The Team

Amie Higgins

Consultant

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.

Amie specialises in 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 and Court of Appeal. In addition, Amie has a significant amount of experience with Judicial Review. Amie has an impressive success rate and is a highly sought after practitioner. After seven years managing a busy immigration department in another firm, Amie set up Bankfield Heath Solicitors in March 2012 where she now remains a Consultant Solicitor.

Amie has worked with the Legal Aid Agency throughout her career and has been responsible for LAA tenders, audits, peer review and billing during this time. Whilst at Bankfield Heath, she has provided assistance to other firms in relation to legal aid audits and, in particular, peer review appeals. She successfully obtained Lexcel accreditation and continues to maintain the standard on behalf of Bankfield Heath.

Amie is well known and respected in the field for her committed work with victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Her work on cases involving Article 8 ECHR is particularly impressive and she has secured Leave to Remain in the UK for many clients based on their private and family life here. Amie works closely with women’s refuges, support groups and Social Services throughout Yorkshire and beyond and is praised for handling sensitive cases with the care and sensitivity which is needed when working with vulnerable clients.

Amie won Immigration Lawyer of the Year award in 2010 for her work in immigration. In particular, Amie was praised for her ability to put vulnerable clients at ease and explain the complexities of the law to her clients in accessible terms.

An experienced trainer, Amie has delivered training on issues relating to refugee children, the asylum process, age disputes, fresh claims, family reunion and Judicial Review to a number of different sectors. She has consulted at local Universities and spoken at numerous seminars, consultations and local group meetings. Amie provides expert reports and witness testimony on all immigration matters and her evidence has been relied upon in a number of cases.