Firm Profile > Duncan Lewis Solicitors > Harrow, England

Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Suite 3d
79 College Road
Harrow
HA1 1BD
England

Duncan Lewis Solicitors, established in 1998, serves both corporate entities and private individuals from a number of offices across England and Wales.

Employing over 600 personnel, Duncan Lewis practices in over 25 areas of law and as the largest provider of legal aid services in England and Wales approximately 70% of the firm’s client base is publicly funded. They hold 11 franchises in: actions against public authorities, child care, clinical (medical) negligence, community care, crime, family, housing, immigration, mental capacity/court of protection, mental health, public law and welfare benefits. Serving publicly and privately funded individuals and corporate entities, Duncan Lewis is committed to providing a reliable and practical legal service to ensure access to justice for all.

The firm is dedicated to excellence in staff training and development and they are permitted by the Law Society to offer close to 100 training contracts in any given training period. They take pride in their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion; currently 60% of the firm’s staff are from an ethnic minority and its workforce speak over 50 languages; ensuring their staff are able to best serve the clients and communities they assist.

Type of work undertaken


Immigration, public law, civil liberties and human rights
: The Duncan Lewis public law department carries out both publicly and privately funded work, representing in immigration and asylum, regulatory fitness to practice, environment and planning cases. The department has a niche specialism in immigration claimant judicial review matters and costs litigation; unlawful immigration detention cases with high-net claims for damages; immigration removal cases; prison law claimant; and the provision of social welfare services.

The department also expertly represents vulnerable clients including victims of torture and/or trafficking in immigration detention-related matters. The department specialises in assisting with asylum applications, in-country asylum and appeals, and experience in all aspects of judicial review claimant work. This includes obtaining emergency orders and other interim relief to prevent breaches of human rights; following up judicial reviews with actions for damages in both the county and high courts; and successfully pursuing judicial review matters to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Court of Protection: Duncan Lewis’ dedicated Court of Protection team offers sensitive and in-depth assistance with the preparation of deputyship applications, preparing powers of attorney, the health and welfare of an individual lacking capacity, financial issues, and disputes – both domestic and international – relating to powers of attorney and deputyship applications.

Business immigration: As one of the UK’s leading immigration firms, Duncan Lewis offers assistance in numerous business immigration matters including the right to work in the UK; Tier-2 visa applications and appeals; student and graduate visas; spousal visas; and visa overstays. Their specialist business immigration solicitors advise businesses and individuals on changes to UK immigration law as a result of Brexit. They offer a full service to SME business clients on all aspects of the Points-Based System (PBS), sponsorship licence applications, and immigration strategy/compliance advice.

Family, matrimonial and child care: The family and child care department consists of a number of solicitors who have achieved the Law Society’s Children Law and Family Law Advanced accreditations, and specialise in all aspects of family and both private and public children law matters. The department holds a niche practice in representing victims of domestic abuse and has experience in handling complex divorce and financial matrimonial matters relating to the breakdown of marriages or relationships. They also have an established Islamic law department which specialises in Islamic divorce, Islamic financial settlement and mehr claims under English Law.

Children/public law matters: The team has a broad practice representing parents, guardians, family members and children through guardians in children public law proceedings. They conduct cases on behalf of the official solicitor and are regularly appointed to represent babies and young children. The department has extensive experience representing very vulnerable clients in matters involving parents with mental health issues; young children in care proceedings that involve severe non-accidental injuries; sexual, physical and emotional abuse; drug and alcohol misuse; neglect; factitious illness and rare illness. As a direct result of the team’s diversity they are regularly appointed by guardians to represent children in culturally complex care cases.

Children/cross-border disputes: The firm conducts high-profile international child abduction cases and engages in wardship proceedings for the return of children taken out of the jurisdiction as well as cross-border care proceedings. It is one of only a small number of firms that are on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) referral list.

