Our motto is "We give people a voice". As solicitors, we serve the people we represent in over 29,000 cases per year across 25 areas of law from offices throughout 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 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 care about your wellbeing and are committed to providing the best possible service to you in the most considerate and careful manner. As the largest legal aid providers in the UK we have specialist solicitors in: Family & Child Care, Crime & Fraud, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Housing, Immigration, Litigation, Mental Health, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Professional Regulation and Public Law. Our lawyers are not just academic specialists – they combine an in depth knowledge of the law and its practical application to your case, with a firm belief in your right to legal assistance and to 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 fixed fee basis, through insurance and/or on a no win no fee basis (a conditional fee agreement).
When you come to Duncan Lewis you come to a prominent and reputable national law firm with over 370 qualified solicitors (most of whom are Law Society Panel accredited or equivalent), and over 330 trainee solicitors, caseworkers, legal executives, barristers and support staff. They are all 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 in an attempt to present your point of view in the best light and achieve legal remedies which address your problem.
Our solicitors are here to listen, help and to give you a voice. Duncan Lewis holds industry quality marks to evidence that it is a law firm that you can trust. The firm has held the Law Society Lexcel Excellence in Practice Management and Client Care accreditation since 1999 and was the first firm in the UK to achieve the Investors in People Gold Standard quality mark in 2009. The company takes data protection and cyber security extremely seriously and holds both ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus which demonstrates that it is an organisation that has defined and put in place best-practice information security processes. Duncan Lewis is also recognised as a top tier law firm and ranked and recommended as a leading law firm in 15 legal practices nationwide in the current Legal 500 2019 edition and recognised as a leading law firm in Chambers UK 2019.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors has received nationwide recognition for its excellence. The Legal 500 2019 edition continues to rank Duncan Lewis as a recommended law firm across its main legal departments in London, the Midlands, South East, Wales and UK-wide. The current 2019 edition recognises our specialisms in the following areas: Administrative and Public Law, Business Immigration, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Clinical Negligence, Criminal Defence, Court of Protection/Mental Capacity, Family & Child Care, Immigration & Asylum, Personal Injury and Social Housing. Also, the legal directory recommends 40 of our staff for their varied specialisms and dedication to their practice.
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, by analysing the capabilities of law firms using 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 firms and legal practitioners alike.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on a range of matters such as the PBS, sponsorship licence applications, and compliance. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals from Asia, Russia and the Middle East on Tier 1 and investor visas. The firm also handles a range of asylum, nationality, detention, deportation, bail, human rights, detention, Judicial Review, and trafficking cases for business, individual and vulnerable clients." London/Immigration 2019 Edition
"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
"The 'knowledgeable and well organised' team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'punches well above its weight – litigating points of law with both national and international importance'. 'Second-to-none in the publicly funded arena in Wales', the firm handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters including handling high-profile claimant judicial review matters." Wales/Immigration 2019 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 excels in public law immigration matters, where its team 'is not afraid to challenge accepted norms, take risks in advancement of its client's case and push boundaries in the client's favour'. The practice acts for businesses and individuals on the full range of personal immigration, asylum and human rights, and nationality matters, as well as assisting high-net-worth individuals with points based system applications and appeals. In an illustration of its public law expertise, the practice acted in the lead case challenging removals to Bulgaria under the Dublin III Regulations." South East / Immigration 2019 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
- "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on a range of matters such as the PBS, sponsorship licence applications, and compliance. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals from Asia, Russia and the Middle East on Tier 1 and investor visas. The firm also handles a range of asylum, nationality, detention, deportation, bail, human rights, detention, Judicial Review, and trafficking cases for business, individual and vulnerable clients." London/Business Immigration 2019 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
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘a busy firm, cornering the market in legally aided, general crime’. It is adept at handling cases of serious crime such as drugs importation, fraud, kidnap, immigration and gang-related offences. The firm recently acted for a man who murdered a fellow detainee at an immigration centre." London/ Crime: General 2019 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 is an ‘excellent firm with talented and experienced staff’". London/ Family 2019 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 has expertise in matrimonial and children cases, with notable strengths in cross-border disputes."West Midlands/ Family 2019 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
"With offices around London and nationally, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is reported to have 'a strong presence in this area of the law, making a particularly dominant contribution in immigration, asylum and prison law…The team is handling cases of the deprivation of British citizenship and deportation threats, many of which have gone to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court."London / Administrative & Public Law 2019 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 ‘one of the leading firms in the field of immigration’ and has achieved success in several Supreme Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal cases." London/Civil Liberties & Human Rights 2019 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
"One of the most effective firms practicing social housing law', Duncan Lewis Solicitors has considerable expertise in Equality Act defence cases, unlawful eviction and possession claims, and homelessness appeals. The team also handles a considerable amount of pro-bono work, which has recently included representing a number of individuals in homelessness claims following the Grenfell Tower disaster." London/ Social Housing: Tenant 2019 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, clear and concise advice' to tenants across a broad 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 2019 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 fields a ‘team that is quick to respond’. It has a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates with its experts from its mental capacity, mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law departments." London / Court of Protection 2019 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
"The 'dedicated and hardworking clinical negligence team' at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is 'a safe bet and gets good results'. It is best known for its work on brain, spinal and neurological injury claims for both children and adults against NHS and private hospitals, while also covering obstetric, neonatal, cerebral palsy, anaesthetic, cardiac, organ damage, surgical, emergency care and prescription matters."South East/ Clinical Negligence: Claimant 2019 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors is 'a well-established and respected firm that provides a high quality of work in an efficient and friendly way'. Its expertise covers divorce and matrimonial cases, with notable expertise in representing domestic abuse victims under legal aid and mediation, as well as ancillary relief expertise. It also handles public law and cross-border issues concerning children, and has niche shari'ah-law expertise." South East/ Family 2019 Edition
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors attracts praise for its 'robust practical approach to case management and client management'. The sizeable housing law team regularly acts for social tenants in defending against possession and unlawful eviction cases, with housing law specialists who are 'at the top of their game'." South East/ Social Housing: Tenant 2019 Edition
"The 'highly competent, hardworking and continually improving' personal injury department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'makes clients feel at ease' and 'fights hard for them', applying 'great tactical astuteness'. The team specialises in workplace, public liability, road traffic accident and disease claims involving serious injuries or fatalities."South East/ Personal Injury: Claimant 2019 Edition
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