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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

SPENCER HOUSE, 29 GROVE HILL ROAD, HARROW ON THE HILL, HA1 3BN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 033 3772 0409
Fax:
Fax 020 7923 3320
DX:
4216 HARROW
Email:
Web:
www.duncanlewis.com

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 4

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘a busy firm, cornering the market in legally aided, general crime’. It is adept at handling cases of serious crime such as drugs importation, fraud, kidnap, immigration and gang-related offences. The firm recently acted for a man who murdered a fellow detainee at an immigration centre. Key individuals in the team include the ‘very personable and keen practitionerHardeep Dhaliwal who is ‘good with clients and has an easy manner’, and Rubin Italia.

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London: Human resources

Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on a range of matters such as the PBS, sponsorship licence applications, and compliance. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals from Asia, Russia and the Middle East on Tier 1 and investor visas. The firm also handles a range of asylum, nationality, detention, deportation, bail, human rights, detention, Judicial Review, and trafficking cases for business, individual and vulnerable clients. Toufique Hossain handles Judicial Review cases involving immigration, EC Law, civil liberties and human rights matters. Jenna McKinney specialises in fast track cases, appeals, asylum, deportation and Judicial Review work. James Packer regularly handles unlawful detention cases. The business immigration department is headed by Ayan Yalchin, Vicash Ramkissoon, Tamana Aziz and Stefan Vnuk, (these last two having recently joined from LUPINS).

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a ‘team that is quick to respond’. Key contacts are Rachel Caswell , Jemma Garside  and Toufique Hossain . It has a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates with its experts from its mental capacity, mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law departments. Alex Peebles  and Helen Cummings  are both ‘personable and client-focused but with a keen eye on the law, strategy and procedure to ensure the very best outcome for their clients’.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 5

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors  is an ‘excellent firm with talented and experienced staff’. Alia Lewis  garners considerable praise for being ‘incredibly thorough and always on top of the case’. Laila Bhunnoo  is ‘very knowledgeable and organised’ and Ravi Kaur Mahey  is ‘hardworking and committed’. Adeeba Naseem  is also recommended. The team advises on the full array of matters from children public law and cross-border disputes to having niche expertise in Islamic law.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 5

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

With offices around London and nationally, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is reported to have 'a strong presence in this area of the law, making a particularly dominant contribution in immigration, asylum and prison law.' James Packer, who co-heads the public law department, 'is an outstanding lawyer who identifies points with ease and precision and thinks tactically.' Toufique Hossain is acknowledged for taking on 'important challenges' especially in relation to immigration detentions and mental health issues. Trevor Hatton is also noted as is Jenna McKinney  who shows 'remarkable insight and rigour' and Zofia Duszynska  whose cases are 'well run and inspired.' The team is handling cases of the deprivation of British citizenship and deportation threats, many of which have gone to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Next generation lawyers

Toufique Hossain - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 4

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘one of the leading firms in the field of immigration’ and has achieved success in several Supreme Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal cases. Naim Hasani no longer with Duncan Lewis Solicitors) was successful in preventing the deportation of two Albanian nationals who had claimed asylum under false pretences.‘Exceptional’ partner Toufique Hossain and Lewis Kett acted in a successful challenge involving discriminatory practices in immigration detention centres. Other names to note include Zofia Duszynska, who is commended for her ‘wealth of experience in test case litigation’, and Jamie Bell, who acts for unaccompanied refugee children in their applications to come to the United Kingdom.

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London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant
Social housing: tenant - ranked: tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

'One of the most effective firms practicing social housing law', Duncan Lewis Solicitors has considerable expertise in Equality Act defence cases, unlawful eviction and possession claims, and homelessness appeals. The team also handles a considerable amount of pro-bono work, which has recently included representing a number of individuals in homelessness claims following the Grenfell Tower disaster. Bernadette Chikwe represented an individual in possession proceedings arising out of the client's inability to assume tenancy due to her immigration status, and Dianne Cowie has experience with disrepair claims. Subbiah Sivapunniyam has been called 'a legend among housing lawyers', and James de Vere Moss is also 'very good'. Chinedu Orogbu joined the team from Thomas Dunton Solicitors, and Manjinder Kaur Atwal was promoted to director.

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