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A Y & J Solicitors supports businesses across the IT, financial services, hotel and retail and sport sectors. Key areas of work include advising on the overturning of Tier 2 suspensions and revocations, and assisting Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence holders. Yash Dubal leads the practice, while 'highly professional, caring and very honest' senior associate Diana Todirica is head of operation.
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‘The team at A Y & J Solicitors is excellent: professional, supportive and diligent.’
‘A Y & J Solicitors really are subject matter experts related to immigration related cases. They have highly professional staff trained well to cater to client needs. They are really helpful and very proactive and quick to offer help and advice. Their level of presentation and documentation was even appreciated by the tribunal judge who was really impressed with the level of detail reflected in support of my case.’
‘Sound knowledge of UK immigration law, attention to detail, honesty, thoroughness and excellent customer service. I have worked with other law firms and this firm stood miles apart from the others in their professionalism.’
‘I transferred my case from another firm to A Y & J Solicitors and I think that was one of the best life changing decisions i have ever made. The team was really professional and honest and I was able to communicate with them whenever i needed to.’
‘I worked with Diana Todirica and Yash Dubal on my case. Their global view and understanding of multiculture is exceptional. They also show strong empathy on the special situation in my region. I feel they consider each case beyond just paperwork – helping to create life-changing events for the family involved.’
‘This is the best immigration firm I have ever come across in the UK. After speaking to Yash Dubal, I realised that A Y & J was different from other firms. Yash took the time to listen to my query and oriented me towards Diana Todirica to assist me with my ILR application. When I met Diana for the first time, I immediately felt reassured and knew that my application was going to be in safe hands. She is highly professional, caring and very honest.’
A Y & J Solicitors > Firm Profile
A Y & J Solicitors provides specialist immigration legal advice to individuals and businesses. Based in London but acting for clients from all over the UK and abroad, our firm gained a reputation for providing best-in-class legal services. Core values such as honesty, passion, credibility, continuing investment in professional development, and exceptional client care are deeply embedded in our firm’s culture.
A Y & J Solicitors is an SRA regulated firm, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. We provide a bespoke solution that suits the needs of the professionals who instruct us, some of who are highly distressed due to immigration challenges. We work efficiently, establishing the facts, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of an application or refusal, and then provide accurate advice and expert representation. Our focus is on finding creative solutions to complex immigration law problems and ensuring our clients’ expectations are exceeded and their matter resolved. The whole team shares the same values, they demonstrate academic excellence and works in an approachable, friendly manner.
Many of our team are multi-lingual, and we can quickly bring in interpreters if clients require.
We aim to provide immigration solutions which give corporate clients the ability to recruit the talent they need to compete in their sectors and which also offers our private clients with the security to live, work, and prosper in the UK, building a good life for themselves and their families.
A Y & J Solicitors is experienced in all immigration matters including appeals and Judicial Reviews. Our results stand the test of time, as each case is pursued to its completion. Consequently, many of our clients become friends and recommend our services to others.
Our entire focus is on immigration law. Therefore, clients can trust our expertise and our knowledge of the latest developments in the area. As a niche firm, immigration law is not merely one of many offerings; it is what we live and breathe every day. Because of this, we are often instructed in highly-complex matters, including Judicial Review cases.
A Y & J Solicitors advises individuals and families throughout the life-cycle of their UK immigration journey, from obtaining a visa to dealing with refusals, advising on extensions and finally, getting Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship. When it comes to corporate immigration, we are business people first and lawyers second, this means we are alive to the commercial opportunities and consequences of any immigration decisions made. We offer dedicated support to corporates so that they stay abreast of their Sponsor Licence compliance requirements. We are also a commercial partner of Department for International Trade (DIT)
Our specialist services include (but are not limited to):
Sponsor licences and business immigration
We work with enterprises of all sizes, assisting them with obtaining a Sponsor Licence so they can recruit non-EEA talent. We also advise on Resident Labour Market Tests and completing Right to Work Checks to our clients. Our expertise also extends to advising and representing organisations who have had their Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Suspended or Revoked. We can provide support to manage Sponsor Licence Management Systems, and help clients to ensure they are fully compliant at all times, thereby reducing their risk of adverse Home Office action.
