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Vladimir Mikeljevic is a Solicitor and head of our Immigration Department. He has been practising immigration and asylum law since 1996 and has previously been head of the immigration department at another leading firm of solicitors for more than 5 years. He has presented over 600 appeals in Immigration Tribunals and given many interviews to regional and national newspapers, radio stations and television. He has experience of preparing numerous applications for visas, extensions of stay in the UK and settlement (permanent residence) in all immigration categories, together with European law, nationality, human rights and asylum applications. He is one of the most experienced immigration solicitors in the UK.
Vladimir became accredited both as an Immigration Caseworker and a Supervisor as soon as the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme was introduced in 2004. He was initially accredited at Level 2 (Immigration Law Senior) and in June 2011 the Law Society elevated his accreditation to the highest Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced), which is an accreditation level reserved only for those who the Law Society considers to have:
a) a high level of understanding of immigration and asylum law and practice;
b) successfully managed a range of complex cases;
c) consistently delivered high quality service to clients; and
d) respect and credibility in immigration and asylum practice.
There are approximately only about 18 firms of solicitors in England and Wales that have a solicitor accredited to Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced) (as at 27 March 2012).
Vladimir is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and, therefore, always on top of any developments in this complex and fast-changing area of law. He was recognised for "outstanding legal practice" by the Good Lawyer Guide in 2010 and 2012.
Vladimir and his team aim to provide straightforward, friendly, multi-lingual and strictly confidential expert advice, together with an exemplary client care service. If required, their service can also include preparing and delivering applications to the UK Border Agency for same-day processing.
In March 2012 our Immigration Department analysed our success rate and we note the following (as at 27 March 2012):
Only five of our clients who instructed us in 2010 had their applications refused. Two of these five had their refusal decisions reversed by the Tribunal after a successful appeal. The third client is waiting for an appeal hearing. The fourth of these five clients instructed alternative representatives following the refusal decision so we had no opportunity to reverse the negative decision at appeal. The only client, out of those who instructed us in 2010, whose application was refused and we could not help further obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain using an incorrect name and date of birth. He instructed us to try to transfer his residence permit into his new foreign passport issued in his correct name and bearing his correct date of birth. Although we had previously been successful with such applications, the UK Border Agency would seem to have changed their policy towards such cases and refused his application without a right of appeal.
And we are improving. None of the clients who instructed us since January 2011 had their applications refused.
Furthermore, we have not lost an appeal in respect of clients who have instructed us since January 2010.
Please note that we do not only take on clients with straightforward cases. On the contrary, almost half (i.e. 47.22%) of those clients who instructed us in 2010 and 2011 sought our assistance after their previous applications had already been refused or as immigration offenders (i.e. overstayers or illegal entrants). Whilst such cases usually have less than a 50% chance of success, we have still been able to prepare their successful fresh applications or win their appeals.
You can rest assured that we will always give honest advice in respect of the chances of success. If we think that a proposed application or appeal is unlikely to succeed we will advise you accordingly so you can decide whether or not to proceed. We will never mislead you into thinking that your case is stronger than we believe it is actually.
We are very proud of the quality and thoroughness of our work. Immigration Judges rarely comment on the good work of those representing applicants and appellants. However, here are some remarks made by Immigration Judges in respect of the quality of bundles prepared by us in support of our clients' applications and appeals: "I found the material relating to the appellant and her son to be perhaps the most impressive bundle of documents relating to an appellant that I have seen while sitting as an immigration judge" - Immigration Judge S Batiste.
"I am grateful to Mr Mikeljevic for the comprehensive bundle which was thoroughly prepared and extremely helpful" - Immigration Judge DJB Trotter.
"Nothing in my reasoning is intended to imply criticism of the reasons behind the original decision. Had I not had the benefit of the explanations and further evidence that have been placed before me, I may well have come to the same conclusion as the respondent" - Immigration Judge Kelly.