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Firoza Saiyed, Duncan Lewis

Firoza Saiyed

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Supervising Solicitor within the Immigration and Public Law departments at Duncan Lewis. I supervise a team of trainees and caseworkers at our Harrow office, each one dedicated to representing the most vulnerable in our society.

I have extensive experience assisting clients with all aspects of asylum and immigration law, including initial applications, appeals before the First-tier Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber and claims for judicial review. I advise and assist clients on legal issues, procedures, current policies and practice.

I have specialist knowledge in the area of human trafficking, having previously worked as a Solicitor at POPPY Legal, POPPY Project, until its closure. I frequently advise and represent victims of trafficking in immigration and asylum matters as well as in public law challenges. As a Solicitor at the POPPY Project, I played a significant role in launching the POPPY Legal service, including writing legal policies and researching drop in locations and client groups. From the launch of the service, I conducted drop in clinics in various locations across London, provided advice and casework assistance to trafficked women and produced training materials and conducted trafficking training. I also headed an exceptional case funding service to complement initial advice work and assisted in identifying strategic litigation targets. I took a leading role in the preparation of the POPPY intervention in R(EO & Ors) v SSHD [2015] and drafted the POPPY evidence for the case. I have also contributed to policy work on human trafficking, including written reports for GRETA and for the Shaw Review on Immigration Detention.

My previous experience both as a Solicitor at the POPPY Project and as a team leader at Refugee and Migrant Justice (formerly Refugee Legal Centre) has formed the basis of my commitment to representing vulnerable clients, which includes victims of trafficking, rape, torture, domestic violence, children, detainees, those suffering from mental health problems and those who are vulnerable because of the nature of the problems they face.

I am accredited as a Supervisor and Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, which means I have demonstrated the skills and expertise in this area of law as required by the Law Society.

Education

  • Legal Practice Course - College of Law, Birmingham
  • Graduate Diploma in Law - College of Law, Birmingham
  • BA Honours (Criminology and History) - Sheffield Hallam University

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors (Supervisor), 2016-present
  • POPPY Project, 2015
  • Appointed Supervisor at Duncan Lewis (2014)
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2013
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, 2011-2015
  • Appointed Team Leader at Refugee Legal Centre (2009)
  • Refugee Legal Centre: 2007 - 2010

Membership & Accreditations

  • Supervisor and Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
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