Housing: The housing department represents both landlords and tenants and has niche expertise in possession, disrepair, and unlawful eviction cases. It also has a significant presence in County Court possession duty schemes throughout London, enabling them to specialise in defending social tenants in possession and unlawful eviction cases. They offer representation in all proceedings including reviews, appeals and judicial review proceedings relating to homelessness, succession for tenants, and neighbourhood disputes against local authorities.

Criminal defence: The majority of the solicitors within the firm’s crime department are police station representatives and a large number are highly experienced higher court advocates who provide advocacy in serious matters, including murder and rape. The department has a notable practice defending clients in serious and complex criminal cases, particularly gang-related crime and drug importations. They also have expertise in representing clients who have significant mental health problems in insanity defence cases.

In addition, the firm has established practices in motoring law, prison law, and actions against public authorities, and are able to advise on appealing a conviction or sentence.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: Duncan Lewis has acknowledged expertise in advising corporate clients on litigation matters, as well as advising private individuals in cases where litigation is an option. The litigation and dispute resolution team provide clear and concise legal advice to resolve commercial disputes for both clients based in the UK, and international businesses. The team works with clients to create a goal-focused vision, prepare strategies and successfully execute solutions to deal with a dispute either by ADR or Court Litigation, whilst minimising cost and risk.

Clinical (medical) negligence:  The clinical (medical) negligence team has significant experience acting in an array of claims, varying from accident and emergency failures and GP negligence claims, to misdiagnosis and wrongful death claims. They also act for individuals who have suffered profound and permanent brain, spinal, or neurological injuries and associated disabilities as a consequence of failings in medical care by both the NHS and private hospitals.

Personal injury: Duncan Lewis’ personal injury practice has extensive experience representing clients who have sustained injuries as a result of a range of accidents, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, accidents suffered abroad, children’s accidents and many more. A particular focus of the practice is acting in claims on behalf of victims of fatal injuries. Other broad specialist areas include claims against local authorities for slips and trips in public spaces; occupiers’ liability; and asbestos related illnesses.

Other areas of law covered: business crime/investigation; charity; commercial property services; community care; debt and insolvency; education law; employment; mental capacity; mental health; regulatory and compliance law; welfare benefits; wills, probate and tax.

 

Notable cases:

  • Supreme Court success in the immigration nationality case of Hysaj & Ors, R which significantly changed the case law on deprivation and nullity of British Citizenship under the British Nationality Act 1981.
  • In a judicial review against the Lord Chancellor, Duncan Lewis successfully challenged the blanket refusal to provide legal aid funding for judicial reviews where permission was refused on the papers. The result will assist legal aid providers representing some of the most vulnerable in society and should in turn enhance access to justice.
  • The firm is the successful claimant in a claim for judicial review of the Legal Aid Agency’s refusal to backdate legal aid certificates. Their contention in the litigation is that the Legal Aid Agency and Lord Chancellor have failed to recognise that the legal aid regulations must contain an implied power to backdate certificates, or are ultra vires. In response to that claim, the Government has agreed, in open correspondence, to amend the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 to expressly allow for legal aid certificates to be backdated to the date of application for legal aid.
  • In June 2019, clients NN and LP have settled their claims with the SSHD conceded that their policy – which allows identified victims of trafficking to receive support for only 45 days following a conclusive grounds decision – is unlawful and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Trafficking (ECAT).
  • Multiple teams, including the housing, personal injury, and public law departments, are taking part in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry representing core participants as well as the bereaved and those affected by the fire.
  • Soltany and Orsa challenge to the lock-in regimes at both Brook House and Colnbrook IRCs where detainees are locked in their rooms for approx. 13.5 hours a day despite no published policy to justify this and despite no express provisions in the Detention Centre Rules 2001 (DCR) to allow it.
  • Advising two unions, the Locum Doctors Union (LDU) and Healthcare Professionals Union (HPU) in relation to allegations that NHS Improvement (NHSI) continues to instruct NHS Trusts, contrary to its own guidance, to apply a blanket determination that all locum doctors and nurses are inside IR35 so that National Insurance and Tax had to be deducted at source.
  • A (A Child) (Rev 1) [2020] EWCA Civ 731 (15 June 2020) –The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in this landmark case concerning FGM Protection Orders when a child does not have secure immigration status. The Court of Appeal upheld the President of the Family Division’s judgment, which held that any previous assessment of risk of FGM made by the Immigration Tribunals (as part of an asylum claim or other) is not the starting point for any Family Court assessment of the risk of FGM for the purpose of determining whether the Court should make an FGM Protection Order (FGMPO).
  • Our housing team represented the tenant in Ratcliffe v Patterson a county court judgment which resulted in a rare victory of a defence and counterclaim based on disability discrimination against a private landlord. This judgment is very encouraging for those who represent disabled tenants, it sets out steps that private landlords ought to take to support disabled tenants in maintaining the terms of their tenancy.
  • Successfully represented a vulnerable mother who, after being subjected to domestic violence by her husband (her child’s father) in Bosnia, retrieved her child’s passport and returned to the UK. The mother issued wardship proceedings and at the same time the father issued Hague Child Abductions Convention proceedings – of which the latter trumps the former. Despite this, the judge set aside the order for the child’s return to Bosnia and dismissed the father’s application under the 1980 Convention.
  • Our crime team represented the imprisoned convicted killer Joanna Dennehy in her claim for damages on account that her two year solitary confinement in prison breached her human rights.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Officer Shany Gupta
Managing Director Nina Joshi
Practice Director Jason Bruce
