Blakemores has hosted a review meeting concerning a new pilot scheme for dealing with asylum seekers.

Lord Hunt, Minister for Legal Aid and the Legal Services Commission, attended the presentation at the firm's Birmingham office.

Over the past year firms in the region have been piloting a new model in the way in which asylum cases are handled.

Also present were Paul Newell, head of immigration policy for the LSC, Home Office officials, and West Midlands law firms.

The pilot has called for a closer working approach between the Home Office and firms with the mutual aim to have quicker, better quality and informed asylum decisions.

The Home Office stated: "The new system aims to deliver a more efficient and effective system - ensuring those with well founded claims are integrated faster, while quickly removing those who are unsuccessful. It is better for all concerned that claimants know sooner rather than later whether they will be granted the right to remain in the UK.

"Tighter case management, shortened processes and faster removals will also send out a clear signal that there is no place in the UK for those who seek to abuse our hospitality."