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Elizabeth Cole, Duncan Lewis

Elizabeth Cole

Trainee Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Caseworker in the Public Law team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, under the supervision of Solicitor Jeremy Bloom and Director Toufique Hossain. Since joining Duncan Lewis in September 2021, I have assisted with a number of public law and immigration-related challenges.

I assisted Solicitor Sheroy Zaq in a challenge to the failure of the Home Secretary to lawfully discharge her obligations under Article 3 ECHR (MG v SSHD [2022] EWHC 1847 (Admin)). This claim was brought by a primary victim and a first-hand witness of a tragic stabbing attack within asylum accommodation during June 2020.

I have also worked on a number of bespoke false imprisonment challenges – including a challenge to the implementation of restrictive conditions on asylum-seekers in hotel accommodation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

I also played a significant role in a challenge to the operation of the Manston House Short-Term Holding Facility in late 2022, which led to the facility being emptied.

As a Level 2 accredited Caseworker, I have also assisted on a number of asylum and immigration matters, including at the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, Court of Appeal and applications to the Supreme Court and ECtHR.

Previous Experience Prior to my role at Duncan Lewis, I worked closely with asylum-seekers and refugees, including a voluntary post with Refugee Action in Manchester and an internship with the Family Reunion department of the British Red Cross. I have also worked abroad, including with an organisation in Geneva that challenges human rights abuses in Iraq.

Interests: I am interested in the overlap between politics and law, and am a close follower of current affairs - particularly global politics.


  • 2021-23 - Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP (pending)
  • 2020-21 - MA Human Rights Law, SOAS, University of London - Distinction
  • 2016-19 - BA Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester - First Class with Honours


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors: September 2021 - present

Notable Cases

High Court
HT, Detention Action and The Public and Commercial Services Union v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Pre-Action) MG, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 1847 (Admin)

Membership & Accreditations

Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Level 2
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