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CroydonAdvertiser (18 December 2015)

Duncan Lewis Solicitors^ Pyjama Party day was featured in the Croydon Advertiser. The pyjama party event raised money for the Brain Tumour Unit at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

LegalCheek (7 December 2015)

Following Duncan Lewis being awarded the LawWorks Best Contribution by a Firm with a London Head Office 2015 award at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards ceremony, Legal Cheek spoke to Emine Mehmet, Childcare Director and Head of the Duncan Lewis Pro Bono committee.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

FMB: René González Sehwerert (1 December 2015)

Public Law Director James Packer authored this article featured in the Free Movement blog regarding Mr. Seherwet (aka Rene Gonzales), one of the ‘Cuban Five’, whose cases have been the subject of international controversy with concerns that the prosecution was politically motivated, the trials unfair and the sentences excessive. Duncan Lewis represented René González in his case.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

FMB René González Sehwerert (1 December 2015)

Public Law Director James Packer authored this article featured in the Free Movement blog regarding Mr. Seherwet (aka Rene Gonzales), one of the ‘Cuban Five’, whose cases have been the subject of international controversy with concerns that the prosecution was politically motivated, the trials unfair and the sentences excessive. Duncan Lewis represented René González in his case.  Read more...

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MorningStar (11 November 2015)

Duncan Lewis represented René González Sehwerert in the reported case which was covered by The Morning Star.

“Judges overruled the Home Office yesterday after it tried to block a member of the Miami Five from visiting Britain to engage in talks about Cuba-US relations in the Commons.”  Read more...

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GuardianAylumSeekersDeportation (16 October 2015)

Duncan Lewis Public Law Director Toufique Hossain was mentioned in The Guardian on the 16th October 2015 in an article regarding the Home Office receiving scrutiny after it is revealed many planes leave half empty because of high court challenges to prevent removals.

“Solicitor Toufique Hossain, of Duncan Lewis, who was involved in preventing many of the asylum seekers earmarked for the August charter flight to Afghanistan from flying, called on the home secretary to reconsider her policy of forcing people back to Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous countries in the world.”  Read more...

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DLindependentYarlsWood (12 October 2015)

“A torture victim who was unlawfully detained after she sought safety in the UK has told how her arrest and confinement by British authorities caused her to relive every horrifying moment of the rape and violence she suffered in her homeland.”

Duncan Lewis Public Law Director Toufique Hossain and Public Law Solicitor Krisha Prathepan, who represented the woman were quoted in the article.

"The woman’s solicitor, Krisha Prathepan, said: “We tried very hard, even up to the day of the hearing, to settle this case as it should not have got to this stage. The Home Office refused to withdraw her certification despite accepting that the woman had suffered repeated rape and torture.”

Toufique Hossain, director of public law at the woman’s solicitors, Duncan Lewis, said: “It ought to be eye-opening for people in this country.

“The recent tragic images of refugees in Europe focus our minds on those who are abroad but this case highlights the treatment of refugees already here.”

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Solicitors Journal Oct (8 October 2015)

Duncan Lewis was featured in the Solicitors Journal as one of the six law firms who launched the Cardiff Court Family Free Advice Clinic.

Cardiff based Housing Director Heather Iqbal Rayner was quoted in the article;

"The new family pro bono clinic is designed to give those who are vulnerable and struggling to deal with family law proceedings access to lawyers. This is an invaluable service which is welcomed by the judiciary."

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Duncan Lewis:InThePress

MuslimMamasAinaKhan (1 October 2015)

Muslim Mamas ?is a private ^invite only^ online support group for Muslim mothers with over 7,000 members worldwide. Aina Khan spoke to Muslim Mamas to shed some light on the burning issue of unregistered Muslim marriages.  Read more...

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Aina Khan Seekers Hub (21 September 2015)

Head of Duncan Lewis’ Islamic Law department Aina Khan was quoted in the SeekersHub article “Unregistered Marriages: A Muslim Concern”. The article discusses the issue that can affect many Muslims in the UK: that of unregistered marriages.