Our team is expert in all aspect of business immigration including Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Renewal, providing assistance with Home Office Compliance visit, challenging if Tie 2 Sponsor Licence is refused and Civil Penalty Notice.
Tier 1 Investor Visa
The Tier 1 Investor visa is an exclusive UK program for high net worth individuals and their dependents who wish to live in the UK. Our team works with clients and/or their representatives to ensure the application process runs smoothly, investments are made in compliance with the visa requirements, and applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship are prepared thoroughly.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
We have the business acumen needed to prepare our clients for the Genuine Entrepreneur Test. Our team understand that the business plan required as part of the application will be read by immigration officials, not investors and lenders, and will, therefore, advise on the best way to construct the business plan to demonstrate you meet the visa requirements. We can also provide further guidance on the requirements for both extension and Indefinite Leave To Remain.
UK Family Visas, UK Dependent Visas
One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is bringing families together. We work with applicants of UK Family Visas (i.e. Spouse Visas, Unmarried-Partner Visas and UK Dependent Visas) to prepare robust applications. If your visa has been refused, we will examine the details of the Home Office’s decision and provide legal advice on the best way for you to move forward which may improve chances to reunite your family.
Tier 4 Student Visa
A Y & J Solicitors advises students and educational institutions on all aspects of the Tier 4 Student Visa. From assisting Education Institution in applying Sponsor Licence to helping prospective students with their submission of visa application, we provide quality legal advice and representation. Our experienced team also offer legal assistance to students in challenging visa refusal decision through Administrative Reviews.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
We have a strong reputation for successfully advising and representing clients on complex Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) refusals, including where ILR is refused due to tax amendments. Our team works quickly to establish the facts of such cases and possesses the expertise required to put together a robust case in favour of our clients.
Get in Touch with A Y & J Solicitors
A Y & J Solicitors are specialists in immigration law based in central London. If you would like to have more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 20 7404 7933.
|Senior partner||Yash Dubal|
|Mr Yash Dubal||Director||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 4 Number of other UK fee-earners : 6
LanguagesEnglish Gujarati Hindi Romanian Italian Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) Albanian French
MembershipsLaw Society of England and Wales Solicitors Regulation Authority
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If you think you have been disadvantaged or harassed on any grounds you should raise the matter at once by speaking to the COLP. Allegations regarding potential breaches of this policy will be treated in confidence and investigated. If, after investigation, a worker has harassed any other worker, client, or supplier on any grounds or otherwise acted in breach of this policy, that worker will be subject to disciplinary action. In serious cases, such behavior may constitute gross misconduct and may result in summary dismissal. We will always take a strict approach to breaches of this policy. If a third party supplier or client indicates that they have been disadvantaged on any grounds, then the individual or company will be invited to raise the matter by using the Complaints Procedure. If, after the investigation, there is evidence of any breach of this policy, appropriate action will be taken, which may include disciplinary measures.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination may be direct or indirect and it may occur intentionally or unintentionally. Direct discrimination occurs where someone is put at a disadvantage for a reason related to one or more of the grounds set out above, for example, rejecting an applicant based on race. Indirect discrimination occurs where an individual is subject to an unjustified factor, which puts them at a particular disadvantage because of, for example, their gender or race. Discrimination also includes victimization, which is a less favourable treatment because of the action taken to assert legal rights against discrimination or to assist a colleague in that regard, and harassment. More details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights/discrimination-at-work
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We monitor our Workforce diversity by asking all workers to complete a questionnaire annually, which we will then review, acting upon any issues or concerns.
We monitor diversity in our Recruitment procedures to ensure that applicants are treated based on their relevant merits and abilities and that sufficiently diverse sectors of the community are reached. Job selection criteria are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are justifiable on non-discriminatory grounds as being essential for the effective performance of the job.
