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Duncan Lewis Solicitors


South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 4

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides the full range of criminal law services, but is particularly notable for its work with vulnerable clients, including those with mental illnesses as well as youth clients. The firm also operates a large, serious crime practice, with a particular focus on gang-related violence and drug offences. Rubin Italia heads the team from the Harrow office and is most notable for his work involving the defence of insanity in addition to business crime cases.

Practice head(s):Rubin Italia; Nicholas De Freitas

Other key lawyers:Linda Barker; Laurence Grant; Simon Connolly; Jiban Miah


'The team prioritises their clients to ensure that they are given the most appropriate support and guidance throughout.'

'The Duncan Lewis' crime team go above and beyond in client care.'

'Each time I have engaged with this firm they are efficient, knowledgeable and available to answer queries.'

'Duncan Lewis are remarkable for the fact that, despite being a large firm, they provide a personal service and give exceptional attention to detail to every case they deal with.'

'Rubin Italia has very good empathy with clients, and provides excellent advice.'

'Simon Connolly's knowledge of the law relating to confiscation is unparalleled and would put a great many counsel to shame.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the defendant in relation to allegations of multiple, historic sexual offences.
  • Represented the defendant in relation to an allegation of double homicide, a case complicated by the defendant’s mental health issues.
  • Represented the defendant in a complex drug importation case.
  • Representing a defendant in respect of on-going high value confiscation proceedings.
  • Representing a defendant in relation to an alleged sexual assault.

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South East: Human resources

Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

The immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'is highly experienced with a wide range of excellent practitioners' who are best known for undertaking a steady stream of Legal Aid work representing individuals in all aspects of personal immigration, asylum, human rights and public law matters. It also has expertise in judicial review immigration claimant cases. Key advisors include Bahar Ata, Ahmed Aydeed,  Tamana Aziz, Toufique Hossain and Zofia Duszynska.

Practice head(s):Ahmed Aydeed, Bahar Ata

Other key lawyers:Tamana Aziz; Toufique Hossain; Zofia Duszynska


'The immigration team is highly experienced with a wide range of excellent practitioners. They are able to cover all areas of immigration and asylum law with a high degree of competence. They have a great eye for detail and are always looking for the best way to advance their client's cases.'

'Duncan Lewis are exceptional at taking cutting edge human rights and immigration cases. They have taken more ground breaking cases than any other firm.'

'Tamana Aziz is supremely experienced with a broad immigration practice. She is excellent with clients and always prepared to go the extra yard. She is also always keen to try out novel points, whilst at the same time being commercially astute.'

'Toufique Hossain has built up a powerful and effective team of some of the UK's brightest young talent.'

Next Generation Partners

Toufique Hossain - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

The 'experienced and knowledgeable' clinical negligence team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in brain injury matters including cerebral palsy and cardiac claims, as well as securing significant settlements for clients. The practice group is led by 'excellent' Rebecca Thomas.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Thomas


'Rebecca Thomas is extremely diligent and great with both clients and experts. She is all around great to work with.'

'It is a very good team of people who were informative and kept me updated’ 

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who underwent maxillofacial surgery and subsequently suffered from a deviated jaw with associated pain. The case settled post issue of proceedings and pre-trial.
  • Acting for a client to pursue a claim against an NHS Trust.
  • Represented a client following a failure to diagnose Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles an array of personal injury work with particular specialism in fatal road traffic accidents. The team is currently representing a number of people in a high-value public inquiry, where it is advising on all aspects of public law and personal injury matters. Julie Leslie in Dalston handles employer negligence work in which the client has suffered severe disability. Rebecca Thomas heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Thomas

Other key lawyers:Julie Leslie 


'The team's instructions were thorough, relevant and helpful.'

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors covers a broad range of professional negligence work concentrated in the construction and engineering sectors with additional niche expertise in claims against financial advisors. The team acts for a diverse client base, especially vulnerable individuals, which often seamlessly overlaps with the firm's other practice groups such as personal injury. Key figures include Sobashni De Silva and Anthony Okumah, who jointly lead the team based in Harrow.

Practice head(s):Sobashni De Silva, Anthony Okumah

Other key lawyers:Shabana Masood, Shilpa Sehgal


'Sobashni De Silva is an exceptionally thoughtful and able litigator.'

