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Aschfords Law

Aschfords Law is a UK based immigration law specialist firm providing legal services to businesses and individuals. We also provide legal advice in relation to family and matrimonial matters. U.K IMMIGRATION Visiting the UK If you are coming to the United Kingdom as a visitor, in most cases you are allowed to stay for up to six months. To be allowed to enter or pass through the United Kingdom you must meet certain requirements. You can come to the United Kingdom as a general visitor; child or student visitor; business and special visitor and medical visitor. In addition, you can also sponsor a visitor; come to the UK to get married or register a civil partnership. We can advise and assist you on how to change the conditions of your stay and what rights and responsibilities you have when visiting the United Kingdom. We can advise you on how people from overseas can come to or remain in the United Kingdom as the partners, children and/or elderly dependent relatives of people who are already in the United Kingdom or are coming here in a different category. Please note that the information in this section does not apply to nationals of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, who are not subject to the Immigration Rules. EEA nationals have free movement rights in the EEA, including the United Kingdom, and can enter and remain here in accordance with the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006. Partners Coming to or staying in the United Kingdom as the husband, wife, civil partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner of a person settled here or a migrant worker/student – Did you know it is your responsibility to inform the Home Office if your relationship ends. Marriage and Civil Partnership Getting married or registering a civil partnership in the United Kingdom, whether you are coming for a short visit or planning to stay here. We can assist you and advise you with the application for Certificate for Approval for marriage in the U.K. Forced marriages and domestic violence Guidance, support and advice is available for people who have been, or are at risk of being forced into marriage and for people who have come to the United Kingdom and are experiencing domestic violence from a partner or other family member. Children Bringing your children, including adopted children, to the United Kingdom if you are a British citizen or you have temporary or permanent permission to live here. Elderly dependent relative Coming to or staying in the United Kingdom as the parent, grandparent or other elderly dependant of a person settled here. Settling in the UK You can apply to settle permanently in the UK if you are a migrant from outside Europe. We can assist you to return to the UK if you have gone to live abroad after being granted settlement here. You may be able to apply for permission to settle here after you have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time (usually between two and five years). This is known as ''indefinite leave to remain. Most applicants will need to show that they have knowledge of language and life in the UK. British Citizenship Depending on your current citizenship or nationality, you may be able to apply in several ways. We can also assist you with your application for Naturalisation to be able to apply for a British passport. Asylum Asylum is protection given by a country to someone who is fleeing persecution in their own country. It is given under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. To be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution. The UK also adheres to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prevents Home Office from sending someone to a country where there is a real risk of being exposed to torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. If you do not qualify for asylum but the Home Office thinks there are humanitarian or other reasons why they should allow you to stay in the UK, Home Office may give you temporary permission to remain here. Family reunion for asylum seekers If a person is a recognised refugee or is benefiting from humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom, the Home Office has a family reunion programme which allows him/her to be reunited with his/her family members (that is, those who were part of the family unit before he/she fled). POINTS-BASED SYSTEM Tier 1 Entrepreneur If you want to come to the United Kingdom as an entrepreneur, there are specific arrangements for you. Investor If you want to invest in the United Kingdom you will need to demonstrate that you have the money to do so. The investor category is designed to allow high net worth individuals to make a substantial financial investment in the United Kingdom. Post Study Work If you graduated from a University in the UK, you can apply to stay here to work when you have completed your studies. During their permission to stay here, post-study workers can look for work without needing to have a sponsor. Tier 2 If your prospective employer in the UK is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to come or stay here to do a skilled job. If you are a national of a country outside the EEA or Switzerland, you will need to apply under the points-based system. You must: » Have a job offer from a licensed sponsor and a valid