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Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Forida Hakim, Hackney, ENGLAND

Forida Hakim

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Family and childcare.


Forida is a director in the family and childcare department at Duncan Lewis. She represents parents, guardians and children within public law proceedings and is well equipped to represent vulnerable parents and children who are subject to removal. She regularly represents clients in domestic abuse, defended and undefended divorces, and financial matrimonial matters as well as assisting clients in private children matters.

Forida has extensive experience in representing vulnerable clients in matters that include; non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, mental health difficulties, and drug and alcohol abuse. She assists parents and Local Authorities in relation to discharging care orders and adoption orders. Recently, she represented a child in a radicalisation case and is well-equipped to advise parents in similar cases in the High Court.

Forida undertakes many private law proceedings relating to arrangements for contact and deciding which parent a child should live with. These include complex alienation, implacable hostility, sexual abuse based, protracted contact dispute and domestic abuse cases. She also represents parties in relation to removal from the jurisdiction and child abduction matters.

Utilising her expert knowledge and cultural background Forida is able to understand and appreciate the cultural difficulties faced by vulnerable people within the community and assist them accordingly. She has provided advice and assistance at the pro bono clinic in the East London Mosque and at Newham Asian Women’s Project, and regularly represents parties as Applicant and Respondent in relation to injunction and forced marriage act orders.


Forida qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has been a partner-level director at Duncan Lewis since2013.


Bengali, Hindi. Urdu.


Forida is a member of Resolution  and the Law Society’s Children’s panel which means she has achieved a high level of competence and knowledge in the area of children law and the representation of children. 

She is Vice President of British Bangladeshi Solicitors, chairperson of the East London Asian Families Counselling Service and board member of Newark Youth London.


Forida completed her LPC and LLB at London Guildhall University.

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