Praxis is a charity that provides expert advice, housing and peer support so migrants can overcome barriers that they face. In collaboration with a team of pro bono volunteers from Clyde & Co and several other commercial law firms, Praxis delivered the 3-month ZEUSS Project. Through the Project we assisted “Zambrano carers” to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for secure immigration status before the deadline of 30 June. These “Zambrano carers” (non-EU sole parents or carers of British children) included survivors of domestic abuse, those with literacy or language problems and those with mental health issues and physical disabilities, who would have been unable to make an application without assistance.
Trainees were paired with senior lawyers and a Praxis lawyer was assigned to oversee our work. In addition to taking part in an extremely worthwhile project, this aspect of the Project allowed Trainees to meet lawyers from different departments at the firm and to work alongside them on a matter. Typical involvement in the project included liaising with the client, checking the client’s eligibility to apply, obtaining and reviewing evidence and preparing the application. By the end of the 3-month Project, volunteers had assisted Praxis to successfully submit applications for a total of 85 families comprising 104 individual applications.