Number of UK prison officers resigning soars amid increasing levels of violence and self-harm

 

Ministers accused of driving ‘crisis’ in prisons as figures reveal one in 16 officers left post last year compared with just one in 100 in eight years ago.

 

To learn more click here https://www-independent-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/number-of-prison-officers-resigning-from-post-soars-amid-soaring-levels-of-violence-and-selfharm-a8427616.html?amp

Praise for our Immigration Department

Salma Khan, thank you for all your kindness and patience over the past six years. I have had to deal with difficult legal problems and as my solicitor you dealt with them in a professional way and showed me patience and understanding during this legal battle. Your communication levels at all times has been outstanding and kept at a level that I could understand.

 

At no point throughout the 6 years did I hesitate to contact you on what I may have thought were silly questions at the time however, you did not make me feel I couldn’t ask you what I wanted to. I would like to express that I felt a strong level of support from you at all times and had a great amount of trust and confidence in your handling of my case.

 

I appreciate your tremendous expertise in how you dealt with my indefinite leave to remain application in the UK. I found the process very stressful and your reassurance kept me going.

From the first time I had a conversation with you over the telephone. Then meeting in person, you made this all stress-free for me, your advice and reassurance helped to release the stress as at times I would feel so angry, frustrated and felt like giving up. Salma has been there throughout and reassured me the best she could.

 

I am thankful for Salma’s reassurance and professionalism. I can honestly say that this kept me going when everything felt like it was taking, what felt like forever, thank you very much.

This has been a very emotional and stressful time for me and my family.

 

You treated me as an individual and not just another client at the same time respecting my privacy, confidentiality and answering the most awkward questions at times. I can honestly say that you are the best solicitor and would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone seeking legal advice in immigration. You have gone above and beyond your call of duty.

”let me worry about the rest “is what I remember you saying to me and the end result is success, what you do best . It is your help and expertise that has kept a family together.

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Immigration Law Advice Made The Guardian Headline

You won’t remember me coming into you one lunchtime a few weeks ago but I asked you about my future daughter-in-law’s visa problems. She’s Chinese and she and my son had been raided at the usual five in the morning by six immigration officers, even though they had a fast track appointment with the HO lined up. You told me a few rights and wrongs of what they had done and a few things to do. We did them! My son had filmed the whole thing,

The Guardian picked it up and did a full page spread on them, they were on LBC the same day and 10 days later she was granted a visa.

There was something about your manner as well as your advice which made it all possible, so thank you for that.

Mr W

 

 

 

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Immigration Testimonial

I would like to testify that if anybody is having problems regarding immigration please do not hesitate to contact Salma Khan at Pickup and Scott solicitors.

Salma has been my solicitor for some time now and I would advise anyone to get in touch with her as she’s very good in all aspects regarding the above.

She has done it for me and my boys and I’m very grateful for the support and care she offered.

Edith

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The acquisition of my indefinite leave to remain in the UK

I approached Salma Khan from PICKUP AND SCOTT SOLICITORS with regards to the acquisition of my indefinite leave to remain in the UK based on domestic violence which she assisted me to acquire.

Salma did incredibly well.

I personally liked the level of professionalism and empathy in dealing with my case. I found my experience with Salma very exhilarating and would, therefore, recommended SALMA KHAN to individuals and any organisation for her level of astuteness and professionalism.

Miriam – May 2018

Justice Secretary Announces Ambitious First Steps In Overhaul Of Parole Board

Justice Secretary David Gauke ordered a review of Parole Board processes in January, with the purpose of increasing its transparency, restoring public confidence, and improving the treatment of victims. The findings of the urgent review have been published alongside a comprehensive package of reforms.

One immediate result of this work is the introduction of transparency to the parole process by amending Rule 25 to remove the blanket ban that prevents the Parole Board from disclosing information about its decision-making.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/justice-secretary-announces-ambitious-first-steps-in-overhaul-of-parole-board

Will this affect you if you have a Parole Board Hearing due?

Contact our Prison Law Department for help

 

Windrush: How do you prove you’ve been living in the UK?

How do you prove you’ve been living in the UK?

It seems intuitively that anyone living and working in a country for a long period will leave a significant paper trail. So why are some finding it so difficult to prove?

Part of the problem has been a requirement to provide four pieces of evidence for each year that a person has been in the country.

To find out how Pickup and Scott can help you to prove how long you have been living in the UK please contact Salma Khan, our immigration law expert, today on 01296 397794.

