremely proud that SWLLC’s Immigration team have been shortlisted for Legal Aid team of the year at the Solicitor Journal Awards. After a year of life changing results for their clients, it is great to see the work of the team being recognised by the legal industry. The full shortlist can be viewed here.
Manan’s story is just one instance where the team have gone the extra mile for their clients:
Manan is an Afghan minor who left his country to seek protection for his life. He lived with a member of his family who worked for a government agency and took responsibility for the family after his father was killed. A militant group contacted his Uncle and demanded him to work for them, sending him threatening letters until he agreed. The police came to Manan's home a few months later accusing his Uncle of carrying out suicide attacks. They continued to visit and threaten the family, causing Manan's mother to send him and his brother out of the country. They travelled on foot, in cars and buses through Iran, Turkey, Greece and France before arriving in the UK by container lorry. Having been separated from his brother on the journey, Manan finally arrived in the UK. He came to the Law Centre and our immigration team made an application to ensure that he could stay. The first asylum claim was refused by the Home Office, however our caseworker did not accept this decision and our appeal was accepted on all grounds. As a result of the dedicated work of our Law Centre immigration team, Manan has now been granted refugee status and can live safely in the UK.
We also congratulate Allen & Overy and Bates Wells Braithwaite, who have supported us for many years and have also both shortlisted for Pro Bono Team of the Year. Without the dedication of their lawyers, along with many others, we would not be able to run fifteen clinics providing free legal advice each week across South West London.
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