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Jacqueline McKenzie and the Windrush team at Leigh Day to hold legal surgeries throughout July

Prominent immigration and asylum lawyer Jacqueline McKenzie and her team at Leigh Day will be running a series of legal surgeries for those affected by the Windrush scandal throughout July.

Jacqueline and her legal team from law firm Leigh Day will be opening up their offices in Streatham on the following Saturdays in July between 12 and 4pm: 1st, 8th, 15th July.

The surgeries follow celebrations in June to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush in Britain on 22 June 1948. As well as a chance for the UK to celebrate the heritage and contributions of the Windrush generation, the anniversary also reignited discussion on the woeful treatment of the Windrush generation by the UK government and the need for vast improvements to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Jacqueline, who has spoken to hundreds of people needing help with their claims, said some Leigh Day clients initially rejected for compensation, were then offered tens of thousands of pounds after their cases were reviewed.

One client put an application in and was told he was not entitled to any compensation, but when it was reviewed, he was told he is entitled to £289,000, while another saw a mother and two daughters go from zero to being told they are entitled to between £70,000 and £100,000.

The Windrush Compensation Scheme exists to provide compensation to individuals of the Windrush generation and their immediate family who were affected by government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy.

All those affected are invited to attend the surgeries to discuss their case with the legal team. This includes those that believe they are entitled to compensation through the Windrush Compensation Scheme due to losing their job or home or being refused the opportunity to open a bank account, because of the hostile environment policy and the Home Office’s failure to recognise their legal status.

The surgeries are being held at The Woodlawns Day Centre, 16 Leigham Court Road, London SW16 2PJ. If you would like an appointment, please contact Leigh Day on 020 7650 1200 and ask for the Windrush team, or the surgeries are open to walk-in appointments on the day.

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