Immigration Legal Advisors

Providing honest and transparent legal assistance to our clients

Karin Oliver

Karin is a Solicitor and has practiced Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights law since 2006.

She has experience of representing people in all aspects of immigration law, from initial advice through to representation before the Tribunal and the higher Courts.

Her broad experience in Immigration and Asylum law means she is equally comfortable working with individuals fleeing persecution and businesses needing to recruit skills from overseas.

She has a reputation for being willing to take on difficult cases, some of which have had a long history.  Much of her work has been through referrals from previous clients or from various support organisations, including specialised GP practices and organisations supporting LGBTi groups.

Karin represented one of the appellants in a recent successful Albanian Country Guidance case, which has further extended the protection the UK is required to offer victims of trafficking from Albania, and established principles which apply to victims from elsewhere in the world.

During 2002-2003, she worked in the USA, in a pro bono legal advice centre, where she was awarded the Bar Associations Chancellor’s Award for services to pro bono.

She also has significant business experience, having recently spent 12 months establishing a new Fintech business and prior to becoming a lawyer, she had a successful career in IT, advising international banks on communications.

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Alice Garrod

Alice joined Fisher Stone Solicitors in January 2019. Since then, she has gained valuable experience and knowledge in the field of immigration and asylum law, culminating in her successfully completing her Senior Caseworker Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation (Level Two) in October 2020. She is now a qualified Senior Immigration Caseworker and enjoys working closely with clients on a range of applications and appeals, particularly focusing on asylum and human rights-based claims. 

Alice’s interest in immigration and asylum matters developed when she was studying towards her Arabic and French Degree at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, she wished to explore opportunities to work with people from other countries and cultures who found themselves in the UK.

After volunteering at a local organisation dedicated to supporting asylum seekers, refugees, and other migrants, she began working as an Integration Support Worker for families who had arrived in the UK under the Syrian Resettlement Programme. Being able to use her language skills in these roles enabled Alice to work closely with those who were most in need of support and to gain a deeper understanding of their past and present experiences and their ambitions for the future.

At the same time, through her work coordinating a hospitality programme at the Bradford Immigration and Asylum Chamber, Alice gained an insight into the varying experiences of asylum seekers and other migrants navigating the complex legal system and observed the importance of high-quality, reliable legal representation.

It was this recognition that influenced her decision to join Fisher Stone Solicitors and continues to be a primary motivation for ensuring her clients consistently receive an honest, efficient and compassionate service throughout their application or appeal.

Ruth

Ruth joined Fisher Stone Solicitors in April 2020.

Ruth’s interest in asylum matters began when she was studying sociology at Bradford University.  She focused her dissertation on asylum seekers and the way they are portrayed in the media.

After graduating she began volunteering with a national charity that supports asylum seekers and refugees. She has since worked in various roles for refugee charities for over 15 years, during which time she gained valuable experience of the issues facing asylum seekers and other migrants, which led to her interest in immigration law.

She initially achieved OISC Level 2 whilst working for Refugee Action and was able to gain valuable experience in working with migrants struggling to obtain legal aid. She assisted with applications for settlement, limited leave to remain, fresh claims for asylum and family reunion.

In April 2018 she successfully completed her Senior Caseworker Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation with the Law Society (Level Two) and left the voluntary sector to join a new legal aid firm set up in the Bradford area. After gaining further experience in this firm and deepening her understanding of asylum applications and appeals, she moved on and is now happily working for Fisher Stone Solicitors.

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About Fisher Stone Solicitors

Fisher Stone Solicitors have a reputation for offering high-quality and reliable legal representation in both immigration and asylum matters. Often willing to take on difficult or complex cases, Fisher Stone Solicitors welcome opportunities to engage with a variety of matters and to provide a consistent and conscientious service to all clients.