Child Care Abbid Majeed abbidm@duncanlewis.com 02031190846
Child Care Adeeba Naseem adeeban@duncanlewis.com 02031190220
Public Law Ahmed Aydeed ahmeda@duncanlewis.com 02072752668
Court of Protection Alex Peebles alexp@duncanlewis.com 02031141218
Immigration Alexis Masolo alexism@duncanlewis.com 02072752623
Child Care Alia Lewis alial@duncanlewis.com 02031141193
Housing Alison Winfield AlisonW@duncanlewis.com 02072752599
Civil and Commercial Litigation Anthony Okumah anthonyo@duncanlewis.com 02031141227
Business Immigration Ayan Yalchin ayany@duncanlewis.com 02072752011
Public Law Bahar Ata bahara@duncanlewis.com 02070147398
Immigration Bernadette Adusei bernadettea@duncanlewis.com 02072752612
Housing Bernadette Chikwe bernadettc@duncanlewis.com 02072752885
Wills, Probate and Tax Caroline Roche Caroliner@duncanlewis.com 02031141104
Housing Chinedu Orogbu ChineduO@duncanlewis.com 02079238410
Employment David Head davidh@duncanlewis.com 02079238581
Housing Dianne Cowie diannec@duncanlewis.com 02070147339
Child Care Emine Mehmet emineme@duncanlewis.com 02072752799
Family Forida Hakim foridah@duncanlewis.com 02079238440
Immigration Gabor Nagy gaborn@duncanlewis.com 02072752780
Action Against Public Authorities Graeme Rothwell graemer@duncanlewis.com 02072752886
Criminal Defence Hardeep Dhaliwal hardipd@duncanlewis.com 02072752029
Housing James De Vere Moss jamesd@duncanlewis.com 02072752873
Public Law James Packer jamesp@duncanlewis.com 02072752772
Immigration Jenna McKinney jennam@duncanlewis.com 02072752753
Personal Injury Julie Leslie juliel@duncanlewis.com 02072752847
Child Care Kathy Walker kathyw@duncanlewis.com 02072752813
Child Care Krina Parmar krinap@duncanlewis.com 02072752553
Child Care Laila Bhunnoo lailabh@duncanlewis.com 02070147371
Housing Lorick Winarskie Lorickw@duncanlewis.com 02070147304
Housing Manjinder Kaur Atwal manjindera@duncanlewis.com 02031141269
Family Meena Kumari meenaku@duncanlewis.com 02031190804
Child Care Natasha Khakhar natashak@duncanlewis.com 02070147385
Criminal Defence Nicholas De Freitas nicholasd@duncanlewis.com 02031141150
Child Care Olamide Olayemi Olamideo@duncanlewis.com 02072752673
Mental Health and Capacity Rachel Caswell rachelc@duncanlewis.com 02072752793
Child Care Ravi Kaur Mahey ravim@duncanlewis.com 02031141102
Clinical Negligence Rebecca Thomas rebeccat@duncanlewis.com 02031141309
Child Care Richard Gray richardg@duncanlewis.com 02070147306
Immigration Rohena Wallace rohenaw@duncanlewis.com 02031141153
Criminal Defence Rubin Italia rubini@duncanlewis.com 02031141129
Child Care Sara Upton sarau@duncanlewis.com 07920077026
Civil and Commercial Litigation Sobashni De Silva sobashnis@duncanlewis.com 02031141180
Child Care Sophie Fretten sophief@duncanlewis.com 02070147366
Business Immigration Tamana Aziz tamanaa@duncanlewis.com 02031141130
Public Law Toufique Hossain toufiqueh@duncanlewis.com 02031141128
Family Vanket Appalakondiah vanketa@duncanlewis.com 02079238414
Business Immigration Vicash Ramikissoon vicashr@duncanlewis.com 02031141105
Immigration Vinita Templeton vinitat@duncanlewis.com 02072752575
Immigration Zofia Duszynska zofiad@duncanlewis.com 02031141188
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Ms Ifrah Ahmed  photo Ms Ifrah Ahmed Ifrah is a solicitor within the personal injury and clinical negligence department…
Ms Kawther Al-Aaraji  photo Ms Kawther Al-Aaraji Kawther Al-Aaraji is a solicitor in the immigration department based at Duncan…
Ms Sulaiha Ali  photo Ms Sulaiha Ali Sulaiha Ali is a solicitor and supervisor within the public law department…
Mr Fahad Ansari  photo Mr Fahad Ansari Fahad Ansari is a consultant in the immigration and public law departments.…
Ms Tamana Aziz  photo Ms Tamana Aziz Tamana is a director in the private/business immigration department at Duncan Lewis…
Ms Linda Barker  photo Ms Linda Barker Linda is a consultant solicitor in the crime department at Duncan Lewis…
Mr Jamie Bell  photo Mr Jamie Bell Jamie Bell is a solicitor in the public law and immigration department…
Ms Amy Bennett  photo Ms Amy Bennett Amy is a clinical (medical) negligence solicitor working in the Harrow office.…
Mr Simon Connolly  photo Mr Simon Connolly Simon Connolly is a consultant solicitor at Duncan Lewis and specialises in…
