At Here for Good, we value the strong relationships we have with other organisations. Find out more about our partnerships here, from the law firms and volunteer lawyers that offer their services pro bono, to the organisations we have collaborated with to deliver vital and innovative services.

LAW FIRMS

 

Bindmans LLP

Supporting the charity from its inception, Bindmans LLP, in particular John Halford (Partner and Head of Public Law & Human Rights) and Liz Barrett (Partner and Head of Immigration Law), continue to provide comprehensive pro bono legal support. Bindmans also employs Carla, the charity's Volunteer Coordinator.

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Wesley Gryk LLP

Wesley Gryk LLP is a specialist immigration and asylum firm. The firm has provided valuable legal support to Here for Good, including authoring the Advice Guide and delivering advice to the charity's clients.

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Fragomen

Fragomen and Here for Good have a pro bono partnership which has been crucial to the expansion of the charity's advisory service. Lawyers from Fragomen take on urgent cases for the charity pro bono and have helped us to grow the service to ensure that we can help all those who need it.

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Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy have provided vital legal and strategic support to Here for Good since the charity was first set up. We continue to work with the firm on a range of projects.

Carter Thomas

Carter Thomas and Here for Good have a new pro bono partnership which will help continue to grow the charity's advisory service.

MPB

 

MPB solicitors is a law firm specialising in Immigration Law, Human Rights and Family Law situated in Putney, London

Paragon Law

Paragon Law and Here for Good commenced their partnership in February 2020 to provide support to vulnerable EU nationals in the Midlands. Paragon Law also support the Here for Good national free telephone advice service.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents.

VOLUNTEERS

 

OUR PARTNERS

Mala Savjani

Mala Savjani is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP. She assists with the full range of applications made under the Immigration Rules. Mala also has a broad range of experience in making applications under European Law and under the new Settled Status Scheme. In her spare time, Mala is a weekly volunteer advisor at the Waterloo Legal Advice Service where she assists a variety of clients from the local area. Mala has recently become an advisor with Here For Good and assists clients on a pro bono basis as and when she has capacity.

Barry O'Leary

Barry is a partner at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP and his practice deals with the full range of immigration and nationality issues. You can read more about him here.

Zahira Patel

Zahira is a Solicitor at Fragomen LLP, advising on all aspects of UK immigration law including the Points Based system, naturalisation and applications under the EU Settlement Scheme.

 

Zahira  has a particular interest in advising European nationals on Brexit and how this is likely to impact their rights.  She has set up and coordinated partnerships with various charities to provide pro bono assistance to European nationals who would otherwise be unable to access legal advice. This includes individual casework with Here For Good as well as delivering pro bono presentations on Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme for various European communities with New Europeans. 

Zahira speaks English and Gujaratti.

Isaac Abraham

Isaac is a Caseworker in the Immigration Team at Wilson Solicitors LLP. He assists with matters spanning the full range of immigration and nationality issues. In addition to acting as a volunteer adviser for Here for Good, most recently during the London is Open bus tour. Isaac has also assisted with and advised on a number of fundraising applications.

Nath Gbikpi

Nath is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors. Her practice covers a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality law, with particular emphasis on applications based on partnership, family and private life; asylum on the basis of sexual identity; and the rights of Europeans and their family members. She is a co-convenor of the ILPA Well-Being Working Group. Nath also volunteers for Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and UKLGIG; writes regularly for Free Movement; and  is a JCWI trustee.

Zoe Pavlou

Zoe is an Associate in Fragomen’s London office. She supports a range of clients from the financial sector, from leading investment banks to smaller financial services companies. Zoe advises on all UK immigration matters and European Law.

 

Prior to joining Fragomen, Zoe worked within a large international firm in Cyprus, where she provided advice in the areas of corporate and immigration law. Here, she prepared and submitted immigration applications on clients’ behalf for Cyprus permanent residency and citizenship. While in Cyprus Zoe has raised £3,000 for charity to assist jobless families struggling due to the economic crisis.

Zoe speaks English and Greek.

Andrew Jones

Andrew is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP where his practice covers a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters. He has particular experience assisting European nationals and their family members to enforce and protect their freedom of movement rights. Andrew previously worked for a legal aid firm where he developed a successful practice assisting low-income EU nationals in complex cases, including challenges to deportation and immigration detention.

Gabriella Bettiga

 

Gabriella is a solicitor and Italian qualified lawyer. She is the Director of MGBe Legal, an OISC regulated company providing advice on immigration, asylum and nationality law, particularly in relation to EEA nationals and family members, asylum and complex human rights applications and appeals. Gabriella regularly delivers training with ILPA and HJT, and publishes articles on immigration for Free Movement and Londra-Italia among other publications. Gabriella is a member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee and Chair of the Independent Cost and Funding Adjudicators at the Legal Aid Agency (Ministry of Justice). She is a volunteer lawyer for UKCEN.

Irene Molioti​

Irene is an accredited Level 2 Caseworker with the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme and a qualified Greek lawyer. She works in the immigration department of Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors as a Senior Immigration Caseworker.

