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Toufique Hossain is a director of public law and immigration at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. He works predominantly under legal aid in order to represent those most in need. The majority of his clients are asylum-seekers, many of whom are victims of torture, rape and trafficking.

He has extensive experience in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, litigating across a range of areas and regularly conducting high-profile challenges to unlawful policies and practices, including unlawful detention and unlawful removals from the UK.

Some of his most notabe cases include:

• (CRA, CJO, CAS) v Lord Chancellor (challenge to LAA Regulations)
• Detention Action v SSHD (access to justice – phone access)
• FB & Anor v SSHD (Removal Window Policy)
• Hussein v SSHD & G4S
• Morita & Ors v SSHD
• Rehman & Ors v SSHD & SSJ
• TH and others [2016] EWCA Civ 815
• Wasif v SSHD [2016] EWCA Civ 82 
• JS (Sudan) [2013] EWCA Civ 1378


Toufique continues to have conduct of several lead complex cases. He has had conduct in unlawful detention cases involving mental health issues; Rule 35 and evidence in relation torture; lead cases challenging removals to France, Cyprus and Malta; removals to DRC; challenges to detention involving long-term detention of Chinese nationals and Afghan charter flight cases.

In addition to challenging injustice through litigation, Toufique aims to advocate human rights by speaking out in the media. His appearances in The Guardian, Sky News, Russia Today, BBC and Channel 4 brings attention to the crucial role of legal aid, in holding the executive to account and in providing justice for those most in need. 


Toufique qualified as a solicitor in 2004, he joined Duncan Lewis Solicitors in 2011 and was made a partner-level director in 2013. 

In October 2017, Toufique was named The Times ‘Lawyer of the Week’ for his work leading Duncan Lewis’ challenge to the Home Office detention policy in relation to torture survivors. He has been recognised on multiple occasions and has been shortlisted for the Civil Lawyer Award at the 2019 Asian Legal Awards and Human Rights Solicitor of the Year at the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards. In 2017 he  was shortlisted for Lawyer Monthly’s ‘Public Law Solicitor of the Year’, The Legal Aid Practitioners Group’s (LALY) ‘Immigration and Asylum Lawyer of the Year’, and the Law Society’s ‘Human Rights Lawyer of the Year’. His team was shortlisted for Legal Aid Team of the Year at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017.




Toufique is accredited as a Supervisor and Level 3 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. There are only a small number of immigration practitioners throughout England & Wales that hold this quality mark. He is also a member of Amnesty International, ILPA, the Haldane Society and is on the Board of Trustees – Article 1.


Toufique received his LPC from the College of Law, London and his LLB Law from University College London (UCL).

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Human resources > Immigration

(Next Generation Partners)

Toufique HossainDuncan Lewis Solicitors

The immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors ‘is highly experienced with a wide range of excellent practitioners‘ who are best known for undertaking a steady stream of Legal Aid work representing individuals in all aspects of personal immigration, asylum, human rights and public law matters. It also has expertise in judicial review immigration claimant cases. Key advisors include Bahar Ata, Ahmed Aydeed,  Tamana Aziz, Toufique Hossain and Zofia Duszynska.

London > Human resources > Immigration

(Leading individuals)

Toufique HossainDuncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors houses an ‘extremely large and effective team of lawyers where all aspects of immigration and asylum law are covered.’ The firm has a large judicial review claimant practice, representing vulnerable claimants on immigration and civil liberties. It is well-versed in personal immigration, asylum, human rights and nationality law. The firm handles a significant portion of publicly funded work, handling a range of issues such as detention, bail, deportation, appeals and EC law. The team offers specialist expertise in representing vulnerable clients, such as victims of torture or trafficking, on asylum and detention-related matters, and is regularly engaged on politically sensitive cases. The team is also instructed by high-net-worth individuals on PBS applications and appeals. The business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on PBS matters, sponsorship licence applications and it also represents high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor visas. Director Toufique Hossain is an ‘inspirational leader’ and has developed a ‘very talented and committed team‘.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Next Generation Partners)

Toufique HossainDuncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors acts on judicial review claims challenging the treatment of vulnerable groups, with specialist expertise in representing migrants, asylum seekers, detainees, people with disabilities and LGBT prisoners. The team regularly acts on challenges to government policies and bodies including the Home Office, with recent actions concerning the treatment of religious minorities in the prison system and the unlawful detention of migrants. A high-profile matter saw Toufique Hossain challenging the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s failure to investigate abuse at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. Further mandates involved judicial review challenges to HMRC and local authorities regarding tax and levy disputes. The firm is also involved in challenging the government’s reduction to legal aid funding.

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a particular focus on immigration, asylum, migrant workers and refugee rights work, handled by a team of specialists which includes the ‘impressiveToufique Hossain and Zofia Duszynska, who are based in the Harrow office. The team is also adept at judicial reviews and conducting emergency injunctions for their clients. Tamana Aziz advises on business immigration and public law expert Jamie Bell is praised for his ability to ‘quickly demonstrate care, commitment, openness and warmth‘.