I have seen that the following guidance has been issued to UK Visas and Immigration caseworkers:
You need not take these actions for all applicants, but should do so when there is particular cause for concern, for example:
- a representative has been used and the application is from a high risk sector
- the applicant is switching from a route that has been identified as high risk
Extract from Tier 2 Guidance
This guidance seems to indicate that applicants from a 'high risk sector' may experience adversity if the caseworker notices that a representative has been instructed to assist with the application. I used to do this sort of thing and know that immigration advice in the UK is a regulated activity (Section 84 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999) placing standards of conduct and a rigorous certification process.
I have also seen the following in the Bar Standards Handbook...
The Bar Standards Board requires barristers to act with honesty and integrity, to never knowingly or recklessly mislead or attempt to mislead anyone and to never do anything which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine their honesty, integrity or independence. The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority imposes obligations on solicitors to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice. Solicitors must always act with personal integrity and must never attempt to deceive, or knowingly or recklessly mislead, or be complicit in another person deceiving or misleading the court. Similar provisions exist within the other designated professional bodies’ codes of conduct and ethics
And on the other hand, many answers to questions in the Stack Exchange domain from T2 applicants and other categories of applicants include the suggestion to get legal advice. Is SE pointing them in a bad direction? Albeit unknowingly and perhaps well-intended?
How can a T2 applicant get competent help if using a representative if UK government caseworkers see it as a 'particular cause for concern'?
Note: A T2 application in common parlance is a 'work permit'. A full description is given here.