Firm Profile > Duncan Lewis Solicitors > Birmingham, England

Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Ground Floor (Part), 158 Edmund House
BIRMINGHAM
B3 2HB
England

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a number of key specialisms such as representing clients who are facing emergency situations, whether that be safeguarding of children or domestic abuse. In addition it advises on matrimonial and separation issues with significant expertise in special guardianship orders and adoption in the UK and overseas. Other strengths lie in assisting those with significant vulnerabilities particularly those with mental health difficulties or victims of some form of abuse. It is also known for its involvement in culturally complex cases, often with international elements in both Hague and non-Hague countries. Heads of team are Krina Parmar, who advises on all aspects of public law children matters and is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel, and Richard Gray, who also specialises in public law childcare matters. Gray has been an accredited member of the Law Society Children's Panel since 2011.

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Testimonials

My experience of this practice group is complete commitment to representing its client’s best interest. This is done with considerable tenacity and a willingness to tackle complex and challenging cases. The team is always prepared to go the extra mile in order to secure the best possible result for the client‘.

Harriet Phillips is very committed to her clients. She has gone above and beyond what would normally be expected of a solicitor to support a very difficult client, but Harriet has spent many minutes calming the client down and allowing the client to vent frustrations, but in the end will give the client professional, robust and sensible advice’.

Harriet Phillips gives pragmatic advice, provides good support to counsel on complex matters and works tirelessly to get the best results possible‘.

The team is dedicated to its clients, committed to getting the best results possible and is easy to deal with. Adam Bloodworth is extremely efficient, committed and fights hard for his clients‘.

Anita Bains is an exceptional case worker. She is able to manage thousands of pages of case papers and distills the client’s instructions into intelligent and persuasive arguments. She has the skills to work with clients with complex needs, gaining their confidence and presenting their case in the best possible way. She is robust when dealing with opponents in correspondence or at court‘.

Henna Sajid is not afraid to challenge decisions and is always available to discuss the way forward. She has her client’s complete trust which is well deserved‘.

Immigration Tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a large immigration team that has significant expertise in immigration, asylum and judicial review claimant matters under the leadership of Ahmed Aydeed. It is known for providing a strong publicly funded immigration service that represents vulnerable clients such as victims of torture or trafficking in asylum and human rights matters. The team has considerable expertise in representing claimants in judicial review immigration cases before the High Court and has a substantial practice in unlawful immigration detention cases. It frequently challenges immigration removal cases and has extensive tribunal and higher courts appeal and advocacy experience. It is well-regarded for its work in the Immigration Asylum Chamber and for its work in First-tier and Upper Tribunal asylum and immigration appeals across the Midlands.

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A talented and dedicated team that is led by Ahmed Aydeed‘.

A committed and motivated team that is passionate about its work‘.

Duncan Lewis is now the market leader in asylum law and offers a coverage and range of services without comparison. The team is also staffed at levels that allow it to deal quickly with cases. Solicitors work under the supervision of team leaders, which ensures higher quality. The firm is highly efficient’.

‘It is one of the very few firms in this region that is good at undertaking complex and cutting edge immigration work. In particular, the firm’s immigration detention expertise is head and shoulders above the rest‘.

Highly committed to clients many of whom are highly vulnerable‘.

Ahmed Aydeed knows how to build strong teams and to get the best out of his staff’.

The team is fast and effective with high standards of client care‘.

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The large family and child care team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides advice to clients in the South East on all areas of family law, including matters involving domestic violence, cross-border disputes, divorce and separation issues, and emergency situations involving non-accidental injury and domestic abuse, amongst many others. The practice is led by five directors: Adeeba Naseem, Alia Lewis, and Ravi Kaur Mahey are based in Harrow; Sara Upton is in Barnet; Krina Parmar is located in Milton Keynes and Luton.

Testimonials

The team are very diligent, knowledgeable, friendly and professional. They are much better than other companies I have used.’

It is a very busy family department with expertise in a broad range of family matters.’

