Mr James Packer > Duncan Lewis Solicitors > Hackney, England > Lawyer Profile

Duncan Lewis Solicitors
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Work Department

Public Law


Public law director, James Packer, litigates across a broad range of areas and regularly conducts test cases concerning issues that involve; access to the courts, unlawful detention, enforced removals from the UK, challenges to decisions to refuse legal aid and associated litigation. He also has a specialist practice in complex immigration cases, especially for high net worth and high profile individuals and is frequently involved in appealing costs decisions, often to the Court of Appeal.

James has extensive experience in cases which have been decided in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He has also brought successful challenges to the European Court of Human Rights. He also handles tribunal advocacy work and has a significant practice in Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases.

In a judicial review against the Lord Chancellor, James was part of the team at Duncan Lewis that 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.

James has experience in a wide variety of judicial review litigation including; a challenge to a decision to impose a planning levy on a development; challenges to decisions by the Secretary of State for Justice to recall prisoners released on licence; challenges to the continuation of police bail, and a successful challenge to a decision by the SRA to simply send a ‘letter of advice’ to his client’s former solicitor. James also handled a challenge to the removal of a parking place for a disabled self-employed person, a challenge to a refusal to amend a Statement of Special Educational Needs, and challenges to local authority assessments such as housing and social security entitlements of various types.

James provides accredited training for ILPA, HJT and AMT.


James initially trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar 1999. He joined Duncan Lewis Solicitors in 2002 and cross-qualified as a solicitor 2006. In 2008 he was made a partner-level director.




James is accredited as a Supervisor and Level 3 (Advanced) Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Scheme one of only a small number of practitioners across England and Wales to hold this quality mark. He is also a member of ILPA and the Administrative Court Users’ Group.


James obtained his LPC in 1998 and has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

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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

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.