Mr Ahmed Aydeed > Duncan Lewis Solicitors > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Public Law

Position

Public law director, Ahmed Aydeed has extensive specialist experience in advising individuals on all types of public law issues. He has a broad practice in public law and human rights matters, including; asylum, international protection, EU law, nationality law, administrative detention, discrimination and equality, family and child care proceedings. He has represented individuals in judicial review proceedings against the Lord Chancellor, the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Crown Court and local authorities.

His recent work includes a challenge to the Home Office’s policy on the detention of trafficking survivors in immigration detention, as well as the challenge against the Home Office policy terminating all statutory support to slavery victims in the UK after just 45 days. Thanks to his vast experience acting for victims of slavery and human trafficking, Ahmed understood that relief should not be limited to a 45 day period and therefore issued proceedings against the policy on behalf of two clients both victims of trafficking who were due to lose their specialist support as a consequence of this rule. 

Following complex and lengthy proceedings, the Home Office conceded that the 45-day policy was unlawful and incompatible with the Trafficking Convention and that support should be provided in reference to the individual’s needs rather than by any reference to how long the individual has been supported. As a result of Ahmed’s work in this case, currently over 600 individuals have benefitted. 
 
Ahmed has been at the forefront in the battle against unlawful detention of migrants in the UK, focussing in particular on the criminalisation and detention of victims of trafficking, torture, and modern slavery, as well as unaccompanied minor refugees. The litigation Ahmed has brought against the Secretary of State for the Home Department has had a significant impact on thousands of asylum-seekers, by ensuring that the Secretary of State implements effective safe-guards to prevent the unlawful procession of asylum claims and the unlawful detention of the most vulnerable individuals in our society.

He has brought successful class action challenges against the SSHD for the procession of asylum claims and the administrative detention of highly vulnerable asylum seekers under the fast track process (DFT) and the Detained Asylum Casework process (DAC); the criminalisation and administrative detention of victims of trafficking; and the policy and application of Detention Centre Rules 34 and 35.
 

Career

Ahmed joined Duncan Lewis in 2012 and became a partner-level director in 2017. In 2017, he was awarded the Law Society’s Excellence Award for Junior Lawyer of the Year and he was also shortlisted for Director of the Year by the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2018. In 2018 he was ‘Highly Commended’ at the Law Society Excellence Awards in the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year category.

In 2019 he won the Marsh Award at the Human Trafficking Foundation’s Anti-Slavery Day Awards as well as the Rising Star Award at the UK Diversity Legal Awards.

Memberships

ILPA and IAAS – Level 2 Senior Caseworker. 

Education

Ahmed gained his LLB (Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire before obtaining his LPC from BBP Law School.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Employment > Immigration

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large immigration offering across the UK; the Birmingham team has significant experience in immigration, asylum and judicial review claimant matters. Its particular strength lies in the provision of publicly funded immigration services. The team has developed a number of specialisms representing vulnerable clients such as victims of torture or trafficking as well as detained asylum cases. It has substantial experience of representing clients in judicial review immigration cases before the High Court and in unlawful detention cases. Practice head Ahmed Aydeed is highly regarded.

South East > Employment > Immigration

Duncan Lewis Solicitors‘ ‘very attentive and passionate’ team is well-positioned to handle a wide range of high-stakes personal immigration cases, including judicial reviews involving human rights, civil liberty and social welfare issues faced by migrants travelling to the UK. It is also well known for advising companies on business immigration work, ranging from points-based system applications and appeals to securing entrepreneur and investor visas. Toufique Hossain has developed a strong reputation for his legal aid work on behalf of asylum seekers, encompassing litigation before the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Zofia Duszynska has a similar focus, having represented vulnerable immigrants in disputes involving modern slavery, human trafficking and gender-based persecution elements. Ahmed Aydeed, Bahar Ata and Rohena Wallace are also recommended for their work in the field of personal immigration.