Aina Khan was quoted in the article, offering the statistic;

“80% of Muslim couples under the age of 40 in the UK have not registered their marriages under civil law, while 80% of UK mosques are not registering the Islamic marriages conducted under their auspices.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Seekerhub (21 September 2015)

Head of Duncan Lewis’ Islamic Law department Aina Khan was quoted in the SeekersHub article “Unregistered Marriages: A Muslim Concern”. The article discusses the issue that can affect many Muslims in the UK: that of unregistered marriages.

Aina Khan was quoted in the article, offering the statistic;

“80% of Muslim couples under the age of 40 in the UK have not registered their marriages under civil law, while 80% of UK mosques are not registering the Islamic marriages conducted under their auspices.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Theresa May loses court battles against two failed asylum seekers (15 September 2015)

Duncan Lewis featured in The Guardian on the 15th September 2015. Duncan Lewis Public Law Solicitor Krisha Prathepan was involved with the cases discussed in the article.

Theresa May has lost two court cases involving failed asylum seekers within a few days.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

FreemovmentSept (9 September 2015)

Duncan Lewis Public law Director James Packer’s article features in the Freemovement blog on the 8th September 2015.

“As practitioners in the field will know well, in recent years the LAA has become ever more demanding where evidence of means is concerned. We consider that these demands have now become unreasonable, and have the appearance of attempts to find bases for refusal to pay rather than the safe-guarding of public monies. The LAA would do better to concentrate on the backlog of applications awaiting consideration, rather than seeking technical reasons not to pay a provider where it is clear the client in fact qualified for legal aid.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

InsideTimeAbigail (8 September 2015)

Duncan Lewis Crime Solicitor Abigail Fogg’s article was featured in Inside Time on 1st September 2015. Abigail’s article discusses the recent changes to the law on solitary confinement.  Read more...

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Vice News (1 September 2015)

Lewis Kett, in the Immigration Public Law department recently discussed in Vice News the matter of Duncan Lewis being granted permission to apply for Judicial Review to challenge the use of the new certification provisions under Section 94B of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, as introduced by the Immigration Act 2014 to prevent a Nigerian man from challenging his deportation order from the UK.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Afghan asylum seekers deported (27 August 2015)

Duncan Lewis were featured in The Guardian on the 26th August 2015 regarding the firm’s case involving the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers via charter flight to Afghanistan. Duncan Lewis challenged the deportation flight on behalf of 30 clients, had tried to get the Home Office to inform all the Afghans in detention of the court order, but the Home Office refused.

Lawyers succeeded in removing more than 60 of the asylum seekers initially scheduled to be on the flight but, according to passengers, the plane touched down carrying 11 people.
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The Independent: Afghan asylum seekers (26 August 2015)

Duncan Lewis featured in The Independent on the 25th August 2015 regarding the firm’s case involving the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers via charter flight to Afghanistan. Duncan Lewis brought the legal challenge against the planned flight. Dozens of Afghan asylum seekers were been saved from being forcibly returned to their native country after last ditch legal efforts proved successful.

Public Law Director Toufique Hossain was quoted;

“Toufique Hossain, of Duncan Lewis Solicitors who brought the legal challenge against the planned flight, said: “The Home Office has confirmed to us that 57 people have received injunctive relief and will not be on the plane. In open court last week, lawyers for the Home Secretary stated that it would costs £300,000 to cancel a flight within seven days of departure. They used this as a reason for generic relief to be refused. The court quite sensibly rejected their submission. The risk to human life surely takes precedence.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

The Independent Afghan asylum seekers (26 August 2015)

Duncan Lewis featured in The Independent on the 25th August 2015 regarding the firm’s case involving the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers via charter flight to Afghanistan. Duncan Lewis brought the legal challenge against the planned flight. Dozens of Afghan asylum seekers were been saved from being forcibly returned to their native country after last ditch legal efforts proved successful.

