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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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James Packer

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Immigration/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.

James also handles Tribunal advocacy work and has a significant practice in Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases. His impressive track record has been maintained throughout 2014 by his conduct in the ground-breaking cases of Kumar, Gundanaviciene (representing Mr Reis, one of the six joined Claimants) and Akpinar.

James has experience in a wide variety of judicial review litigation including; a current 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).

London: Human resources


Within: Immigration

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘diligent’ and ‘professional’ team ‘is prepared to go the extra mile’ for its clients. It is experienced across personal immigration, asylum, human rights and nationality matters, with particular expertise in judicial review cases. It acts for vulnerable clients such as victims of trafficking or torture, and handles unlawful detention cases. On the business side, it advises SME clients on sponsorship licence applications under the PBS, as well as on immigration strategy and compliance. It also advises high-net-worth individuals from Asia, the Middle East and Russia on Tier 1 and investor visas. Toufique Hossain has ‘an amazing ability to conduct a wide range of demanding test case litigation’, handling complex public law cases involving judicial review and unlawful detention. The ‘hardworking and dedicatedJenna McKinney handles asylum, immigration detention and judicial review matters; the ‘brilliantJames Packer specialises in judicial review; and Ayan Yalchin advises on Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 applications. Vicash Ramkissoon is ‘friendly and experienced’ and advises international businesses and high-net-worth individuals on complex Tier 1, 2 and 4 applications. Adam Tear recently joined Howe + Co Solicitors.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Duncan Lewis SolicitorsToufique Hossainis a leading solicitor’ for immigration judicial reviews and utilises ‘a combination of creative thinking with a huge amount of experience’. Consultant Naim Hasani is highly experienced with ‘notable individualsJames Packer and Trevor Hatton. Seher Toguz is another key figure, who heads the department with Packer and Hossain. In addition to challenging the legality of the government’s policy on detaining pregnant women, the firm has brought a high-profile judicial review on behalf of six individuals, who are challenging the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s use of a definition of torture that was derived from the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment for the government’s policy on detaining adults at risk.

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Civil liberties and human rights

Within: Civil liberties and human rights

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is best known for its legal aid practice, and specialises in immigration, asylum and public law, and has offices across London and the UK. ‘Exceptional lawyerToufique Hossain, who is ‘particularly good for immigration detention cases’ and has ‘an excellent eye for the crux of the matter’, James Packer and Seher Toguz are key names for immigration and public law matters. Recent highlights include Abigail Fogg handling a judicial review challenge for an individual who was subjected to segregation in prison, and Jenna McKinney representing an individual, who was a victim of torture and suffered from mental health issues, in pursuing an unlawful detention claim and injunctive relief against deportation. Hossain also acted for an individual, who had obtained a rule 35 report and was facing deportation to the country where he reportedly suffered ritualised torture. Adam Tear joined Howe + Co Solicitors and Lucy Philips-Tate is now with the Government Legal Department.

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