About Seraphus

Seraphus is a specialist solicitors firm based in London, UK. Seraphus is working towards becoming an industry leading provider of asylum, immigration and human rights law. Our priority is always our clients. We put their individual needs first and understand the value of building relationships based on mutual trust and understanding. It is in such a relationship that we bring commitment, commercial awareness and legal focus to our service. We are recognised for our integrity, accuracy, and personalised service. We provide a broad range of essential services to direct you through this complex area of law. This approach has been successful, as Seraphus continues to receive very good feedback from our clients (see our clients' testimonials here) and our regulators. We take our work (and our reputation) very seriously, and this approach has been reflected in successful audits and inspections.

Our team

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Christopher Desira has been practicing immigration law for twelve years, he is the director and founder of Seraphus. He is a practicing Solicitor, and a qualified Immigration and Asylum Accredited Senior Caseworker and Supervisor. He is a special advisor to the European Commission Representation in the UK under the service contract no: 00673635.

He was also a Level 3 Advisor under the OISC Scheme and has achieved a Masters in Human Rights Law from Birkbeck University. Prior to Seraphus he was the head of the immigration department at Lawrence Lupin Solicitors. He has also worked at several charities including Bail for Immigration Detainees, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, and Freedom from Torture.
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Christopher Benn has over twelve years of experience in immigration law, he is accredited as a Senior Caseworker and Supervisor under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. He is a special advisor to the European Commission Representation in the UK under the service contract no: 00673635.

Prior to Seraphus he was a supervisor at Lawrence Lupin Solicitors, managing a team of experienced immigration lawyers, and a Level 3 Advisor under the OISC Scheme at Refugee Action.

Christopher Benn has a Masters in Human Rights Law from Essex University. He is also an experienced welfare lawyer. He assisted Mind, a charity that provides advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems, and also provided advice at another charity, Freedom from Torture.
Naomi Cantor returned Seraphus in February 2018, and brings with her over 5 years of experience in Immigration Law, and keen interest in global social justice and human rights. She has previously spent several years living in Ethiopia, where she worked on agricultural development issues.
We also had the pleasure of working with Marina Themistocleous and Shima Ershadi who provided valuable contributions to Seraphus.

What we do

We have extensive experience in the whole range of immigration, asylum and nationality work, including associated human rights issues, at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The team at Seraphus have passed the specialist Immigration Accreditation Examinations that were introduced in 2004 and are at Senior Caseworker and Supervisor levels. Our qualifications are supported by our years of experience. We spend time to understand your case, prepare a plan of how to achieve your aims, those aims are then set in motion with the aim to achieve the results you desire.

For those that do not have the time and availability to meet solicitors in person we provide a range of online only legal services, at cost effective rates, through our partner Free Movement. If you would like to book an online video consultation or a range of other online legal services please book here.

Our pricing standards

We pride ourselves on providing good value for money to all - whether you are an individual or a large organisation - and this principle is reflected in our pricing standards.

Rather than work on an hourly rate, we offer certainty and peace of mind by working on a fixed fee basis. Our fixed fees match industry standards while maintaining our high quality work. We understand those needing immigration advice often have tight budgets, so where possible we can tailor our fixed fee to suit those budgets and offer an instalment payment plan. This principle is equally applicable for large organisations where we tailor our fees based on the volume of work we may undertake.

And there are never any hidden extras, if something unforeseen occurs which was not agreed at our initial appointment we promise to bare those costs.

Legal aid

Legal Aid is a system of government funding, administered by the agency, for those who cannot afford to pay for legal advice and representation. Legal Aid is fundamental to social and legal justice. In a democratic society all citizens have a right to access justice and get a fair trial.

Seraphus does not undertake work funded by the Legal Aid Agency but we are able to refer you to organisations can provide legal aid services. If you want to check whether you are financially eligible the agency have an eligibility calculator (Google ‘legal aid eligibility calculator’) that will determine your eligibility based on your income and capital.

Vacancies

We currently do not have any vacancies.

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