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Mariam Bakir, Duncan Lewis

Mariam Bakir

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the Child Care department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, having joined the firm as a paralegal in 2012.

I frequently represent parents and adults in care proceedings including applications for care, supervision, emergency protection and special guardianship orders. I also assist parents in the pre proceedings process involving the Local Authority. I handle cases relating to neglect, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence, substance misuse and non-accidental injuries. I also represent parents whose children are beyond parental control and/or are victims of child criminal exploitation often requiring Deprivation of Liberty Orders and/or recovery orders for their own safety.

I speak, read and write fluent Arabic. I have most recently been involved in various international care matters representing parents/special guardians based in the Middle-East whilst being party to proceedings in respect of children residing in the English Jurisdiction. I often accept referrals from fellow solicitors and Local Authority’s to assist in representing parents whose only language is Arabic not only because of the language difficulties they face but also because they often require some understanding of their cultural backgrounds, social norms and needs as immigrants/refugees in some cases.

I am committed to legal aid work and to providing my clients with an excellent service from start to finish with the aim of achieving the best possible outcomes for them and their children.

I have worked closely with the Iraqi Welfare Association, a charity for vulnerable families and refugees, since 2011 where I previously attended to a weekly pro bono advice clinic – I am currently assisting them on an ad-hoc basis.

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) with commendation -2011
  • LLB Honours 2:1 – Brunel University – 2010

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors: 2012 - present

Membership & Accreditations

  • Member of Resolution since 2012

Interests

  • Socialising
  • Cooking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • I helped raise £5,000 hiking Pen Y Fan Mountain in Wales for the Global Sadaqa Appeal which provides aid and empowerment for orphans and victims of war or poverty in Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and India.
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