Immigration issues for those entering, or currently in, the UK and looking to stay, can be a complicated process surrounded by reams of red tape.

Employing a para-law firm to help deal with the legalities could, however, potentially save the client a small fortune.

So, what’s the difference between using a law firm and a para-law firm?

In every legal case, there is usually a mountain of paperwork and various other aspects that can prove time-consuming and costly.  Some say that the average legal case consists of 90% document management and only 10% legal advice.

A para-law firm recognises the cost-saving opportunity and manages the document processing tasks and other ‘mechanical’ aspects of the legal case (such as form filling) at a fraction of the cost of a law firm.

Moreover, the para-law firm can also instruct a law firm on the client’s behalf for any substantive legal advice, if needed.

In fact, para-law firms are dealing more and more with areas once considered the sole domain of lawyers, and in some areas, are dealing with certain cases from start to finish.

Immigration law advice is one of the areas where para-law firms excel, though to do so the paralegals they employ must be registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner.

Any case undertaken must, of course, meet the ‘merits test’ – meaning it should have a greater chance than 50% of success.

In short, a para-law firm can take on your case and inform you of the numerous hurdles that need to be cleared and give you guidance on your application –  not to mention saving you a fair bit of money in the process.

This blog was written by the Legal Case Management team, part of the Kohen Rapoport Group.

About Legal Case Management:

Legal Case Management is the first para-law firm to launch in the UK.  It combines regulated services offered by solicitors and barristers with the services of unregulated paralegals.  Since paralegals are charged with the bulk of the time-consuming legal processing tasks, the para-law firm’s approach means that clients can benefit from significant cost reductions, whilst still receiving professional legal representation.

The para-law firm model enables the bulk of work involved in a legal case to be undertaken by unregulated (yet highly skilled) paralegals under the watchful eye of regulated professionals.  In fact, unregulated support via paralegals can represent around 90% of the total workload in an average legal case.  Therefore, by shifting this workload into unregulated (yet supervised) territory, LCM enables clients to enjoy significant cost savings, whilst receiving the most effective legal representation when it’s actually required – i.e. the 10% professional advisory component.

Effectively, LCM performs a ‘Legal Case Management’ role (hence the name ‘LCM’) – managing the distribution of tasks between its stables of paralegals, legal executives, solicitors and barristers in the most efficient manner.

LCM’s role is to coordinate the performance of legal tasks to achieve maximum cost savings for clients, while ensuring that the case adheres to agreed time schedules and to expected quality standards.