Adeeba Naseem is an expert when it comes to wardship proceedings, particularly with an international element. Adeeba is very approachable and adept and dealing with complex cross border issues. Whilst she exudes compassion for her clients, she manages their expectations in a humane and clear manner, which is essential in proceedings where the outcomes an often be life changing.’

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is a great firm. The solicitors from Duncan Lewis branch Luton have been very professional, ready to help from the start. They have helped with Legal Aid, advice, paperwork, and in court. I would recommend to anyone needing a solicitor.’

In my experience, the teams that I have come across in the family team work together and compliment each other. When one is person is not available another person will respond. I believe that the senior members of staff assist and help their assistance and juniors in a positive way to build up their skills and to become a team player and acquire new skills and the skills require in this field to help themselves as individuals as part of the team. other firms in my experience do not provide that support to their junior members of their team and for this reason they do not acquire or development their skills as expected.’

The individuals I have worked with always go that extra mile to help their client and to help the case. In family cases we all need to be working on what is best for the children and I have found that the individuals that I have worked with have always had this in mind and work on what is best for the children and the family.’

Duncan Lewis is renowned for its ability to draw in a vast amount of high quality Family Law work and client, and to consistently provide exceptional levels of quality service. The team are friendly but highly professional and fiercely fight their client’s cases. They have an unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise and strive to meet their client’s needs efficiently and effectively. As counsel, I have been impressed by the ready access that I have had to their lawyers and support staff at all levels, as well their ability to maintain close but professional relationships with everyone with whom they work.’

Adeeba Naseem is known for owning her clients’ problems and engendering a belief in her clients that she will do everything possible to the succeed. That belief is always fulfilled by the hard work and care she affords every one of her clients. I have been impressed her willingness to be contacted about cases I have been working on with her but also the in-depth knowledge she carries in relation to each case over which she has oversight.’

A lot of attention is given to the client. Absolutely amazing communication from the solicitors via email and phone. Always kept in the loop with the progress of the case in very good timing. Solicitors organised for good barristers to attend the court.’

The individuals I worked with were exceptional in dealing with my case. They were extremely knowledgeable in all areas and answered all of my questions at all times. I were able to contact them at all times and constantly felt very supported. During hard and stressful court proceedings it is extremely important to be able to trust the advice your solicitors give you.’

The solicitor who was allocated to me was not only very professional but was compassionate [and constantly demonstrated her expertise and knowledge in family law which I found to be continuously reassuring] in an extremely stressful and difficult case and in a court setting. She carefully explained, to me, what the process & procedures that would be in layman’s terms and would always confirm if I understood the process and the discussions taking place. She would explain the choices and decisions that were put to me in my case – and she would always meticulously take me through the choices/decisions that I had to make.’

Key clients

 

Immigration Tier 1

The Swansea office of Duncan Lewis Solicitors has 'unrivalled experience across Wales and possibly the whole of south west England' in relation to immigration matters. Benefiting from a Legal Aid contract, as well as handling general immigration matters, the team excels in representing vulnerable clients seeking asylum based on the fear of persecution in their country of origin, often due to their sexuality, religion or political views. 'Hardworking' team head Vinita Templeton is 'very knowledgeable and has a good relationship with Home Office employees', which she puts to use across a range of matters, including urgent and difficult judicial review claimant matters. 'Amazing' consultant solicitor Vanessa Delgado conducts advocacy work at both the First-tier and Upper Tribunal and has expertise across a wide variety of immigration, asylum, and human rights matters, through to judicial review.

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‘The team is a highly specialised group of immigration lawyers, unrivalled in my experience in Wales and possibly the whole of the south west of England, including Bristol.’

‘The excellent Vinita Templeton is a highly committed solicitor who is prepared to take on difficult and urgent cases at short notice.’

‘The hardworking Vinita Templeton is very knowledgeable and has good relations with Home Office employees.’

‘Vinita Templeton and Vanessa Delgado show considerable commitment to their clients, extensive knowledge and passion.’

‘The amazing Vanessa Delgado is very professional and puts your mind at ease knowing that your affairs are being handled with utmost importance.’

