Our motto is "We give people a voice". As Solicitors serving the people we represent over 20,000 new clients a year in offices across London and in most of the major cities in the UK. We therefore take our motto very seriously indeed and do our utmost to listen to your problems first and then try our best to speak out on your behalf. We are your voice in the Courts of Justice throughout the UK.
Our solicitors and lawyers actually do care about you and are committed to providing the best possible service to you in the most caring and careful manner. Yes, we are the largest legal aid providers in the UK and yes, we have specialists solicitors in: Divorce & Childcare, Crime & Fraud, Civil Liberties & Human rights, Housing, Immigration, Litigation, Mental Health and Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Professional Regulation, Public Law but our solicitors and lawyers are not just academic specialists – they are solicitors who combine a deep knowledge of the law and its practical application to you with a firm belief in your right to legal aid and to a committed representation throughout your matter. Our solicitors place service to the public above all else and are able to advise on the best possible course of funding in the event you do not qualify for legal aid. Our rates are competitive and we can also explore the opportunity to fund your case on a fied fee, through insurance and or on a no win no fee.
When you come to Duncan Lewis you come to a place where there are over 325 qualified solicitors (most of whom are Law Society Panel accredited or equivalent), over 355, trainee solicitors, legal executives, barristers and support staff who are willing to take the time to listen to your problem, evaluate it correctly in terms of the law and where possible to speak out on your behalf and present your point of view in the best light and achieve legal remedies which correctly and properly address your problem.
Our solicitors will always give of their best and will always try just that little bit harder on your behalf. Our solicitors are here to listen, help and to give you a voice. Duncan Lewis has the Law Society Lexcel, Investors in People Gold Standard quality marks and is also recognised as a top tier law firm and ranked and recommended as a leading law firm in 10 legal practices nationwide in Legal 500 2015 edition and recognised as a leading law firm in Chambers UK 2016.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors has received nationwide recognition for its excellence. The Legal 500 2017 edition continues to rank Duncan Lewis as a recommended law firm across 11 legal departments in London, the Midlands, South East, Wales and UK-wide. The current 2017 edition recognises our specialisms in the following areas: Immigration, Business Immigration, Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Criminal Defence, Court of Protection/Mental Capacity, Family & Childcare and Social Housing. Also, the legal directory recommends 36 of our staff for their varied specialisms and dedication.
Duncan Lewis retained its "Top Tier" Ranking award for its London Immigration Human Rights practice and also for Immigration Human Rights work in Wales.
For nearly 30 years the Legal 500 legal directory has been an independent worldwide client’s guide to the best law firms and lawyers, which analyses the capabilities of law firms worldwide with a comprehensive research programme heavily focused on peer and client feedback. Used commercially by companies and clients, the series is widely renowned for its definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.
"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." London/Immigration 2017 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘dynamic and very well-organised’ group specialises in acting for clients in judicial review proceedings before the High Court, as well as handling Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases." London/Immigration 2016 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘very good’ team has a strong track record representing SME clients on business immigration, and a stellar reputation for handling test cases…" London/Immigration 2015 Edition
"The ‘very good' Duncan Lewis Solicitors is valued for its ‘commitment' to clients, especially in human rights…" London/Immigration 2014 Edition
"For some, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘in a class of its own’. The Cardiff office has become an integral part of the firm’s UK-wide capability, which includes a large legal aid immigration practice and a market-leading reputation for immigration judicial review matters." Wales/Immigration 2017 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has ‘an excellent grasp of immigration and asylum law’." Wales/Immigration 2016 Edition
"Specialist immigration firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is renowned for asylum and human rights work…" Wales/Immigration 2015 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ immigration and asylum practice specialises in contentious matters. It represents vulnerable clients such as trafficking or torture victims in detention-related matters, handles judicial review applications and proceedings, and assists individuals with appeals and higher court cases. The team also acts for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in asylum fast-track cases." East Midlands/Immigration 2017 Edition
"At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Sangita Shah regularly advises on immigration and asylum matters, and is commended for her ‘passion’ for her work.z" East Midlands/Immigration 2016 Edition
- "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is known for its expertise in all aspects of personal immigration, frequently advising on publicly 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." South East / Immigration 2017 Edition
- "…The team advises SMEs on compliance and sponsorship licence applications under the PBS. Clients recommend Ayan Yalchin and Vicash Ramkissoon." London/Business Immigration 2016 Edition
"The ‘capable, conscientious and professional’ team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides ‘a harmonious and effective service’, and is particularly known for its legal aid expertise." London / Crime: General 2017 Edition
"Praised for his ‘great client care', Hardeep Dhaliwal leads the team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which recently acted in a £1m computer scam bank fraud case." London / Crime: General 2014 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large team that ‘covers a broad range of family cases and excels in children’s cases." London/Family 2017 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has particular expertise representing divorce abuse victims under legal aid and have niche experience in Islamic divorce." London/Family 2016 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a very large legal aid practice, and is an ‘undoubted force in international children law’." London/Family 2015 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides legal aid advice on domestic and cross-border child care matters, and also handles private law with a particular niche in forced marriage protection orders, domestic violence and child abduction cases." West Midlands / Family 2017 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ Toufique Hossain ‘is a leading solicitor’ for immigration judicial reviews and utilises ‘a combination of creative thinking with a huge amount of experience.’" London/Administrative & Public Law 2017 Edition
"At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Toufique Hossain is a ‘genuine star’ for challenges in the immigration and civil liberties space." London/Administrative & Public Law 2016 Edition
"James Packer and solicitor Toufique Hossain are key names at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which has particular experience advising on immigration and civil liberties challenges." London/Administrative & Public Law 2015 Edition
"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 lawyer’ Toufique 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." London/Civil Liberties & Human Rights 2017 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘clearly a major player’ in the space and ‘each practitioner excels in their area.’" London/Social Housing: Tenant 2017 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors have a young and energetic team... With several offices across London, its ‘tentacles spread out far beyond the reaches of traditional firms’ in this sector." London/Social Housing: Tenant 2016 Edition.
".. The team attracts praise for its ‘forward thinking approach’ and standout expertise in possession and unlawful eviction cases." London/Social Housing: Tenant 2015 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides ‘thorough and accurate advice’ to often vulnerable tenants and handles an array of contentious work including reviews, appeals and judicial review proceedings relating to homelessness, disrepair, succession for tenants and neighbourhood disputes.’" Wales/Social Housing: Tenant 2017 Edition
"Headed by Heather Iqbal Rayner, Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents vulnerable individuals in a wide variety of cases against housing associations including disputes relating to anti-social behaviour and unlawful eviction cases. The team’s litigation expertise also includes judicial review challenges against public authorities." Wales/Social Housing: Tenant 2016 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents vulnerable tenants involved in possession and unlawful eviction cases. Heather Iqbal Rayner heads the team." Wales/Social Housing: Tenant 2015 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors ‘constantly strives to achieve the best possible results for its clients, and puts a tremendous amount of work into its cases.’" London/Court of Protection 2017 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap between mental health/capacity issues and deprivation of liberty safeguards." London/Court of Protection 2016 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap mental health and capacity, and deprivation of liberty safeguards..." London/Court of Protection 2015 Edition
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