Homelessness is an issue that affects a large number of the UK’s population. The Homelessness Reduction Bill presents a historic opportunity to bring about a significant change in tackling homelessness around England.
It is important that specialist legal advice is sought with immigration applications due to ever-changing policy and legislation. Failure to do so often leads to refusals and complex appeal circumstances.
Self-funded care home residents pay more for their weekly care than the council pay for those residents who can’t afford their care, Age UK has warned.
A stabbing in Pentonville Prison has left one prisoner dead and two others critically injured. This has led to the Prison Governors Association (PGA) criticising prison conditions.
James Packer was invited on ABN Radio to discuss Theresa May’s recent remarks in parliament concerning pregnant women. In NHS hospitals, there are proposals that pregnant women are set to be forced to show their passports before receiving treatment.
The unavoidable truth is that far too many people in the UK live in homes that fall below an acceptable standard, with thousands of families forced to cope with poor conditions.
The Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) has announced there is now "sufficient evidence to charge" the West Midlands officers who had been involved in the restraint of Mr Kingsley Burrell hours before his death in 2011. The matter had been referred to the CPS in 2014 but it had concluded there was insufficient evidence to establish a prosecution.
In cases where gallbladder stones become trapped in a duct or moves from the gallbladder into other parts of the body, your doctor will recommend a procedure called a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy which removes the gall bladder. Duncan Lewis’ clinical (medical) negligence team have acted on behalf of clients in civil negligence claims for damages where the bowel has been perforated during a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.
One of the UK’s most controversial inquiries has stated that there will be no reductions in their broad scope, and they will continue to investigate the past.
A new “rapid resolution” scheme has been revealed by the Government in an apparent attempt to save the NHS millions and end what the Government calls the “litigation culture”.
Ambulance patients can sometimes face long delays before they are seen by accident and emergency staff.
The closure of the Calais migrant camp ‘the Jungle’ has received backing from the Children’s Commissioner for England, but the risks remain for unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the UK.
Last Friday there was another dog attack which has resulted in the death of a four month old baby in Colchester, Essex. The mother and brother of the child also suffered serious injuries.
Labour and Conservative MPs criticise the public panel examining evidence that Primodos, a pregnancy test drug, is connected to birth defects.
The importance of explaining salient terms in any contract to clients and recording advice provided in writing cannot be over emphasised. It would be reasonable for one to hold a complacent belief that a professional client is capable of understanding contracts. Such was the case in a recent professional negligence claim we, at Duncan Lewis, brought against a firm of solicitors. Our client retained a firm of solicitor to assist in an off plan purchase of a property from a developer.
Prime Minister Theresa May has recently announced the move to opt out from parts of the European Convention on Human Rights, meaning troops fighting abroad in times of war will be protection from lawsuits and criminal prosecution upon their return.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety (H&S). Every month HSE investigates and prosecutes employers for various H&S failings. So far this month HSE has published over ten cases of serious health and safety failings which resulted in heavy fines and prosecutions.
Safety fears have been raised in around two-thirds of England’s A & E units. Inspectors are blaming the underfunding of council care services for causing the severe overcrowding in England’s hospitals.
Prime Minister Theresa May has called for the UK to lead the global fight against human trafficking, but is this noble battle detracting from the lack of support for victims that have been left behind?
Recognised by Legal 500 2016 for their expertise in family & childcare matters, Duncan Lewis are pleased to welcome back to the firm Director of Family & Childcare, Laila Bhunnoo.
The headquarters of the property guardian company Camelot was ironically occupied on Tuesday 27 September making headlines in the UK. The company was targeted by activists to raise awareness of property guardians who are suffering due to slack tenancy rights and a lack of affordable social housing.
Charlene Colechin, an eighteen-year-old teenager from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, has shared photos of her body online after she was treated for bacterial meningitis. She hopes that sharing her photos will raise awareness and prevent other people from suffering the life-changing effects of the disease.
Heavily pregnant mother of two, Angela Owens was told to go home from hospital despite suffering severe pains whilst on a shopping trip. After refusing to leave she was advised by a midwife to get into a birthing pool to relieve the pain. Mrs Owens continued to suffer from excruciating pain and it was only a while later that she was told doctors could not find her baby’s heartbeat. The baby, named Ella, was stillborn. Tests showed Mrs Owens suffered placental abruption.
Mucking along doesn’t always work. We pride ourselves in the United Kingdom on thriving without a written constitution or code. We are better than that apparently, a nation of pragmatists and deal-makers, unfettered by text. The powers of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary are balanced by a series of precedents and ‘Gentlemen’s Agreements’ (conventions). The events of 23 June have jerked us out of our smuggery. No-one knows what to do. There is no precedent. It is up for grabs. Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (‘TEU’) allows any member state to withdraw from the Union ‘in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.’ Meanwhile, Theresa May has announced that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March 2017. Can she be so sure?