Public Law Director Toufique Hossain was quoted;

“Toufique Hossain, of Duncan Lewis Solicitors who brought the legal challenge against the planned flight, said: “The Home Office has confirmed to us that 57 people have received injunctive relief and will not be on the plane. In open court last week, lawyers for the Home Secretary stated that it would costs £300,000 to cancel a flight within seven days of departure. They used this as a reason for generic relief to be refused. The court quite sensibly rejected their submission. The risk to human life surely takes precedence.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

The Guardian Afghan asylum seekers (26 August 2015)

Duncan Lewis featured in The Guardian on the 26th August 2015 regarding the firm’s case involving the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers via charter flight to Afghanistan. Duncan Lewis brought the legal challenge against the planned flight.

A private plane chartered by the Home Office to remove failed asylum seekers to Afghanistan has taken off after days of legal battles to prevent some of those on the plane being forcibly removed failed.

Toufique Hossain, a solicitor at Duncan Lewis who has been leading the case to try to prevent asylum seekers being put on the plane said: “We remain gravely concerned for those who are being forcibly removed. Who are these individuals? Where are they from in Afghanistan and did they have an opportunity to obtain legal advice in relation to these matters. The home secretary also ought to explain why she chose to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds in removing what is probably a handful of Afghans on a charter flight.”
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The Guardian Asylum seekers fight deportation to Afghanistan (25 August 2015)

Duncan Lewis were featured in The Guardian on the 24th August 2015 regarding the firm’s case involving the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers via charter flight to Afghanistan. Duncan Lewis brought the legal challenge against the planned flight.

Duncan Lewis Public Law Director Toufique Hossain was quoted in the article;

“It is clear that the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan means that the UK government needs to seriously consider their policy on returns to Kabul. In what is unprecedented, the court of appeal has had to intervene at the last minute. We understand that the cost of cancelling a charter flight for the secretary of state is significant.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Home Office presses ahead with Afghan deportations as country unravels (24 August 2015)

Duncan Lewis^ case involving the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers was featured in Politics.co.uk;

"As things stand, a charter flight deporting Afghans back to their home country is still scheduled to leave London tomorrow. But its numbers will be much reduced following a successful legal battle in which lawyers managed to save dozens of them."

"A judicialreviewfrom legalfirm Duncan Lewis opposed the deportations on two basis: Firstly that there are only three provinces in
the entire country to which people can be safely returned - Kabul, Bamyam and Panjshir. Of course, these are relative descriptions
of safety. On Saturday, a suicide attack in Kabul killed 12 and injured at least 88 others, including 13 children and 21 women. But
nevertheless, it is considered the safest place in all Afghanistan."
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Duncan Lewis:InThePress

TUROM (10 August 2015)

Aina Khan speaks to The Upcoming about her campaign for maritial justice: the Register our Marriage (ROM) roadshow.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

IBTAnthonyOkhuma (16 July 2015)

Duncan Lewis Director Anthony Okhuma was featured in the International Business Times discussing the “rent crisis” in London and the rights of live-in property guardians.

Residential occupiers of property are entitled under eviction law to be given 28 days notice as minimum if they have to vacate it. Some guardian companies are known to give much shorter notice than this because they do not believe they are subject to the legislation as the occupants are licensees, not tenants, so they do not have exclusivity of the property

Anthony stated:

"My personal view is that the [license] agreement itself is subject to challenge in the sense that what I^ve seen, two weeks^ notice is not compliant with the protection of the Eviction Act,".

"When they raise the issue of the license agreement and [that] there is no exclusive occupation of the property, the property owners do not reside in the property [...] neither do the guardian companies.

"So the fact that they allege there is no exclusivity, the court is subject to various interpretations."  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

AinaTelegraph (10 July 2015)

Head of the Duncan Lewis Islamic Law department was featured in The Telegraph on 3rd July 2015 discussing Sharia marriages and the issue of polygamy.

Aina stated;

“I see no problem with Sharia, I am a lawyer and for me, it is a legal issue – it is wrong to see that English law doesn’t apply to all faiths equally, that is where the injustice is. The marriage act needs to be reformed to apply to all faiths.”  Read more...

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AinaTele (3 July 2015)

Head of the Duncan Lewis Islamic Law department was featured in The Telegraph on 3rd July 2015 discussing the issue of polygamy and Sharia marriages.

