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

Work Department

Public Law

Position

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. His practise is dominated by judicial review, leading strategic litigation where he represents individual claimants and NGOs who seek to challenge Executive decisions, policies and practices. 

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:

  • SM v Lord Chancellor [2021] EWHC 418
  • (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. 

Career

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 and at the LALY Awards in 2020 and 2021.

Languages

Bengali.

Memberships

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, and is on the Board of Trustees – Article 1/Waging Peace.

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Employment > Immigration

(Next Generation Partners)

Toufique HossainDuncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a sizeable and experienced team of immigration lawyers from its offices in Harrow, Milton Keynes and Luton. The team focuses on personal immigration, and handles high-stakes matters in the areas of human rights, detention, asylum, and civil liberties, with significant experience acting on judicial review cases. Multiple lawyers in the team have experience arguing before the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court, including Toufique Hossain, Bahar Ata, Tamana Aziz and Rohena Wallace. Hossain’s clients included survivors of torture, sexual abuse and trafficking, while Wallace is especially recognised for her expertise in European rights law, prison law and terrorism cases. Ahmed Aydeed and Zofia Duszynska are also highly recommended.

London > Employment > Immigration

(Leading individuals)

Toufique HossainDuncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is known across practice areas for its legal aid work, and the immigration and public law team is especially prominent in this area, with experience bringing cases to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. The firm’s flagship judicial review claimant practice sees it represent clients including the vulnerable and marginalised, and its immigration offering is strengthened by collaboration with its expanding international presence challenging UK government practices abroad. Key team members include Toufique Hossain, who has particular experience handling asylum claims for clients who are victims of torture, sexual abuse, and trafficking, as well as Ahmed Aydeed, Rohena Wallace, and business immigration department directors Tamana Aziz and Vicash Ramkissoon, who provides advice and handle appeals for clients from a range of industries.

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

(Leading individuals)

Toufique Hossain Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is differentiated by its sizeable judicial review claimant offering, with a particular focus on immigration and unlawful detention. The firm is increasingly developing this expertise on an international platform, with recent challenges to UK government practices in Libya and Eritrea. Toufique Hossain is a ‘high profile‘ presence in the team, and takes the lead on representation of vulnerable asylum seekers, many of whom are victims of torture, sexual abuse and trafficking. James Packer is another key contact; he regularly conducts test cases concerning enforced removals from the UK and decisions to refuse legal aid.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Leading individuals)

Toufique Hossain – Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors regularly engages in high profile strategic public law litigation, with a particular focus on vulnerable claimants in cases relating to prison law, court of protection, mental capacity and social welfare issues. They firm has also been successful in representing Grenfell Tower core participants and assisting individuals in the Windrush Scheme. Toufique Hossain leads the area of immigration in public law, with experience conducting high profile class action challenges. James Packer litigates across test cases concerning access to the Courts, unlawful detention and enforced removals. Rohena Wallace is a name to watch for her work in representing vulnerable clients.