Following on from a report by Academics at the University of Lincoln, the issue of some British Asian men mistreating women and leaving them soon after getting married in South Asia is in the spotlight.
In support of World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Duncan Lewis Solicitors wish to raise awareness on the topics of Mental Capacity and the Court of Protection. We must work together to mobilise efforts in support of those suffering mental health difficulties and by raising awareness on various Mental Health topics we are seeking to do this.
Marriage is a time of good spirits, familial happiness and communal celebration. However, around the world and in the United Kingdom marriage is, for some, a deeply distressing time.
One study in the British Journal of Gynaecology has revealed that 85% of women have some form of tear during their first childbirth. The number of women who suffer from severe third and fourth-degree tears increased from 2% to 6% between 2000 and 2012.
On 6 June 2016 the Serious Fraud Office adopted new internal guidance on the process for inviting and handling requests for individuals interviewed under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 to be accompanied by a lawyer.
Recommended by Legal 500 2016 Edition as a ‘genuine star’ in his field, Toufique Hossain, Director of Public Law and Immigration at Duncan Lewis, spoke at the 'Uncertain Journeys' conference at Goldsmiths University on Thursday 15th September. The conference covered new strategies and initiatives for the support of unaccompanied and separated children. Toufique spoke about last year’s legal work in stopping mass charter flights to Afghanistan and the current work in developing and preparing Afghan protection claims which may affect unaccompanied children.
A 2015 Equality and Diversity survey of over half of Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ workforce reported that 68% of their staff were female, 10% were over the age of 45 years, 42% were from an Asian/Asian British background and 27% were from other ethnic minority groups.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors received its first “Top Tier” Ranking award for its London Immigration Human Rights practice and maintained a “Top Tier” status for its Immigration Human Rights work in Wales. Solicitor Vinita Templeton, specialised in immigration judicial review, received elite “Leading Lawyer” status.
Ranked as Top-Tier firm by Legal 500 2016 Edition for its Immigration Human Rights practices in London and Cardiff, Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointments of both Vinita Templeton and Bernadette Adusei as Directors of Immigration.
Recommended by Legal 500 2016 Edition for its work representing landlord and tenants in social housing matters across London and South Wales, Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Bernadette Chikwe as a Director of Housing for the company’s East London, Dalston branch.
British Government has recently announced an increase of immigration fees with the Law Society rejecting the proposal of ‘punitive rises’ which may lead to a ‘huge setback’ for justice.
Mother-of-three, Mrs Deborah O’Hara suffered from a cancerous tumour and underwent surgery on 10 June 2015 at University Hospital Coventry. During the procedure she had her kidney removed and mistakenly, blood supply from two arteries was cut off. Two days after her surgery she died and the O’Hara family were not told about the hospital’s surgical mistake.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are proud to announce outstanding recognition in the Legal 500 2016 Edition which sees 10 legal departments nationwide receiving recommendations with 16 recommended lawyers.
Pape Souare, a Premier League Crystal Palace football player, was airlifted to hospital last night after being trapped in the wreckage of a horrific motorway crash near Heathrow. As reported by London Fire Brigade, crews used specialist cutting equipment to free the trapped man and he was carried by the London’s Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital’s major trauma unit in Whitechapel with injuries to his jaw and thigh. However, his condition was said not to be life-threatening.
Specialist Public law experts at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, will represent “P” in Court of Protection Proceedings on the 15/9/2016 against two NHS bodies. The legal team are assisted by Mr Lee Parkhill (of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers, London) a barrister experienced in public law and Court of Protection matters.
The recent Duncan Lewis judicial review case of MJE's appeal led by lead solicitor Sabina Angeli saw the Tribunal accept the appeal of an Afghan asylum seeker who arrived in the UK to escape from life threatening circumstances he faced from the Taliban.
Accredited by the Law Society at 3(Advanced) of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, Duncan Lewis Immigration Director Toufique Hossain will be attending as a speaker the Conference on New strategies and initiatives for the support of unaccompanied and separated migrant children at the Goldsmiths University on Thursday 15th September.
Recognised by Legal 500 as a leading matrimonial practice and an undoubted force in international children law, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Child Care Solicitor Emily Wright has achieved the prestigious Children Panel Accreditation.
Nicholas Hughes and Lewis Kett have recently returned from a visit to a refugee centre for unaccompanied minors in Germany, where they are helping to reunite a vulnerable Afghan child with his surviving family in the UK. This is in relation to a legal challenge against the UK Government for failing to accept responsibility on an expedited basis for the asylum application of the unaccompanied child, as per the Dublin III Regulation. The Home Office’s refusal to act means that the unaccompanied child will be stuck in Germany for many months, increasing the mental anguish suffered as a result of the journey to Europe and the separation from his family.