We monitor Redundancy criteria and procedures to ensure that they are fair and objective and do not directly or indirectly discriminate. We also ensure that disciplinary procedures are conducted fairly and uniformly for all workers, whether or not they result in the giving of disciplinary warnings, dismissal, or other disciplinary action.
We monitor our premises (to consider whether they place disabled workers, job applicants, or service users at a substantial disadvantage compared to other workers) and where possible and proportionate, we will take steps to address any shortcomings.
Client services are delivered from our offices. However, where a client is unable to come to our offices, home visits can be arranged. Our professional rules permit us to decline to act for any particular client, but any refusal to act will not be based upon any grounds.
CLIENT: Anant Patel
TESTIMONIAL: As any business will know, having their sponsor licence suspended is a major setback and unnecessary stress for both migrant workers as well as licence holders, and hence when ours was suspended we faced uncertainty until we came across Yash Dubal’s AY&J Solicitors who were just brilliant right from the very first phone call. Yash introduced us to Diana Todirica – Senior Immigration case worker and we felt as if she had just lifted a whole load of weight from our shoulders, leaving us time to concentrate on other pressing matters, we felt reassured with both Yash and Diana’s straight forward approach, never giving any false hope, but comforting and reassuring us all along with their professionalism, expertise and knowledge.
Diana guided us tirelessly, working out of hours, paying attention to detail and never accepting anything without evidence as she knew very well what was asked and required having dealt with numerous cases for successful reinstatement. I would recommend Yash and Diana without any hesitation and go as far as saying it would be the best investment that anybody could make in procuring a first class, unique bespoke legal advise that one can possibly make and obtain.
CLIENT: Peter Yuan
TESTIMONIAL: A good solicitor could change your life! I just had my ILR approved in less than 2 months (advised by HO for up to 6 months wait). All the credits go to Charlotte and Diana!
I was under Tier 1 Entrepreneur and refused by HO in my extension, and was refused again after the AR. Then I found A Y & J, Diana took my case and gave me confidence. She worked hard to gather as much info and evidence as she could and finally, HO decided to reconsider my case. A while later, my extension has been approved! It was just miracle!
A year later, I was due to apply my ILR, Charlotte is my case worker this time. She is kind and professional. We all believed this time gonna be much easier as I had been following the instructions and prepared well. However, they found that I didn’t declared I had a motor conviction in the past because I didn’t realise the motor conviction is still one of the criminal conviction. So they asked me to prepare extra evidence proving that I didn’t mean to avoid/hide I had the motor conviction, but still, there is a chance of the refusal.
Two days ago, Charlotte called me that my application of IRL is successful, and I was extremely happy to have it approved with a very short waiting period!
Once again, it was really appreciated and many thanks to Charlotte and Diana! They are just fantastic! I have already recommended A Y and J to my friends who got immigration matters, you won’t regret.
CLIENT: Johannes Scheck
COMPANY/FIRM: Global Harvest Ministeries
TESTIMONIAL: A Y & J Solicitors kept their promise made to Global Harvest Ministries(GHM): that they will work closely with us and for us in an effortless and tireless manner leaving no stone unturned in their quest to secure a favourable outcome ( ie Reinstatement of GHM’s Sponsor’s License)
The advice, guidance and prompts offered by A Y & J Solicitors in the pursuit of the already stated objective was 1st Class.
A Y & J Solicitors proved highly knowledgeable and adept in dealing with Sponsorship and Immigrational issues .
A Y & J Solicitors were meticulous, attentive to detail (s) and their contribution and assistance with GHM’S Representations to the Compliance Office of the Home Office, proved immeasurable and contributed to the Reinstatement of GHM’s Sponsor’s License in a record time of 21 working days!
In GHM’s dealings with A Y & J Solicitors, they proved helpful, understanding and empathetic to our plight.
