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Marisa Adams, Duncan Lewis

Marisa Adams

Caseworker

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Profile / Experience

I joined Duncan Lewis as a caseworker in March 2020, having recently completed a LLM in Legal Practice at distinction level. This comprised the Legal Practice Course together with a dissertation on the disparity of the standards of proof for asylum and trafficking claims, which will be published soon. I previously worked and volunteered for two years at a migrant support centre, where I developed a keen interest in Immigration Law. I also assisted on a project aiming to reduce delays in the processing of unaccompanied minors' asylum claims.

Prior to commencing the study of law, I completed a Mathematics degree at Queen Mary University of London. I undertook projects in my own time which included extensive research into the welfare and international treatment of the exiled resistance movement the National Council of Resistance of Iran, resulting in a correspondence with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. My research project for the GDL was based on this case study.

I also provided advocacy assistance in a complex Trust of Land Act matter involving a neighbour dispute and vexatious litigant, which was resoundingly successful after four days of trial at the Central London County Court where both sides were self-represented. Through this I developed skills in liaising with social services, police and other agencies, as well as valuable legal insight. I was offered a position with the firm of solicitors who had represented my litigant, and worked for them for some years providing assistance in Hague Convention child abduction hearings.

Since joining Duncan Lewis I have worked on a variety of judicial review, asylum and domestic violence cases, and assisted in a number of important strategic policy challenges which benefit many claimants and correct injustices.

Education

  • The University of Westminster - Postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice (LPC): Distinction; LLM in Legal Practice dissertation title: 'What are the origins of the standard of proof for Asylum and Trafficking Claims, and why are they not mutual?': Distinction
  • BBP University - Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL): Commendation
  • Queen Mary University of London - BSc Mathematics

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors - March 2020-present
  • Casework Administrator - Haringey Migrant Support Centre - April 2019-October 2019
  • Volunteer Advocate and Caseworker - Haringey Migrant Support Centre - July 2016-September 2017, August 2018-December 2019
  • Project Assistant - Elder Rahimi Solicitors - April 2017-November 2017
  • Outdoor Clerk - Shepherd Harris & Co Solicitors - February 2015-April 2018
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