Immigration Solicitors

The strength in depth to give you the specialist expertise you need advice you can trust.


Duncan Lewis
“Specialist immigration firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors opened a Cardiff office in 2013, and is ‘effective and successful'. Solicitor, Vinita Templeton is ‘committed to the plight of those most vulnerable'.”..

Legal 500 2014 Edition: Wales/Immigration (Human Rights); Top-Tier firm in Wales.

“The ‘very good' Duncan Lewis Solicitors is valued for its ‘commitment' to clients, especially in human rights, where it is currently advising on a deprivation of British citizenship case in the Court of Appeal. On the business side, the firm has advised on several Tier 2 visas. Vicash Ramkissoon is ‘exceptional', and Adam Tear and James Packer are recommended. Toufique Hossain, who was promoted to the partnership in 2013, is ‘very committed to his clients”..

Legal 500 2014 Edition: London/Immigration (Human Rights).

Immigration Services


Duncan Lewis has the largest legal aid immigration practice in the UK and ihas been ranked by Legal 500 2014 for its business immigration and immigration human rights work in London and recognised as a top-tier law firm for its immigration work in Wales. With over 190 specialist Immigration solicitors’ and immigration lawyers, we can bring the highest level of expertise to your immigration matter. Our immigration solicitors can provide free legal advice assistance, in some immigration cases through Legal Aid funding which is free to you. This covers the most straightforward applications, but also includes complex cases in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal to first Tier Tribunal (immigration and asylum chamber) and the High Court. Our immigration lawyers provide immigration services at all of our offices throughout London and across the UK. So wherever you are, we will be able to offer you a local service with nationally recognised excellence.

The quality of our work is repeatedly demonstrated by the very high success rates achieved in cases that we take on. We strive to make our services as accessible as possible to everyone, taking on some cases at no cost, on a pro bono basis where legal aid is not available. We consistently strive to provide high levels of legal advice and service to all those in desperate need of good quality Immigration advice. Duncan Lewis also has its own dedicated Public Law team made up of highly skilled solicitors, including a number who trained as barristers – who undertake complex appeal cases up to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords the Supreme Court. Many of these cases, which are reported in the reported case journals, raise new and important issues, which create legal precedents for the future. We provide advice on all aspects of immigration law affecting individuals including those that and detained and businesses. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our staff that can provide you with legal services in over 70 languages. The services our Immigration solicitors provide can be categorised as follows:-

  1. Individuals (settling, working or studying in the UK)
  2. Asylum, Human Rights & Appeals
  3. Detention & the Fast Track Process
  4. Business Immigration
Individuals (Settling, Working and Studying in the UK)

You may wish to come to the UK to take up employment, study or join family and partners that are already here. Our immigration solicitors can assess your eligibility under the Points Based System (PBS) and help you submit a successful visa application if you require one. More information on PBS and what types of visa may be available to you can be found here.

Individuals settling in the UK or Joining Family and Partners who are already here
  1. Naturalisation and Citizenship
  2. Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
  3. EEA (and Swiss) Nationals: Registration certificates
  4. Partner visa
  5. Dependants
  6. Family of EEA (and Swiss) Nationals
Individuals Work/Study in the UK:
  1. Introduction to the Points Based System
  2. Tier 1 Visa
  3. Tier 2 Visa
  4. Tier 4 Visa
  5. Tier 5 Visa

Asylum, Human Rights & Appeals

We have a number of Immigration solicitors and lawyers who specialise in asylum law. If you have been detained in a detention centre or prison pending a decision, we may also be able to make an application for bail on your behalf. We offer a 24 hour hotline for emergency cases so we can provide you with legal assistance outside office hours. More information on how we may help with an asylum matter is available here:

  1. Applying for asylum
  2. Human Rights Applications
  3. Unaccompanied Minors
  4. Appeals
  5. Advocacy / Upper Tribunal
  6. Judicial Review
  7. Reuniting refugees with their family members

Detention & the Fast Track Process
  1. Applying for bail (immigration detention)
  2. Detained asylum seekers
  3. Unlawful detention – Immigration – Claim for Damages
Business Immigration

If you employ a foreign national or are hoping to do so, you will need to know whether or not they have the right to work in the UK. Our immigration lawyers can advise you on the status of your employees and how you can sponsor them should it be necessary to do so.
Information on who has automatic rights to work in the UK and how you can sponsor foreign nationals to come to the UK to work is available here.

  1. Does your employee have the right to work in the UK?
  2. Tier 2 and 5 sponsor’s licence

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