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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Bahar Ata

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Public Law and Immigration


Bahar is a director within the public law and immigration departments at Duncan Lewis, specialising in human rights judicial review claimant matters. Bahar has over 10 years’ experience in representing vulnerable individuals. She has represented clients in unlawful detention claims, challenges against the Competent Authority decisions in respect of trafficking matters, age assessments challenges and challenging removals to third countries under Dublin Regulations. She also has extensive experience of representing clients at the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She is the lead lawyer in representing lead Claimants in challenging removals to Hungary and Bulgaria under Dublin III Regulations. She is also the lead lawyer in challenging detention under Article 28 of the Dublin III Regulations, as well as in representing the Appellant in the Country Guidance Case challenging removals to Libya.


Bahar joined the firm in 2011 and was appointed to partner-level director in 2017. She was a finalist for the Legal Expert Award at the CILEx (Chartered Institutes of Legal Executives) National Awards 2018.



Bahar is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She is a member of ILPA and is accredited Level 3 (Advanced) in the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.


LLB (Hons) - London Metropolitan University.

South East: Human resources


Within: Immigration

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is known for its expertise in all aspects of personal immigration, frequently advising on publically funded immigration services for asylum, immigration detention, deportation appeals and EC law issues. The team also represents high net-worth individuals on points-based system applications and appeals, including entrepreneur and investor visas. The firm has a niche specialism in legal aid, and represents vulnerable clients in detained asylum cases, and in matters involving unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. In a recent highlight, the team represented several individuals in a multi-claimant judicial review that challenged the processing of the claimants’ asylum claim, a matter resulting in an Equality Act assessment being brought in by the Home Office. The firm also acted for an individual in a challenge to the refusal of an asylum claim on third country grounds, successfully obtaining permission from the Court of Appeal to stay all related cases pending the outcome. Practice head Bahar Ata has substantial experience representing clients at the High Court in judicial review cases.

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