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Anthony Kasonde , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Freelance Solicitor , Dalston

Anthony Kasonde

Consultant

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Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Solicitor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, specialising in Immigration Law. I am cross-qualified as an Advocate in Zambia.

I have experience in a variety of complex and high profile cases. I frequently take on instructions from clients (both detained and non-detained) at short notice and can work under extreme pressure in order to ensure that justice is achieved. My work is primarily focused on the representation of detained clients who have made asylum claims and those who are threatened with either removal or deportation from the UK.

I have significant experience dealing with vulnerable clients including those in detention, those suffering from complex psychological issues and victims of torture, rape and trafficking. I have a particular specialism in challenging the detention of vulnerable clients. I am committed to ensuring that vulnerable clients have the after care they need from various health professionals in order to help with their recoveries and future well-being. I have also acted for minority groups including homosexuals, Christian converts, and women seeking protection in the UK. I assist in judicial review claims challenging the refusal to accept further submissions as a fresh claim and failures to grant a right of appeal.

I act for and represent a significant number of nationals in their asylum, immigration and judicial matters. I continuously seek injunctive relief against removal and various other challenges to the policies of the Home Office. I also act for clients in privately funded cases mostly focussing on human rights and European Union rights. This includes for European Economic Area (EEA) family members who are no longer with their spouses/partners for various reasons and wish to assert their rights even when their EEA national spouses/partners refuse to support their applications. I was part of the legal team at Duncan Lewis that acted for clients who sought to challenge, by way of judicial review, the lawfulness of the fast track scheme. Our success not only led to the change of policy by the Home Office but also to the suspension of the scheme and an end to the arbitrary detention of asylum seekers.

I am accredited as a 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.

Education

  • Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) - BPP, Law School
  • Diploma in Business Administration - City of London College
  • Legal Practitioners' Bar Course - Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education
  • LLB Honours degree – The University of Zambia

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2011-present
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in 2004

Notable Cases

High Court
  • R (oao) TN (Vietnam) & US (Pakistan) v SSHD & Anor [2017] EWHC 59 (Admin) – Solicitor with Conduct – following the Detention Action cases – This case challenged the 2005 Fast Track Procedure Rules (FTR) and sought to set aside asylum appeals decided under the 2005 Procedure Rules. The High Court agreed that the 2005 FTR were unlawful and declared them ultra vires.

  • R (oao) JM & Ors v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 2331 – Solicitor with Conduct - The Secretary of State for the Home Department conceded that the Detained Fast-Track process created an unacceptable risk of unfairness to vulnerable or potentially vulnerable individuals. Further, the Secretary of State conceded that the process as a whole created an unacceptable risk of failure to identify those whose claims were unsuitable for a quick decision within the Detained Fast-Track process. Substantial damages were awarded to Claimants.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
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