Here is the article from the BBC about the Windrush Immigrants situation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43795077

Legal Aid in Prison Law Restored in Three Key Areas

Legal Aid For Prisoners Has Now Been Restored in Three Key Areas

As you may be aware, on 2 December 2013 the Government issued widespread cuts to the Legal Aid. The act restricted the types of work we could undertake under public funding.

However, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service have spent many hours fighting to challenge this decision and in April 2017 the Court of Appeal finally ruled in their favour.

 

The three appeal court judges, Lady Justice Gloster, Lord Justice Patten and Lord Justice Beatson, stated:

“At a time when … the evidence about prison staffing levels, the current state of prisons, and the workload of the Parole Board suggests that the system is under considerable pressure, the system has at present not got the capacity sufficiently to fill the gap in the run of cases in those three areas.”

 

 

The Courts concluded that Legal Aid should be restored in three key areas of Prison Law:

  • Pre-tariff sift
  • A-Category Reviews
  • Decisions relating to Close Supervision Centres (CSC)

 

We are pleased to confirm Legal Aid will be available for these matters from 21 February 2018

More about our Prison Law

What We Do and Don’t Offer

Pickup and Scott has a team of specialist solicitors, with a wide range of expertise.

Sometimes I think it is easier to explain what we do not do than what we cover, so let us start off with that.

At our practice, we do not offer conveyancing; this is the service you need when you are buying and selling houses. We are also not able to offer Family Law which covers divorce, relationship breakdown and disputes regarding children. We do however have a strong network of local contacts and are more than happy to refer clients to other firms that can help with these areas of law.

We do have a team of specialist solicitors who have an extensive range of knowledge and expertise when it comes to Criminal Law, Prison Law, Mental Health Law, Immigration Law and Private Law. Letus outline what these cover:

  • Criminal Law is about representing people accused of a crime
  • Prison Law is about advising someone who is in prison about such issues as parole
  • Mental Health Law is about people who are in a hospital and have not agreed to the admission
  • Immigration Law is for people coming to this country and about their rights to stay
  • Private Law covers what happens to your money and property when you die, looking after someone who cannot look after themselves and generally protect someone’s property.

These areas of law are very specialised and every member of our team who is involved in giving advice has been specially trained. We also have to ensure that our advice is up to date, so you can trust that we provide current and informed advice.

There may not be an obvious link between the different types of law we cover, but our aim is to provide the best support to people who need our help.

A Typical Day in the Office

When you work with this range of specialist solicitors, there is no such thing as a typical day. Our lawyers may be going out to see people in court, in prisons, in hospitals, or in their homes if they cannot get to us. We often get contacted by people in police stations, hospitals and prisons, who need urgent help. So even if we plan ahead, our schedule can change as we provide an immediate response.

With people coming in and solicitors going out, you can see the benefit of a strong team that also includes office-based staff. If you give us a call, you won’t get directly through to a solicitor. Be prepared to let us know what area of law you wish to discuss and we will ensure you get to speak to the right person.


David Pickup – Senior Partner – Head of Mental Health Law

How to choose a solicitor?

Choosing a solicitor.

Over the last 10 years, the legal profession has changed considerably. It used to be the case that most solicitors’ firms covered all aspects of the law. Nowadays most firms specialise. This is due to the fact that legal work is increasingly complex and it is very difficult for anyone to know everything about everything.

 

The first step in choosing a solicitor is to be clear about the area of Law that applies to your case. You can then search for the service you need on the internet, or ask professionals, family and friends for recommendations.

A good place to start is to visit a number of solicitor’s websites to see the services they offer. Be aware that the specialist solicitors that would be best placed to help you may not be based in your town. With modern technology, you may find you would benefit from the services of a solicitors based miles from where you live. If travelling to their offices is difficult or inconvenient, it may be possible to communicate via email or Skype.

Local advertising provides a good way for firms to share their specialist areas. As a good example, Pickup & Scott ran a radio campaign to promote our expertise as immigration solicitors, which is one of our specialist areas. As a result, we were contacted by people from a broad geographical area. We knew that it would be difficult for some families to visit our Aylesbury offices, so we travelled to them.

If it would help you to have a translator, an accessible office or a solicitor willing to travel to you, ask if these services are available before you choose your solicitor. It can make all the difference.

The Future of the High Street Solicitor

Given that so much has changed, has the high street lawyer got a future? In our view, there will always be a place for a local lawyer. As part of the community, they should be approachable, able to give advice on a range of subjects and if necessary refer matters on to another specialist.