Profile / Experience
I am a Trainee Solicitor within the Public Law/ Immigration Department of Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I am motivated by holding the Home Office to account for the way they treat vulnerable immigration applicants. I work on a variety of cases which includes wider challenges to Home Office policy, asylum applications, unlawful detention claims and appeals to the First tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.
Whilst I enjoy working on systemic challenges to Home Office policy, particularly within immigration detention, there is also no greater reward than being able to tell a client that their asylum/ immigration claim has finally been accepted. The immigration system can be confusing and distressing for many of the vulnerable clients that I work with and I will do everything that I can to help my clients navigate their way through the hostile environment.
Since becoming a trainee solicitor, I have worked on claims for victims of trafficking, asylum-seeking minors, domestic violence victims and out-of-country deportation appeals. The majority of my work is carried out under legal aid and I am motivated to help those with less financial means achieve their legal objectives. Access to justice is not just a flowery legal concept but must be fought for through determined legal aid representation every single day.
I also work on systemic challenges against the practices of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, hoping to improve the system for hundreds of people in the future. During my years as a trainee, I have worked on Judicial Review challenges to paying immigration detainees £1 per hour, the lack of safeguards for vulnerable immigration detainees in prison and challenging the out-of-country appeal process.
I am accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Scheme which means that I have specialist knowledge and experience in this area of law and can advise and assist publicly funded clients under Duncan Lewis’ legal aid contract.