Ms Helen Cummings  photo Ms Helen Cummings Helen is a solicitor and supervisor within the Court of Protection and…
Mr Nicholas De Freitas  photo Mr Nicholas De Freitas Nicholas De Freitas is a director in the criminal defence department at…
Ms Sobashni De Silva  photo Ms Sobashni De Silva Sobashni is a director in the litigation department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.…
Ms Zofia Duszynska  photo Ms Zofia Duszynska Zofia Duszynska is a director in the immigration department at Duncan Lewis…
Ms Vilash Gami  photo Ms Vilash Gami Vilash Gami is solicitor in the immigration department based at Duncan Lewis…
Mr Laurence Grant  photo Mr Laurence Grant Laurence Grant is a consultant solicitor and specialises in a range of…
Mr Toufique Hossain  photo Mr Toufique Hossain Toufique Hossain is a director of public law and immigration at Duncan…
Mr Rubin Italia  photo Mr Rubin Italia Rubin is a director in the criminal law department at Duncan Lewis…
Ms Manjinder Kaur Atwal  photo Ms Manjinder Kaur Atwal Housing director Manjinder Kaur Atwal has over 13 years’ experience in housing…
Mr Lewis Kett  photo Mr Lewis Kett Lewis Kett is a solicitor in the public law and immigration departments…
Ms Nazia Khan  photo Ms Nazia Khan Nazia is a solicitor in the immigration department, also specialising in civil…
Ms Alia Lewis  photo Ms Alia Lewis Alia Lewis is a director within the family and child care department…
Ms Ravi Kaur Mahey  photo Ms Ravi Kaur Mahey Ravi Kaur Mahey is a solicitor-advocate and director within the family and…
Ms Jiban Miah  photo Ms Jiban Miah Jiban Miah is a solicitor in the criminal law department at Duncan…
Ms Adeeba Naseem  photo Ms Adeeba Naseem Adeeba Naseem is a director of family and child care at Duncan…
Ms Karolina Natkaniec  photo Ms Karolina Natkaniec Karolina is a solicitor in the commercial and civil litigation department at…
Mr Anthony Okumah  photo Mr Anthony Okumah Anthony is a director in the civil litigation department at Duncan Lewis…
Ms Krutika Patel  photo Ms Krutika Patel Krutika Patel is a solicitor in the immigration department based at Duncan…
Ms Priyal Patel  photo Ms Priyal Patel Priyal is a solicitor in the family department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.…
Mr Alex Peebles  photo Mr Alex Peebles Alex Peebles is a director in the public law and Court of…
Ms Stavri Petrou  photo Ms Stavri Petrou Solicitor Stavri has extensive experience in a wide range of family and…
Ms Krisha Prathepan  photo Ms Krisha Prathepan Krisha Prathepan is a solicitor in the Public Law and Immigration departments…
Mr Vicash Ramkissoon  photo Mr Vicash Ramkissoon Vicash Ramkissoon is a director in the business and private immigration department…
Ms Caroline Roche  photo Ms Caroline Roche Director Caroline deals with all aspects of wills and probate including; drafting…
Ms Shilpa Sehgal  photo Ms Shilpa Sehgal Shilpa Sehgal is a commercial litigation solicitor in Duncan Lewis’ Harrow branch.…
Ms Sangita Shah  photo Ms Sangita Shah Sangita Shah has over 20 years of experience and focuses on publicly…
Ms Nilma Shah  photo Ms Nilma Shah Nilma Shah is a solicitor in the personal injury, clinical negligence and…
Ms Rebecca Thomas  photo Ms Rebecca Thomas Rebecca is a director of clinical negligence and personal injury at Duncan…
Mr Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan  photo Mr Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan is a solicitor in the public law department at…
Mr Stefan Vnuk  photo Mr Stefan Vnuk Public law solicitor Stefan Vnuk acts in all areas of immigration, asylum,…
Ms Rohena Wallace photo Ms Rohena Wallace Rohena is a director of public law and immigration, specialising in immigration,…
Mr Sheroy Zaq  photo Mr Sheroy Zaq Sheroy Zaq is a solicitor and supervisor within the public law department…
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Number of other UK fee-earners (including consultants) : 485
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CLIENT: DF
TESTIMONIAL: The service we received from Duncan Lewis Solicitors was excellent. From start to finish they ensured our process would be quick and smooth and it certainly was great. I would highly recommend them.