Court of protection Tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a multi-disciplinary team that advises on mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law through its various offices across England and Wales. The team has particular strength in the interplay between the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, as well as deprivation of liberty safeguards. It frequently represents vulnerable clients and family members in disputes relating to mental capacity and in best interests welfare discussions pertaining to residence, contact, care and medical treatment. Other key focus areas include representing clients in disputes about the registration of lasting powers of attorney and the appointment of deputies. Alex Peebles and Rachel Caswell head the team.

 

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‘Duncan Lewis has a growing Court of Protection practice and is increasingly called upon by the Official Solicitor. Alex Peebles is well regarded in health and welfare circles

Rachel Caswell is efficient and approachable. She works collaboratively without being prescriptive, and this benefits the clients’

‘It is truly a national firm that is able to offer a cross-jurisdictional approach to clients’ needs. Helen Cummings is a standout associate. She manages to gain the trust of clients and tribunals with ease

‘Helen Cummings’ advice in particular is thorough and ensures that the protected party’s views are amplified in every aspect

Helen Cummings is knowledgeable, practical and has a genuine interest in obtaining the best possible result for her client. She is friendly and offers timely advice’

Helen Cummings is incredibly dedicated to her clients and their cases. Her approach is well balanced: she knows when to take good points and when bad points can result in poor outcomes for her clients

Helen is devoted to getting things done well and will give up endless hours to her case load. Helen is an innovator’

Rachel Caswell has a good manner with clients

Debt recovery Tier 2

At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the team specialises in complex and high-value debt claims for companies and individuals, predominantly in the financial sector and in relation to bankruptcy proceedings. The firm is also noted for its defendant side work, where practice co-head Anthony Okumah has particular expertise in the commercial property space. Sobashni De Silva, who also leads the group, is particularly focused on defending high-net-worth individuals and businesses in debt-related cases, and has developed a solid practice assisting with cross-border matters involving Saudi Arabia and UAE.

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Testimonials

‘The team members that I have been working with are extremely kind, caring and supportive. They’ve made me feel that I am in safe hands.’

‘Thomas Clark is a star! He has always been available to answer any questions that I’ve had, address any concerns, and make sure that I’ve understood what was going on during the hearing.’

‘Sobashni De Silva is an outstanding lawyer. I feel that she is fighting hard for me, and that she has gone the extra mile to put me in the best legal position possible.’

‘All over the detail of both the facts and the law.’

Key clients

Swiss Freight

Immigration Tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has developed a reputation as a 'dominant and formidable team within the field' of personal immigration, advising on asylum, human rights, citizenship and EU law matters. The firm has also developed expertise representing clients affected by the Windrush scandal. Toufique Hossain  works primarily under legal aid, assisting asylum seekers who have been victims of sexual abuse, torture and trafficking. Bahar Ata, Rohena Wallace and Tamana Aziz  are other key practitioners.

Testimonials

This is my first legal experience in the United Kingdom. I find it promising, and encouraging to have had such professional support from the whole team. Case presentation and constant progressive updates were enough to convince me that it’s one of UK’s top law firms in regards to my case.

Tamana Aziz is extremely knowledgeable and able to think outside the box.’

I have lots of experience visiting various solicitors in the UK. Duncan Lewis have always been honest and trustworthy since my first meeting with them. The team has always kept me in the loop.

Nazia Khan is the most prepared and available solicitor I have worked with.’

The caseworkers are ready to put the work in and work as a team with counsel to achieve the best result for the client. ‘

Key clients

 

Social housing Tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors covers a wide range of social housing matters, including neighbourhood disputes against local authorities, landlord and tenant matters and judicial reviews. The department also has a presence in county court possession duty schemes, enabling the team to defend tenants in possession and unlawful eviction cases, while it has also been developing niche expertise in handling Equality Act defence work. Manjinder Kaur Atwal leads the practice, with considerable experience handling a variety of claims cases from small claims to multi-track; she also undertakes her own advocacy in court and at tribunals.

