Welfare Benefits

Welfare Benefits

The welfare benefits system is full of complex and technical rules, it can be very scary for a claimant to be told they are going to lose the benefits that they have become reliant on, or are going to be subject to an accusation of benefit fraud which could lead to a prison sentence and having to repay overpaid benefits.

Our dedicated Welfare Benefits solicitors team at Anderson Smith Law 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 problem. Bureaucracy and staff cuts can lead to severe delays in benefit offices dealing with your claim or appeal. Professional advice is often needed to help resolve problems.

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

Expert lawyers will be able to assist with a range of matters, including:

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

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 dedicated Welfare Benefits solicitors team at Anderson Smith Law 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 problem. Bureaucracy and staff cuts can lead to severe delays in benefit offices dealing with your claim or appeal. Professional advice is often needed to help resolve problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

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.

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.