certificate of sponsorship; and » Pass the points-based assessment. Categories of skilled worker There are four categories of skilled worker under the points-based system: » Tier 2 (General) » Tier 2 (Minister of religion) » Tier 2 (Sportsperson) » Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) Tier 3 If your prospective employer in the UK is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to do certain types of temporary work here. Tier 4 Students The route you choose will depend on your age, and on the length and level of the course that you want to study. Domestic Workers Do you have a migrant worker whom you wish to employ in the United Kingdom? The domestic worker category allows overseas employers to bring their domestic workers with them when they visit or move to the United Kingdom. To qualify to come here as a domestic worker, you must be an established member of your employer''s staff. Sole representative of overseas firms Do you wish to set up an office in your companies’ name in the United Kingdom? To come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm without a work permit, you should be coming to act as a sole representative to establish a wholly owned subsidiary or register a branch in the United Kingdom for an overseas parent company. Appeals Usually you can appeal on any one or more of the grounds available to you.You may always appeal on the grounds of: » Race discrimination; or » Human rights, if the decision is against your rights under the European Convention on Human Rights or it would be against your rights for us to remove you from the United Kingdom because of that decision. You can appeal if the Home Office has told you that they intend to remove you from the United Kingdom, you may also appeal if your removal would be against the obligations under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. You may also be able to appeal if the Home Office decision: » Was not in line with the immigration rules; » Was not in line with the law; or » If the immigration rules allowed the person who made the decision to exercise his/her own judgment on the circumstances of your case and his/her judgment should have been exercised differently Please contact us today for further advice and assistance on 020 3586 4050 or email shalini@aschfordslaw.com FAMILY LAW At Aschfords Law, we have expertise in all aspects of divorce, separation of unmarried couples, nullity, and dissolution of civil partnerships. We advise on financial matters relating to the breakdown of a marriage/relationship, issues surrounding the welfare and future care of children including residence/contact disputes, Cohabitation disputes involving property, Prenuptial agreements, Cohabitation and Separation agreements, Injunction proceedings following Domestic Abuse including non-molestation orders and occupation orders. Divorce, separation, dissolution and nullity We can advise you on all aspects of divorce, separation of unmarried couples, dissolution of civil partnerships or nullity and judicial separation. We will work with you to resolve the financial aspects of the relationship breakdown including the following: Periodical payments for a spouse or for children Lump sums Transfer or sale of property Sharing of pension funds We can assist in negotiations towards settlements which will reduce the stress and legal costs for the parties. We can also guide and represent you throughout the Court process. Children We are sensitive to the difficulties faced by clients when attempting to provide for, and secure the welfare, of the children following a relationship breakdown. We have significant experience to assist you in Residence/Contact disputes Applications for Orders allowing children to leave the jurisdiction and resisting such orders Parental Responsibility Financial Provision for the children We can also advise grand-parents and members of the extended family too on Residence/ Contact/ Special Guardianship orders. Cohabitation and property disputes ‘Common Law Spouses’ is a popular misconception. It does not exist as a legal concept. When an unmarried couple plan to live together, it is sensible to consider a Cohabitation Agreement setting out the basis of ownership of assets. A Cohabitation Agreement sets out the contributions that each of you has made, and how each of you will contribute to outgoings such as the mortgage repayments and bills on an ongoing basis and how they will be dealt with in the event of a relationship breakdown. Funding - family matters The worry of Legal Fees is an issue that can cause a great deal of stress to clients. At Aschfords Law we are committed to providing a cost effective service. We offer initial fixed fee consultations for all new prospective clients. We can also provide fixed cost services for certain cases. Whilst we do not have a franchise for public funding, we are able to provide advice and assistance at highly competitive rates. Free 10 minute telephone advice We are happy to take queries on any legal matter where you are unsure whether you may have a claim. This would be by telephone and although we would not be able to consider any paperwork, we would be able to provide you with sufficient advice to enable you to consider whether it would be worthwhile paying for a fixed fee interview. Fixed fee first interview If you consider that you may have a legal matter which you