Based on GHM’s experience in dealing with A Y & J Solicitors , GHM would have no hesitation in favourably recommending A Y & J Solicitors to any prospective organisation(s) faced with similar challenges as those encountered by Global Harvest Ministries.
CLIENT: Amar Gupta
TESTIMONIAL: Complex Tier 4 visa – Successful
I hope this feedback help others who are in similar situation.I was referred to AYJ by one of my friend, who benefited from their services. I applied for tier 4 visa to pursue my PG in London. My case can be categorised as one of the most complicated/complex case. Sok Wei was my solicitor. Needless to say I have received my tier 4 visa. I received decision for my case in 20 days (15 days is the standard processing time). A case similar to mine would have easily taken anywhere from 30 – 60 days.
I can’t discuss my case however I will definitely recommend AYJ to anyone who is thinking of hiring an immigration consultant. I liked their professionalism, timely replies, and keeping things straight with me (no polishing – at times it did annoy me and made me feel as if they don’t like me however I think that is not the case). Thanks to Yash and his team – one of the best team in the UK immigration world.
CLIENT: Diana Samuel
TESTIMONIAL: I had a top-notch experience with AY&J. Diana fielded my call expertly, and sorted all of the complexities of the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa. My consultation with Martina Flanagan was excellent. She is a true professional who is empathetic and very knowledgeable in Sole Representative Visa. Owing to her advice, our company has taken the best decision. The peace of mind that I have now that I have spoken to her is priceless. I would definitely recommend this firm, and Martina in particular, to anyone without reservation.
TESTIMONIAL: If you are reading this review then you must need legal support like we did a year ago and you are confused don’t know who to trust or who to select as this side of life was completely unknown to you!!
So please read our story as it might guide you to the right direction. We had an ILR rejection back in Aug 2016 and it was one of the nasty allegation which is hard to get rid off. We were in tears, needed legal support and we didn’t know any solicitors. So based on reviews we selected AYJ solicitors to pursue our AR and then Judicial Review.
I still remember the day of our refusal I left an enquiry on their webpage and the next day Diana called me and spent over 45 minutes to take our case history and booked us to to see Yash. At that point she won my heart as by then we already experienced that most solicitors don’t even spend a minute over the phone unless and until you pay any consultation fee.
Yash was very open and honest. He showed us the true picture and let us decide to pursue JR or not!
So finally from JR submission until we received the outcome it took about a year. Throughout these time at every stage they kept us well informed at all times. Waleed took over our case half way through.He is a very genuine and efficient person. We never ever had to remind him about anything as he was always ahead of the game.
We have gone through an awful journey where sometimes we felt to give up but the team helped us to gain our trust back. Team members are very knowledgeable, caring, trustworthy and friendly. Throughout the time there was excellent communication, they kept us informed as soon as they had an update. The best part was they knew our case in details and never missed a single point.
I seen many people during our JR journey who had bad experience from their solicitor and kept on complaining about them. Honestly speaking we can’t think of a single moment where they didn’t meet our expectations!
Thank you guys for everything you did for us. You probably won’t have any idea how grateful we are to you. Keep up the good work. Wish you all the best. We will definitely refer them to people who need legal support. We were truly touched by your service.
P.S. You can trust them closing your eyes!!!!
A Y & J SOLICITORS
HUMAN RESOURCES: IMMIGRATION
A Y & J Solicitors has gained a reputation for passionate legal immigration representation – meeting the complex and varied needs of both individuals and corporations facing legal immigration obstacles. The immigration team takes an ‘In It to Win It’ approach, where every client is treated with honesty, integrity, and creative solutions that bring the best resolution in the shortest possible time.
The firm offers premium services to busy corporate and individual clients, meeting them when their busy schedules permit. With the combined expertise of more than 25 years, the firm’s team is capable of handling complicated cases with a progressive, exceptional approach that allows clients to move forward without cumbersome immigration challenges. Clients consistently recommend its services to others, and the growth of the firm is evidence of their distinguished track record with immigration cases. Read reviews of A Y & J Solicitors here.
