Profile / Experience
I am a Trainee Solicitor currently working in the Public Law Department at Duncan Lewis on the second seat of my training contract.
I represent clients who have been unfairly treated by a government department, the local authority, or a tribunal. When all of my clients' appeal rights are exhausted, if there are merits to their case, I look to challenge their unfair treatment by way of Judicial Review. I have experience in challenging unlawful detention, false imprisonment, unlawful delays, challenging refusals of human rights applications, and challenging charter flight removals.
I have in-depth knowledge of private immigration matters including entry-clearance applications; deportation of foreign nationals; revocations of British nationality and indefinite leave to remain statuses, as well as asylum and human rights cases; challenging Home Office decisions; long residence applications; dependent family visas; EEA and their families applications; and marriage, partner and fiancé applications.
I have a keen interest in assisting clients whose cases fall out of scope of Legal Aid funding as per the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). I advise on whether their cases have merit for Exceptional Case Funding; I draft grounds in support of their application; submit their applications; and wait to hear from the Legal Aid Agency on their behalf. I like to do this work pro-bono outside of my chargeable hours. I also intermittently assist my colleagues at the firm's pro bono surgery which take place on a Tuesday after our working hours. I receive regular referrals from Haringey Migrant Centre to assist those who are less privileged and who require legal representation.
I am an accredited Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme, this means I have demonstrated the desired level of knowledge and experience in this area of law as required by the Law Society.
Being of half Algerian and half Pakistani origin, I work closely with these communities in the United Kingdom. I also speak and read French fluently and read and write Arabic.