 

Irene has experience in the fields of immigration, asylum, EU, nationality and public law. She regularly assists individuals with the submission of complex human rights applications and the preparation of deportation appeals. Part of her job at ITN Solicitors is to attend legal surgeries and provide pro bono immigration advice to individuals in a variety of legal matters. Irene is keen on assisting vulnerable clients that require advice and representation in respect of their immigration matters.

 

Irene speaks fluent English, Greek and Italian.

Russell Hodges

Russell is a Solicitor at Fragomen LLP in London. He provides advice and support on a broad range of matters under the UK Immigration Rules and European Law. This includes a special focus on the Points Based System, settlement, British citizenship and the new EU Settlement scheme. Russell has worked to safeguard the rights
and privileges of European nationals and their families in the UK through support under the new Settled Status scheme as a volunteer caseworker on a pro bono basis.

Nichola Carter 

Nichola founded Carter Thomas and heads the firm’s immigration team. She qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has spent the two decades since then helping people to resolve complex immigration and nationality law issues. You can read more about Nichola here.  

Gina Savanhu

Gina Savanhu is a an OISC registered immigration advisor and the founder of GDS
Immigration Law. She qualified as a solicitor in 2007. She has worked in the area of
immigration in law since 2003, and in that time she has gained significant experience in
assisting individuals (including EU citizens and their family members) with their initial
applications, and in challenging adverse decisions in the Tribunal and the higher courts.

Aisha N. Ahmed

Aisha is a Solicitor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors and advises on all aspects of UK Immigration law including under the Points Based System, international protection, human rights and nationality. Aisha also has extensive experience in complex EU law matters including deportation, derivative rights and retained rights of residence as well as applications under the new EU Settlement Scheme.

 

Aisha is also accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker with the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

Nick Gore

Nick is an associate solicitor in the immigration team at Carter Thomas. His passion for this field of law began in 2014 whilst working with ASSIST, a Sheffield based charity supporting destitute asylum seekers, and subsequently the South Yorkshire Refugee and Justice Group. Nick volunteers for the renowned EU Rights Clinic based in Brussels and is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in The Legal 500. Nick provides advice on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law and has assisted many EU/EEA nationals to secure status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Ruth Jowett 

Ruth, an associate at Carter Thomas, has substantial experience assisting individuals to navigate the UK’s immigration and nationality system. She is particularly experienced in preparing applications for EEA/EU nationals and their family members and British citizenship applications. Ruth became passionate about immigration whilst working with the UK’s Refugee Council in 2013 and she has also worked with NGOs offering assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable foreign workers in Hong Kong. Ruth is recognised in The Legal 500.

Manuel Padilla

Manuel is the principal solicitor at MPB Solicitors. He offers advice in every aspect of immigration law and has extensive experience advising EU nationals and their families. He as strong links with the Latin American community in London. He is the first in-house solicitor for the charity Latin American House and collaborates with other Latin American charities and organisations throughout London.

Farah Choudhry

Farah is a Trainee Solicitor at Fragomen LLP, based in London. She joined Fragomen as a Legal Assistant and progressed to commencing a Training Contract with the firm.

 

She has worked in the area of Immigration law for over 5 years. Farah provides support on a wide range of Immigration matters, such as the Points Based System, Spousal, Ancestry and Nationality applications.

 

She has been heavily involved with reviewing the new EU Settlement Scheme and has a keen interest in assisting individuals with securing their status. Farah also assists on a pro bono basis for applications under the EU Settlement Scheme. 

 

Farah speaks English and Punjabi.

Jessica Walker 

Jessica is a senior associate specialising in immigration law at Carter Thomas. She provides advice to individuals and businesses on a range of legal matters, including EU law and the EU Settlement Scheme, and has prepared hundreds of successful applications for individuals seeking to live in the UK. Jessica has been advising clients on immigration law matters since 2014. Before developing a career in immigration law, Jessica worked as a volunteer for the International Citizen Service in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Jessica is recognised in The Legal 500 as a ‘Rising Star’.

Jonathan Kohler

Jonathan is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP. He assists his clients with a wide range of immigration, nationality and asylum law matters and regularly helps European nationals and their family members to make immigration and British citizenship applications. You can read more about him here. As well as volunteering as an advisor with Here for Good, Jonathan also  volunteers for the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre

Shanaz Haque

Shanaz is a Manager at Fragomen LLP. Shanaz has over 12 years of corporate immigration experience, advising clients on immigration strategies and compliance and a broad range of applications including applications under the points based system and now the new immigration system, settlement, nationality and European legislation. Shanaz also advises private clients on a wide range of matters including discretionary applications.  

 

Shanaz has been heavily involved with assisting global organisations to strategically plan in advance of Brexit, providing townhall training to businesses and their employees and assisting individuals with applying for status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Shanaz is passionate about using her expertise to assist those who are not in a financial position to seek the legal advice they may need to successfully secure their status in the UK. 

Katie Good

Katie is a solicitor at Fragomen LLP where the practice covers a wide range of immigration and nationality matters.