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Crime by Chambers UK 2014 edition, Duncan Lewis Crime Director Rubin Italia was interviewed by Nick Ferrari’s Breakfast Show on LBC radio as an independent legal expert on 7th September about the sentence to over five years in prison against UK Preacher Anjem Choudary, convicted for supporting terrorism and radicalizing young Muslims across Europe.
On 10 August 2016 the Court of Appeal handed down Judgment in the case of R (TH, ZA and MNK) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 815 . Permission to appeal was refused, and it follows that the generic argument on the operation of the Detained Asylum Casework System advanced by the Appellants ends. The wider ramifications of this decision will have to be carefully considered in the light of individual case facts, but it will not necessarily prevent individuals from showing unfairness in terms of the application of rules 34 or 35, protected characteristics, prejudice or unlawful detention.
Solicitor Lewis Kett, in the Public Law Team at Duncan Lewis, is working with charity Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research (RAPAR) in assisting two former Afghan interpreters for the British army who are currently stranded in the Calais “Jungle” in France.
The Applicant was detained on remand in Germany pending his extradition to the United Kingdom, following the issue of a European Arrest Warrant. Both domestic and European law require that remand days in Germany are to count towards a criminal sentence in the United Kingdom – this issue was agreed upon between both parties.
It has recently been reported that myocardial infarction is 50% more likely to be missed in women than in men according to a recent news article. Myocardial infarction is, in simple terms, a heart attack and is more likely to be fatal in women than in men if missed, according to a study being funded by the British Heart Foundation.
Many of us have taken to the internet to book our own flights and accommodation. We enjoy the benefits of flexibility and lower costs. Have we considered the disadvantages? One important and often over looked advantage of the Package Holiday is that you enjoy the benefit of Package Travel Regulations.
The time is upon us where various education institutions will be actively taking steps to ensure compliance to renew their Tier 4 Sponsorship Licence after the 4 year period. Most, if not all Sponsors should be receiving a reminder email or letter by the Home Office a few weeks before the expiry date. And let’s face it; we rarely open correspondence from the Home Office with a smile.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors have just come back from the Jungle in Calais where they are helping to reunite stranded refugee children with family members in the UK. In partnership with Safe Passage and with support from the Red Cross, Zofia Duszynska and Sondos Arafa join a team of British lawyers assisting children to achieve safety as soon as possible.
The category of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) under the Points Based System allows migrants to either enter or remain in the United Kingdom (UK) for a period of up to 5 years.
AbstractThe power of the Home Secretary to vary the bail conditions of a person released from immigration detention has been affirmed by the Court of Appeal. Solicitor Shalini Patel, of Duncan Lewis Solicitors, explains the court's decision in R (on the application of Raza) v Secretary of State for the Home Department.
The General Dental Council has proved 55 allegations in relation to treatment administered by Desmond D'Mello, a dentist who owned Desmond D'Mello's Daybrook Dental Practice, in Daybrook, Nottinghamshire. The Council will now decide whether Mr D'Mello will be struck off.
The recent Duncan Lewis judicial review case of Ibrahimi & Anor v The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 2049 (Admin) led by the Instructing Solicitors Krisha Prathepan and Bahar Ata saw the High Court determine that a Member State of the European Union is not complying with its obligations under the Common European Asylum System and the return of asylum seekers to Hungary will result in significant breaches of protected human rights.
In the recent case of Gedi, R (On the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 409, the Court of Appeal declared that the Home Office had imposed curfew restrictions on an individual in circumstances where they had no power to do so. As a result, the appellant was deemed to have been falsely imprisoned, and is entitled to damages from the Secretary of State for the Home Department (‘SSHD’).
Shortlisted for Law Society’s Diversity & Inclusion 2015 Excellence Award, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted for the prestigious Law Society’s 2016 Excellence in Business Development Award for the first time.
Legal 500 “Top Tier” law firm and first law firm in the UK to achieve and maintain Investors in People Gold Accreditation since 2009, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted for Excellence Awards 2016 in Pro Bono work. This Law Society shortlist was significantly due to the extensive pro bono presence that Duncan Lewis has established in Cardiff, South Wales through the co-ordination of Director of Housing for Cardiff, Heather Iqbal-Rayner.
Legal 500 “Top Tier” law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Public Law Director Adam Tear has been shortlisted for Solicitor Advocate of the Year and Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2016.
The Court of Appeal (Underhill LJ) has now directed that AG (Sri Lanka) be listed together with AI (Sudan) as a rolled-up hearing. AG had applied for permission to appeal against the judgment of UTJ Coker refusing permission to Judicial Review following an oral hearing. Underhill LJ made it clear that the reason for not granting permission was not to do with the merits of the arguments.
