THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I secured our client’s release from prison

noun_freedom_1315309I represented a client who was serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence.

The Parole Board relied on old psychology reports that kept him in prison. We challenged this by judicial review.

THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I was able to overturn the Parole Board decision and have another oral parole hearing granted, where our client was released from prison.

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THANKS TO LEGAL AID, we appealed a wrongful conviction

noun_injustice_2606735 (1)We represented a Somali man who had entered the UK as an asylum seeker

He pleaded guilty to possession of false identity documents, as his legal team did not advise him that a statutory defence was available. He later found it very difficult to get work, due to having this on his criminal record.

THANKS TO LEGAL AID, we were able to appeal his conviction and have it removed from his record.

Who will still fail the residence test? Victims of police violence whose immigration status is unclear.

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“Today I met a vulnerable young woman. She said she was assaulted by the police during an arrest. Her immigration status is not clear. She can’t afford an immigration solicitor to help her. THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I was able to assist her with a complaint to the police and consider commencing civil proceedings against the police for assault.

THIS CASE WOULD BE BARRED BY THE “RESIDENCE TEST”.

EXCEPTIONS ARE NOT ENOUGH.”

THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I made sure the CPS prosecuted a man who admitted to raping his girlfriend.

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“Today I met a vulnerable woman who had been raped by her boyfriend. He had admitted to rape in texts, but the Crown Prosecution Service refused to prosecute him. THANKS TO LEGAL AID, we had the decision overturned so that he would face justice.”