21 August 2019

New guidance for professional clients when instructing immigration barristers

After input from practising immigration barristers, the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), we have published new guidance for professional clients of barristers and advisors regulated by OISC, to provide them with useful information when instructing immigration barristers.

This guidance is the latest in a series of immigration guidance documents we have published following our 2016 Immigration Thematic Review. The review identified three key risks in the way that the market for immigration legal services operates: access to justice, poorly informed consumers, and the quality of advice and standards of service.

In June 2017, we published guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues. In April 2018, we published an online guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients.

The latest guidance aims to ensure that professional clients, OISC advisers and barristers understand their respective roles and that all parties work together in a way that delivers an effective service to the client.