Most asylum seekers arrive in the UK to escape their country of origin for fears of persecution, where the idea of state protection is unrealistic and or internal relocation is a possibility. Many have no intent or motive to come to the UK and only consider where they will be safe away from their perpetrators. They hope for a better future but instead, some spend their years in the UK stuck in an inefficient administrative process, in receipt of minimal support and suffering from emotional stress as a result of their traumas coupled with their inability to ever return to a life of normality.
Legal 500 law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Public Law Director Toufique Hossain and the assistant solicitor Rohena Wallace have achieved the prestigious Law Society Level 3 Immigration and Asylum Advanced Accreditation.
A significant practical problem is the lack of direction on how to actually make an application at the Upper Tribunal. At a time of increasing numbers of distressed applicants all looking to have their accounts heard, this causes considerable distress not just to the applicant’s but also to those representing them.
The recent Duncan Lewis judicial review case of JM (Zimbabwe), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1773 (Admin) saw Duncan Lewis Public Law & Immigration Solicitors James Packer and Kate Newman represent a Zimbabwean national claimant who was subject to deportation from the UK and placed in immigration detention immediately on the expiry of his sentence in May 2013.
Recognised by Legal 500 2015 Edition as “an undoubted force in international children law and winner of the 5th Annual Jordan’s Family Law Firm of the Year Award”, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Jasbir Raindi has recently been appointed as a Director of Family and Childcare for the company’s Milton Keynes’ branch.
A client came to us having been told by several solicitors that she had no case. She had unknowingly entered into an unregistered Islamic marriage in the UK and did not realise that under English law, she was classed as a cohabitee and had no matrimonial rights.
Recognised as a Top Tier and leading criminal defence practice by Chambers UK 2016, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the recent arrival of Criminal Defence Specialist and Higher Court Advocate, Chris Georgiou. With Duncan Lewis, Georgiou will practise in all aspects of criminal and fraud defence and primarily from the company’s Harrow and North London offices.
When David Cameron signalled his intention to resign on the morning of the 24th June, he said that he would leave the task of triggering Article 50 to his successor. The decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal process of leaving the EU will be for the new Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May. The UK remains a member of the EU throughout this process, and until Article 50 negotiations have concluded. Mrs May has previously confirmed that she will not trigger Article 50 before the end of this year.
The British population having decided to leave the European Union by voting in favour of Brexit. The immediate aftermath of the UK referendum has created a global wave of uncertainty to our economy, social and political landscape.
The recent Duncan Lewis judicial review case of Ibrahim, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1347 (Admin) saw Duncan Lewis Immigration Solicitor Shahnaz Roshan representing a Sudanese national claimant who was subject to immigration detention following completion of his sentence for a serious offence. This case concerned an action for unlawful detention.
A Duncan Lewis Judicial Review case - Applications for Permission CO/5927/2015 (The Queen on the application of Thompson v Director for Legal Aid) - saw the Director of Legal Aid refusing to grant exceptional case funding despite accepting that the Claimant had a ‘Moderate’ prospect of success.
The Slavery Abolition Act received Royal Assent on 28 August 1833 and was intended to act as a catalyst towards ensuring that over time, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (‘BAME’) individuals were never again to be deprived of their life or liberty as a result of their race.
The recent Duncan Lewis judicial review case of Abdulkadir & Anor, R (on the application of ) v SSHD  EWHC 1504 (Admin) saw the High Court consider for the very first time an asylum removal case to Austria under Dublin III regulations. Duncan Lewis Public Law and Immigration Solicitor Krisha Prathepan was lead solicitor in this challenge.
It all began at the end of February 2015. The Afghan Minister for Refugees and Repatriations, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi (a name that I will never forget) met activists and politicians from different countries and boldly said since the departure of international forces, there had been a resurgence in Taliban activity and that now 80% of the country (all but three provinces) were now unsafe. He gave his opinion that removals to Afghanistan from European Countries should be suspended in the light of the deterioration in the security situation. Minister Balkhi asked the attendees to use their contacts to put lobby for the cancellation of two upcoming charter flights, one from Norway on 15 March 2015 and one from the United Kingdom, on 10 March.
Court bundles, although perhaps not the most titillating of topics, are a key component in litigation. If made properly, and available in good time, a bundle has the potential to imbue a Judge with confidence that you have considered and prepared your case with competence. Once the trial is over and all the submissions have been made, your bundle remains with the Judge as he/she considers their Judgment. If the Court fails to be impressed with your bundle, there is the potential for censure, the making of adverse costs orders against you, or your firm being named and shamed.
There are two fundamental concerns regarding the detention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons. The first is that these types of asylum claims are inherently complex and as such are not suitable for detention; the second is that detention is not appropriate due to the discrimination and abuse LGBTI persons are subjected to in detention and the persecution they have often experienced which forms the basis of their asylum claim.