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The team is committed to represent very vulnerable clients who have complex and challenging needs. The team is deeply committed and fearless in the defence and representation of its clients. It is a pleasure to work with them.

Duncan Lewis provide a thorough, thoughtful and detailed service for their clients, many of whom are vulnerable. They work hard to get the best results for their clients and have a great record in keeping tenants in their properties, even in difficult circumstances and even under the restraints of legal aid.

Manjinder Kaur Atwal is dedicated and does everything in her power for her clients.

Large and experienced team.

Duncan Lewis is a well-established and well-known firm, providing great service to vulnerable people dealing with housing disputes.

Adrian Smith is always willing to tackle novel and difficult technical points, while keeping a sharp focus on the client’s objectives.

Social housing: tenant Tier 2

Duncan Lewis Solicitors' team is spread across the Croydon, Dalston, Harrow and Shepherd's Bush offices. It covers a full range of contentious issues, with particular expertise in handling Equality Act defence cases and possession claims. Practice Head Manjinder Kaur Atwal frequently advises on matters involving novel points of law and has recently had a case listed at the Court of Appeal concerning the interrelationship between the Public Sector Equality Duty and the court’s discretion to make a possession order under Ground 17, Housing Act 1988. Dianne Cowie has a ‘robust and sensible approach’ to advising on disrepair matters and cases involving allegations of anti-social behaviour, particularly in relation to vulnerable clients. James de Vere Moss, Chinedu Orogbu  and Bernadette Chikwe are the other practice heads.

Testimonials

They have good knowledge and experience in housing law which is reflected in their reported cases.

They are good at running novel points of law to the Court of Appeal.’

Hard working and committed team.’

The team is extensive and dedicated. This sets it apart from other legal aid housing firms that I have dealt with recently. They are always able to deal with matters properly and quickly as a result. It goes without saying that they are experts in their field and professional.

I would single out Dianne Cowie and Manjinder Kaur Atwal, both for their extensive experience, knowledge and hard work. They are very thorough and good at dealing with the more vulnerable housing tenants.’

Effective team with finger on the pulse and quick to identify the critical issues

Dianne Cowie – always engaged with the legal issues. Incredibly practical with robust and sensible approach.

Manjinder Atwal – professional and dedicated.’

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors' civil liberties practice has a broad range of expertise across the immigration and public law space, headed by a Harrow-based team which includes the well-regarded Toufique Hossain and Zofia Duszynska. The team is skilled at undertaking judicial reviews and has a notable cross-practice inquests group. Rohena Wallace is the key name for immigration law matters, particularly those with a national security element, while Jamie Bell handles asylum seeker rights work.

Practice head(s):

Toufique Hossain; Zofia Duszynska; Alex Peebles; Rohena Wallace; Ayan Yalchin; Bernadette Adusei; Gabor Nagy; James Packer; Tamana Aziz; Vicash Ramkissoon

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Crime: general Tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors' general crime team handles a range of  sensitive cases. Recently, these have included murder complicated by paranoid schizophrenia, the blackmail of government officials and accusations of distributing child pornography. The offering is coordinated by the 'absolutely first rate' Rubin Italia, the 'completely committed'  Nicholas De Freitas and Hardeep Dhaliwal, a specialist in fraud defence.

Testimonials

Trusted and exceptional team of lawyers committed to fighting for the rights of their clients‘.

While a number of larger firms lack that personal touch on cases, Duncan Lewis have been able to maintain an excellent level of client care for their clients. Its lawyers do not shy aware from exploring different avenues and leave no stone unturned in furthering the interests of their clients‘.

Proactive and on the ball’

Hardeep Dhaliwal has substantial experience and understanding of all aspects of criminal practice’

‘Rubin Italia has a fine mind and a very calm manner. He is brilliant with clients and has excellent tactical insight’

‘Nick De Freitas is completely committed to the case and is a very hard worker. He is positive, pro-active and always prepared to shoulder responsibility. He is clearly a rising star

 

Immigration Tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has significant expertise in immigration, asylum and judicial review claimant work. Its team is active in a wide range of matters, which includes representing vulnerable clients (such as victims of torture or trafficking) in asylum and human rights cases. The group is experienced in Immigration Asylum Chamber, First-tier and Upper Tribunal asylum and immigration appeals across the Midlands Circuit. Directors Alexis Masolo and Ahmed Aydeed co-head the practice.

