Profile / Experience
I am a Caseworker in the Public Law and Immigration departments at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I am based at the firm's Luton office and work with a team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers under the supervision of notable director Bahar Ata.
I am highly experienced in managing certificated public law matters, including submitting applications for emergency and substantive legal aid applications, instructing counsel, preparing applications for judicial review to challenge removals, applications for the re-consideration of both asylum and trafficking matters, and applications for unlawful detention.
I attend oral permission hearings and full judicial review hearings at both the Upper Tribunal and High Court in support of counsel. Also experienced in dealing with urgent actions, drafting and negotiating consent orders, and am experienced in negotiating part 36 offers to settle, with a track record of obtaining favourable out-of-court settlements for clients. I have attended conferences with counsel, handled expert witness evidence and have instructed both counsel and expert witnesses.
I have a wide portfolio of immigration and asylum work, handling the progression of a number of different matters such as asylum claims & appeals, fresh asylum claims, preparing immigration bail applications, handling DAC cases and in handling EU clients both pre and post Brexit. I deal with both legal aid funded matters and undertake privately funded applications. I have attended hearings at both the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal and I have rights of audience to personally represent client's in the First-tier Tribunal.
I am also experienced in family and child care proceedings having initially joined the firm in this practise area.