Whenever we have a legal “open day” everyone loves it because it gives everyone the opportunity to gain legal advice and support on issues that are of concern to them. We often cover how people can seek help and advice and most people are aware that if they wish to solve a dispute then they need to go to court. However, in certain cases and instances, court can be avoided through arbitration, negotiation and mediation without having to pay ridiculous legal fees and go through a long and arduous process. So before you decide to sue someone be sure to look at all of the various legal options available to you, as court can often be costly, time-consuming and have an enormous emotional effect on a person.

When it comes to immigration, many people use bogus ‘legal experts’ who charge a ridiculous amount of money from the person (who may be stuck or unaware of the country’s legal stance on their issue.) These people are utterly clueless to changes within the law and will proclaim to have the Midas touch in the legal field. In sheer desperation, people will pay ludicrous fees and the result will not go in their favour due to the fact that someone inexperienced and unqualified is dealing with a sensitive case.

Today I was joined by Solicitor Shalini Bhargava, a solicitor with more than 10 years of experience in private UK immigration law, criminal and family law. She highlighted the importance of checking that the person taking care of your legal affairs is “qualified” and above board. There are a lot of cowboys out there who promise people they will solve all of their legal issues however more than often create more problems for the person. It may sound expensive, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

According to the University of Oxford’s Migration Research “in 2013 there were 50,741 foreign nationals  removed from within the UK under immigration law – or known to have departed under threat of such removal – an increase of 14.5% from 2012 totals.” This only confirms that many people are in fact overstaying their duration which often becomes a tremendous topic of debate in the House of Commons and between various politicians who feel that deportation costs are un-necessary.

Shalini emphasised that when a person is ‘visiting’ or even in a country on a ‘student visa’ as tempting as staying longer may seem. It’s imperative to plan your future properly and sensibly before your leave expires. A lot of people are tempted to over stay or even run away before they are due to return and this NEVER has gone in favour of the person who wishes to stay. In many cases it results in the individual being deported or being banned from coming into the country.