Windrush Compensation Scheme Solicitors in London
The Windrush scandal refers to the 2018 revelation that the Home Office had wrongfully detained, harassed and deported at least 83 people who came to the UK legally before 1973. Our immigration lawyers offer assistance to individuals who are eligible to apply for compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme. If you require assistance with settlement under the Windrush scheme, please see our Windrush Settlement Scheme page instead.
If you require assistance claiming Windrush scandal compensation, our expert immigration lawyers in London can help. Please get in touch by calling our office on 020 3820 7590 or through our website so we can assist you with your case today.
What is the Windrush Compensation Scheme?
In April 2019, the Government announced that individuals affected by the Windrush Scandal would be entitled to Windrush scandal compensation, and so would their family members. The Windrush Compensation Scheme is in place to offer affected individuals with these repayments.
Are you eligible for Windrush Compensation payments?
The Windrush Compensation Scheme guidance suggests that those eligible for compensation includes:
- The children and grandchildren of Commonwealth citizens, under certain circumstances.
- The close family of those who are eligible, where there has been a significant impact on their life or clear evidence of financial cost.
- The estates of those who have died but would have been eligible for compensation otherwise.
How much are the Windrush Compensation payments?
The compensation that you are eligible for will vary depending on the circumstances. For example, those wrongfully detained will be compensated depending on how long they were detained for. Those who were deported will be compensated a fixed volume of £10,000.
The amount an applicant can claim varies and is dependent upon the harm done. For example, if an applicant was wrongfully deported, Appendix C, specifies that the Home Office will pay a fixed amount of £10,000 to the victim.
Appendix F, states that a person who was unable to access housing services because he did not have the proper documents may claim £1,000. Whereas, a person who was wrongfully detained will be compensated based on the length of his detention.
If you think that you or a family member may be entitled to Windrush Compensation, our experienced immigration lawyers can assist you with your case. We’ll make the process easier for you, explaining exactly what you’re entitled to, and how to make your claim. Get in touch today for a cost-free conversation on how we can help you.
How do I apply for Windrush Compensation?
Applications should be made by email, or by post, using the Windrush Compensation Scheme application form, which can be found on the UK Government website. It is recommended to apply via email, as the processing time is lower.
There are different application forms to fill out depending on whether you are applying for the scheme for yourself, for a close family member, or as a representative of an estate.
The online forms may request different information and evidence to support your claim. Although it is not compulsory to have legal assistance when going through a Windrush Compensation Scheme case, this can be a tricky area of the law to navigate, and it is recommended to seek legal assistance to improve the chances of your claim being successful.
Our immigration lawyers at Westkin can help to guide you through the process, making it easier for you and your family. Get in touch today to speak to our team about you Windrush Compensation Scheme claim.
Why choose Westkin as your Windrush compensation solicitors
Successful track record
Westkin Associates has a combined experience spanning over 80 years of UK immigration law and worked on every aspect of this field. We support clients in every step of this process and have successfully appealed wrongful judgements by the Home Office. Having cared for over 41,000 clients, we have developed both knowledge and expertise to support your case.
Core to our values is ensuring a fair price for our services. In our initial consultation we will lay out the exact cost of our services as well as the applications so that you understand what you are paying for. This means that there are no hidden costs and that our fees are fixed.
Client centred approach
At the heart of our operation is care for our clients and ensuring that they receive the best legal assistance and service they can receive. Our immigration lawyers are knowledgeable on every aspect of immigration law and strive to ensure that their clients understand their case as well as the risks and opportunities available to them. We assure all of our clients of six unbreakable promises before we start working with you. This way, you can be certain of the care and compassion we put into every case we work on.
What is the Windrush Scandal?
The ‘Windrush’ generation are those who arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1973. Many took up jobs in the NHS and other sectors affected by Britain’s post-war labour shortage. The name ‘Windrush’ derives from the ‘HMT Empire Windrush’ ship which brought one of the first large groups of Caribbean people to the UK in 1948. As the Caribbean was, at the time, a part of the British commonwealth, those who arrived were automatically British subjects and free to permanently live and work in the UK.
The Windrush scandal began to surface in 2017 after it emerged that hundreds of Commonwealth citizens, many of whom were from the ‘Windrush’ generation, had been wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights. Coverage of these individuals’ stories began to break in several newspapers, and Caribbean leaders took the issue up with then-prime minister, Theresa May.
Those subject to Home Office controls were demanded to prove their residence in the UK since 1973, which was close to impossible. The lack of documentation led not only to deportation and detention but also were denied access to health, accommodation, employment and benefits which they would be legally entitled to.
If you believe you are eligible for compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme, our immigration lawyers in London can help you. We offer a fully confidential service, with a cost-free initial phone consultation on your case. Get in touch today for a chat about how we can help you.
5th Floor, Maddox House,
1 Maddox Street
020 3820 7590