wish to discuss further but are unsure what would be involved or how you should proceed, then we offer a fixed fee interview. We would arrange a meeting with you and following a discussion (and consideration of any paperwork that you bring with you), should you instruct us to proceed with your matter, then we would refund to you the fixed fee on your first invoice. Private funding It is a policy of this firm that every client, no matter how big or small their matter, is well informed with the relevant, regular cost information. We will set out our charging information at the outset and so that you can make an informed decision as to whether to proceed with us or not. We constantly review our charge-out rates to ensure that our fees are competitive and fair. At the outset you will receive information on: » The likely costs of your matter » The likelihood of your paying the opposing party (if any) costs » The likelihood of your recovering any costs » The system of paying funds on account to us » The method by which we invoice you at regular intervals » Once we are instructed, we shall keep you regularly informed as to the progress of your matter and the balance left in your client account. This then enables you to keep track of how much you are spending and make an informed decision as to whether you wish to continue pursuing your matter. Call Patricia Wyeth on 020 3586 4050 or email patricia@aschfordslaw.com PRIVATE CRIMINAL LAW Aschfords Law offers clients in England and Wales the opportunity of privately instructing a highly experienced criminal advocate to represent them in criminal or other regulatory investigations and proceedings or to advise generally. Mark Wyeth QC is a Barrister who practices at the independent Criminal Bar but who holds a dual-capacity practising certificate. This means in practice that clients can instruct Aschfords in criminal and regulatory matters on a private basis and obtain the services and legal opinion of Queen’s Counsel. Aschfords Law is only able to make Mark’s services available because of a recent change in the rules of the Bar. In May of 2010 the Bar Council created a dispensation that allows Barristers practising at the independent Bar the right to also join an LLP (law firm). WHAT WE DON''T DO Legal Aid/Duty Solicitor Aschfords Law holds no Legal Aid franchises. Aschfords Law does not undertake Legal Aid service work. Aschfords Law are not ‘duty solicitors’. Call Mark Wyeth on 020 3586 4050 or email mark@aschfordslaw.com We are registered with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) in the United Kingdom and provide professional services with a personal touch.

Aschfords Law
79 College Road
Harrow
Middlesex
HA1 1BD
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Aschfords Law is a UK based immigration law specialist firm providing legal services to businesses and individuals. We also provide legal advice in relation to family and matrimonial matters. U.K IMMIGRATION Visiting the UK If you are coming to the United Kingdom as a visitor, in most cases you are allowed to stay for up to six months. To be allowed to enter or pass through the United Kingdom you must meet certain requirements. You can come to the United Kingdom as a general visitor; child or student visitor; business and special visitor and medical visitor. In addition, you can also sponsor a visitor; come to the UK to get married or register a civil partnership. We can advise and assist you on how to change the conditions of your stay and what rights and responsibilities you have when visiting the United Kingdom. We can advise you on how people from overseas can come to or remain in the United Kingdom as the partners, children and/or elderly dependent relatives of people who are already in the United Kingdom or are coming here in a different category. Please note that the information in this section does not apply to nationals of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, who are not subject to the Immigration Rules. EEA nationals have free movement rights in the EEA, including the United Kingdom, and can enter and remain here in accordance with the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006. Partners Coming to or staying in the United Kingdom as the husband, wife, civil partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner of a person settled here or a migrant worker/student – Did you know it is your responsibility to inform the Home Office if your relationship ends. Marriage and Civil Partnership Getting married or registering a civil partnership in the United Kingdom, whether you are coming for a short visit or planning to stay here. We can assist you and advise you with the application for Certificate for Approval for marriage in the U.K. Forced marriages and domestic violence Guidance, support and advice is available for people who have been, or are at risk of being forced into marriage and for people who have come to the United Kingdom and are experiencing domestic violence from a partner or other family member. Children Bringing your children, including adopted children, to the United Kingdom if you are a British citizen or you have temporary or permanent permission to live here. Elderly dependent relative Coming to or staying in the United Kingdom as the parent, grandparent or other elderly dependant of a person settled here. Settling in the UK You