We are pleased to announce the extension of our partnership for another year with Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP, specialists in UK immigration and nationality law, who are rated as leaders in this area of law by both The Legal 500 & Chambers and Partners.
Under the partnership, SBS has funding to refer women to Wesley Gryk for legal advice and representation in immigration applications and appeals to experts. The partnership has been a great success during its pilot year in 2021, enabling us to support women who are unable to access legal aid due to the nature of their immigration problem, but who cannot afford legal fees and disbursements.
In its pilot year, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP has advised and represented women fleeing violence from India, Pakistan, Jamaica and Zimbabwe. This has included: assisting victims of transnational spouse abandonment to return to the UK and obtain indefinite leave to remain as victims of domestic violence; assisting a woman with complex mental illnesses stemming from childhood sexual violence with a successful appeal under Article 3 ECHR based on her medical condition and risk of suicide on return overseas; and assisting a refugee fearing honour-based killing in Pakistan with a successful appeal to the Upper Tribunal following refusal at the First Tier Tribunal.
We look forward to another year working together with Wesley Gryk to seek immigration solutions for women facing gender-related violence.