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Koran Helme, Duncan Lewis

Koran Helme

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I joined Duncan Lewis on 3 January 2017, having trained and qualified as a solicitor at Irving & Co Solicitors. I was admitted as a solicitor in 2009 and have 9 years’ experience specialising in Immigration. Over the past 5 years, this has included work in:

  • Immigration applications;
  • appeals;
  • deportation; and
  • judicial review work.


Level 2 Senior Caseworker accredited, I undertook the examinations for the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme in 2011 and qualified as Senior Caseworker at Level 2 and recently had my accreditation renewed in 2016.


I have substantial experience of challenging the UK Home Office with respect to UK Immigration Visa refusals by way of judicial review and have lodged successfully, many judicial review applications on account of Home Office delays, obtaining cost orders against the Home Office. These cases involved issues of:

  • Home Office delays of considering fresh claims
  • Home Office delays in issuing residence permits after successful appeals
  • Home Office delays in considering case, failing to have regard to the matter concerning children
  • Home Office delays in issuing Certificates of Applications for EEA nationals in a timely manner, without reasonable excuse
  • Home Office Removal Directions on account of failure by the Home Office to consider fresh claims

  • I have also submitted many successful applications under the Immigration Rules on Private and Family law cases, concerning applications to enter the UK as spouses, unmarried partners, children and family reunion applications, as well as applications for permission to remain within these categories and has successfully represented clients concerned with these rules at the First-tier and Upper Tribunal.


    I attend various prisons and immigration detention/removal centres and assists clients with applying for bail and those facing deportation/removal.


    Education

    • 2004 – 2005 Legal Practice Course
    • 1999 – 2003 Degree BA Law and Turkish Studies – 2.1 Honours

    Career


    Irving & Co Solicitors

    • September 2016 to December 2016 – Senior Solicitor
    • March 2015 to August 2016 – Salaried Partner
    • August 2009 to February 2015 – Solicitor
    • August 2008 to February 2008 Assistant Solicitor
    • May 2007 to May 2008 – Trainee Solicitor


    I specialise in cases concerning children, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union Law, as well as Nationality, and have extensive experience in representing clients within these areas at the First-tier Tribunal, (both as a solicitor and advocate) Upper Tribunal and, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal. Reported cases I have had conduct over and been involved in have been recorded in EIN and BAILII. This includes Payir & Ors (External Relations) [2008] EUECJ C-294/06. Please see these below.

    Notable Cases

    Supreme Court
    • Beoku-Betts v SSHD UKHL 39

    Court of Appeal
    • Secretary of State for the Home Department v MM (Uganda) [2016] All ER (D) 72 (Jun)

    High Court
    • Neustadt v Neustadt [2014] EWHC 4307 (Providing an expert opinion on Claimant’s immigration status in the United Kingdom)
    • Amirifard, Regina (on The Application of) v SSHD: [2013] EWHC 279 (Admin) (19 Feb 2013)

    Membership & Accreditations

    • Law Society Level 2 Senior Caseworker Accredited.

    Interests


    I enjoy reading and playing tennis.

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