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Emine Mehmet , Duncan Lewis , Child Care Solicitor , Hackney

Emine Mehmet

Director & Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

Awards Recommendation for Emine Mehmet
Legal 500 Chambers

"Emine Mehmet has a growing profile in the area of family law, in particular for disputes concerning children. She regularly represents vulnerable clients and interested parties in highly sensitive cases involving such issues as abuse allegations and mental health."

Chambers UK 2021 Edition.
Children: Public Law Matters / London

Emine is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2021 Edition.
Family / London

Emine is a Recommended Lawyer in 2020 edition of The Legal 500

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Private Client: Family / London

"Emine Mehmet represents a wide range of clients, including those who are exceptionally vulnerable, with dedication, commitment and skill."

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Family / London
I am a Director of Family and Childcare at Duncan Lewis and I supervise a large team comprising of child panel members, solicitors, trainees and caseworkers at our Dalston branch in East London and our Barnet branch in North London.

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and became a Law Society accredited children law panel member in 2011. I am recommended as a specialist for my London Family work by the independent legal directory, The Legal 500 UK and I am ranked in Chambers and Partners UK. My case load comprises of a broad range of privately and publicly funded (legal aid) family and childcare matters including: Care proceedings acting for children, whether through their guardians or direct, and parents; Private law children disputes; Domestic violence matters.

I am committed to assisting the most vulnerable and ensuring access to justice. I am Head of the Duncan Lewis’ Pro bono Committee which has received a number of national industry awards in recognition for its excellent work. I have personally won the coveted Jordan’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Family Law Awards. Further, I was commended in the category, Best Contribution by an Individual at the 2017 LawWorks Pro Bono Awards. I run not only a pro bono drop in service at our Dalston branch, but within the team we also have a number of outreach surgeries and partnerships which I have established.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC)- College of Law
  • BA Hons Degree - Nene University College (University of Northampton)


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2011-present
  • Director at Pollecoff Solicitors 2005-2011
  • Fahri Jacob Solicitors 2003-2005
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2003


  • "Emine Mehmet has been assisting the University of East London’s Legal Advice Clinic and its Romford Autism Hub Legal Advice Clinic since 2017. Emine has been immensely supportive and encouraging of our services. Emine’s contributions have been invaluable to us and the wider community, and she has often assisted us where we have had urgent sensitive cases." - Nicola Antoniou, University of East London’s Legal Advice Clinic

  • "I was immediately impressed with her intelligence and the speed of her understanding of our complicated family situation. She concluded our first session pointing out the aspect which most concerned her, which, when the case concluded, was the deciding factor." - Client, Tony: July 2017.

  • "The Romford Autism Hub Legal Advice Clinic was established to give access to legal advice and services as it was recognised that families or individuals affected by Autism may not always have the opportunity to access such services. Duncan Lewis Solicitors joined the partnership in September 2017 and since that time have been providing invaluable assistance by providing free legal advice to the clients at the Hub, alongside University of East London's law students. We have advised many clients, making a real difference. We have identified a need for emergency housing advice on a number of occasions, where quite often clients have nowhere left to turn. Duncan Lewis have provided emergency legal advice in such instances and UEL’s law students have assisted clients in an emergency housing application...we have helped vulnerable clients in ensuring they gain access to public funding when they would not have otherwise known of their eligibility; gain allocation to the housing register and secure a plan for SEN matters. We have undergone extensive training about matters relating to people diagnosed with autism and have been able to deliver a service that takes all needs into account at the Hub...We are grateful to the solicitors at Duncan Lewis that provide their free time to this service."


  • Ranked 'Up and Coming' Chambers and Partners UK 2021 edition - Children: Public Law Matters, London
  • Recommended Lawyer - The Legal 500, 2021 edition - Family/London
  • Best Contribution by an Individual: Emine Mehmet - Commended, LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2017
  • Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: Emine Mehmet - Winner, Family Law Awards 2016

Notable Cases

Supreme Court
  • Re T (a child) 2018 EWCA civ 2136 (court of Appeal citation, UKSC Judgement still awaited)- Solicitor with conduct in this case heard in the UKSC in October 2020 for which Judgement is eagerly awaited

Court of Appeal
  • Re T (a child) 2018 EWCA civ 2136 - Solicitor with Conduct in this appeal from the High Court where I acted for a child relating to the use of Deprivation of Liberty Orders. This is a leading case in this area of law.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Law Society's Children Panel member


  • Reading
  • Travelling


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