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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

SPENCER HOUSE, 29 GROVE HILL ROAD, HARROW ON THE HILL, HA1 3BN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 033 3772 0409
Fax:
Fax 020 7923 3320
DX:
4216 HARROW
Email:
Web:
www.duncanlewis.com

Toufique Hossain

Tel:
Work 020 3114 1128
Email:
Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Work Department

Public law.

Position

Toufique is a director of public law and immigration at Duncan Lewis. He works predominantly under legal aid in order to represent those most in need, regardless of their financial circumstances. The majority of his clients are asylum-seekers, many of whom are victims of torture, rape and trafficking. He fights for their right to liberty and to be granted refuge from persecution.

Toufique has extensive experience in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, litigating across a broad range of areas and regularly conducting high profile class-action challenges to unlawful policies and practices affecting vulnerable people, including unlawful detention and unlawful removals from the UK.

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.

Whilst he remains involved in high-profile cases, Toufique’s most recent focus has been on building up a team of talented people with a clear passion for human rights. He encourages critical thinking and the investigation of novel points of law, fighting injustice wherever it is found. The success of this project was recognised by the Solicitors Journal, which shortlisted his team for ‘Legal Aid Team of the Year 2017.’

In 2017 Toufique 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’. He was also 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.

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 in 2011 and was made a partner-level director in 2013.

Languages

Bengali.

Member

Toufique is accredited as a Supervisor and Level 3 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme which means that he has shown a high level of knowledge and experience in the area of Immigration law. There are only a small number of immigration practitioners throughout England & Wales that hold this quality mark.  Toufique is also a member of Amnesty International, ILPA, the Haldane Society and he is on the Board of Trustees – Article 1.

Education

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


London: Human resources

Immigration

Within: Immigration

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on a range of matters such as the PBS, sponsorship licence applications, and compliance. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals from Asia, Russia and the Middle East on Tier 1 and investor visas. The firm also handles a range of asylum, nationality, detention, deportation, bail, human rights, detention, Judicial Review, and trafficking cases for business, individual and vulnerable clients. Toufique Hossain handles Judicial Review cases involving immigration, EC Law, civil liberties and human rights matters. Jenna McKinney specialises in fast track cases, appeals, asylum, deportation and Judicial Review work. James Packer regularly handles unlawful detention cases. The business immigration department is headed by Ayan Yalchin, Vicash RamikissoonTamana Aziz and Stefan Vnuk, (these last two having recently joined from LUPINS).

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London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a ‘team that is quick to respond’. Key contacts are Rachel Caswell , Jemma Garside  and Toufique Hossain . It has a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates with its experts from its mental capacity, mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law departments. Alex Peebles  and Helen Cummings  are both ‘personable and client-focused but with a keen eye on the law, strategy and procedure to ensure the very best outcome for their clients’.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Next generation lawyers

Toufique Hossain - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Within: Administrative and public law

With offices around London and nationally, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is reported to have 'a strong presence in this area of the law, making a particularly dominant contribution in immigration, asylum and prison law.' James Packer, who co-heads the public law department, 'is an outstanding lawyer who identifies points with ease and precision and thinks tactically.' Toufique Hossain is acknowledged for taking on 'important challenges' especially in relation to immigration detentions and mental health issues. Trevor Hatton is also noted as is Jenna McKinney  who shows 'remarkable insight and rigour' and Zofia Duszynska  whose cases are 'well run and inspired.' The team is handling cases of the deprivation of British citizenship and deportation threats, many of which have gone to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

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Civil liberties and human rights

Within: Civil liberties and human rights

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘one of the leading firms in the field of immigration’ and has achieved success in several Supreme Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal cases. Naim Hasani no longer with Duncan Lewis Solicitors) was successful in preventing the deportation of two Albanian nationals who had claimed asylum under false pretences.‘Exceptional’ partner Toufique Hossain and Lewis Kett acted in a successful challenge involving discriminatory practices in immigration detention centres. Other names to note include Zofia Duszynska, who is commended for her ‘wealth of experience in test case litigation’, and Jamie Bell, who acts for unaccompanied refugee children in their applications to come to the United Kingdom.

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