A Y & J Solicitors handles all UK visa applications, including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4, Tier 5, spousal visas, sole representative visas, and all visa application appeals. Their corporate division expertly represents, advises, and supports Sponsor Licence holders so that businesses can retain their critical Non-EU skilled workers. They help from sponsor licence application to renewal; they also manage complex matters like overturning of suspensions and revocations of sponsor licence.
The firm is committed to excelling in all areas of immigration law in a way that ensures the client benefits from both their current success and planning for future success, regardless of the constantly changing immigration law.
Press Releases22nd October 2020 The global pandemic has thrown working lives in the air as we grapple with the ‘new normal’ and find ourselves looking for certainty in an uncertain employment world.
14th October 2020 A migrant who fled poverty to build a successful immigration advice service in the UK is now offering free legal guidance for migrants attempting to cross the Channel, in the hope of saving lives.
20th August 2020 London, August 12: Yash Dubal, Founder and Managing Director of A Y & J Solicitors has been shortlisted for Director of the Year Awards 2020 under the category of “SME up to 5 million “ in the Institute of Directors London and South Director of The Year awards. The finalists were nominated from the hundreds of directors across ten categories.
Legal Developments14th August 2020
Pandemic is the latest blow that has thrown millions of lives into disorder, however, one must not forget that the Brexit Train is gradually continuing to steam forward. On 31st January 2020, the United Kingdom has left the European Union by signing a withdrawal agreement with the EU. This momentous shift marks a significant transition from the freedom of movement to the Points-Based system, and the introduction of some new visa categories to come into force from 01 January 2021. This departure from the EU is expected to bring a drastic overhaul in the key immigration system.
7th January 2019
Regardless of the Brexit outcome, the United Kingdom will remain one of the world most powerful economies. With a market of 65 million people and close ties with Europe, many overseas-based organisations look to establishing a subsidiary or branch office in Britain.
To achieve such a commercial ambition,companies often send a sole representative to the UK to establish contacts,investigate the market, and start building a sales pipeline. One of the most effective visas for this purpose is the Representative of an Overseas Business Visa.
28th November 2018
The plight of those denied a UK Spouse/CivilPartnership Visa or a Spouse/Civil Partnership Visa extension continues to feature in the headlines. In August 2018, the Guardian reported on one young woman, driven to attempt suicide after her fiancé, an Albanian national, was not permitted to enter the country. The Home Office ruled Paige Smith, a British Citizen, did not meet the £18,600 income threshold. It later transpired the Home Office lost a crucial payslip proving that Ms Smith met the criteria, a document the department had been sent four times by a Solicitor and Ms Smith’s MP. The appeal Judge took ten minutes to rule the Visa should have been approved; however, the couple still had to wait two months for the Home Office to declare it would not appeal the decision.
5th November 2018
A Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa provides a gateway to entry and settlement in the UK for non-EEA individuals who wish to launch a start-up or invest in and become a director of a UK company running the business. There are advantages to entering Britain on the entrepreneur visa route; an applicant can bring their dependent family members with them, and there is also an opportunity to fast-track settlement applications if certain criteria are met.
However, the refusal rate for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is high. According to immigration statistics, in the last quarter of 2017, 48% of entrepreneur visa applications were declined. The toughening up of rules surrounding the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route resulted from a spate of bogus applications in recent years. Now those wishing to enter the UK on an entrepreneur visa must have a first-rate application, demonstrating they can meet the visa requirements and add value to the economy.
4th October 2018
The UK leaves the European Union in less than six months. With the number of EU nationals coming to the UK for work reducing, having a valid Tier2 Sponsor Licence is more crucial than ever for organisations whorely on foreign talent to meet customer demands.
Sponsor Licenceholders who do not have the advantage of large HR departments to monitorcompliance need to be mindful of Home Office actions while observing the non-compliance,including licence suspensions.