Role and Background
Amie is a Senior Solicitor, admitted to the Roll in 2008 and qualified under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS) as a Level 3 (Advanced) Caseworker and Supervisor. Amie was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in October 2005 and as such is a qualified non-practising Barrister.
Having set up her own niche Immigration & Human Rights law firm, Bankfield Heath Solicitors in March 2012, Amie grew the business from three members of staff to twenty three with four offices.
As an experienced Immigration and Public Law specialist, Amie is now Head of Public Law at Barnes Harrild & Dyer Solicitors where she advises and assists clients on all aspects of immigration, asylum and human rights work, representing both private and legally aided clients from initial application to appeals in the First-Tier/Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. Amie has an impressive success rate and is a highly sought after practitioner.
Amie won Immigration Lawyer of the Year award in 2010 and has been recommended as an individual practitioner in the Legal 500 since 2015. Amie is well known for her work with vulnerable clients, in particular victims of trafficking and modern slavery, and has been involved in country guidance cases and policy developments in this area.
She is an external assessor for the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Level 3 (Advanced) Accreditation and Supervisor examination.
Amie offers advice and assistance in the following areas;
- Advising and assisting firms in respect of LAA audits
- Assisting firms in relation to Peer Review. Amie has been instructed by a number of firms requiring assistance after receiving a rating of 4 or 5 following a Peer Review. Amie has drafted detailed representations against these ratings which has often resulted in the Peer Review rating being overturned
- Challenging Contract Notices, Contract Sanctions and Contract Termination with the LAA and before the Contract Review Body with a 100% success rate
- Obtaining and maintaining Lexcel and SQM accreditation for firms
- Outsourced file reviews (monthly/quarterly)
- Drafting standard precedent file notes and letters
- Advice and assistance with the COLP / COFA roles
- Complaint handling
- Business development and practice management
An experienced trainer, Amie delivers a range of training to firms and individual practitioners on issues relating to legal aid queries, file management, billing/claim amendments, the 2018 Contract and Specification, Exceptional Case Funding and Anti-Trafficking/Modern Slavery. Amie offers bespoke training courses designed to meet your requirements.
What Clients Say
Our firm contracted DG Law to run various legal aid immigration training sessions. Amie Higgins, a consultant at DG Legal gave such a clear step by step guide that helped us not only to run our legal aid matters in an easy and efficient manner in no time, but to successfully get SQM accreditation in what felt like an effortless way. Amie has been there with ready advice for every question we have had, with detailed explanations of the procedure and the law, drafting templates for any possible step or correspondence to ensure compliance with the best care for the client and their matter. After our training, it felt like we have been running legal aid for years. Huge thanks to Amie. Highly recommended.
Head of Immigration, Milestone Solicitors
This was an amazing training. Learnt so much from the training and received some sound advice on managing the LAA contract as well as doing casework. The Trainer Amie Higgins was very knowledgeable and helpful. Her training style was friendly, non judgemental, clear and concise. Would recommend the course to anyone working under an Immigration contract a great refresher for both management and staff.
Great trainer, great course.
For newcomers to legal aid contracts I strongly recommend Amie Higgins whose training is well prepared without being top heavy. The fact that she has worked and continues to work in the area of immigration and public law is a big advantage to those in the filed.
Solicitor, Tann Law