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Patrick Page , Duncan Lewis , Public Law Caseworker , Harrow

Patrick Page

Caseworker

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Profile / Experience

I am a senior caseworker and writer in the Public Law and Immigration Department at Duncan Lewis.


I am motivated by the urgent need for justice and dignity for all and seek to both challenge and expose unlawful and inhumane treatment of asylum-seekers at the hands of the Home Office.


After graduating from Oxford University, I spent two years studying Arabic in Jordan, followed by a year split between working at the European Court of Human Rights and volunteering with the NGO JRS in detention centres on the island of Malta, before completing the GDL (law conversion) at City University.


I arrived at Duncan Lewis as a caseworker in February 2016, and worked primarily on a high-profile challenge the detention of pregnant women. Pressure from this litigation (MS & Ors) and lobbying of Parliament aided by my clients’ testimonies, resulted in a 72-hour limit on such detention. In June 2016 I chaired a seminar at Duncan Lewis on the issue, with Michelle Brewer of Garden Court Chambers and Theresa Schleicher, the acting director of Medical Justice.


I have increasingly taken on the role of a writer within the firm. I write specifically on the work of the public law team, as well as more generally on human rights and refugee issues. My articles have been published in The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post, and on the Liberty and Duncan Lewis websites. I have also appeared a number of times on ANB radio to discuss topics including the triggering of Article 50 (TEU), the EU ruling on the wearing of religious symbols at work, and forced migration from Sub-Saharan Africa.


My work at Duncan Lewis as a caseworker, writer and linguist has taken me to the Calais ‘Jungle’ on a number of occasions. More recently I travelled with the Director of Public Law, Toufique Hossain, to Uganda and Kenya, where we presented a seminar on the 1951 Refugee Convention and worked in refugee settlements with the Xavier Project.


I hope to expand my work in writing reports on refugee issues in the UK, Europe, the Middle-East, and beyond.


I speak conversational French and Levantine (Shami) Arabic and am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

Education

  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) - City University (2014-2015)
  • Programme Completion Certificate of Advanced Arabic Studies - Qasid Institute for Arabic Studies, Amman, Jordan (2011-2013)
  • BA Hons Theology (First Class Honours, Gibbs Prize) - Oxford University (2009- 2011)

Career

  • Public Law Caseworker at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Harrow Office. (February 2016-Present)
  • Helped establish and run the City University branch of the Bail Observation Project (BOP). BOP scrutinises the Immigration and Asylum Tribunals, to raise awareness of procedural inconsistency, and to propose ways in which the process can be improved. (2015-2016)
  • Worked in Strasbourg as a stagiaire in the Press Unit of the European Court of Human Rights. Tasked with preparing press releases of court judgments and compiling fact-sheets on particular issues. (2014)
  • Worked at JRS Malta as Arabic/French-English interpreter as well as general outreach volunteer in Malta ’s migrant detention centres. (2014)
  • Volunteered in Kenya with the Xavier Project, an organisation that enables young Congolese and Somali refugees to go to school. (2009)

Notable Cases

High Court
  • MS & Ors (ongoing litigation)

  • Lead caseworker under supervision of Laura Smith and Director Toufique Hossain.


    Challenging the legality of the detention of pregnant women. Pressure from this litigation, and lobbying of Parliament aided by my clients’ testimonies, resulted in a 72-hour limit on such detention.


Membership & Accreditations

  • ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners' Association)
  • Accredited as Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme

Interests

  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking/camping
  • Reading
  • Music
  • I also have a passion for learning about different cultures and languages, a passion that has inspired me to travel widely in Europe, East Africa, North Africa, South America, the Middle-East, India, and the West Coast of Ireland.

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