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The team at Duncan Lewis Leicester office are very helpful and considerate. They take time to understand the client and their needs. Didn’t not have any issue with any team members through out my two years as a client.’

The individuals that I have worked with were good listeners and always worked towards my interest. The respect they have shown me and their awareness of my case were the vital qualities I valued.’

I have not worked with other firms, but if I ever need to work with a solicitor again, I would contact Duncan Lewis. They work well as a team. Every team member knows their responsibilities and what is expected of them. They respect each other and take into consideration the timelines. They also respect diversity and have good communication skills.’

Ahmed Aydeed is the Director at DL responsible for this region. He has built DL’s practice in the region in recent years so that it is on a par with the London offices in terms of the high profile and strategic litigation it is undertaking in the field of immigration. He is ahead of the curve with policy and legal developments (e.g. he was invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in its inquiry into immigration detention) which mean he can think creatively and react quickly to challenging Government measures impacting on the rights of migrants. He knows how to build strong teams and to get the best out of his staff.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

The 'excellent' clinical negligence and personal injury practice at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is led by Rebecca Thomas and is experienced in handling a spectrum of matters including brain, spinal, and neurological injuries. Amy Bennett has vast expertise in stillbirth and neonatal death claims as well as childbirth injury and gynaecological related claims. On the personal injury side, the group handles road traffic accidents and asbestos-related illnesses. Ifrah Ahmed is another key team member, specialising in clinical negligence matters.

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‘Rebecca Thomas and Amy Bennett are both excellent solicitors. Amy is fantastic with clients, she really fights for them in an empathetic way. She is tenacious getting to the heart of the case and excellent with clients and experts alike.’

An excellent firm with some very good heavyweight clin neg work. They are a professional outfit with depth in all areas. Impressive clin neg team.’

Professional negligence Tier 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large professional negligence team handling claims against legal, construction, and engineering professionals. Practice head Sobashni De Silva - described as 'on top of her game' - works in tandem with Anthony Okumah, the recommended contact for claims against solicitors and barristers.

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‘The practice is very efficient and clarity to any legal problem is swiftly provided. This is very reassuring and greatly appreciated. It puts the lay person’s mind at ease.’

‘Sobashni De Silva is readily accessible and has overseen my case from the outset. I know I am in good hands with her. She really is on top of her game.’

‘Sobashni De Silva is kind and considerate and always willing to help. Keeping the client’s interests first.’

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Administrative and public law Tier 4

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ public law practice represents vulnerable individuals in judicial review litigation, with a particular focus on immigration issues, notably for individuals facing discrimination by the Windrush Scheme. Unlawful detention, prisoners’ rights and other human rights violations are also points of focus. Its recently established education law team in Leeds handles public law claims for schools, regulatory bodies and students. In a recent highlight, Toufique Hossain and James Packer successfully filed claims against the Lord Chancellor and the Legal Aid Agency regarding the provision of legal aid, achieving a successful ruling for the backdating of certificates.

Testimonials

Duncan Lewis has a strong presence in public law, making a particularly dominant contribution in areas of specialism including immigration/asylum (and immigration detention) and prison law.

James Packer, Toufique Hossain, and Trevor Hatton are notable senior individuals meriting recognition. Toufique Hossain is responsible for a substantial number of important challenges and has developed a substantial core of knowledge in challenges to the lawfulness of immigration detention including cases involving mental health issues and long-term detention of persons not accepted back by the state of nationality attributed by the Home Office. A lot of experience as well as real commitment to clients.

Toufique Hossain is a strong leader of the team. He has a high level of expertise. He has been in numerous test cases. It is his drive and energy that has established the team as a market leader.

