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Duncan Lewis’ pivotal role in government’s withdrawal of plans to scrap housing protections for asylum seekers garners significant press attention (14 February 2024)

Date: 14/02/2024
Duncan Lewis, InThePress Solicitors, Duncan Lewis’ pivotal role in government’s withdrawal of plans to scrap housing protections for asylum seekers garners significant press attention

Duncan Lewis has gained substantial press coverage by the likes of the Guardian, MSN and others after playing a crucial role in the government's decision to withdraw plans to remove housing protections for asylum seekers, just one day before the trial.



Duncan Lewis Solicitors were to represent eight asylum seekers who mounted a judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the Draft Houses in Multiple Occupation (Asylum-Seeker) Accommodation (England) Regulations 2023 (the “Regulations”). The Draft Regulations would have exempted properties occupied by asylum seekers from the vital protections of the HMO licensing regime in Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004,



The case was listed for a final hearing in the High Court on 7 and 8 February 2024. In the afternoon of 6 February 2024, in the last working hour before the hearing was due to start, the Court and Claimants were informed that the Government had decided to withdraw the draft Regulations.



Law solicitor Jeremy Bloom told the Guardian that “The government’s last-minute withdrawal of regulations that would have reduced protections for asylum seekers housed by the Home Office is a spectacular U-turn. The asylum seekers now have the enduring protection that they will not be placed in accommodation which does not meet licensing standards, which are so vital to fire safety and to prevent overcrowding.”



The Legal Team at Duncan Lewis consisted of Toufique Hossain, Angelo Monni, Jeremy Bloom, and Manini Menon. They instructed Laura Dubinsky KC, Michael Spencer, Zia Nabi, Sarah Steinhardt and Alice Irving at Doughty Street Chambers.  In the satellite redactions appeal, Duncan Lewis instructed Laura Dubinsky KC (Doughty Street) and Christopher Knight (11 KBW) as well as Sam Jacobs and Alice Irving of Doughty Street Chambers.



The widespread national coverage of this significant U-turn by the government serves as a testament to the tireless efforts and unwavering dedication of the Duncan Lewis legal team. Their commitment to upholding human rights and ensuring that basic standards for safe accommodation are maintained has been instrumental in this outcome.



Read the full articles by the Guardian, MSN and Express & Star here:



The Guardian: Home Office drops plan to remove housing protections from asylum seekers



MSN: Plan to remove asylum seeker housing licensing requirements scrapped, court told



Express & Star: Plan to remove asylum seeker housing licensing requirements scrapped, court told


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