On the 14 June 2016, the European Court of Justice made a judgement in the case of the European Commission v United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Regulation (EC) No 883/2004) Case C-308/14.
In the case of FR & Anor (Albania), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 605, the Court of Appeal has given an important ruling as to the approach that needs to be followed by the Secretary of State in certifying asylum and human rights claims as “clearly unfounded” under section 94(3) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. The Court emphasised the need for the Secretary of State to give separate consideration to a claim for asylum, where she decides whether the claim should be refused, and the decision on the issue of certification. Certification is only possible where the claim permits of only one answer before a tribunal and would be bound to fail. On the facts of these cases, the Court quashed the certificates.
The results for the EU Referendum are out and the people of Britain have voted by a narrow majority to leave the EU. With both sides of the campaign acknowledging this to be a ‘historic’ day for very different reasons, many EU citizens living and working in the UK will be concerned about what the future now holds for them.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that in support of Refugee Week, Immigration & Public Law Director Toufique Hossain will be hosting a legal discussion on the detention of pregnant women in immigration removal centres from the company’s Harrow office on Friday 24th June at 4,30 pm. Speakers at the “It Needs to Stop” discussion currently include also Michelle Brewer, barrister at Garden Court Chambers, and Theresa Schleicher of Medical Justice.
Recommended by Legal 500 for her expertise in Family & Islamic Divorce matters, Aina Khan was invited as a guest of the Dutch Association for the Study of Islamic Law and Law of the Middle East (Association RIMO) to present a lecture at an annual international conference on 'Proof of Marriage and Paternity in the Context of Migration' at Leiden University in Amsterdam on 14th June.
In his January 2016 review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons, Stephen Shaw, the former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales, recommended that ‘the Home Office amend its guidance so that the presumptive exclusion from detention for pregnant women is replaced with an absolute exclusion.’
Legal 500 law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Immigration & Public Law Director Trevor Hatton has achieved the prestigious Law Society Level 3 Immigration and Asylum Advanced Accreditation.
Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners recommended Public Law Director James Packer was interviewed on LBC radio as an independent legal expert on 7th June, following the debate between Chuuka Umunna and Dominic Raab on the Brexit ‘leave’ campaign’s claims about EC law preventing the deportation of serious criminals.
Recommended by Legal 500 in 2015 for his significant expertise in Public Law and Immigration matters, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Director of Public Law Adam Tear has been appointed as a Level 3 (Advanced) Assessor in relation to the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation Scheme.
Duncan Lewis Public Law Solicitor Kat Hacker delivered a talk at the Law Society "Being a Human Rights Lawyer Day" on the 17th March 2015.
Legal 500 recommended Law Firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the May 2016 appointment of Anthony Thompson as a Director of the firm’s Employment Law department.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to welcome Director Rebecca Thomas as the newest addition to the firm’s Harrow based Clinical Negligence department.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors took part in the London Play 2 Remember football tournament on the 2nd April 2016. Duncan Lewis Public Law Trainee Solicitor Jamie Bell provides a fun and gripping match by match account of the trials and tribulations faced by the Duncan Lewis teams.
Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners recommended Legal Aid Law Firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in the London Play 2 Remember football tournament to raise awareness for survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Team of the Year Award in the Solicitors Journal Awards 2016.
Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners recommended Public Law Director James Packer was interviewed on LBC's Nick Ferrari show discussing the matter of a nine-year-old Sheffield schoolgirl facing deportation to Nigeria this month despite fears that she may be forced to submit to female genital mutilation (FGM)
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in the London Legal Walk 2016.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the launch of a monthly free Legal Advice Clinic in their Birmingham office from March 2015.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to introduce Bradford-based Director Meena Kumari as the newest member of their Legal 500 recommended Family & Childcare practice.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the internal appointment of Jemma Garside as Director of the firm’s Legal 500 recommended Community Care team.
Legal 500 “Leading Law Firm” Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy Philps- Tate and Sophie Fretten as Public Law and Family & Childcare Directors respectively.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they were awarded the LawWorks Best Contribution by a Firm with a London Head Office 2015 award at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards ceremony.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Tashvinder Reel and Abbid Majeed as Directors in the firm’s Family & Childcare Department.
Legal 500 “Top-Tier” law firm Duncan Lewis are pleased to introduce Director Emma Prescott as the newest addition to their Housing Litigation team.
Legal 500 “Top Tier” law firm Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce the recent internal appointment of Abigail Fogg to her new role as Director of the firm’s Prison Law department.