Krisha Prathepan is an experienced litigator who has handled successfully complex litigation such as that challenging the detention of large numbers of migrants.

Philip Armitage has developed a good reputation for taking on challenging cases.

Stefan Vnuk is a fantastic lawyer who is very committed to his clients and public law- he has a real depth of experience given the length of time he has been in this field.

Duncan Lewis has a large team of lawyers who are able to take on most public law matters at short notice, making referrals of urgent cases relatively easy.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

The 'very professional' team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors has expertise in a wide range of contentious probate matters, advising both local and international high-net-worth individuals. A number of members of the team are multilingual, with seven languages shared across three team members. Practice head Caroline Roche is able to advise in relation to claims involving undue influence, fraud, taxable and non-taxable estates, and proprietary estoppel claims.

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Very professional and capable. Easy to contact and easy to arrange a consultation.’

A team providing strength and depth in contentious wills, probate, and inheritance claims.’

Caroline Roche is an excellent practitioner who brings a wealth of experience to contentious probate and Inheritance Act claims. She is forensic in her case analysis and robust in advancing her client’s case. She has an approachable and empathic manner with clients. She is pragmatic and realistic in her approach, able to reach a compromise when necessary but also to fight her client’s corner.’

The team at Duncan Lewis is confident, honest, precise, reliable, skilled in their knowledge, and works hard for a good and positive outcome.’

Debt recovery Tier 4

The debt recovery team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is jointly led by Sobashni De Silva and Anthony Okumah. With expertise in the finance industry, it is characterised by its ability to handle unorthodox cases, and is particularly known for pursuing debtor expatriates in the Middle East. Specifically, this work covers cross-border litigation and centres upon disputes between advisers and investors. More generally, the firm caters for claimants pursuing rogue lenders and is capable of freezing assets when necessary.

Testimonials

Very good integration from the top of the team, down to the junior trainees. The right hand knows what the left hand is doing – which is so often lacking. Even for low value matters, there’s great supervision‘.

To be frank, pretty much the only major law firm still undertaking this kind of public funded work and which you would safely want to recommend clients to. Their lawyers are pretty good in this area and are importantly still affordable‘.

Anthony Okumah is really, really good. The sort of guy you want on your side‘.

Sobashni de Silva is very good with clients‘.

Key clients

Swiss Freight

Shirley Hanson

Mourad Krischa

Harjeet Singh

Jaqueline Crolley

Raja Sattar

Nalini Ball

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

Led by Meena Kumari and Abbid Majeed, the team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors focuses on sensitive child protection issues including abduction matters, child abuse work, and wardship and adoption mandates, alongside a notable specialism in FGM protection orders. The practice often works on a cross-border basis, particularly in abduction and FGM cases.

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General crime and fraud Tier 4

At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the criminal law practice is equipped to handle serious crime and drug-related offenses. Jointly led by Rubin Italia, who has over twenty years of experience in this field, and Nicholas De Freitas in Harrow, the team has a niche expertise in drug confiscation matters where 'hard-working and thorough' duo Laurence Grant and Simon Connolly are the key contacts. Consultant solicitor Linda Barker handles murder, fraud, and serious assault cases.

Testimonials

‘Specialist fraud and confiscation firm. Increasingly, they are cornering the confiscation market.’

‘Laurence Grant and Simon Connolly have created a niche confiscation department over the last 10 years, providing a dedicated service. Laurence is also a go-to for local authority enforcement notice prosecutions and private motoring cases.’

I have worked for Duncan Lewis for over 10 years and know the firm well. They are particularly skilled in dealing with fraud cases and have a team of warm and extremely committed solicitors.’

‘I have worked with partners Rubin Italia and Nick De Freitas on two large fraud cases over the last year. I have know Rubin for many years. He is fantastic with his clients and always wins their total confidence and trust. Nick lives and breathes his cases and brings real energy to case preparation. Both are a joy to work with.’

Good team. They are dedicated to their clients – available day and night.

The team dealing with financial crime is diligent, proactive, and well-informed. Significantly more so than any other financial crime team that I work with.’

