Dalston law graduate who fought Brexit at supreme court launches free immigration advice service
PUBLISHED: 13:33 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 23 February 2018
Tahmid Chowdhury has, in the last few years, raised £500,000 for a pressure group involved in the Article 50 supreme court case, founded a theatre company, twice been nominated for Forbes 30 Under 30.
Infuriatingly, in that time he also finished his A Levels. Now the 23-year-old – who grew up on a Dalston council estate – has done it again with the launch of Here for Good, a not-for-profit company that will offer free immigration services to EEA citizens during and beyond the Brexit process.
It launched last week, with the publication of Act Now, a free guide from immigration and public law experts outlining steps people should take to secure their rights in the UK. The advice service, set to launch later this year following a crowfunder, will focus on supporting the most in-need EEA citizens outside of the capital, where there is a huge lack of free services.
“Outside of London there are hardly any law centres giving free immigration advice,” Tahmid told the said. “In Wales there are only two. And if they do offer it, it’s only an hour or two. When you aren’t sure of your rights an hour just isn’t enough. With our guide we try to answer those initial questions so people don’t have to spend that time asking them.”
Even in London there are only 25 or 30 law centres offering free advice to the city’s one million EEA citizens.
The former pupil of Stoke Newington’s Grasmere Primary School and Central Foundation Boys School in Shoreditch felt compelled to act on Brexit after graduating from the New College of the Humanities in 2016.
He co-founded the The People’s Challenge, which successfully fought to preserve parliamentary sovereignty and the rights of all citizens throughout the Brexit process alongside Gina Miller.
“It was unbelievable,” he said. “And we’re still working and talking to MPs trying to protect rights as much as we can.
“It was really good doing policy work because lots of people’s lives are impacted by policy, but not immediately. So we [he and Here for Good cofounder Isabella Mosselmans] met a few lawyers and they gave us advice on how to set up an advisory service.”
Amazingly, Tahmid also finds time for a day job at M&C Saatchi and to run End of Moving Walkway. He’s produced all the company’s productions so far, including two at Upper Street’s King’s Head Theatre, where he is a trustee.
Act Now, the free guide, is available at hereforgoodlaw.org.
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