Aina stated;

"Probably a quarter of all the couples I see involve polygamy issues. There has been a high rise in recent years because people can have a secret Nikah (Islamic ^marriage^ ceremony) and no one will know about it."   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

ToufiqueGuardian (3 July 2015)

Public Law Director Toufique Hossain featured in The Guardian commenting on the Duncan Lewis case whereby Four asylum seekers who fled rape and torture in their home countries brought a test case against the home secretary for locking them up in immigration centres under the detained fast-track (DFT) system in breach of the government’s own rule that torture survivors generally should not be incarcerated.

“Toufique Hossain, a solicitor in the case, said the high court ruling was a significant victory. He said some of those who had strong cases and should never have been locked up on DFT had already been forcibly removed from the UK.”

“In these cases, our clients were detained on the fast-track system. They are torture victims, rape victims, victims of serious harm. Our clients told the Home Office as best they could of their trauma through the Home Office’s own internal system, which we now know clearly didn’t work,” Hossain said.
“These were four clients but indicative of a significantly wider group of vulnerable people locked up, disbelieved and refused asylum. Some have been removed. Some still languish in detention. Our cases, coupled with the government’s change of position, will pave the way for countless unlawful detention claims and reviews to negative asylum decisions.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Crimeline - Criminal Judicial Review (29 April 2015)

James Packer, Public Law Director at Duncan Lewis, contributed the chapter on costs in ‘Criminal Judicial Review’. This has now been the subject of a favourable review on the Crimeline website:

"There are lots of practitioner texts dealing comprehensively with judicial review, and there are a few that cover, somewhat fleetingly, aspects particular to criminal law. There are however few that combine in one text the level of detail required to deal with a criminal law related judicial review from start to finish. This book fills that gap."

The full review can be found by clicking here.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Aina Khan Bridging the Gap (29 April 2015)

Duncan Lewis Family and Islamic Law Solicitor Aina Khan featured in The Asians: Bridging the gap article Aina Khan, Campaigner For Legal Protection Of Women;

“While the people have this supposed view that English and Muslim Laws are not only different but are antagonistic to each other, Aina Khan does not share this observation. As an expert solicitor, she believes that these two schools are compatible. Always seeking new horizons, Aina Khan chose to specialize in Islamic Family Law because she enjoys handling different challenges every day and is “passionate about coming up with innovative solutions to difficult legal problems.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Law Society Gazette - Consortium (22 April 2015)

Duncan Lewis Solicitors featured in the Law Society Gazette regarding the formation of a consortium with east London’s largest criminal defence firm SJ Law and west London firm MB Law to collaborate in the tender process for the new duty provider crime contracts.
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politics.co.uk- afghanistan (16 April 2015)

Duncan Lewis featured in a Politics.co.uk article regarding the 19 Afghani refugees represented by the firm and the Home Office’s tabled charter flight set to return them to Kabul one day before judicial review of the case.

“Next Wednesday, a legal ruling could spell the end of Britain^s Afghan deportation programme. Legal firm Duncan Lewis will argue that their 19 clients are being returned to a country where violence has become so severe it cannot be considered safe. A ruling in their favour would trigger the start of a legal process which could halt the deportation of all Afghans from the UK.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

FMB IMMDET (10 April 2015)

Duncan Lewis Public Law Director James Packer’s article on the important consequences of the judgement in ZA (Iraq) is published in the influential Free Movement blog.


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dlsolicitorsjournal (2 April 2015)

Following on from Duncan Lewis Practice Director Jason Bruce’s appearance on BBC Panorama’s “DIY Justice” the Solicitors Journal published an article covering former lord chancellor Kenneth Clarke’s statement that legal aid should be available to litigants who cannot afford representation only in cases where there is a ‘genuine public interest’.

Jason Bruce is mentioned in the article;

“Jason Bruce, practice director of Duncan Lewis solicitors, which is said to have claimed almost £15m in legal aid in one year, dismissed the notion of legal aid practitioners as ^fat cat lawyers^ - a perception which is fed to the mainstream media by 102 Petty France at every opportunity.
^The vast majority of legal aid lawyers would be on a salary of between £22,000 and £40,000,^ he said. ^It is important for everyone to understand that there is no gravy train. There is no bankrolling on public purse^s money, which should be spent elsewhere.^

Joining Bruce in criticising the government^s reforms was the former Court of Appeal judge Sir Alan Moses who, unlike many of his still serving brethren, was bold enough to speak out against the cuts.”  Read more...

