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Everything up in the air? We’ll help get it all settled.

For both individuals and their relatives, immigration issues can be extremely stressful. Official agencies can be daunting, the rules and regulations complex – hard enough when English is your first language, even tougher when it’s not.

Whether you’re seeking to visit, study or settle in the UK; to join a partner or bring a family member into the UK; or to challenge your unlawful detention, you should seek specialist help from an immigration solicitor.

Professional legal advice can’t change the system but it can help steer you safely through it.

How we can help

Within its own walls, Howells has a long-held tradition of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity. Our staff are a reflection of the society we serve, speaking various languages and strongly connected to many of the region’s communities. In being able to communicate and engage so directly, we bring an understanding and sensitivity to our client work that has made us consistently the number one choice for immigration law across northern England.

We can help with a broad range of issues including:

  • Applications to UK Visas & Immigration – Visit/Tourist, Fiancé, Marriage, Partner, Dependent Child/Parent/relative applications
  • Representation before the immigration tribunal and higher courts e.g. judicial review
  • Human Rights, refugee and asylum applications
  • British citizenship applications
  • Advice on points-based system for working and studying in the UK
  • Leave to remain applications
  • Advice on removal or deportation
  • Guidance on European Union migration
  • Help in related areas such as welfare benefits and housing


We appreciate that worry about costs can be the biggest barrier to getting professional help – but don’t let it stop you. We offer a competitively priced service for all private immigration matters including a range of fixed fee options.

The fixed fee services are designed to make Immigration advice accessible and affordable and to give peace of mind that you will know from the outset the total costs. For information on these fixed fees please see here. 

The Immigration team

Our team is a hugely experienced, talented and dedicated group driven on by its belief that everyone should have equal access to quality legal advice.

They understand that they’re not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound up in legal process but in real lives. It’s a team you’ll want on your side.

They take all practical steps to help every client have a clear and complete understanding of their status and their immigration options and they work tirelessly and expertly to bring about the best possible result for every client.

Our Rankings

The Legal 500 2018 ranks Howells Immigration department as a top tier firm and says

“Howells immigration team has particular experience handling asylum matters, human rights issues and family migration. Nadeem Ahmed heads the practice and led a team which successfully represented an individual before the administrative court opposing the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s (SSHD) rejection of the claim that the claimant was a victim of human trafficking. The SSHD was ordered to reconsider the case and pay costs. In another work highlight, the group acted for an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka before the court of appeal, in a case which was later settled. Another key name to note is Rashdah Kauser.”

Joseph Galpin
0114 249 6684
Rashdah Kauser
0114 249 6687
Sarah Smith
Solicitor (Scottish Qualified)
0114 249 6666