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Jeremy Bloom, Duncan Lewis

Jeremy Bloom

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the Public Law and Immigration Departments of Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I joined the firm in September 2017.

I am currently leading a number of wide-reaching and high-profile judicial review claims on behalf of clients. These include: a challenge to the lawfulness of the Home Office's Windrush Scheme on the basis of its exclusion of family members born outside the UK; a challenge to the lawfulness of UK Government policy on aid to Libya; a challenge to the lack of access to legal aid for immigration detainees held in prisons; and a challenge to the Home Office's policy on data protection.

I have particular expertise in representing Windrush clients on immigration and compensation matters. I also have considerable experience representing individuals at all stages of the asylum process, including appeals at the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. I also represent victims of trafficking and individuals facing deportation.

Prior to joining Duncan Lewis, I worked for three years as a Treaty Manager at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, an independent public body with statutory powers to advise and challenge the UK Government on human rights and equalities. In this role, I monitored the implementation of the UK’s international human rights obligations on children and economic and social rights, reported to relevant UN bodies, and worked closely with civil society partners, parliamentarians and government officials with a view to improving human rights respect in the UK.

From 2007-2014, I worked at Amnesty International in a range of roles, including managing international campaigns on human rights defenders at risk in Central America and Mexico, and overseeing the organisation’s global submissions to the UN Human Rights Committee.

Having worked extensively towards influencing government policy in the UK and abroad, I really value the opportunity to bring successful legal challenges which solve problems for my clients while driving progress on human rights respect in the UK. I believe strongly in the right of everyone to have access to justice when they have faced unlawful treatment and I have a particular interest in legal aid representation.

Education

  • Admitted as a solicitor, December 2019
  • LLM International Human Rights Law, (Distinction), 2013, University of Essex
  • Legal Practice Course, (Distinction), 2017, University of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, (Pass), 2015, BPP
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, (2:1), 2005, University of Bristol

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, September 2017-present
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission, Treaty Manager, August 2014-August 2017
  • Amnesty International, Assistant Advocate, January 2014-July 2014
  • Amnesty International Campaigner, Central America and Mexico, February 2011-August 2012
  • Amnesty International, Online Communities Officer, November 2008-January 2011

Awards

  • Recipient of the Junior Lawyer of the Year award at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2021
  • Shortlisted for the Lawyer of the Year award at the Modern Law Awards 2022

Notable Cases

High Court
  • R (Eunice Tumi and Vernon Vanriel) v SSHD [2021] EWHC 3415 (Admin): concerning a successful challenge to the SSHD’s decisions that she could not exercise discretion to grant citizenship to Windrush victims who are unable to meet the residence requirements as the result of historic injustice. The SSHD proposed amendments to the BNA 1981 as the result of the litigation, and the Court held that the SSHD breached the Claimants rights under Articles 8 and 14 ECHR and that she was required to read a discretion into the British Nationality Act 1981 under Section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

  • R (SM) v The Lord Chancellor, BID intervening, [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin): concerning a successful challenge to the less favourable treatment of immigration detainees held in prisons compared with those held in IRCs. The court held that the legal aid arrangements for immigration detainees in prisons were in breach of Article 14 ECHR in relation to the Claimant and the Lord Chancellor has since put forward a proposal for improving access to legal aid for individuals in that class of persons.

  • Mahabir and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2021] EWHC 1177 (Admin): concerning a successful challenge to the failure of the SSHD to provide an affordable application process for family members of a Windrush victim to obtain entry clearance or leave in the UK. The Court held that this failure was a colossal interference in the Article 8 rights of the lead Claimant and a breach of Article 14 ECHR in respect of her children and husband.

  • D and Others v The Lord Chancellor and Another [2020] EWHC 736: concerning a successful challenge to a policy of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), that individuals represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors should not have their appeals heard at the Birmingham hearing centre of the FTT, leading to the withdrawal of the policy and the claimants being awarded their costs.

  • Duncan Lewis v the Lord Chancellor: a successful challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s position that he did not have the power to backdate legal aid grants to the date an application was made, leading to the settlement of the claim on the basis that the Lord Chancellor committed to amending Regulation 35 of the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012, which now sets out this power. Evidence in the claim included statements from PLP, LAPG, Bindmans, DPG, Broudie, Jackson Canter, Leigh Day and Osbournes.

  • CRA and Others v the Lord Chancellor: concerning a successful challenge to the making of the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020, which established a new fee regime for the remuneration of legal aid providers in online immigration and asylum appeals. The Lord Chancellor conceded that he had failed to consult adequately and satisfy his duty of inquiry and revoked the Regulations. The claim was supported by witness evidence from ILPA, Jo Wilding, The Law Society and LAPG.

  • MAK and TM v SSID and SSFCA (Libya): concerning the failure of the SSID and SSFCA to properly assess the risk that UK international assistance to Libyan detention centres and to the Libyan Coastguard would contribute to violations of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. The claim was settled on the basis that the Defendants had subsequently ceased the aid programmes under challenge.

  • Rosie Newbigging v SSHD (Yarl’s Wood): concerning a successful challenge to the SSHD’s plans to house up to 200 asylum seekers in prefabricated temporary accommodation on the site of Yarl’s Wood IRC. The claimant asserted that the SSHD’s plans were in breach of planning conditions for the site, the PSED, and had failed to consult adequately. The SSHD withdrew its plans in response to pre-action correspondence.

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