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Ann Evans, Duncan Lewis

Ann Evans

Consultant

Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Solicitor Advocate in the Public Law Department at Duncan Lewis.

I have a wide range of experience in dealing with immigration and nationality, asylum, human rights and judicial review cases. Further, I regualrly act in matters that fall within the European Economic Area (EEA) Regulations. I am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme which means I have demonstrated the required level of competence and specialist knowledge in Immigration and Asylum law as defined by the Law Society and enables me to advise and assist both private paying and publicly funded clients.

My varied caseload is predominantly focused on representing clients with their appeals or judicial review challenges against decisions made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department. I act for both privately and publicly (legal aid) funded vulnerable clients. Amongst others, I have extensive experience working with victims of torture, trafficking victims and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

"I have achieved my Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) Accreditation with the Law Society which in turn recognises me as a specialist advocate. I undertake my own advocacy and regularly appear on behalf of appellants at the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber. I am regularly instructed in urgent ‘removal directions’ matters to issue Judicial Review proceedings in order to apply for injunctive relief from the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court.

I have acted as lead solicitor in a number of cases at the Administrative Court, and also in an application to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and at the Court of Appeal.

I am a fluent Welsh speaker.

In addition to my work in Public Law, I am also a Consultant Solicitor Advocate in the Immigration Department.

Immigration
I am a Consultant Solicitor Advocate in the Immigration Department at Duncan Lewis.

I have a wide range of experience in dealing with immigration and nationality, asylum, human rights and judicial review cases. Further, I regualrly act in matters that fall within the European Economic Area (EEA) Regulations. I am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme which means I have demonstrated the required level of competence and specialist knowledge in Immigration and Asylum law as defined by the Law Society and enables me to advise and assist both private paying and publicly funded clients.

My varied caseload is predominantly focused on representing clients with their appeals or judicial review challenges against decisions made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department. I act for both privately and publicly (legal aid) funded vulnerable clients. Amongst others, I have extensive experience working with victims of torture, trafficking victims and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

"I have achieved my Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) Accreditation with the Law Society which in turn recognises me as a specialist advocate. I undertake my own advocacy and regularly appear on behalf of appellants at the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber. I am regularly instructed in urgent ‘removal directions’ matters to issue Judicial Review proceedings in order to apply for injunctive relief from the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court.

I have acted as lead solicitor in a number of cases at the Administrative Court, and also in an application to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and at the Court of Appeal.

I am a fluent Welsh speaker.

In addition to my work in Immigration, I am also a Consultant Solicitor Advocate in the Public Law Department.

Education

  • LLB Law Degree
  • Bar Vocational Course

Career

  • Employed at Duncan Lewis 2012-present
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in 2013

Testimonials

  • 'High level of professionalism' Client, Joe - March 2017.

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal
  • Tesfay and others [2016] EWCA Civ 415 – Solicitor with conduct– Costs case relation to Dublin II litigation.

High Court
  • Alshirif v SSHD [2016] EWHC 1770 (Admin) Test case – Lead Solicitor - Challenging removals to Spain under Dublin III on the basis of risk of refoulement.

  • SA v SSHD – CO/5238/2014 - Issued an urgent judicial review and obtained an injunction to prevent the removal of a pregnant woman from the UK on the basis that she was ‘unfit to fly’. Conducted an out of hours application to the High Court.

High Court

Civil Court
  • SIIA (Anonymity Direction made) - Upper Tribunal PA/07993/2016 - November 2017 - Held that First-tier Tribunal judge has materially erred in law in reaching adverse findings in respect of Appellant's claim.

  • OG v SSHD – (anonymity direction made) - Conducted an asylum appeal of a former unaccompanied minor. Appellant granted refugee status after the First-tier Tribunal accepted that he possessed a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of imputed Christianity.

  • EB & Ors v SSHD - JR/1249/2014 and IA/0074/2015 - Following a successful judicial review challenge against certification, conducted a mother and her two minor sons' appeals at the First-tier Tribunal - appeals allowed, granted status under article 276ADE (iv)/ Article 8 ECHR.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Obtained Civil Higher Rights of Audience
  • Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme - Level 2 with supervisor status.
  • Member of the Immigration Law Practitioner's Association.

Interests

  • Art
  • Music
  • Welsh language
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