Legal 500 Leading Law Firm Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce that as from November 2015 they will be offering Legal Aid work for eligible Clinical Negligence claims, and the arrival of with new Clinical Negligence Solicitor Emma Lutrario.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce excellent results in the Chambers & Partners 2016 legal guide with the Firm receiving a departmental ranking as well as four Solicitors receiving Recommended Lawyer status.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce that Director Krina Parmar has been recognised by Chambers UK 2016 as a Leading Up and Coming Individual for her Family and Childcare work in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce that Director James Packer has been recognised by Chambers UK 2016 as a Leading Individual for his Immigration Human Rights work in London for the third consecutive year.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce that Director Toufique Hossain has been recognised by Chambers UK 2016 as a Leading Individual for his Immigration Human Rights work in London for the third consecutive year.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce that Director Dianne Cowie has been recognised by Chambers UK 2016 as a Leading Up and Coming Individual for her Housing Law work in London.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce that Director James Packer has been recognised by Chambers UK 2016 as a Leading Individual for his Immigration Human Rights work in London for the third consecutive year.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that their Cardiff based practice has been shortlisted for the LawWorks Cymru Pro Bono Awards.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted for an award in the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2015 under the category “Best contribution by a law firm”.
Legal 500 “Top-tier” firm Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce the opening of its Action Against Police department headed by Senior Supervisor and specialist Solicitor Lisa Verro.
Legal 500”Top-Tier” law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the recent arrival of Immigration Director David Saldanha to the firm’s Harrow on the Hill Immigration department.
Legal 500 Leading Family & Childcare Law Firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the 5th Annual 2015 Jordans Publishing Family Law Firm of the Year 2015 award.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are proud to announce outstanding achievements in the Legal 500 2015 Edition with 10 legal departments nationwide receiving recommendations with 16 recommended lawyers.
Legal 500 “Top Tier” firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the external appointments of Directors Hildegard Rauf, Rachel Caswell and Catherine Ashton to the firm’s Personal Injury/ Employment Litigation, Mental Health and Family departments respectively.
Legal 500 2015 “Top Tier” National Law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the internal appointment of James De Vere Moss as a Director of the firm’s Housing Department.
Legal 500 "Top-Tier” law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the recent arrival of Immigration Solicitor Zofia Duszynska to the firm’s Harrow on the Hill Immigration team.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors obtain unprecedented generic injunction from the Court of Appeal in relation to removals to Afghanistan. A significant portion of those due to removed on charter flight on 25 August 2015 have been granted a stay on their removal.
On the 19th August 2015, Lord Justice Clarke granted permission to appeal in the case of Naziri & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (JR – scope - evidence (IJR)  UKUT 437 (IAC) (27 July 2015).
Legal 500 “Top Tier Firm” Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the accreditation of several members of the firm’s Immigration and Public Law departments to the Law Society Level 2 Immigration & Asylum and Supervisory accreditation panels.
Legal 500 "Top-Tier" law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the recent arrival of Childcare Director Richard Gray to the firm's Birmingham branch.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Director of Public Law Adam Tear has been nominated for the Law Society Solicitor Advocate of the Year Excellence Award for the third consecutive year running.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the appointment of Idnan Deen and Shazia Saliheen as Directors of the firm’s Family & Childcare Department.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted for the prestigious Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion accolade in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2015.
Legal 500 “top -tier” firm Duncan Lewis Family Solicitors have been shortlisted for the Family Law Firm of the Year award in the 2015 edition of the prestigious Jordan’s Family Law Awards.
Duncan Lewis Civil Litigation Director Anthony Okhuma featured in the International Business Times on 16th July 2015 discussing the “rent crisis” in London and the rights of live-in property guardians.
Duncan Lewis Public law Director Toufique Hossain spoke to Afshin Rattansi on RT News Going Underground about the suspension of the Home Office’s fast-track detention program on RT News Going Underground on the 15th July 2015.
Aina Khan, the Head of the Duncan Lewis Islamic Law Department featured in The Telegraph on the 3rd July 2015 discussing the demonisation of Shariah marriage in the UK and the vulnerable Muslim women left as victims as a result.
Legal 500 “Top Tier” firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors offer a free weekly pro bono legal surgery from their Dalston East London every Tuesday evening from 5.30- 7.30.
Head of Duncan Lewis Islamic Law department Aina Khan featured in The Times on the 3rd July 2015 discussing young Muslims and the rise of Sharia marriages and the issue of polygamy sometimes found in these cases.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Childcare Law Solicitor Ummar farooq Ahmed to the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel.
Aina Khan, the Head of the Duncan Lewis Islamic Law Department featured in The Daily Express on the 4th July 2015 discussing Islamic marriages in the UK and the fears of polygamy in these cases.
Legal 500 “top tier” Duncan Lewis co-ordinated staff across its UK offices to fall into silence for 1 minute at 12 noon on Friday 3rd July, to honour the victims of the recent tunisia massacre.
