Duncan Lewis


Duncan Lewis Solicitors:



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 fixed 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.


Legal 500 - what they say about us


Duncan Lewis has received nationwide recognition for its excellence. The Legal 500 2016 Edition continues to rank Duncan Lewis Solicitors as a recommended law firm across 10 legal departments in London, the Midlands, Wales and UK-wide. The current 2016 edition recognises our specialisms in the following areas: Asylum, Immigration & Human Rights; Business Immigration; Social Housing; Criminal Defence; Family, Matrimonial & Childcare; Court of Protection/Mental Capacity; and Public Law Civil Liberties Judicial Review claimant matters. The 2016 Edition has also recommended 16 Duncan Lewis lawyers.

Duncan Lewis received its first "Top Tier" Ranking award for its London Immigration Human Rights practice and also maintained its "Top Tier" status 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.

Human Rights Immigration (London); Top-Tier firm 2016

"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… Clients recommend the ‘hardworking’ Adam Tear, ‘knowledgeable’ James Packer and ‘genuine star’ Toufique Hossain." – 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…" – 2015 Edition.

"The ‘very good' Duncan Lewis Solicitors is valued for its ‘commitment' to clients, especially in human rights…" – 2014 Edition

Human Rights Immigration (Wales); Top-Tier firm 2015

- "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has ‘an excellent grasp of immigration and asylum law’. Vinita Templeton and Vanessa Delgado are ‘both deeply committed to their clients’ interests’, with Templeton being a specialist in immigration judicial review claims. The ‘thorough and conscientious’ Sian Pearce is also recommended." – 2016 Edition

"Specialist immigration firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is renowned for asylum and human rights work…" – 2015 Edition.

Human Rights Immigration (East Midlands)

- "At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Sangita Shah regularly advises on immigration and asylum matters, and is commended for her ‘passion’ for her work." – 2016 Edition

Business Immigration (London)

"… The team advises SMEs on compliance and sponsorship licence applications under the PBS. Clients recommend Ayan Yalchin and Vicash Ramkissoon." – 2016 Edition

Fraud: White-Collar Crime (London)

"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." – 2014 Edition.

Family & Childcare (London)

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has particular expertise representing divorce abuse victims under legal aid and have niche experience in Islamic divorce. Adeeba Naseem is extremely helpful." – 2016 Edition.

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a very large legal aid practice, and is an ‘undoubted force in international children law’. Aina Khan specialises in Islamic divorce.". – 2015 Edition.

Administrative & Public Law (London)

"At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Toufique Hossain is a ‘genuine star’ for challenges in the immigration and civil liberties space." – 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." – 2015 Edition.

Housing – Social Tenant (London)

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors have a young and energetic team that includes the very approachable Dianne Cowie and Subbiah Sivapunniyam, who specialises in possession actions. With several offices across London, its ‘tentacles spread out far beyond the reaches of traditional firms’ in this sector." – 2016 Edition

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors expanded with the hire of Dianne Cowie (‘an excellent litigator with a wealth of experience’) from Fisher Meredith in 2015. The team attracts praise for its ‘forward thinking approach’ and standout expertise in possession and unlawful eviction cases. Practice head Subbiah Sivapunniyam is ‘courteous but forceful in raising issues on behalf of clients’. Solicitors James de Vere Moss and Bernadette Sylvester are also recommended." – 2015 Edition.

Housing – Social Tenant (Wales)

"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." – 2016 Edition

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents vulnerable tenants involved in possession and unlawful eviction cases. Heather Iqbal Rayner heads the team." – 2015 Edition.

Court of Protection / Mental Capacity (London)

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap between mental health/capacity issues and deprivation of liberty safeguards. Angela Smith and Ravinder Brar are highly competent." – 2016 Edition

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap mental health and capacity, and deprivation of liberty safeguards. Angela Smith keeps her clients ‘very well informed and always goes that extra mile" – 2015 Edition.


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