Public Law Solicitor

Lewis Kett

Lewis Kett , Duncan Lewis , Public Law Solicitor , Harrow

Public Law
Solicitor
Harrow
0203 114 1178
02031190278
 

Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the Public Law Immigration Department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I have extensive experience in a wide range of Judicial Review challenges, particularly immigration and asylum-related. This has included cases of:


  • Unlawful detention;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Habeas Corpus;
  • Dublin III/Third Country removal;
  • Unlawful delay in processing immigration and asylum applications;
  • Fresh claim challenges/unlawful denial of appeal rights;
  • Challenges to decisions to deny access to public funds;
  • Challenges to refusals of Article 8 ECHR family and private life applications;
  • Challenging removals by way of urgent interim relief applications.

I have most recently been involved in large group litigation challenging removals to Afghanistan on the basis of the continued deteriorating country situation which led to a number of unprecedented orders preventing mass removals to the country by way of charter flights.


I also regularly deal with immigration, human rights and bail applications. I have successfully represented clients in a variety of asylum applications and appeals, who have been persecuted in their home countries. Examples include: former military interpreters, political protesters, free speech journalists and bloggers, victims of forced marriage and domestic violence, victims of FGM, and those fearing persecution due to their sexuality.

I became the first trainee solicitor to be awarded the Times Lawyer of the Week (21st April 2016) for my work in obtaining refugee status for a former Afghan military interpreter who worked for the US army in Afghanistan for over seven years.


I am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

 

Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), 2012: (Distinction)
  • LLB Honours at Durham University, 2011

 

Career
  • Admitted as a solicitor, July 2016
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, 2012 - present

 

Recent Notable Cases

 

Court of Appeal

R (on the application of HN and SA) (Afghanistan) v. the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 123 EWCA - Challenging removals to Afghanistan on the basis of the deteriorating country situation. Obtained two generic relief orders stopping removals on charter flights to Afghanistan.

 

Civil Courts & Tribunal

R (on the application of HN and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (JR – scope - evidence)(IJR) [2015] UKUT 437 - Upper Tribunal determination - subject to Court of Appeal determination above.


Small, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 4510 (Admin) - Unlawful detention case in relation to the SSHSD’s power to re-detain following a grant of tribunal bail.

 

Recommendations & Awards
  • Level 2 Immigration & Asylum Scheme
  • ILPA
  • Times Lawyer of the Week - 21st April 2016 (the first trainee solicitor to receive the title)

 

Membership & Accreditations
  • Level 2 Immigration & Asylum Scheme
  • ILPA

 

Interests
  • Running
  • Playing football
  • Middlesbrough FC supporter

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