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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Wales: Human resources

Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

'Second-to-none in the Welsh publicly-funded arena', Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'extremely friendly, approachable and committed team of activist lawyers' handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters, including high-profile claimant judicial review matters. 'Efficient, patient and reliable' team head Vinita Templeton excels at judicial review matters, and is regularly successful for private- and publicly-funded clients in cases where appeal rights had previously been exhausted. Eleri Haf Davies has a flourishing reputation for handling Latin American asylum claims and human trafficking.

Practice head(s):Vinita Templeton

Other key lawyers:Vanessa Delgado; Rohena Wallace; Simran Dipnarain; Eleri Haf Davies


'The team is extremely experienced in all areas of immigration and asylum law.'

'They are very knowledgeable and are committed to furthering the rights of immigrants and to progressing the law in this area.'

'Vinita Templeton has a wealth of experience in all areas of immigration law and is particularly committed to helping vulnerable clients.'

'Vanessa Delgado is creative in her arguments and meticulous in her preparation.'

Work highlights

  • The firm represented a Cuban national after he became subject to deportation proceedings.
  • The firm represents the client, who is a gay Malaysian national and potential victim of trafficking, after he was apprehended as an illegal entrant.
  • The firm represents the client in their judicial review claim challenging a certified decision refusing her further submissions.
  • Represented the client in an immigration appeal against a decision to refuse her application for leave to remain.
  • The firm represents a Windrush client who is Jamaican and was detained and faced removal to Jamaica.
Leading individuals

Vinita Templeton - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Rising stars

Eleri Haf Davies - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Wales: Real estate

Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

The 'friendly and responsive' six-strong team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a focus on acting for tenants in legal aid funded matters, including on reviews, appeals and judicial review proceedings relating to homelessness, disrepair, succession for tenants and neighbourhood disputes. The team, which is now led by the 'bright and pragmatic' Lynda Reid, acts for a wide spectrum of clients throughout south Wales.

Practice head(s):Lynda Reid

Other key lawyers:Christopher Simmonds


'The team has a caring attitude'

'Knowledgeable and understanding'

'The very enthusiastic Christopher Simmonds really knows his stuff'

'Lynda Reid is bright and pragmatic'

Work highlights

  • An appeal against a homeless decision for a private individual.
  • Acted on behalf of a private individual who was very vulnerable, having serious health conditions and a great deal of difficulty dealing with her tenancy obligations
  • Defended an introductory tenant in a rent possession claim.
  • Defended a private individual in possession proceedings, issued on the grounds of rent arrears.
  • Represented a private individual in possession proceedings that were brought on discretionary grounds following her ex-partner being found guilty of dealing drugs from her property.

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