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Salma Jaffer

Salma Jaffer

Consultant

Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Solicitor for Duncan Lewis practising in the Immigration Department. I advise and represent clients on many aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality Law. I have 7 years’ experience in this area. I have assisted, advised and represented on applications for:
  • various family visas – spouses, partners, adult dependant relatives,
  • naturalisation,
  • biometrics cards,
  • family permits,
  • residence cards for EU nationals,
  • student visas,
  • work visas Tier 1, 2 & 5,
  • tourist & short stay visas,
  • asylum,
  • bail applications,
  • appeals at the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber
I also assist with miscellaneous matters such as drafting powers of attorney relating to foreign matters, drafting change of name deeds, certifying documents and statutory declarations.

I am fluent in Urdu and Kutchi.

Welfare Benefits
I am a Consultant Solicitor for Duncan Lewis practising in welfare benefits. I have 14 years’ experience (12 years PQE) in this area including my 2 years on my training contract at the Citizens Advice Bureau.

I advise and represent clients on many aspects of social security law, in particular benefits applications and appeals to the first tier and upper tribunal for disability living allowance, employment support allowance, council tax, Personal independence payment, over-payments, pension credit, housing benefit, carers allowance, income support, jobseekers allowance including sanctions and cohabitation matters.

I am considerably adept at handling benefit fraud appeals - I have 100% success rate in benefit fraud cases, scudding a reported case on benefit fraud.

I am fluent in Urdu and Kutchi.

In addition to handling welfare benefits matters, I also practice immigration law and work with the Duncan Lewis Immigration Department.

Education

  • ILEX Post Graduate Entry Diploma in Matrimonial Practice – Blackburn College
  • Legal Practice Diploma (LPC) – De Montfort University/University of Birmingham
  • LLB Hons Law – University of Staffordshire

Career

  • Consultant Solicitor – Duncan Lewis Solicitors, August 2018-present
  • Immigration & Asylum & Welfare Benefits Solicitor, AMT Lawyers April 2013–December 2017
  • Solicitor (Welfare Benefits/Social Welfare/Community Care) - Bolton Citizens Advice Bureau, July 2012–April 2013
  • Caseworker (Medical Complaints) – General Medical Council – Investigations Officer – Investigations Team, May 2012–June 2012
  • Ashton Fox Solicitors – Professional Negligence, February 2012–April 2012
  • Blackburn with Darwen Citizens Advice Bureau, 2004-2011

Membership & Accreditations

  • Member of the Law Society
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