I am a Consultant Solicitor-Advocate within the Public Law and Immigration departments at Duncan Lewis. I litigate across a broad range of complex areas and regularly conduct complex litigation concerning issues such as unlawful detention, removals to European Countries under the Dublin Conventions, removals on asylum and human rights grounds, challenges to policy/law relating to vulnerable people including victims of torture and trafficking and various other challenges to decisions made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
I have extensive experience of cases which have been decided by the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
I am recognised by the the Solicitors Regulation Authority as a Solicitor-Advocate with Higher Rights which enables me to represent clients at the Higher Courts - the Administrative Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Since becoming a Solicitor-Advocate, I have successfully conducted out of hours applications for interim relief before the High Court and drafted Grounds for High Court matters.
I initially joined Duncan Lewis in September 2005 for work experience. I was retained after my work experience and offered a position as a paralegal. After I successfully completed my Legal Practice Course (LPC), I was offered a Training Contract with the firm, which I part completed, completing two seats in Immigration Law and Criminal Law respectively. In March 2010 I left Duncan Lewis to complete my Training Contract at Cleveland & Co Solicitors, where I completed my third seat in Employment Law and subsequently qualified and admitted as a Solicitor. Following my admission as a Solicitor I supervised a team of Solicitors, trainees and caseworkers all dedicated to representing the most vulnerable in the society.
I rejoined Duncan Lewis in May 2013 as Consultant Solicitor in the Immigration Department.
I am accredited as a Supervisor and Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
"...My family will remember you on our prayer ....if we have a girl....encourage her to be a lawyer like you" - Golam Chowdhury (client), October 2016.
"Ekanem, you are truly the best lawyer. You have saved my live." - Guy Camille Banguin (client), August 2016.
"You have saved my family and my son would have been dead without you. God Bless YOU!" - Mrs Ovienrioba (client), June 2016.
"Thank you very much for your kind assistance over my immigration matters. I really do appreciate your efforts, support and valuable representation of my case. I really do appreciate it a lot with a great, huge gratitude from my heart, I am saying THANK YOU!" - Client, June 2017.
"Thank you very much for everything that you have done for us! Thank you for your patience and to reply to us to all our questions and concerns." - client, September 2017.
In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, singing and public speaking. I have been a guest speaker at West Thames College, West London on occasion. I am learning to speak French, Spanish and my local Nigerian dialect.