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Giorgio Strumia, Duncan Lewis

Giorgio Strumia

Solicitor

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I am a Solicitor in the Public and Immigration Law Department at Duncan Lewis, specialising in international human rights and asylum law. I joined the firm in February 2018 and work within James Packer’s team.

My work entails bringing a wide variety of judicial review challenges upholding the civil liberties and human rights of migrants within the UK immigration system. These include, for example, challenges to the lawfulness and conditions of immigration detention, the provision and adequacy of migrant support, the lawfulness of Home Office delays in deciding protection claims and decisions to deny asylum seekers’ applications for permission to work.

My expertise includes public law challenges to decisions under policies creating safe legal routes to the UK, such as the Home Office’s Leave Outside the Immigration Rules Policy (‘LOTR’) and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (‘ARAP’). Following the return of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, I assisted a senior Afghan intelligence officer in a complex and protracted challenge to a Ministry of Defence’s decision refusing to relocate him to the UK under Pathway 4 (Special Cases). More recently, I assisted an Afghan family in an urgent application for their evacuation from Pakistan.

I also represent clients in civil claims for false imprisonment, negotiate settlements and have significant experience of offers under Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules. I routinely represent asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking and foreign national offenders subject to deportation proceedings, both from the outset of their claims and on appeal to the First-tier and Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. I have a strong track record of thoroughly prepared claims and successful outcomes in complex cases. These include, for example, reopening the appeal process for a foreign national offender conclusively establishing modern slavery (forced criminality) at the time of the index offence, securing trafficking status for a failed asylum seeker twice trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, and succeeding in an Article 3 ECHR appeal (medial grounds) brought by a vulnerable client at risk of suicide.

I also have a keen interest in pro bono work. Until recently, I volunteered with the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center by providing advice and support to address the urgent needs of asylum seekers arriving in Rome and the needs of refugees seeking to settle in the city. I have also volunteered with the National Centre for Domestic Violence, in Bristol. Prior to my legal career, I was a qualified paramedic within the Italian Red Cross and a volunteer of the Italian ambulance service, in Milan.

Languages: native Italian and elementary Spanish and French.



Education

  • LPC and LLM in Professional Legal Practice (Distinction) | The University of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)| The University of Law
  • Laurea Breve in Giurisprudenza | Universita' Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore

Career

  • Admitted as a Solicitor (January 2024)
  • Senior Caseworker (Immigration and Asylum) (July 2019)

Interests

  • Outside of work, I enjoy playing 5 a-side football, cooking and swimming. I am an avid amateur sailor and since a young age have dabbled in Laser Boat sailing.
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