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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

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 4

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

The ‘capable, conscientious and professional’ team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides ‘a harmonious and effective service’, and is particularly known for its legal aid expertise. Key figures include the ‘bright and tactically astuteRubin Italia, who ‘has a wonderfully calm and kind manner’, and Hardeep Dhaliwal, who is recommended for fraud defence work.

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London: Human resources

Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘diligent’ and ‘professional’ team ‘is prepared to go the extra mile’ for its clients. It is experienced across personal immigration, asylum, human rights and nationality matters, with particular expertise in judicial review cases. It acts for vulnerable clients such as victims of trafficking or torture, and handles unlawful detention cases. On the business side, it advises SME clients on sponsorship licence applications under the PBS, as well as on immigration strategy and compliance. It also advises high-net-worth individuals from Asia, the Middle East and Russia on Tier 1 and investor visas. Toufique Hossain has ‘an amazing ability to conduct a wide range of demanding test case litigation’, handling complex public law cases involving judicial review and unlawful detention. The ‘hardworking and dedicatedJenna McKinney handles asylum, immigration detention and judicial review matters; the ‘brilliantJames Packer specialises in judicial review; and Ayan Yalchin advises on Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 applications. Vicash Ramkissoon is ‘friendly and experienced’ and advises international businesses and high-net-worth individuals on complex Tier 1, 2 and 4 applications. Adam Tear recently joined Howe + Co Solicitors.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitorsconstantly strives to achieve the best possible results for its clients, and puts a tremendous amount of work into its cases. The ‘accessibleJemma Garside is ‘particularly effective. She singles out the issues in each case with scary precision. Angela Smith, Rachel Caswell and Peter Wusu are other key members of the multidisciplinary team, which collaborates with the firm’s experts in mental capacity, mental health, community care, clinical negligence, family, childcare and public law.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 6

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large team that ‘covers a broad range of family cases and excels in children’s cases’. Emine Mehmetrepresents a wide range of clients, including those who are exceptionally vulnerable, with dedication, commitment and skill. She takes on a high proportion of publicly funded work’. Laila Bhunnoo is ‘a calm lawyer who stays on top of her workload’.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis SolicitorsToufique Hossainis a leading solicitor’ for immigration judicial reviews and utilises ‘a combination of creative thinking with a huge amount of experience’. Consultant Naim Hasani is highly experienced with ‘notable individualsJames Packer and Trevor Hatton. Seher Toguz is another key figure, who heads the department with Packer and Hossain. In addition to challenging the legality of the government’s policy on detaining pregnant women, the firm has brought a high-profile judicial review on behalf of six individuals, who are challenging the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s use of a definition of torture that was derived from the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment for the government’s policy on detaining adults at risk.

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 4

Duncan Lewis Solicitors (Harrow)

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is best known for its legal aid practice, and specialises in immigration, asylum and public law, and has offices across London and the UK. ‘Exceptional lawyerToufique Hossain, who is ‘particularly good for immigration detention cases’ and has ‘an excellent eye for the crux of the matter’, James Packer and Seher Toguz are key names for immigration and public law matters. Recent highlights include Abigail Fogg handling a judicial review challenge for an individual who was subjected to segregation in prison, and Jenna McKinney representing an individual, who was a victim of torture and suffered from mental health issues, in pursuing an unlawful detention claim and injunctive relief against deportation. Hossain also acted for an individual, who had obtained a rule 35 report and was facing deportation to the country where he reportedly suffered ritualised torture. Adam Tear joined Howe + Co Solicitors and Lucy Philips-Tate is now with the Government Legal Department.

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London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant
Social housing: tenant - ranked: tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘clearly a major player’ in the space and ‘each practitioner excels in their area’. Dianne Cowie is the ‘go-to’ name for housing disrepair matters, Subbiah Sivapunniyam regularly challenges local authorities in judicial reviews, and ‘talented and insightful solicitorJames de Vere Moss acts for vulnerable clients, including homeless people. The group recently defended an individual in possession proceedings brought by a registered social landlord, and advised a vulnerable client with mental health issues in the defence of possession proceedings brought by a local authority. Bernadette Chikwe was promoted to director in late 2016 and solicitor Manjinder Kaur Atwal, who ‘clearly knows her stuff’, is ‘incredibly bright, conscientious and pragmatic with excellent analytical skills’.

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