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Isabella Kirwan, Duncan Lewis

Isabella Kirwan


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I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Public Law Team at Duncan Lewis Solicitor, working under the supervision of Toufique Hossain.

I specialise in public law, refugee and asylum law, human trafficking, and domestic and international human rights law. I work on a wide range of judicial review claims, including detention and removal. I regularly comment on such matters to the media and have been quoted in several national newspapers as well as making appearances on television.

I have an LLM in Public International Law and a Law LLB (Hons) degree. In my studies I specialised in transitional justice and accountability for mass crimes and genocide. I speak English (mother tongue); French (C1); and proficient Italian and German. I am also learning Mandarin and Tigrinya.

Prior to joining Duncan Lewis, I was part of the Refugee Legal Protection Team at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) in London. I worked on a broad range of legal and policy matters relating to refugee and asylum seekers' rights in the UK, Europe, and internationally.

Before UNHCR, I worked at the United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR) in Geneva as well as the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg, where I assisted lawyers on complex human rights cases under the European Convention on Human Rights.

I have also worked for several charities and NGOs in the UK and abroad. I was on Amnesty International’s UK committee for children’s rights in 2019.


  • LLB (Hons.) Law
  • LLM, Public International Law


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2018-present

Membership & Accreditations

  • Level 2 Law Society (Senior Caseworker)


  • Theatre, film and art
  • Music
  • Reading
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