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Kawther Al-Aaraji , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , City of London

Kawther Al-Aaraji


Profile / Experience

Awards and Recommendations for Kawther Al-Aaraji
Legal 500

Kawther is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, appeals & overstay / Londn
I am a Solicitor in the Immigration department at Duncan Lewis. I joined the firm in 2012.

I have extensive experience in applications outside the Immigration Rules mainly based on Article 8 rights (private and family life) of the European Convention of Human Rights. More recently I have been involved in a number of privately funded Judicial Review cases successfully challenging the Home Office’s decision to refuse various clients leave outside of the Immigration Rules. Often these cases will involve families with children, I have been involved in negotiating settlements with the Home Office resulting in the clients being granted leave to remain and recovering their legal costs from the Home Office. I have also extensive experience in asylum, deportation, detention, applications for bail and applications for indefinite leave to remain based on domestic violence. Most recently I have successfully challenged the Home Office’s decision to deport a stateless client.

Having worked in the Private/Business Immigration Department I have dealt with numerous cases within the Immigration Rules. Recent examples of work include applications both for entry clearance and in-country applications specialising in:
  • Applications based on family life (specifically under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules);
  • Tier 1, Tier 2 (including Minister of Religion), Tier 4 and Tier 5 applications under the points based system;
  • Applications for Sponsorship Licence including advising employers on compliance and audits;
  • Applications for settlement; and
  • Applications under the European Regulations.
I regularly advise and deal with appeals to the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal of the Immigration Asylum Chamber on all types of immigration related cases. In addition I have also successfully assisted clients with Administrative Review. I advise SMEs on Tier 2 applications and general sponsorship licence compliance, and have extensive expertise on the rules and guidance with regards to employers' right to work checks. I have successfully assisted companies in challenging civil penalties for illegal working. I have also advised many companies seeking to establish a presence in the UK under the Sole Representative Route and have also assisted high net worth individuals establish businesses here.

As I am fluent in spoken Arabic I regularly deal with clients from the Middle East including advising high net-worth clients on asylum matters. I am a Level 2 Accredited Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, meaning I have demonstrated the level of knowledge and expertise in this area of law as defined by the Law Society.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) – Distinction
  • LLB Honours – London Metropolitan University


  • Trainee Solicitor at Duncan Lewis, 2014-present
  • Immigration Caseworker at Duncan Lewis, 2012-2014
  • Immigration Caseworker at McLee & Co Solicitors, 2009-2012


  • On behalf of my family I would like to thank Duncan Lewis for their assistance in this matter... I feel that it is necessary to give special mention to Kawther. From the very start she was friendly and extremely professional. Her attention to detail was fantastic and she always kept us informed on our progress. I'm sure she has a very bright future and is a credit to herself and her company.” - Client, 2016.

  • For the thoughtfulness and the nice things you do... A special note of thanks to you. You’ve been so kind. May God grant you success in this life and the next.” - Client, 2016.

  • Thank you so much for your considerable help in the successful outcome of my wife’s immigration matter... kindest regards and very best wishes.” - Client, 2015.

  • Thank you so much for all the effort you made for the past 2 years... Best of luck and a wonderful career ahead of you.” - Client, 2014.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Level 2 Accredited Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
  • ILPA


  • Current world affairs and politics (especially Middle East)
  • Regularly reading novels
  • Playing badminton
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