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Duncan Lewis Law Society Gazette Legal Aid (31 March 2015)

Following on from Duncan Lewis Practice Director Jason Bruce’s appearance on BBC Panorama’s “DIY Justice” the Law Society Gazette ran an article covering former lord chancellor Kenneth Clarke’s statement that legal aid should be available to litigants who cannot afford representation only in cases where there is a ‘genuine public interest’.

Jason Bruce is mentioned in the article;

“Jason Bruce, practice director at civil legal aid firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors, also appeared on the show, denying claims that legal aid was a ‘gravy train’ for lawyers.

He told Panorama that an average spend on legal aid at Duncan Lewis amounted to around £800 per client – and the vast majority of legal aid lawyers would be on a salary of around £22,000 to £40,000.

‘I think it’s really, really important that everyone fully understands that there is no gravy train – there is no bankrolling using the public purse’s money when it should be spent elsewhere.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Harrowtimes (30 March 2015)

The Harrow Times newspaper reported on Duncan Lewis Solicitors featuring on the BBC Panorama programme: “DIY Justice” on the 30th March 2015 prior to the episode being broadcasted.

“A Harrow-based solicitors firm is to appear on tonight^s BBC Panorama documentary DIY Justice.

Practice director Jason Bruce, of Duncan Lewis Solicitors, was recently interviewed by Panorama reporter Raphael Rowe, and filming took place in the firm’s Harrow office, in Grove Hill Road.

The programme, which will be broadcast tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One, will explore the impact of the recent civil legal aid cuts and the rise of litigants in person - people who are not represented by a solicitor or barrister but who can address a court.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

The London Advocate Criminal Judicial Review Book Review (18 March 2015)

James Packer, Public Law Director at Duncan Lewis, contributed the chapter on costs in ‘Criminal Judicial Review’. This has now been the subject of a favourable review:

"Perhaps surprisingly, this is the first book exclusively devoted to the topic of criminal judicial review. Do we need one? Having read this, I think the answer is: yes... Commendably, the book does not steer clear of controversy, suggesting for example possible challenges following the recent appellate decision in the case of Davies. It has a clear and simple style, is easy to use and will meet the needs of the practitioner. In my view it will become the “go-to” book for judicial review."

The full review can be found by clicking here.
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Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Daily Mail Aina Khan (9 March 2015)

Aina Khan of Duncan Lewis Solicitors commented in the Daily Mail;

"It’s hypocrisy to accept English law and then use sharia law when it suits you better,’ she said. She explained that Zaffar’s Islamic marriage to his second wife may not be recognised in the UK, putting her at risk of losing everything".  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

DLHarrowTimes (13 February 2015)

Duncan Lewis Solicitors were featured in the Harrow Times on 13/02/2015;

“A team of lawyers are stocking up on oily fish and bananas in preparation for a charity quiz. Duncan Lewis works closely with MIND advocates to ensure those suffering with mental health issues get the support needed. The firm, which is the biggest legal aid provider in the UK and has a dedicated charity committee, has signed up for this year’s MasterMind in Harrow competition.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

HackneyGazette (7 January 2015)

Duncan Lewis Public Law Solicitor Kat Hacker featured in the Hackney Gazette.

“A Dalston human rights lawyer is backing a cold-weather appeal to help communities in one of the most remote areas of the world. Kat Hacker, 28 of Duncan Lewis Solicitors, in Kingsland High Street, hopes to raise awareness about Afghanaid’s Build Back Better campaign.”  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:InThePress

Independent 06-01-15 (5 January 2015)

A client of Duncan Lewis Solicitors featured in the front-page leading feature in The Independent.

“The Home Office has been accused of locking up innocent migrants for its own “administrative convenience” after new figures revealed 20 people have been held without trial for at least two years. One detainee has been in custody awaiting deportation for 1,701 days - approaching five years. Three more have been held for three years.”  Read more...

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