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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

Zofia Duszynska

Tel:
Work 020 3114 1188
Email:
Web:
www.duncanlewis.co.uk/Zofia-Duszynska-Immigration-Solicitor-Harrow-/
Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Work Department

Immigration

Position

Zofia is a director in the immigration department at Duncan Lewis. She specialises in asylum work, representing victims of torture, human trafficking and gender-based persecution as well as those excluded from the protection of the Refugee Convention.

Zofia has wide experience of litigation in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal as well as in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration Asylum Chamber. She is committed to providing access to justice to the most vulnerable in society and regularly represents detainees in their judicial review challenges against immigration detention or removal to their countries of origin/to other EU countries under the Dublin Regulations.

Zofia has established a reputation for obtaining international protection in the UK for adults and children who have been trafficked for domestic servitude, sexual and labour exploitation. She was a founding member of ATLeP (Anti-Trafficking Legal Project) an information network of lawyers and specialist practitioners assisting victims of trafficking.

Career

Zofia joined Duncan Lewis in 2015 and was appointed partner-level director in 2017. Prior to this she spent 12 years working as an asylum and immigration lawyer in the voluntary sector.

Member

Zofia is accredited as a Supervisor and Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, which means she has specialist knowledge and experience in the area of immigration law.

Education

Zofia has both a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (GDL) as well as a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma in Marketing and a BA in Applied Language Skills (French and Russian).


London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

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.

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Civil liberties and human rights

Within: Civil liberties and human rights

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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South East: Human resources

Immigration

Within: Immigration

Duncan Lewis Solicitors excels in public law immigration matters, where its team 'is not afraid to challenge accepted norms, take risks in advancement of its client's case and push boundaries in the client's favour'. The practice acts for businesses and individuals on the full range of personal immigration, asylum and human rights, and nationality matters, as well as assisting high-net-worth individuals with points based system applications and appeals. In an illustration of its public law expertise, the practice acted in the lead case challenging removals to Bulgaria under the Dublin III Regulations. Key figures include Bahar Ata, whose 'understanding of immigration issues, especially asylum support and EEA law, is second to none'; Ahmed Aydeed, who has extensive experience in asylum claims and unlawful detention matters;  and the 'outstanding' Zofia Duszynska, who demonstrates 'extraordinary commitment to clients and up-to-date knowledge of relevant law'.

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