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Georgia Banks, Duncan Lewis

Georgia Banks

Caseworker

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Profile / Experience

I am a Caseworker within the Public Law department at Duncan Lewis. I am based in the firm’s head office in Harrow and work with a team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers under the supervision of solicitor Sulaiha Ali and public law director Toufique Hossain.

I work on a broad range of human rights claims and judicial reviews. In particular, I have taken instructions in a number of unlawful detention and false imprisonment claims. I engage in advocacy in the First-tier Tribunal for immigration bail matters. I also work on international protection, initial asylum claims, fresh claims and other immigration matters.

I have worked on high-profile cases such as seeking a stay on the Jamaican Charter flight scheduled in February 2020 and the Detention Action challenge to immigration detention during the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Before joining Duncan Lewis, while studying in the Netherlands, I interned at Amnesty International’s Centre for International Justice in the The Hague, predominantly advocating for defendants’ rights at the International Criminal Court. My Masters in Public International Law specialised in International Humanitarian Law, with a thesis focussing on the legality of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in light of breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen.

Education

  • LLM in Public International Law – Cum Laude – Leiden University
  • LLB Law with European and International Law (Year Abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong) – First Class – University of Sheffield

Notable Cases

High Court
  • Detention Action and Ravin v SSHD: alongside Toufique Hossain and Phillip Armitage, challenged the actions of the Home Office in failing to release individuals detained in immigration removal centres despite the impossibility of their removal and the dangers facing them in detention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Civil Court
  • Andrew Van Horn v SSHD: won an award of over £100k in damages for individual who was detained unlawfully by the Home Office for 13 months and 2 weeks. The Court determined that immigration detention was the cause or main cause of the client’s PTSD and the client’s damages award included an award of £33,000 for personal injury.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Senior Caseworker Accreditation (Level 2)

Interests

  • Sport
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Travel
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