It was declared at the High Court today that the Home Office’s treatment of four vulnerable detainees through the Fast Track Detention process was unlawful.
Aina Khan, the Head of the Duncan Lewis Islamic Law Department featured in The Telegraph on the 3rd July 2015 discussing the rise of Sharia marriages in the UK and the polygamy fears prompted by them.
Legal 500 “Top Tier” firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors have successfully represented a Claimant who had been detained for over two years in prison under immigration powers.
Today the Government announced in a statement to Parliament that the Detained Fast System is to be suspended owing to the risk of unfairness to vulnerable applicants.
Duncan Lewis represented a Claimant who was refused Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) for an Article 8 appeal. In her decision, the Judge forced the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to reconsider their decisions to refuse ECF, and the LAA has since granted ECF to cover our client’s ongoing appeal proceedings.
Aina Khan featured in The Upcoming on the 22nd June 2015 discussing her campaign for marital justice, the Register our Marriage roadshow.
There is good news for those forced to wait for lengthy periods of time for the Home Office to issue applicants with EU documentation confirming their right to reside in the UK.
Legal 500 “Top Tier Firm” Duncan Lewis Solicitors raised over £1,100 at the London Legal Walk 2015 for the London Legal Support Trust law centres and pro bono agencies.
Judgment has been reported in the case of AB and Others Iran  UKUT 0257 (IAC) where Duncan Lewis represented the claimant who is an Iranian citizen seeking asylum in the UK due to risks to his person if he was removed back to Iran.
Aina Khan’s “Register Our Marriage” (ROM) Press Conference will be taking place at the Barristers’ Chambers at 36 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4JH at 3.30pm on 10th June 2015.
Legal 500 leading law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce the opening of its new West London office in Shepherds Bush.
Legal 500 leading law firm Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce the opening of their new office in Croydon, Surrey.
Legal 500 leading law firm Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent opening of its new Central London office on Fleet Street/Holborn to deliver services in High Net Worth Divorce matters, Employment Litigation and Business Immigration matters.
Aina Khan’s “Register Our Marriage Roadshow” will be taking place after the Daughters of Eve conference at the Mercure Hotel from 2.30 to 4.30pm on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at Mercure Bradford hotel, Bradford Road, West Yorkshire, Bingley BD16 1TU. This is a free event for both men and women, interfaith and non-political.
Aina Khan’s “Register Our Marriage Roadshow” will be taking place at the Barristers Chambers at 36 Bedford Row in London on Wednesday 10th June 2015.
Duncan Lewis will be walking the London Legal Walk 2015 with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers on the 18th May 2015 to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London and the South East.
After challenging and obtaining injunctive relief for a significant number of their clients who were due to be removed on the charter flight that departed to Kabul on 10 March 2015 after the production of fresh evidence about the significant deterioration in the country conditions in Afghanistan, the Public Law team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors represented 19 men that were due to be removed on the charter flight scheduled to depart at 23:30 on 21 April 2015. Judicial review applications were for lodged for each of these clients.
Criminal defence legal specialists Duncan Lewis, SJ Law and MB Law have announced their intention to form a consortium to bid in partnership for nationwide Duty Provider, Legal Aid Crime Contracts.
A hearing in relation to the ongoing position of the Secretary of State for the Home Department is currently scheduled for 22 April 2015 before the Upper Tribunal President, Mr Justice McCloskey.
Legal 500 2015 “Top-Tier” law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the recent arrival of Dianne Cowie as a Director in the firm’s East Croydon Housing Team.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to welcome the recent arrival of Civil Litigation specialist and Law Society Mental Health Panel Member Nerys Thomas as a Director in the firm’s Cardiff Litigation Team.
The case of SB & ABD (A MINOR) sought to challenge the legality of the Secretary of State's historical and ongoing failure to grant the Applicants further Discretionary Leave to remain in the United Kingdom, after the first Applicant had previously been granted three years of Discretionary Leave in this country.
On the 28th March 2015, the Al-Mahdi Institute held a 'Register Our Marriage' Roadshow in association with Aina Khan from 'Register Our Marriage' Project to discuss the importance of Registering Marriages in the UK. It is estimated that around 80% of young British Muslims are in unregistered marriages and that this is growing rapidly.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ Practice Manager Jason Bruce featured on BBC Panorama’s Legal Aid reform documentary “DIY Justice” on the 30th March 2015.
Judicial Reviews and Injunctions are a remedy used by Solicitors in order to solve specific issues faced by those subject to Immigration controls.
Family Solicitor Aina Khan’s “Register our Marriage Roadshow” will be coming to Birmingham on 28th March 2015.
