How can Shepherd and Wedderburn help? 

Our team have decades of experience working with the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration. We have seen thousands of decision letters in our time. In refusal letters, wording can be confusing and it may feel like the Home Office is deliberately obfuscating the reasons for refusal. It can be deeply upsetting receiving one of these letters, particularly where it is unclear exactly where your application went wrong. If you have received a refusal letter, our team can review it with you to help you understand the reasons and advise you on your options. 

Many refusal letters carry a right of appeal to the immigration tribunal, which is a specialist immigration court. Whilst it can be tempting to take your case to court, sometimes the costs and delays associated with this outweigh the potential benefits. In many cases, making a new application is actually a better solution than trying to fight your case in court. In some instances where there has been a clear decision-making error, a reconsideration request can be made directly to the Home Office.

If your decision does not have a right of appeal, there may still be alternative options open to you to challenge an unlawful decision. Some decisions have a right to seek “administrative review”. This is a process where you pay the Home Office a fee and a senior decision-maker will review your decision to assess if there is a reason to overturn it. Other decisions that do not carry a right of appeal to the immigration tribunal or a right to administrative review can still potentially be challenged by a legal process called judicial review. Judicial review takes place at the higher courts and is generally a remedy of last resort. 

Our team is skilled and experienced in dealing with Home Office decisions and can quickly assess your prospects of success at an appeal. We will advise you on time scales and we can help you decide what the best strategy is for you based on you and your family’s particular circumstances.

We recognise when it is important to litigate and when it is important to walk away. We will ensure you receive pragmatic advice on your options.

To arrange a fixed-fee consultation to discuss a visa refusal, email our team John Vassiliou at today with a copy of your refusal letter.

  • Jacqueline Moore has been assisting with my Immigration case since 2014, she has a keen eye for detail, and has gone far beyond ordinary my expectation many times to assure my applications were successful. She gave timely expertise to a difficult aspect of my immigration history in reference to my ILR application. Her input was invaluable and I can’t say what a relief it was to know that my application was in such safe hands. I have now received my stay and will certainly be recommending the team at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

    A Mitchell, March 2020

  • I'd like to thanks Jacqueline and her team for her immense help during my application process. It's been an uncertain time with the pandemic and I won't be able to deal with the stress coming with the visa applications without the team's professionalism and efficiency. The communication was easy, and the team always keeps me well informed of new developments. They go above and beyond to suggest the most cost effective and least complicated method for my visa extension. I can't be more grateful for their help - especially during the stressful time.

    D Cheuk, March 2020

  • Jacqueline is so knowledgeable about her subject, it is very reassuring as a client, that the person dealing with you during the most stressful and anxious times has so much expertise at her fingertips. I have absolutely no hesitation recommending Jacqueline to anyone needing an immigration expert.

    J Gurung, February 2021

  • I have received a fantastic service from Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Immigration Department. Jacqueline has been dealing with my immigration matters for the last 20 years ago till now. She and her immigration team help me step-by-step and support me all the way in dealing with the Home Office. Thank you Jacqueline and her Immigration Team!

    J Hui, February 2021


  • When we needed legal services under the most trying of times, you and your firm came through for us with relief that was much needed. 

    R Partain, February 2021


  • After my successful application for indefinite leave to remain, which was handled by Shepherd and Wedderburn, I decided to do my naturalisation application with the firm as well. The whole experience has been a very positive one; the team are very helpful and professional, and they make sure they address any queries in a timely manner. The process was explained to me clearly, and I was made aware of the timeline of different steps. My naturalisation application was also a successful one, with a short turnaround time, and I am extremely happy and satisfied with the service I have received. 

    Y Sarabi, March 2020