Advice line

We run a free advice line for EU nationals and/or their family members on issues relating to EU law who are having problems with residence, entry to UK/expulsion, and in accessing social assistance support.

To access our advice line service you must be:

  • an EEA national and/or a family member of an EEA national; or
  • a law firm/NGO or other organisation that is supporting or providing advice to an EEA national and/or family member.

Representation and Third-Party Interventions in the UK Courts

We undertake Third Party Interventions in the UK domestic Courts where the case might meet one of our key policy objectives and where we think we can add value to, and assist the Court in its decision making.

We are able to provide direct representation in cases before the First Tier Tribunal (Social Security and Immigration) as well as in the Upper Tribunal on matters of EU free movement law.

Representation and Third-Party Interventions in the European Courts

The AIRE Centre works in partnership with other NGOs and lawyers and conducts European Court litigation either jointly (usually as intervenors) or by providing direct representation and advocacy throughout the litigation process.

Where we have intervened in the UK Courts and the case has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), then we will look to make legal submissions to the CJEU as well.

Is eligibility for support means tested?

No. We do not undertake legal aid cases. Instead we provide free legal advice irrespective of any income/capital.

However, we do have a 'greatest need' criteria which will prioritise particularly vulnerable individuals (such as those subject to domestic violence, trafficking or facing destitution) and more complex issues of law.

We have experience working with a wide range of people and we don't discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, ethnicity, education or anything else.