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Ines Graca, Duncan Lewis

Ines Graca

Caseworker

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I am a Caseworker in the Public Law Department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, based in the firm’s Harrow office. I work with a team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers under the supervision of director Toufique Hossain.

I have significant experience in public law matters thanks to my previous experience working practising in public law and litigation under Portuguese law. I have significant experience assisting vulnerable clients including those suffering from complex psychological issues, and victims of torture and trafficking. I am passionate about helping my clients navigate the immigration system, which can be particularly challenging and distressing, as well as about access to justice.

Prior to joining Duncan Lewis, I qualified as a solicitor in Portugal, where I have worked as a trainee solicitor broadly operating in public law and litigation. I was an integral part of the legal team that worked on an appeal for the Administrative Court, challenging an asylum decision by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Given that very few Portuguese lawyers in the legal assistance scheme have relevant expertise in the field, this was a remarkable case as I was able to put my asylum matters knowledge at the service of others and, importantly, to generate case law.

I have previously worked at Public Counsel, the largest Pro Bono law firm in the United States, where I assisted a team of immigration lawyers working with asylum seekers and human trafficking victims. As paralegal I conducted interviews with asylum seekers, assisted in the day-to-day case progression and supported the team’s work by conducting research and drafting reports.

I am founder of Pro Bono Portugal, an association working to provide greater access to justice for individuals who could not, otherwise, afford a lawyer. Plus, during my master’s degree I have worked as the Student Director of LSE Pro Bono Matters, providing students the opportunity to engage in meaningful collaborations with organisations fighting for social justice.

I have undertaken international volunteering in Calais (with Help Refugees), Angola and Mozambique.

I speak Portuguese and Spanish.

Education

  • LLB Law
  • LLM International Law - Global School of Law, Lisbon
  • LLM Human Rights - London School of Economics (LSE)

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solcitors, September 2019-present
  • Admitted as a qualified solicitor in Portugal, 2018
  • Trainee Lawyer at Servulo & Associados, 2016-2018

Interests

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Hiking
  • Travelling
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