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Ben Nelson, Duncan Lewis

Ben Nelson


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I am a caseworker in the Public Law team at Duncan Lewis, based in the City of London office. I take instructions on a wide range of immigration and asylum matters under legal aid, including asylum and deportation appeals, bail applications and assisting victims of trafficking through the NRM process.

I joined Duncan Lewis from September 2021 until October 2022. During this time, I assisted on a variety of Judicial Review matters. This includes the case of Yilmaz and Anor v SSHD [2022] EWCA Civ 300, a case which concerned the lawfulness of the certification of two individual's deportation appeals under s94B of the 2002 Act, authorising them to only pursue their appeal remotely. I also assisted with a number of urgent removal claims, in the context of charter flights to both the Iraqi-Kurdish Region and Jamaica.

I also assisted with clients who were detained on the first chartered flight to Rwanda, following the Secretary of State's implementation of her new Safe Third Country Regime. The flight was eventually grounded as a result of our efforts collectively.

I have worked with Victims of Torture and Victims of Trafficking, working effectively to manage vulnerable clients' expectations while gathering supporting evidence on an urgent basis. Having re-joined Duncan Lewis, I hope to continue this practice and am interested in expanding my caseload within Public Law.

Recently, I assisted in a successful judicial review challenge to the lack of provision of Legal Aid on the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).

I am accredited as a Senior Caseworker under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. I currently work under the direct supervision of Solicitor Simon Robinson and Director Toufique Hossain.


  • BA Law - University of Cambridge


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors (March 2023 - Present)
  • Garden Court Chambers - Public Access Caseworker (October 2022 - February 2023)
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors - Caseworker (Public Law - Toufique Hossain) (September 2021 - October 2022)

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal
  • Yilmaz and Anor v SSHD - 2022 EWCA Civ 300 - Challenge to Out of Country Appeals Following S94B Certification (assisted with)

Membership & Accreditations

  • IAAS Level 2 Senior Caseworker (Accreditation)
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (Member)


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  • Aston Villa FC
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