How we can help

Our advice services

JCWI has more than 50 years’ experience fighting for justice for those who are vulnerable. We deal with all areas of asylum and immigration law and we are recognised as experts in this field. We employ five solicitors and our legal team represents clients at all stages of the legal process, including:

  • Applications to the Home Office.

  • Entry Clearance.

  • Appeals.

  • Judicial Review.

Since September 2018 we are also able to provide advice to detainees held at Yarls’ Wood IRC. We are proud of our high success rate and we have a reputation for dealing with complex issues, and challenging policy where necessary. The quality of our legal work is subject to a periodic peer review carried out on behalf of the Legal Aid Agency. In 2018, the quality of our legal work was found to be excellent (the highest possible rating).


How do I access advice?

If you would like to make an enquiry or please access our helplines.

Our helplines

Our legal team run a number of helplines providing timely and reliable immigration advice to those who need it most.

If you are in the UK without status and need legal advice, call our Freephone helpline on 0800 160 1004.

It is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm.

The helpline is confidential and the advice is free.

We also run a helpline for members of UNISON, dealing with all aspects of immigration law. UNISON members seeking advice should contact their union representative to be referred to us. One of our lawyers will then arrange a phone call with you.

JCWI have a contract to work with people who are detained at Yarl’s Wood IRC. However, we are limited by the Legal Aid Agency as to how many clients we can take on from Yarl’s Wood. People who are currently detained there and would like to find out more should get in touch with us directly by phone on 020 7251 8708.

JCWI are also able to represent clients who are detained in prison, whether serving their criminal sentences or detained under immigration powers. We have considerable experience of assisting with unlawful detention claims in the higher courts, and have a proven track record in winning appeals against deportation. Our dedicated team would be happy to arrange a legal visit to see you in prison (dependent on location and distance from our offices). Please contact us by phone on 020 7251 8708.