How do you choose the best immigration lawyer? Here are a few tips to help you through the process of finding a good immigration solicitor:

1.Get recommendations

Ask your friends or family if they know a good immigration solicitor. It is very probable that at least one person in your network needed an immigration solicitor at one point or another in their life. People are very quick when making positive recommendations and even quicker to warn others about a bad experience.

2.Compare costs

Everyone knows lawyers tend to charge a lot for their services. It may be that you are well informed and your case is very straightforward. In this case you might want to save money and/or get advice from a non-profit organisation that supports immigrants and migrant rights. For example, HSMP forum supports and assists skilled migrants of all cultures and nationalities in dealing with visas, work permits and other immigration matters.

However, if you think your case if more complex and you don’t want to take any chances (or you simply don’t have the time to deal with it yourself) you may want to seek the help of an immigration lawyer. Most immigration solicitors work on a flat fee basis, although in some cases, hourly billing is also an option.


Reputation is also something you will want to look at when choosing your immigration lawyer. The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners are key reference sources for anyone wishing to employ the services of a UK law firm. These guides provide detailed reviews of firms and lawyers as well as the full contact details for all the firms listed.

4.Focus of practice

There are various subcategories within immigration: nationality, citizenship, family, asylum, etc. You may want to choose a lawyer with a strong background in your case area. It’s also good to know how many years of experience your lawyer has in practising immigration law.

5.Trust your judgement

Lastly, use your judgement and follow your instincts. Meet the lawyer and have an open discussion about your case. He/she should be able to answer all your questions and provide you with a clear and complete assessment of your situation. You should be wary of lawyers that guarantee you a positive outcome or lawyers who can’t give a clear estimate of the costs involved in your case. You should be able to trust your lawyer and rely on him.

As long as you follow these pointers, you should be able to find a reliable lawyer who is fully qualified to handle your case.

As Editor of Lawble, Gill helps business and individuals become better informed about their legal rights. Gill is a content specialist in the fields of law, tax and human resources.