Following the release of new evidence regarding the deterioration of conditions in Afghanistan, Duncan Lewis Solicitors challenged the removal of a number of vulnerable asylum seekers to Afghanistan by charter flight scheduled for 22:30 on Tuesday 10 March 2015.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to welcome the arrival of Prison Law Specialists Dele Johnson, Suki Thumber, Elizabeth Gwinnell and Abigail Fogg to the company’s prison law and criminal defence and appeals practice.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Employment Consultant Solicitor Anthony Thompson has joined the firm’s Croydon based Employment Law department.
Duncan Lewis Public Law Director Toufique Hossain spoke to Channel 4 as part of their “Serious self-harm soars at Harmondsworth since 2012” report regarding the temporary stay granted to 20 Afghan Asylum seekers who were due to be deported by chartered flight at 10.30 PM on the 10th March 2015.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are challenging the continuing policy of the Home Secretary to carry out removals to Afghanistan and are attempting to obtain interim relief to stop the charter flight scheduled for Tuesday 10 March 2015.
Since the late 1980s, as the overall number of asylum-seekers has risen the U.K has responded with an increasingly restrictive policy of deterrence.
The Claimant is subject to a continuing duty to make a full and frank disclosure when making a claim for Judicial Review. This duty is broad and the Court will put faith in the Claimant to inform the Court of all material facts known to them.
A team of three Duncan Lewis Solicitors went to Hungary on a fact-finding mission and spoke to various NGOs, social workers, lawyers, detainees and attended the biggest detention centre in the country in Debrecen.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the appointment of Childcare law specialist Tariq Ahmad to the Law Society Childrens Panel.
Leading Legal 500 law firm, Duncan Lewis, is today announcing the departure of Ofonimeh Umoh Abudu, Solicitor and Director of Immigration. After nearly 13 years with the company she will be leaving Duncan Lewis to take up a litigation role with the civil service.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in a Mastermind charity fundraising competition in Harrow to raise money for the mental health charity Mind on the 28th February.
Legal 500 leading law firm Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce that it will soon be opening a new office in Croydon, Surrey with an opening date currently scheduled to be the end of February 2015. Duncan Lewis Directors, Childcare specialist Kathy Walker and Immigration expert Trevor Hatton are also set to relocate to Croydon.
Duncan Lewis Family and Islamic Law Specialist Aina Khan attended the Ministerial Female Genital Mutilation Summit on February 6th 2015.
Duncan Lewis Family and Islamic Law Specialist Aina Khan attended the Ministerial Female Genital Mutilation Summit on February 6th 2015.
Leading Legal 500 national law firm Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointment of solicitor Kathy Walker as a Director of Family & Childcare for the company’s Croydon office.
Leading Legal 500 national law firm Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Frances Clare as a Director of Family & Childcare.
National law firm Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Misbah Ali as a Director of Family & Childcare.
Leading Legal 500 national law firm Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Seher Toguz as Director of Immigration.
Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Gabor Nagy as a Director of Immigration.
Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent Director appointment of Commercial litigation lawyer Sobashni De Silva, and the arrivals of Clinical Negligence / Personal Injury specialist, Katarina Santos-Brazell and Employment Solicitor Carol van den End to the company’s civil litigation practice.<
Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent arrival of Litigation Solicitor, Katarina Santos-Brazell. Katarina specialises in commercial litigation, professional negligence, personal injury and clinical negligence claimant matters and predominantly practices from the company’s London offices.
Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Heather Iqbal as a Director of Housing.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce the recent appointment of both Julie Leslie and Commercial Litigation Specialist Sobashni De Silva as a Directors of Litigation.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce the recent appointment of both Sobashni De Silva and Personal Injury Specialist Julie Leslie as a Directors of Litigation.
Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce the recent relocation of Childcare & housing specialist Eleanor Stokes from the company’s Shepherd’s Bush branch to its recently opened Barnet office in North London.
Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce the recent appointments of seven London based law society children panel members and childcare specialists to its Board of Directors.
Leading Legal 500 national law firm Duncan Lewis has recently announced the recent and forthcoming appointment of 13 new Directors across the company’s London and Cardiff based Litigation, Family & Childcare and Immigration legal departments.
Eleri Haf Davies of the Duncan Lewis Public Law team examines the global issue of human trafficking drawing on the example of the "Football Slave Trade".
France is a country at the forefront of the European Union, a founding member of the United Nations, and home to more millionaires than any other nation aside from only the United States and the United Kingdom. That being said, thousands of individuals attempt to flee France every month in the hope of reaching the United Kingdom.
An oral permission hearing took place before the Court of Appeal in the case of HK (Sudan) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (C4/2014/2424) on 3rd November 2014. This was considered by the Court of Appeal to be the lead case concerning a Third Country challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to remove our client to Hungary.