Welfare Benefits Appeals

Our welfare benefits solicitors successfully assists large numbers of clients to challenge incorrect decisions. The welfare benefit system is extremely complicated. It is easy for both claimants and officials to make mistakes that lead to a serious legal problems. There can be severe delays in benefit offices dealing with your claim or appeal. Professional advice is often needed to help resolve problems.

We specialise in welfare benefits appeals to the First Tier Tribunal and applications for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal. Our team can assist you to understand the legal process to challenge a negative benefit decision. We are able to advise you step-by-step on the appeals process and help you to prepare for your tribunal hearing.

Our Welfare Benefits lawyers are also able to provide professional advice and representation if you have been accused of benefit fraud.

We can assist with reviews, appeals and disputes against decisions made by:

  • Jobcentre Plus, or
  • The Tax Credits Office, or
  • The Child Support Agency, or
  • Your Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit office.

We have achieved success in helping our clients and in many cases have
improved their financial situations.

Frequently asked questions:

Q. I made a claim for benefit but it has been unsuccessful?

A. We can assist you to ask for a review or help you to appeal against the
decision.

Q. I have received a letter from my Jobcentre / Housing Benefit office
saying they suspect that I have committed an offence. I have been asked to
attend an interview?

A. If you have been invited to attend a tape recorded interview (known as an
Interview Under Caution) we can arrange for you to be represented at the
interview, so that your full legal rights are explained. We can also ask for
disclosure of the evidence the Benefit Office wishes to use against you.
This helps us to advise you and discuss on your options. If you are charged
with an offence we can refer you to a criminal solicitor who can assist you
further.

Q. The Jobcentre asked me to attend a medical assessment. I have now been
told that I am fit to work and my benefits will be stopped.

A. We can assist you to obtain evidence of your medical problems. We can
also help to have your ESA and / or Incapacity benefit re-instated while we
assist you to appeal.

Q. I have received a letter saying I have been paid too much benefit and I
must repay all the money.

A. Overpayment cases are often based on mistakes / or the rules being
misunderstood. Even a simple mistake can lead to a large overpayment
occurring. We can help you to consider all the evidence and see if any
decisions have been made correctly. Our Welfare Benefits team assist to
appeal incorrect decisions. We often get the overpayment amount reduced or
judged non-repayable if the benefit office has failed to apply the law
correctly.

Please telephone our office on 01922 645 429 to arrange an appointment to
see our benefits appeal specialist.