A pre-action protocol (PAP) letter is a letter written to the Home Office, UKVI in order to try and resolve a dispute concerning an immigration matter before court proceedings are started against the Home Office UKVI. A Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) letter may also be called a ’letter before claim’ or a ’letter before action’.  All of these terms refer to the same thing.

The purpose of pre-action protocol (PAP) letter is to identify the issues in dispute and establish whether litigation with the Home Office, UKVI can be avoided. The letter contains the date and details of the immigration decision (the refusal letter), act or omission of the Home Office UKVI being challenged and a clear summary of the facts on which the Judicial Review claim against the Home Office, UKVI is based. It also contains the details of any relevant information that the applicant is seeking from the Home Office, UKVI and an explanation of why this is considered relevant.

Immigration Judicial Review (JR) proceedings against the UKVI are not normally issued until the proposed reply date given in the letter before claim has passed, unless the circumstances of the immigration case require more immediate action to be taken. Home Office UKVI, should normally respond to letter before action (pre-action protocol letter) within 14 days and Home Office UKVI may face cost implications unless there are good reasons for not responding within that period.

An application for permission to apply for Judicial Review can be filed in the Upper Tribunal or Administrative Court (High Court), as the case may be, if the Home Office, UKVI do not respond to the pre-action protocol letter within 14 days or the Home Office UKVI responds within 14 days but maintains their decision to refuse the immigration application.

The protocol does not affect the time limit specified by CPR Part 54.5(1) namely that an application for permission to apply for Judicial Review (JR) must be made promptly and in any event not later than 3 months after the grounds upon which the claim is based first arose.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Pre-Action Protocol Representations?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with pre-action protocol representations. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your representations under Pre-Action Protocol and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your pre-action protocol representations, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Our immigration solicitors will take Detailed Instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration laws and procedure to be adopted by the Home Office, UKBA in dealing with your pre-action protocol for Judicial Review (JR) against the Home Office, UKBA;
  • Our immigration solicitors will discuss your immigration case in detail with you and advise you about the weaknesses and strengths of your immigration case;
  • Our immigration solicitors will discuss with you the reasons given by the Home Office for the refusal of your application and possible grounds to make representations to the Home Office under the Pre-Action Protocol;
  • Our immigration solicitors will prepare the pre-action protocol representations and discuss the same with you;
  • Our immigration solicitors will submit the pre-action protocol representations to the Home Office, Judicial Review Management Unit and liaise with them in relation to your representations;
  • Our immigration solicitors will keep you informed about the progress of your immigration matter;
  • Our immigration solicitors will do all the follow up work in relation to your pre-action protocol representations until the decision is reviwed by the Home Office, UKBA or until the application for Judicial Review is filed;
  • Our immigration solicitors will advise you about the implications of the fresh decision of the Home Office, UKBA following review as a result of pre-action protocol representations.

Our Fee For Pre-Action Protocol Representations

  • We will charge you a fee from £600.00 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to pre-action protocol representations which are submitted to the Home Office, UKBA before an application for permission to apply for Judicial Review can be filed in the Upper Tribunal. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter. The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the paper application for permission to apply for Judicial Review is filed in the Upper Tribunal.

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