can apply to settle permanently in the UK if you are a migrant from outside Europe. We can assist you to return to the UK if you have gone to live abroad after being granted settlement here. You may be able to apply for permission to settle here after you have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time (usually between two and five years). This is known as ''indefinite leave to remain. Most applicants will need to show that they have knowledge of language and life in the UK. British Citizenship Depending on your current citizenship or nationality, you may be able to apply in several ways. We can also assist you with your application for Naturalisation to be able to apply for a British passport. Asylum Asylum is protection given by a country to someone who is fleeing persecution in their own country. It is given under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. To be recognised as a refugee, you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution. The UK also adheres to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prevents Home Office from sending someone to a country where there is a real risk of being exposed to torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. If you do not qualify for asylum but the Home Office thinks there are humanitarian or other reasons why they should allow you to stay in the UK, Home Office may give you temporary permission to remain here. Family reunion for asylum seekers If a person is a recognised refugee or is benefiting from humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom, the Home Office has a family reunion programme which allows him/her to be reunited with his/her family members (that is, those who were part of the family unit before he/she fled). POINTS-BASED SYSTEM Tier 1 Entrepreneur If you want to come to the United Kingdom as an entrepreneur, there are specific arrangements for you. Investor If you want to invest in the United Kingdom you will need to demonstrate that you have the money to do so. The investor category is designed to allow high net worth individuals to make a substantial financial investment in the United Kingdom. Post Study Work If you graduated from a University in the UK, you can apply to stay here to work when you have completed your studies. During their permission to stay here, post-study workers can look for work without needing to have a sponsor. Tier 2 If your prospective employer in the UK is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to come or stay here to do a skilled job. If you are a national of a country outside the EEA or Switzerland, you will need to apply under the points-based system. You must: » Have a job offer from a licensed sponsor and a valid certificate of sponsorship; and » Pass the points-based assessment. Categories of skilled worker There are four categories of skilled worker under the points-based system: » Tier 2 (General) » Tier 2 (Minister of religion) » Tier 2 (Sportsperson) » Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) Tier 3 If your prospective employer in the UK is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to do certain types of temporary work here. Tier 4 Students The route you choose will depend on your age, and on the length and level of the course that you want to study. Domestic Workers Do you have a migrant worker whom you wish to employ in the United Kingdom? The domestic worker category allows overseas employers to bring their domestic workers with them when they visit or move to the United Kingdom. To qualify to come here as a domestic worker, you must be an established member of your employer''s staff. Sole representative of overseas firms Do you wish to set up an office in your companies’ name in the United Kingdom? To come to the United Kingdom as a sole representative of an overseas firm without a work permit, you should be coming to act as a sole representative to establish a wholly owned subsidiary or register a branch in the United Kingdom for an overseas parent company. Appeals Usually you can appeal on any one or more of the grounds available to you.You may always appeal on the grounds of: » Race discrimination; or » Human rights, if the decision is against your rights under the European Convention on Human Rights or it would be against your rights for us to remove you from the United Kingdom because of that decision. You can appeal if the Home Office has told you that they intend to remove you from the United Kingdom, you may also appeal if your removal would be against the obligations under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. You may also be able to appeal if the Home Office decision: » Was not in line with the immigration rules; » Was not in line with the law; or » If the immigration rules allowed the person who made the decision to exercise his/her own judgment on the circumstances of your case and his/her judgment should have been exercised differently Please contact us today for further advice and assistance on 020 3586 4050 or email shalini@aschfordslaw.com FAMILY LAW At Aschfords Law, we have expertise in all aspects of divorce, separation of unmarried couples, nullity, and dissolution of civil partnerships. We advise on financial matters relating to the breakdown of a marriage/relationship, issues surrounding the welfare and future care of children including residence/contact disputes, Cohabitation