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Jenna McKinney , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , Dalston

Jenna McKinney

Director & Solicitor

Contact Information

Profile / Experience

Awards Recommendation for Jenna McKinney
Legal 500

Jenna McKinney is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 in Administrative & Public Law, London and shows "...remarkable insight and rigour."

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Public Law / London

Jenna McKinney is a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500, 2019 for her work in Immigration: Human Rights and Overstay, London.

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Immigration / London

"The hardworking and dedicated Jenna McKinney handles asylum, immigration detention and judicial review matters."

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, appeals & overstay / London

Jenna is ranked and recommended by Legal 500 2017 for her Civil Liberties work representing victims of torture.

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Civil Liberties & Human Rights / London
I am a Director of Immigration at Duncan Lewis based in the firm's Dalston office. I supervise a team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers. I am a Recommended Individual in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 for both my work in Public Law and Immigration matters.

I have been working in the Immigration field since 2001 and have extensive experience specialising in all aspects of Immigration, European Economic Area (EEA) law, Asylum, and Human Rights. Over the past 10 years I have led a team that specialises in representing detainees with their immigration and public law matters; specifically, appeals, asylum, general immigration, challenges against removal or deportation and unlawful detention judicial review claimant work in the High Court.

I attend prisons and immigration detention/removal centres throughout England and Wales and regularly assist clients with applying for bail, release and those facing deportation. I conduct my own advocacy representing clients at hearings before the First-tier and Upper Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber. My instructions have been varied. I represented a client in the Immigration & Asylum Chamber, First-tier Tribunal on a bail application. He was facing deportation following his conviction of killing two individuals by shooting them in the head. I persuaded the Court to grant bail in principle.

I represent clients, both adults and minors, of all nationalities and backgrounds including: minors; vulnerable women who have been raped; those with mental health issues and those with medical issues including those suffering from HIV.

I frequently provide training on challenging immigration detention. I have previously assisted the charity, Detention Action in their litigation challenging the detained fast track by providing expert witness evidence and case studies on behalf of Duncan Lewis. This evidence was extensively referred to by the Court in the judgement declaring the Detained Fast Track Process unlawful in 2014.

I regularly author articles for the ‘Inside Time’, a national magazine for Prisoners and Detainees. Several of my articles can be foundhere. Since 2010 I have been an accredited Advanced Caseworker (Level 3) of the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme, this means that I have shown that I have a high level of knowledge and experience in the area of Immigration law. There are only a small number of immigration practitioners throughout England & Wales that hold this quality mark.


  • LLB Law Degree
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice Course (LPC)


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2004-present
  • Qualified as a Solicitor September 2004


  • "Jenna is extremely hardworking and dedicated. She does not just concentrate on one area to advise on but takes a more wide ranging approach and identifies issues others would not consider. My wife and I are indebted to her and we are certain we would not be alive and able to remain in the U.K had it not been for her work in preparing our case and challenging the refusal of our asylum claim all the way to the Court of Appeal. She never gave up on us despite the negative decisions from both the Home Office and Courts, she even challenged our detention at the same time as well. Words cannot express how grateful we are to her." Client, AH - 2016.

  • My work has been praised by the High Court. The judgement in one case states at paras 41 and 67(3): "indeed the work of their legal representative in preparing and conducting Abdul and Rashida’s representation and the various applications for transfer out of the FTT procedure, for an adjournment, for bail and for temporary admission were of exceptionally high standard. This was particularly so given the impossibly short timescales and the exceptionally difficult working conditions governing all of that representatives work...they were fortunate in being able to contact experienced asylum solicitors at short notice who made two sets of written representations. The legal rep who drafted these representations had a good knowledge of the then recently decided Country Guidance case of MN……".


      Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2019 edition - Administrative and Public Law/London
    • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2019 edition - Immigration: Human Rights and Overstay/London
    • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2017 Edition - Civil Liberties and Immigration

Notable Cases

High Court
  • The Queen on the application of Zego V SSHD (2008) EWHC 302 (Admin) Case No: CO/11319/2007 - early challenge to the Dublin II Convention; removal to Italy.

  • The Queen on the application of N V SSHD (2007) EWHC 2577(Admin) Case No: CO/2256/2007 - fresh asylum challenge.

  • The Queen on the application of Y G (Cambodia) V SSHD 2008 EWHC 1735 - unlawful detention, quantum settled for a substantial amount.

  • The Queen on the application of FB V SSHD (2011) EWHC 2044 (Admin) - unlawful detention, quantum settled for a substantial amount.

  • The Queen on the application of AH and RJ (Pakistan) EWHC 2016 1579 - unlawful detention challenge to the Detained Asylum Fast Track process, Judgement declaring that the Detained Fast Track Process was unlawful and the First Tier Tribunal procedure Rules 2005 are unlawful affecting 10,000.00 cases heard under those rules the 10 years they were in force.

Civil Court
  • A C v The Home Office HQ15X02232 - Civil claim for damages for unlawful detention approximately 2 months unlawful detention awarded £25,000.00 damages.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Member of the Judiciary and sit as a Magistrate.
  • Chair and sit in the Adult and Youth Courts.
  • Provided free legal advice on immigration matters at Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau for 2 years every Wednesday evening for 2 hours after work.
  • Appointed as a member of the Law Society Immigration Law Committee - the Committee identifies areas of immigration and asylum law and procedure that require reform or review and formulates recommendations for consideration by ministers and officials. It also liaises with and makes representations to ministers and officials, and responds to departmental consultations on immigration and asylum matters generally.


  • I have been involved in a voluntary organisation working as a mentor; mentoring young and ethnic minority individuals who wish to enter the legal profession.
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