'They are unusually well organised with a team of strong communicators.'

'The team is tenacious in pursuing and protecting the clients' interests and position.'

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South East: Private client

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

The 'really supportive and very efficient' family and child care team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is well known for its cutting-edge work across a wide range of family and children matters. The practice specialises in domestic abuse, unusual divorce cases, emergency applications to freeze parties’ assets and female genital mutilation protection orders. It also handles financial matters, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements. The practice is headed by six directors spread across four offices: Adeeba Naseem, Alia Lewis and Ravi Kaur Mahey are based in Harrow; Sheena Donlon and Sara Upton lead the Barnet office; Krina Parmar splits her time between Milton Keynes and Luton.

Practice head(s):Adeeba Naseem; Alia Lewis; Ravi Kaur Mahey; Sheena Donlon; Sara Upton; Krina Parmar


'The individuals at Duncan Lewis stand out due to their genuine commitment and desire to help very vulnerable people as well as high-net-worth individuals. No matter who you are, you receive the same level of service and client care as all other clients'.

'They are very personable while remaining professional. There's a family feel about the firm rather than being overly corporate'.

'I trust the advice they are giving as they are knowledgeable'.

'Hardworking team who fight hard for their clients. Amongst the lawyers I have worked with, they have no hesitation in working over and beyond what might normally be expected'.

'The main strengths of the Duncan Lewis firm are the team work and the effectiveness of their legal service to children'.

'The practice has been understanding and extremely clear on what to expect through a very sensitive case'.

'Alia Lewis is empathetic, very efficient and has good judgement'.

'Alia Lewis is personable, effective and organised and I greatly appreciate her attention to detail'.

'Adeeba Naseem is fantastic lawyer whose knowledge on international cases is second to none'.

'Ravi Mahey offers good advice and I always feel like she knows what she is talking about'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a mother in an application for a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order (FGMPO).
  • Assisting a mother with care proceedings issued by London Borough of Harrow.
  • Handled a rare private law divorce case in which the Queen’s Proctor intervened to set aside the Decrees Nisi and Absolute obtained by the petitioner husband in divorce proceedings, which he conducted through an online service a number of years ago.
  • Assisted a mother on an application by the Local Authority for Interim Care Orders involving her children.
  • Assisted a female client with a Non-Molestation Order against her ex-partner.
Next Generation Partners

Adeeba Naseem - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Alia Lewis - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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South East: Real estate

Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Manjinder Kaur Atwal leads the housing and property litigation group at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. The firm, which is the largest supplier of legal aid in England and Wales, primarily acts for vulnerable tenants. Its team handles the entire gamut of contentious social housing issues, with particular expertise in possession and unlawful eviction, judicial reviews challenging local authorities and Equality Act defence cases. Solicitor Adrian Smith  is recommended for homelessness issues and unlawful evictions.

Practice head(s):Manjinder Kaur Atwal

Other key lawyers:Adrian Smith


'The firm is able to deal with a wide range of cases in an efficient and comprehensive way'.

'They can handle time-sensitive or emergency cases'.

'The team members are highly professional and knowledgeable about even difficult areas of social housing law'.

'Partners and associates are always on hand to respond to the changing dynamics of a case'.

'Manjinder Kaur Atwal stands out; she has a keen eye for anticipating new challenges and a strong record for bringing complex judicial review challenges'.

'Manjinder Kaur Atwal is a knowledgeable and professional housing law solicitor who will work hard for her clients's housing law rights'.

'Manjinder Kaur Atwal is fearless and ready to get her hands dirty on behalf of clients'.

'Manjinder Kaur Atwal always goes the extra mile for her clients and responds calmly and efficiently to emergency situations'.

'Manjinder Kaur Atwal is a formidable opponent'.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a client with defending a possession claim and bringing a counterclaim against a developer and the director.
  • Assisting a client with defending a possession claim in relation to a shared ownership property under article 8 and article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Representing a blind tenant, as a defendant and appellant, at the Court of Appeal in a possession claim under Article 8.
  • Assisting a client with bringing a judicial review application in relation to a local authority’s continued failure to make a reasonable offer of rental accommodation pursuant to its duty under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.
  • Defending a client against a possession claim, which involved a five year fixed tenancy agreement.
Leading individuals

Manjinder Kaur Atwal - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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