I am a Solicitor in the Public Law and Immigration Department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I have extensive experience in a wide range of Judicial Review claimant challenges, particularly immigration, civil liberties and asylum-related. This includes cases of:
- Unlawful detention;
- False imprisonment;
- Habeas Corpus;
- Dublin III/Third Country removal;
- Unlawful delay in processing immigration and asylum applications;
- Fresh claim challenges/unlawful denial of appeal rights;
- Challenges to refusals of Article 8 ECHR family and private life applications.
- Challenging removals by way of urgent interim relief applications.
I have most recently been involved in linked cases challenging removals to Italy of highly vulnerable claimants pursuant to the terms of the Dublin III Regulation which resulted in the Secretary of State conceding my client's case and subsequently granting her refugee status in this country.
I also regularly act for both privately funded and publicly funded (legal aid) clients in a broad range of immigration matters. I deal with EU deportation appeals/challenges to the Regulation 33 (former Regulation 24AA) certifications, asylum/immigration appeals both in the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, human rights and bail applications/hearings. I have successfully represented clients in a variety of asylum applications and appeals, who have been persecuted in their home countries. Examples include: religious persecution, political activists, ethnic/tribal persecution, former armed forces members, victims of persecution on the ground of gender (lone female) and victims of trafficking.
I am accredited by the Law Society as a Senior Caseworker of the Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme, this means I have demonstrated the required level of knowledge and experience in this area of law as outlined by the Law Society.
For those clients that struggle to communicate in English, I am fluent in Serbo-Croatian and Bosnian. I also have an understanding of Slovenian and Macedonian.