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Eleri Haf Davies , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , Cardiff

Eleri Haf Davies

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Awards Recommendation for Eleri Haf Davies
Legal 500

"Hardworking, dedicated and thorough solicitor Eleri Haf Davies has a flourishing reputation in the market, particularly in relation to Latin American asylum claims and human trafficking."

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Immigration / Wales: Cardiff and Swansea
I am a Solicitor in the Public Law Department at Duncan Lewis. I am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. I joined Duncan Lewis Solicitors in May 2014.

I specialise in Latin American asylum claims and human trafficking and my clients include Colombian, Nicaraguan, El Salvadorian, Cuban, Albanian and Kosovar nationals. In September 2016, I succeeded before the Upper Tribunal in a Colombian asylum claim concerning a former DEA informant fearing reprisals from FARC and Mexican-Colombian cartels. This case was significant as the current country guidance case law does not recognise informants as forming a 'particular social group' for the purposes of the Refugee Convention. Furthermore, the Upper Tribunal upheld the decision of the First-tier Tribunal to find that there is insufficient state protection on return to Colombia for individuals who fear the insurgency group FARC. This, again, was a decision which departs from the current country guidance case law.

A notable case in 2015 involved acting for a national of Cameroon who was detained under the DFT regulations. I had supported an application for my client to be recognised as a victim of trafficking based on a new and emerging form of human exploitation where young African footballers are coerced into slavery in Europe. I was able to secure the client’s release from detention and ultimately, he was recognised as a victim of trafficking and afforded refugee status.

In May 2016, I successfully appealed five linked Kosovar asylum and trafficking claims before the First-tier Tribunal and hope that the case will have a lasting impact on the way that gender-based claims from Kosova are determined in future.

I am a Recommended Individual in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 for my work in Immigration/Wales.

Between 2009 and 2010 I undertook human rights work in Medellín, Colombia working with displaced families and children affected by gang violence in the city. During my time in Medellin, I conducted ethnographic research into the socio-economic, political and human rights climate of the city for a study entitled “Medellín: From Murder Capital to Model City?”. I have written and published articles on the human rights crisis in Colombia for The Guardian and have written an article entitled, ‘Looking Beneath the Surface: Identifying the Victims of Modern Slavery’ in 2015.

I am a first language Welsh speaker and speak fluent Spanish. In 2007, I was granted a bursary for linguistic excellence from Swansea University.

Education

  • University of Swansea: Legal Practice Course (Distinction)
  • University of Swansea: Joint Honours LLB Spanish and Law (First Class)

Career

  • Solicitor at Duncan Lewis: February 2017-present
  • Trainee Solicitor at Duncan Lewis: February 2015–February 2017
  • Caseworker at Duncan Lewis: May 2014–February 2015

Testimonials


"Excellent service and very professional" - Ali, March 2015.


"You are sensitive and aware of the best ways to succeed. I would recommend you to others in my position because you paid attention to my situation and did your best" - Abdolkader, December 2014.


Membership & Accreditations


In August 2016, I was selected by the International Jurists Commission, Colombia Caravana, to take part in this years delegation to Colombia. Assassinations, death threats, unlawful detention and other abuses of lawyers continue unchecked in Colombia despite the current peace negotiations in the country and so the work of the delegation is more important than ever.


The Colombia Caravana was founded in 2008 after the National Colombian Association of Human Rights Lawyers (ACADEHUM) asked the international legal community to develop and implement an international programme of support for human rights lawyers working in Colombia. The Colombia Caravana UK Lawyers’ Group is now at the centre of an international network of jurists offering support to lawyers and other legal professionals in Colombia.


The Caravana’s work is essential to show concrete support for at-risk Colombian human rights lawyers and other defenders. A total of 55 lawyers from more than 10 countries took part in this year’s Caravana and were sent to report on seven different regions of the country, interviewing activists, government officials, victims and community leaders.


I was elected to accompany a small group of lawyers to report on one of the most challenging regions in Colombia, the small port town of Tumaco on the Pacific coast bordering Ecuador. Tumaco is a registered FCO ‘red zone’ with the highest homicide rate in Colombia and the most dense rate of cocaine production in the world.


Interests

  • I have sold and exhibited my artwork for several years in galleries in Brecon and Crickhowell.
  • I was also a member of the Royal Ballet School and I am currently an aerial performer for the Nofit State Circus.
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