She has particular experience assisting European nationals and their family members following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. She also specialises in family reunification cases and citizenship applications.`

 

Katie speaks English and French

Zeena Luchowa

Zeena is a Senior Solicitor at Laura Devine Immigration. Her key focus is on complex UK immigration and nationality law, assisting with work and non-work routes.

 

She regularly advises and presents on the European Settlement Scheme and has provided expert commentary on the implications of Brexit on European nationals in the media. She also sits on the Law Society's Immigration Law Committee and writes for Free Movement. Zeena is recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partner

SUPPORTERS

 

Mayssa Benchenaa

Mayssa Benchenaa is a Swiss, Dutch and Algerian national who completed her degree in Graphic Design at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2015. Following this, she worked in London for the independent creative communications consultancy Carr Kamasa Design for two years. She is responsible for Here for Good’s logo, infographics and website.  

Katie Commons

Katie Commons, Project Coordinator at the Migrant’s Law Project, has extensive experience in fundraising for immigration law initiatives. She is voluntarily supporting Here for Good with trusts and foundations applications.

Diane Gueho

Diane, a Mauritian national, graduated with a Film Production degree from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2015 year. She is currently working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer in London, and carried out the photography for Here for Good's website. 

Faith Scott Deuchar

Faith was Here for Good’s previous Fundraising and Communications Officer. She worked at Here for Good between October 2018 and July 2019, having previously worked at Amnesty International UK. Faith’s work was vital to Here for Good’s development as a young charity, helping us secure a number of important and strategic grants.

Faith was also a volunteer at PEN International, a freedom of expression organisation, and involved in the campaign for the release of imprisoned filmmaker, Oleg Sentsov.

Stefan Rollnick

Stefan was Here for Good's first intern, working on fundraising and communications. He has a degree in Biotechnology from Bristol University and a Masters in Science Communication from Imperial College London. He has a background in politics and policy, previously working with Chatham House on global sustainable development. Stefan is now active in local politics and organising in the borough of Lambeth.

AC Grayling

Professor A.C.Grayling CBE is a Supernumerary Fellow at Oxford University and Founder/Master of the New College of the Humanities in London and was a founding trustee of Here for Good. He is one of the world’s leading philosophers, having also authored over thirty books. Anthony has been a leading voice in the debate surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, strongly advocating the protection of rights for EEA citizens living in the UK. 

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

 

European Delegation to the UK

Here for Good has worked with the European Delegation on a range of projects including the EU Rights website. Find out more about the project here.

The Greater London Authority (GLA)

Here for Good, along with the3million, works with the Greater London Authority on the EU Londoners' Hub. Find out more about it here

St Mungo's

St Mungo's is a charity founded in 1969 to help people facing homelessness.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM)

The UN Migration Agency was first established in 1951 and is the leading inter-governmental organisation working in the general field of migration.

the3million

Here for Good has worked closely with the3million to spread our message of tolerance and support. With their team of 50 volunteers working on policy, legal, media, social media and grassroots organising, the3million works tirelessly to ensure the concerns of EU citizens are heard.

AIRE Centre

The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) is a London based charity providing free legal advice on European human rights law and EU law. Their mission is promote awareness of European law and assist marginalised individuals to assert those rights.

ILPA

ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association)  is a professional association the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors and advocates practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. 

UKCEN

UKCEN (UK Citizenship for European Nationals) was founded to help EU citizens settle in the UK. They do this by facilitating the acquisition of residence documentation and UK citizenship for nationals from EEA countries and their family members.  

JCWI

JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) is an independent national charity which exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality and refugee law and policy. JCWI does this by challenging laws, supporting partners and influencing public debate.

MGBe Legal

MGBe Legal is an OISC regulated company providing advice on immigration, asylum and nationality law, particularly in relation to EEA nationals and family members, asylum and complex human rights applications and appeals. 

Seraphus

Seraphus provides individuals, businesses and governments with immigration services, working alongside its partners to to further the understanding of immigration law and migration being a beneficial right for everyone. 

South West London Law Centres

SWLLC helps local people to access justice and uphold their rights, by providing specialist legal advice on debt, housing, employment, benefits and immigration.

Settled

Settled is a charity whose mission is to guide, inform and assist EU citizens who are at risk of being left behind, due to their specific life circumstances.

Public Law Project

PLP was set up to ensure those marginalised through poverty, discrimination or disadvantage have access to public law remedies and can hold the state to account

Refuge

Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach projects, culturally specific services and the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Europia

Europia is a registered charity and community development organisation, committed to supporting and empowering European nationals who have come to live and work in Greater Manchester.

Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London

 

RAMFEL is a charity that supports vulnerable migrants to access justice and that provides vital support in moments of individual crisis.

Hibiscus

Hisbiscus provides advocacy, support and specialist services to marginalised vulnerable Foreign National and BMER people (principally but not exclusively women) affected by criminal/civil justice and immigration systems to enable informed choice. 

IMIX

IMIX is a team of professional communication experts who want to change the conversation about migration and refugees to create a more welcoming society.

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