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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Bahar Ata

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Public Law and Immigration


Bahar is a director within the public law and immigration departments at Duncan Lewis, specialising in human rights judicial review claimant matters. Bahar has over 10 years’ experience in representing vulnerable individuals. She has represented clients in unlawful detention claims, challenges against the Competent Authority decisions in respect of trafficking matters, age assessments challenges and challenging removals to third countries under Dublin Regulations. She also has extensive experience of representing clients at the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She is the lead lawyer in representing lead Claimants in challenging removals to Hungary and Bulgaria under Dublin III Regulations. She is also the lead lawyer in challenging detention under Article 28 of the Dublin III Regulations, as well as in representing the Appellant in the Country Guidance Case challenging removals to Libya.


Bahar joined the firm in 2011 and was appointed to partner-level director in 2017. She was a finalist for the Legal Expert Award at the CILEx (Chartered Institutes of Legal Executives) National Awards 2018.



Bahar is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She is a member of ILPA and is accredited Level 3 (Advanced) in the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.


LLB (Hons) - London Metropolitan University.

South East: Human resources


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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