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

Duncan Lewis Solicitors
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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.


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.


ILPA and IAAS – Level 2 Senior Caseworker.


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 fields a large team that has significant experience in immigration, asylum, human rights and judicial review claimant matters. It is co-led by Ahmed Aydeed and Darren Middleton who excel in advising on publicly funded immigration issues. The group has developed a number of specialisms such as representing vulnerable clients who are victims of torture or trafficking in asylum and human rights matters as well as on detained asylum cases. It is also recognised for its work with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. In addition, the group is skilled at representing claimants in judicial review proceedings.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has established a well respected judicial review claimant practice, representing a spectrum of vulnerable claimants in cases relating to human rights, prison, mental capacity and social welfare issues. The team has recently been representing clients in the lead challenge to the SSHD’s Rwanda policy, with Ahmed Aydeed being a key contact on that front. James Packer is director of the public law department and litigates across a broad range of areas, while immigration specialist Toufique Hossain regularly represents vulnerable individuals, including asylum seekers and victims of torture. Rohena Wallace is also highly recommended.

London > Employment > Immigration

With a niche specialism in immigration judicial review cases engaging human rights in relation to removal, unlawful detention, suitability of immigration accommodation, and civil liberties, Duncan Lewis Solicitors leads in many of the most high-profile challenges of government departments and decisions. Asylum, protection, deportation, and modern slavery are among the firm’s other strengths in this area, and Toufique Hossain is a leading figure in this work. The firm has a large and capable team, with James Packer, Ahmed Aydeed, Bahar Ata, Claire Ryan, and Rohena Wallace all noted for their expertise in this area. Tamana Aziz heads the firm’s business immigration practice, and is ‘a fountain of knowledge and experience’, with a practice which straddles individuals and businesses with particular experience in complex appeals, applications under EU law, and training in immigration issues. Aziz works alongside Vicash Ramkissoon who works for international businesses and HNW individuals.