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Nicholas Hughes , Duncan Lewis , Public Law Caseworker , Harrow

Nicholas Hughes

Caseworker

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Profile / Experience

I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Public Law and Immigration Department at Duncan Lewis, having joined in September 2015.

I am experienced in a wide variety of Judicial Review claimant and asylum matters and I specialise in challenging removals from the UK to European countries under the Dublin III Regulation, challenges to decisions of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to unlawfully detain and remove clients, cases involving victims of political persecution and torture, challenging the unlawful detention of LGBTI persons, abuse within detention centres and statelessness cases.

I represent clients from all backgrounds, from privately funded clients to vulnerable victims of trafficking, and often have to handle cases at the last minute to tight deadlines such as is the case with deportation/removal matters. I conduct a varied caseload with cases being heard before the Upper Tribunal, Special Immigration Appeals Commission, the High Court and Court of Appeal.

I am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, which means I have demonstrated the required standard of knowledge and expertise as required by the Law Society.

Education

  • LLB (Honours) Law with American Law – University of Nottingham
  • E.MA in Human Rights and Democratisation – European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation

Career

  • Trainee Solicitor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2018-present
  • Caseworker at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2015-2018
  • Proof-reader – Review of East and Central European Law - 2015
  • Caseworker – SGI Legal LLP – 2014
  • Research Assistant – Human Rights Clinic, The University of Texas at Austin – 2011

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal
  • ZA v SSHD (2018/0360) - Lead case concerning the unlawful detention of LGBTI asylum seekers.

High Court
  • MA & BB v SSHD (CO/2710/2017; CO/382/2018) - case concerning the culture of abuse at Brook House IRC as exposed in the BBC Panorama Documentary Undercover: Britain's Immigration Secrets
  • Abdulkadir & Anwar v SSHD (CO/4711/2015; CO/5115/2015) – Lead case concerning Dublin III returns to Austria.

  • ZA v SSHD (CO/1003/2016) - Lead case concerning the unlawful detention of LGBTI asylum seekers.

Membership & Accreditations

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

Interests

  • American Football
  • Basketball
  • Playing music
  • I occasionally record voiceovers for radio stations around Europe.
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