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I'm afraid not, no. All visitor's visas are granted on the condition that the application shall return to their home country before the expiry of the visa. This is taken to mean that they shall not apply to switch in to another visa category.
Any attempt to do so could potentially cause problems for further visa applications because it is conceivable that the UKBA may view the original visitor's visa application as a deception in view of the attempted switch.
It is enforced very strictly I'm afraid. She will have to return home to submit her application but there is nothing preventing her from seeing a solicitor whilst she is here to prepare her out of country application
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