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Duncan Lewis Solicitors Offices
79 College Road
Duncan Lewis Solicitors > Firm Profile
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.
- 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 Ors – a 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)  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.
|Chief Executive Officer||Shany Gupta|
|Managing Director||Nina Joshi|
|Practice Director||Jason Bruce|
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|Ms Kawther Al-Aaraji||Kawther Al-Aaraji is a solicitor in the immigration department based at Duncan…||View Profile|
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|Ms Linda Barker||Linda is a consultant solicitor in the crime department at Duncan Lewis…||View Profile|
|Mr Jamie Bell||Jamie Bell is a solicitor in the public law and immigration department…||View Profile|
|Ms Amy Bennett||Amy is a clinical (medical) negligence solicitor working in the Harrow office.…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Connolly||Simon Connolly is a consultant solicitor at Duncan Lewis and specialises in…||View Profile|
|Ms Helen Cummings||Helen is a solicitor and supervisor within the Court of Protection and…||View Profile|
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|Ms Zofia Duszynska||Zofia Duszynska is a director in the immigration department at Duncan Lewis…||View Profile|
|Ms Vilash Gami||Vilash Gami is solicitor in the immigration department based at Duncan Lewis…||View Profile|
|Mr Laurence Grant||Laurence Grant is a consultant solicitor and specialises in a range of…||View Profile|
|Mr Toufique Hossain||Toufique Hossain is a director of public law and immigration at Duncan…||View Profile|
|Mr Rubin Italia||Rubin is a director in the criminal law department at Duncan Lewis…||View Profile|
|Ms Manjinder Kaur Atwal||Housing director Manjinder Kaur Atwal has over 13 years’ experience in housing…||View Profile|
|Mr Lewis Kett||Lewis Kett is a solicitor in the public law and immigration departments…||View Profile|
|Ms Nazia Khan||Nazia is a solicitor in the immigration department, also specialising in civil…||View Profile|
|Ms Alia Lewis||Alia Lewis is a director within the family and child care department…||View Profile|
|Ms Ravi Kaur Mahey||Ravi Kaur Mahey is a solicitor-advocate and director within the family and…||View Profile|
|Ms Jiban Miah||Jiban Miah is a solicitor in the criminal law department at Duncan…||View Profile|
|Ms Adeeba Naseem||Adeeba Naseem is a director of family and child care at Duncan…||View Profile|
|Ms Karolina Natkaniec||Karolina is a solicitor in the commercial and civil litigation department at…||View Profile|
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|Mr Alex Peebles||Alex Peebles is a director in the public law and Court of…||View Profile|
|Ms Stavri Petrou||Solicitor Stavri has extensive experience in a wide range of family and…||View Profile|
|Ms Krisha Prathepan||Krisha Prathepan is a solicitor in the Public Law and Immigration departments…||View Profile|
|Mr Vicash Ramkissoon||Vicash Ramkissoon is a director in the business and private immigration department…||View Profile|
|Ms Caroline Roche||Director Caroline deals with all aspects of wills and probate including; drafting…||View Profile|
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|Ms Sangita Shah||Sangita Shah has over 20 years of experience and focuses on publicly…||View Profile|
|Ms Nilma Shah||Nilma Shah is a solicitor in the personal injury, clinical negligence and…||View Profile|
|Ms Rebecca Thomas||Rebecca is a director of clinical negligence and personal injury at Duncan…||View Profile|
|Mr Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan||Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan is a solicitor in the public law department at…||View Profile|
|Mr Stefan Vnuk||Public law solicitor Stefan Vnuk acts in all areas of immigration, asylum,…||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 55 Number of other UK fee-earners (including consultants) : 485
LanguagesPunjabi Urdu Dutch Afrikaans Hindi Bangla Polish German Russian Lithuanian French Norwegian Turkish Bulgarian Farsi Twi (Ghanaian) Swedish Gujarati Albanian Italian Croatian Spanish Bosnian Macedonian Greek Welsh Czech Slovak Arabic Hungarian Cantonese Romanian Malay Swahili Tamil Marathi Filipino Portugese Amharic Bengali Creole Dari Pashtu Kurdish Shona Somali Telugu Yoruba
MembershipsLaw Society of England and Wales Resolution CILEx Association of Lawyers for Children ELA (Employment Lawyers Association) Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
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.
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.
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.