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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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James Packer

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Work Department

Immigration/public law.


Public Law Director, James Packer, litigates across a broad range of areas and regularly conducts test cases concerning issues that involve; access to the Courts, unlawful detention, enforced removals from the UK, challenges to decisions to refuse legal aid and associated litigation. He also has a specialist practice in complex immigration cases, especially for high net worth and high profile individuals and is frequently involved in appealing costs decisions, often to the Court of Appeal.

James has extensive experience in cases which have been decided in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He has also brought successful challenges to the European Court of Human Rights.

James also handles Tribunal advocacy work and has a significant practice in Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases. His impressive track record has been maintained throughout 2014 by his conduct in the ground-breaking cases of Kumar, Gundanaviciene (representing Mr Reis, one of the six joined Claimants) and Akpinar.

James has experience in a wide variety of judicial review litigation including; a current challenge to a decision to impose a planning levy on a development; challenges to decisions by the Secretary of State for justice to recall prisoners released on licence; challenges to the continuation of police bail, and a successful challenge to a decision by the SRA to simply send a ‘letter of advice’ to his client’s former solicitor.

James also handled a challenge to the removal of a parking place for a disabled self-employed person, a challenge to a refusal to amend a Statement of Special Educational Needs, and challenges to local authority assessments such as housing and social security entitlements of various types.

James provides accredited training for ILPA, HJT and AMT.


James initially trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar 1999. He joined Duncan Lewis Solicitors in 2002 and cross-qualified as a solicitor 2006. In 2008 he was made a partner-level director.




James is accredited as a Supervisor and Level 3 (Advanced) Senior Caseworker under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Scheme one of only a small number of practitioners across England and Wales to hold this quality mark. He is also a member of ILPA and the Administrative Court Users' Group.


James obtained his LPC in 1998 and has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

London: Human resources


Within: Immigration

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, while Stefan Vnuk specialises in immigration, asylum and human rights law, with a particular emphasis on complex cases in higher courts including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.The business immigration department is headed by Ayan Yalchin, Vicash Ramikissoon, and Tamana Aziz , who joined the firm from  LUPINS with Vnuk.

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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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