disputes involving property, Prenuptial agreements, Cohabitation and Separation agreements, Injunction proceedings following Domestic Abuse including non-molestation orders and occupation orders. Divorce, separation, dissolution and nullity We can advise you on all aspects of divorce, separation of unmarried couples, dissolution of civil partnerships or nullity and judicial separation. We will work with you to resolve the financial aspects of the relationship breakdown including the following: Periodical payments for a spouse or for children Lump sums Transfer or sale of property Sharing of pension funds We can assist in negotiations towards settlements which will reduce the stress and legal costs for the parties. We can also guide and represent you throughout the Court process. Children We are sensitive to the difficulties faced by clients when attempting to provide for, and secure the welfare, of the children following a relationship breakdown. We have significant experience to assist you in Residence/Contact disputes Applications for Orders allowing children to leave the jurisdiction and resisting such orders Parental Responsibility Financial Provision for the children We can also advise grand-parents and members of the extended family too on Residence/ Contact/ Special Guardianship orders. Cohabitation and property disputes ‘Common Law Spouses’ is a popular misconception. It does not exist as a legal concept. When an unmarried couple plan to live together, it is sensible to consider a Cohabitation Agreement setting out the basis of ownership of assets. A Cohabitation Agreement sets out the contributions that each of you has made, and how each of you will contribute to outgoings such as the mortgage repayments and bills on an ongoing basis and how they will be dealt with in the event of a relationship breakdown. Funding - family matters The worry of Legal Fees is an issue that can cause a great deal of stress to clients. At Aschfords Law we are committed to providing a cost effective service. We offer initial fixed fee consultations for all new prospective clients. We can also provide fixed cost services for certain cases. Whilst we do not have a franchise for public funding, we are able to provide advice and assistance at highly competitive rates. Free 10 minute telephone advice We are happy to take queries on any legal matter where you are unsure whether you may have a claim. This would be by telephone and although we would not be able to consider any paperwork, we would be able to provide you with sufficient advice to enable you to consider whether it would be worthwhile paying for a fixed fee interview. Fixed fee first interview If you consider that you may have a legal matter which you wish to discuss further but are unsure what would be involved or how you should proceed, then we offer a fixed fee interview. We would arrange a meeting with you and following a discussion (and consideration of any paperwork that you bring with you), should you instruct us to proceed with your matter, then we would refund to you the fixed fee on your first invoice. Private funding It is a policy of this firm that every client, no matter how big or small their matter, is well informed with the relevant, regular cost information. We will set out our charging information at the outset and so that you can make an informed decision as to whether to proceed with us or not. We constantly review our charge-out rates to ensure that our fees are competitive and fair. At the outset you will receive information on: » The likely costs of your matter » The likelihood of your paying the opposing party (if any) costs » The likelihood of your recovering any costs » The system of paying funds on account to us » The method by which we invoice you at regular intervals » Once we are instructed, we shall keep you regularly informed as to the progress of your matter and the balance left in your client account. This then enables you to keep track of how much you are spending and make an informed decision as to whether you wish to continue pursuing your matter. Call Patricia Wyeth on 020 3586 4050 or email patricia@aschfordslaw.com PRIVATE CRIMINAL LAW Aschfords Law offers clients in England and Wales the opportunity of privately instructing a highly experienced criminal advocate to represent them in criminal or other regulatory investigations and proceedings or to advise generally. Mark Wyeth QC is a Barrister who practices at the independent Criminal Bar but who holds a dual-capacity practising certificate. This means in practice that clients can instruct Aschfords in criminal and regulatory matters on a private basis and obtain the services and legal opinion of Queen’s Counsel. Aschfords Law is only able to make Mark’s services available because of a recent change in the rules of the Bar. In May of 2010 the Bar Council created a dispensation that allows Barristers practising at the independent Bar the right to also join an LLP (law firm). WHAT WE DON''T DO Legal Aid/Duty Solicitor Aschfords Law holds no Legal Aid franchises. Aschfords Law does not undertake Legal Aid service work. Aschfords Law are not ‘duty solicitors’. Call Mark Wyeth on 020 3586 4050 or email mark@aschfordslaw.com We are registered with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) in the United Kingdom and provide professional services with a personal touch.