Laurence Grant and Simon Connolly are hardworking and thorough as they come.’

Simon Connolly has great knowledge of the law and just gets what needs to be done on a case to achieve the best result for the client.’

Rubin Italia is a very good lawyer and hard working.

Family Tier 5

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a broad range of experience and handles all aspects of family law. Key specialisms include representing the victims of domestic violence and assisting clients with securing a financial settlement following the breakdown of a marriage. The team also handles matters such as special guardianship orders, the distribution of business assets and the international movement of children, as well as protecting clients in emergency situations in cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual assault, grooming or forced marriages.

Testimonials

All clients get the same client service whether they are on legal aid or whether they are privately funding the litigation

Its child abduction expertise is absolutely top rate. The lawyers are careful, sensible and absolutely behind their client. Their expertise and experience ensure a top-quality service for what is usually publicly funded work

Adeeba Naseem and her team acted quickly and went beyond what was expected by working late hours to ensure they achieved my objectives. Adeeba was determined and has worked very hard to win every legal battle.  She is very knowledgeable and has changed the lives of me and my children, and has achieved for me what I never thought would be possible

‘Stavri Petrou and Ravi Mahey were outstanding. Stavri was very knowledgeable, efficient, compassionate and very professional, always kept in touch and kept me updated

Helen Newman is very tenacious and thorough, as well as being very knowledgeable in the field of international child abduction. She reacts very quickly to developments in a case

‘Adeeba Naseem is excellent and a specialist when it comes to international abduction cases. She dominates every case she is in and is loved by her clients. Priyal Patel knows every detail of her cases and is an extremely able litigator

‘Ravi Kaur Mahey always goes over and beyond her duties. She works out of hours and ensures that she completes what is required of her for her client and for the case. She responds promptly to all enquiries

‘Laila Bhunnoo is an experienced advocate – she understands the role of the children’s guardian and the collaborative approach required when representing children

Key clients

GS

AKM

Personal injury: claimant Tier 5

The personal injury team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors acts on behalf of victims of fatal accidents, as well as representing those who have suffered injuries that have had a detrimental effect on their lifestyle and ability to work. The practice is jointly headed by Rebecca Thomas and Julie Leslie, both of whom have experience handling road traffic accidents, occupiers' liability claims, and asbestos illnesses.

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Testimonials

This is a firm that often represents vulnerable clients and their client care is excellent.

Julie Leslie goes out of her way to ensure that her clients feel engaged as active participants in the legal process.

Immigration

The immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is well-regarded for its work in asylum, human rights and nationality law. Public law director Toufique Hossain has extensive experience representing asylum seekers, many of whom are vulnerable clients. The practice has a strong track record of acting for victims of modern slavery, trafficking, torture, and domestic violence and for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors. Other key areas of work include ECHR cases and cases involving civil liberties. Vicash Ramkissoon leads a good deal of the business-side work; the group also handles Tier 2 sponsor licence applications and judicial review matters.

Testimonials

‘The team at Duncan Lewis is fantastic. They are able to work together in harmony and deal with individual cases in a way that makes the client feel that the whole firm is on their case and it provides confidence.’

‘The team goes above and beyond,consistently and gets results. They are powered by their professionalism and expertise and guided by their hearts.’

‘The team have a breadth and depth of knowledge in the immigration sphere. They are willing and able to take on cases for the most vulnerable clients and are keen to ensure that all avenues in the case are explored.’

‘Duncan Lewis has the advantage of size.  It has in-depth knowledge across a range of specialisms within this area. Many of the partners/directors have many years of experience at the coalface which allows them to give realistic advice to clients. They are also not afraid to run difficult and complex challenges/’

‘Tamana Aziz is a very good solicitor. She does what she says and she never lets you down. She is hard working, trustworthy, dedicated, reliable and confident.’

‘Vicash Ramkissoon is patient, helpful and extremely professional – nothing seems to be too much trouble for him.’

Key clients

Honey Rose Products Ltd

T.S.S (Total Security Services) Ltd

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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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.


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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.