CLIENT: I Idemundia
TESTIMONIAL: Very knowledgeable firm, their expertise was my guaranteed peace of mind, and they really work for your success.


CLIENT: Jamie
TESTIMONIAL: …they never led you up a garden path or gave false promises they were straight to the point no matter how difficult things were or challenges ahead but throughout it all they remained professional and dedicated to my situation. There was never a time that I had to chase up for updates as they were always on point keeping me in the loop with any changes which I very much appreciated, as when you’re going through a difficult situation believe me it helps knowing that someone else genuinely has your back and wants the best outcome for their client.


CLIENT: K Laarej
TESTIMONIAL: They dealt with my query in a professional way. I had the best advice. Very polite. Very helpful. Quick response. Reliable service.


CLIENT: Hatin S
TESTIMONIAL: Our case was dealt with efficiently and with no complications. Duncan Lewis there before and after the case to further support us. Overall, I would recommend Duncan Lewis as they are an amazing team that help people.


CLIENT: BL
TESTIMONIAL: Duncan Lewis were reassuring all the way through and offered balanced perspective each time and objective options for a way forward. They succeeded in resolving a case that three other firms before them had been unable to.


Duncan Lewis Solicitors is dedicated to recruiting the most talented employees, regardless of age, disability, religion or belief, and other protected characteristics. With 70% of our workforce female and 60% from an ethnic minority background, we are proud of our commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion, and of having a workforce that best serves the diverse clients and communities that we assist.

As a signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter since 2016, we place great value in the unique and varied talents of our workforce and appreciate that diversity of talent has a direct and meaningful contribution to the work we carry out across London and throughout England and Wales. Our ongoing aim is to attract, recruit, and retain high-quality, diverse talent. This is achieved through our tailored Equality and Diversity Policy which encourages and promotes the recruitment of such talent.

Our most recent diversity survey shows that of those that responded, 70% were female, 65% were aged under 35 and 60% were Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). In addition, 52% of the firm’s Directors and Board members are female and 61% are BAME. These results encapsulate our continued efforts to break the glass ceiling of the legal profession and create a more inclusive and diverse workplace and working culture.

Through our diversity initiatives we are able to assist a wide range of individuals from a variety of different backgrounds. By utilising the 60+ languages spoken by our staff we can actively target areas where access to justice is impeded by language barriers, enabling us to continue in our endeavour to fulfil our motto ‘we give people a voice’.

Our clients receive a tailored service where different customs, traditions, faiths, and languages are considered, allowing our lawyers to provide the best possible bespoke service that is unique to the individual and does not disadvantage them or hamper their chances of success on account of their background or practices.

The Duncan Lewis Pro Bono Committee protects the most vulnerable individuals by ensuring that those in need have access to legal assistance and advice from our lawyers. We collaborate with numerous charities and organisations, and participate and hold over numerous pro bono clinics across England and Wales. Child Care Director and Committee Chairperson, Emine Mehmet, utilises her fluency in Turkish to assist countless clients and has worked in partnership with Turkish organisations for over two years.

Our commitment to nurturing talent and promoting diversity and equal opportunities extends to inspiring the next generation of lawyers. Consequently, our Business Immigration team assists a clinic at King’s College London focused on providing law students with the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession in practice during their degree.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Public law defenders and Legal Aid champions, Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides trainees with 'robust training' across its community-focused practice areas. Known for providing a full range of services to vulnerable people, businesses, families and healthcare providers, among others, trainees highlight that this is what drew them to the firm. One commented that Duncan Lewis is the 'best place to be for public law and human rights; you are learning from people at the top of their game'. With locations spread around England and Wales, the firm 'has a stellar reputation'. Trainees receive 'frontline, client-facing training' with more 'independence', and the firm retains its Lex 100 Winner award for client contact. One trainee adds 'it is very hands-on and provides great insight into life as a solicitor' plus the 'culture within firm is great and supervisors are very supportive'. Another trainee adds that 'the work ethic is brilliant; we always have cases to work on'. This work ethic brings with it reports of the training sometimes being 'high-pressure, with very demanding targets' plus complaints about the 'financial remuneration' and the 'pressure of workload'. That said, highlights of the training include 'getting asylum and justice for clients, such as obtaining £85k for a vulnerable client' and 'stopping the flight for a client who had been tortured by the Taliban, thus preventing the client from being deported to Afghanistan'. For cutting-edge public law, immigration and human rights community work, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is one of the leaders.