UK Legal Awards 2024

SME UK Legal Awards 2024/ 8 Located between New Cross and Deptford in London, Jofal Solicitors is a small legal firm that specialises in tailored immigration advice and highquality professional services. The firm believes that cost should not be a barrier to obtaining proper legal advice and strives to make a meaningful difference in its community. In the wake of Jofal Solicitors’ dual win at this year’s UK Legal Awards, we take this opportunity to find out more about this exceptional firm. For individuals navigating immigration challenges in the UK, Jofal Solicitors has adopted a streamlined approach to make the process as simple as possible. The team understands that clients can be nervous when it comes to sorting their immigration issues and will spend as much time with them as required. It is the firm’s overarching goal to help clients fully understand their situation and explain how the team can help them progress. Jofal Solicitors employs practitioners who can communicate in Yoruba to ensure its services are accessible to everyone. Since its inception, Jofal Solicitors has strived to be transparent and honest with clients to offer an unbeatable customer service. Its lawyers have a diverse background, which allows them to view each case holistically and provide consistently excellent services for every client. The firm has become renowned for its outstanding customer service and abundant experience which greatly benefits its valued clients. Jofal Solicitors is a sole practitioner firm, meaning that clients deal directly with the owner of the firm. Olumuyiwa Falode, Principal at Jofal Solicitors, is the only one who sees the client, leaving them confident that their concerns are being dealt with by the firm’s most senior member. It is Olumuyiwa’s objective to provide a costeffective and valuable service for the community. Olumuyiwa Falode says, “The most rewarding part of working in the legal profession is the joy of obtaining Justice for those who cannot afford it. We have done a few of the Windrush cases and most of it has been done for those who are unable to afford the cost of pursing their application and getting their rights. All those we have assisted on the Windrush matter are over the retirement age and at the time of us getting involved in their matter, they were confused and felt helpless. For us, the most rewarding thing has been obtaining their legal documentation, which has allowed them the flexibility to leave and return to the UK.” Jofal Solicitors’ key areas of practice are Immigration, Family Law, and Wills. The firm offers clients a gateway to achieving a smooth immigration progress with skilled practitioners who can confidently manage cases from beginning to end. The UK government currently has a Tiers points-based system for non-EEA migrants seeking work in the UK. Non-EEA and Swiss migrants interested in moving to the country will need to apply for a UK Work Visa. The Jofal Solicitors team work with clients one-on-one to help them assess their options and determine their visa eligibility. The firm also offers Family Law services to help clients resolve legal issues efficiently and sensitively. Jofal Solicitors will always seek problem resolution routes such as mediation to reduce stress for their clients wherever possible. From child protection and care proceedings to pensions and property, the firm offers professional services that aim to add unparalleled value to clients’ lives. Clients seeking affordable and compassionate advice regarding Family Law need look no further than the hardworking team at Jofal Solicitors. A will is arguably the most important document that an individual will sign in their lives. The document informs an individual’s loved ones how they wish their money, property, and possessions to be distributed after their death. Lawyers at Jofal Solicitors offer straightforward and affordable advice to help clients prepare a legally binding will. The firm ensures that its services consistently meet clients’ expectations and take their priorities into account. A will is much more than just asset distribution, enabling the writer to decide on child care, offer financial and educational security to their children, provide for their partner, inheritance tax planning, and their burial wishes. Jofal Solicitors prides itself on providing comprehensive advice for clients beginning their will writing journey. The UK legal industry is constantly changing with significant changes currently occurring around skilled workers visas. The law that previously allowed care workers to bring their dependents to the country after taking up employment was discontinued by the government in March 2024. This law applies to those moving from abroad and individuals who are currently in the country on a different visa. This is a major setback, particularly for those already in the UK who wish to switch to a care worker visa. Jofal Solicitors predicts litigation around the new law soon as it may cause families to separate which the firm considers a breach of a person’s right to family life. For those who reside in the UK with a British Passport or are holders of indefinite leave, they now require an annual income of £29k to sponsor or bring their spouse to the country. This is a dramatic change from the previously set income of £18,600 and will undoubtedly affect low-income households. Over the coming years, Jofal Solicitors anticipates many appeals as this failure to meet the income requirement Most CommunityFocused Immigration Firm 2024 & UK Legal Client Service Excellence Award 2024