Commenting on the news that the IAS has gone into administration, Donna Covey, chief executive of the Refugee Council said:
“We were alarmed to hear news that the largest charity providing legal advice and representation for asylum seekers has closed its 14 branches. We know from our daily contact with asylum seekers how important this support is for them as they make their case for protection. After the sad loss of Refugee and Migrant Justice last year, this news from the IAS is hugely significant and very worrying and we are following events closely. Our clients already struggle to find good quality legal representation; this development will only add to their difficulties. More than ever, we need a robust system in this country for ensuring that there is enough provision for asylum seekers and refugees.