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Sheroy Zaq, Duncan Lewis

Sheroy Zaq


Profile / Experience

Awards and Recommendations for Sheroy Zaq
Legal 500

Sheroy is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, appeals & overstay / London
There is no greater fear than the prospect of losing your life or liberty, whether through a fear of persecution in your country of origin, or a fear of being deprived of your liberty in the United Kingdom. I relentlessly seek access to justice for those who require it the most.

I am a solicitor and supervisor within the public law and immigration departments at Duncan Lewis Solicitors and I was listed as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ within The Legal 500 2020 guide. I have conduct of a number of high profile claims for judicial review, representing claimants in cases concerning administrative detention, injunctive relief against removal and various other challenges to the policies of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.

I recently acted as the lead solicitor on behalf of 13 LGBTQ Syrian refugees in an international group claim, successfully securing their immediate transfer from Turkey to the United Kingdom. I have previously conducted investigative research in Bulgaria, France and Portugal in order to obtain evidence for use in claims for judicial review before the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Additionally, I represented a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

I am accredited as a Level 2 Supervisor under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, permitting me to assist a far-reaching range of clients, more specifically, those with physical and mental vulnerabilities.

I trained within Duncan Lewis’ public law, immigration, and prison law departments. I regularly represented individuals seeking to make initial claims for asylum, in addition to conducting successful appeals against adverse decisions to the First-tier / Upper Tribunal.

During my time within the prison law department, I was committed to ensuring that all prisoners were provided with access to justice and the opportunity to progress through the prison system, placing a clear emphasis on assisting vulnerable prisoners in need of a heightened degree of care. I assisted with all areas of prison law, including advocacy before the Independent Adjudicator and the Parole Board for England and Wales.

Additionally, I have acted for individuals against academic institutions and local authorities within the sphere of education law, with a particular focus on:
  • Representing victims of bullying in claims against educational institutions and local authorities;
  • A range of higher education matters, including fitness to practise proceedings, academic appeals, matters before the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and civil claims for compensation;
  • Pursuing school and university admissions appeals;
  • Challenging exclusion from academic institutions;
  • Claims arising from discrimination of any form.
Aside from the law, I take part in voluntary youth work, predominantly with The Access Project, a charity that provides free one-to-one tuition to students in disadvantaged areas. My role typically involves attending secondary schools within the inner city, providing an insight into what it takes to work within the legal aid sphere, in addition to assisting students with their networking and advocacy skills.


  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) - BPP Law School, 2013: Distinction
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) - BPP Law School, 2012
  • BA (Hons) Politics, Queen Mary University of London, 2011: 2:1


  • Supervisor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors: July 2017 – present
  • Solicitor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors: November 2016 – present
  • Trainee Solicitor at Duncan Lewis Solicitors: October 2014 – September 2016
  • Public Law and Immigration Caseworker at Duncan Lewis Solicitors: January 2014 – September 2014


  • "Sheroy has been involved with supporting The Access Project Steps to Law Society for the past three years. A huge part of this is coming along to our networking events where he speaks to students who want to study law. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to speak to someone as passionate and dedicated at Sheroy, and really give our students someone to look up to and aspire to be.” - Ellie Baird, The Access Project

  • “Sheroy Zaq is one of the best lawyers at Duncan Lewis and one of the best lawyers in London. I remember when he helped me cancel my flight - he also told me that he would get me out of detention and that is exactly what he did. Thank you.” Client, Chernor Dede Bah - 2018

  • “I would like to express my gratitude and to bring to your attention one of the best employees at Duncan Lewis, namely Sheroy Zaq. First of all, Sheroy is one of the best people I have ever met; he is very dedicated and professional and was very respectful throughout his dealings with me. He is an exceptional lawyer and very talented. I have studied the law myself but the way that he dealt with my case was very impressive. Sheroy is simply one of the best lawyers in this country, this is not an assumption or exaggeration or an opinion; this is a fact. I don't think any lawyer that I have met in the past has prepared my case or paid that level of attention to my case, except for Sheroy.” Client, Abdal Al Bashir - 2017

  • “Sheroy Zaq has established himself as Toufique Hossain's right-hand man, and is similarly always available via email or mobile for our concerns. He is shrewd, and helps us focus our minds on what is most relevant from a legal perspective, and for pursuing future litigation. He has also helped us pro bono with cases he can see might potentially have public merit, which is invaluable support for a small charity. He deals sensitively and compassionately with even some of the most challenging and long-standing cases.” Maddy Crowther, Waging Peace

  • “I have recently been instructed by Sheroy for the first time in a novel case challenging the detention of a vulnerable detainee in circumstances in which it was said that detention breached the latest Home Office policy. This was potentially very important as a correct understanding of the latest policy is important for the many vulnerable people held in immigration detention. Sheroy showed outstanding commitment to the client. He also played a key role in the development of the legal argument. He showed a maturity unusual in a junior lawyer.” – Hugh Southey QC, Matrix Chambers

  • “Sheroy is an outstanding young lawyer in a highly competitive field. He has litigation nous and an authority beyond his years. His commitment to representing the most vulnerable in our society is unswerving. He is a lawyer of rigour, erudition and intellect. Sheroy embodies that rare combination of a precise, forensic mind with a broad, creative intellect. He entered the legal profession with a foundational commitment to legal aid work, representing the most vulnerable and those forced to the periphery of society.” Raza Halim, Garden Court Chambers


  • Recognised as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in The Legal 500, 2020
  • Shortlisted for the Rising Star Award at the Asian Legal Awards 2018

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal

  • R (oao) Antonio v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 48 – This case concerns the lawfulness of detention pending deportation and the right of a claimant to be provided with particulars of detention, in addition to clarifying the position concerning the defence of ex turpi causa non oritur actio. An application for permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court currently awaits consideration.

  • Wasif v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 82 - This case concerned the manner in which the Tribunals and Courts certify immigration based claims for judicial review as ‘totally without merit’ (TWM). The Court of Appeal, of its own motion, stated that this case is to be considered the test case with regard to TWM certification.
High Court
  • R (oao) MG & SL v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (CO/4057 & 4058/2021) – These linked claims are brought on behalf of a primary victim and a first-hand witness of the tragic stabbing incident at the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow during June 2020. The Claimants seek to compel the Secretary of State for the Home Department to ensure that an Article 3 ECHR compliant investigation is held into the incident. Serious concerns had previously been brought to her attention as to the mental health of the attacker and other vulnerable individuals within the hotel, which was being used as asylum accommodation. These claims are currently before the Administrative Court awaiting determination.

  • R (oao) MA, NK & HY v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (CO/717, 718 & 854/2021) - During the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, asylum seekers throughout the United Kingdom were instructed to remain within their hotels for 23hrs per day, with restrictions being placed upon their liberty that were well in excess of what was permitted under the relevant Coronavirus legislation. The Claimants successfully obtained interim relief during March 2021, with the Administrative Court confirming that the restrictions placed upon them were unlawful. The Secretary of State for the Home Department was directed to immediately instruct her private contractors to ensure that any restriction placed upon the liberty of an asylum seeker was in accordance with the law. These claims have now been transferred to the Queen's Bench Division for substantive findings on liability and quantum.

  • R (oao) Q & H v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (CO/553 & 551/2021) - During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Secretary of State for the Home Department opted to make use of military barracks as asylum accommodation. The Claimants in this case challenged that decision on a number of grounds, however, that which remains to be determined is whether the Secretary of State breached her Public Sector Equality Duty / directly and indirectly discriminated against the Claimants by housing them en masse in an area of the country that was far removed from mainstream society, where there was a known far-right presence targeting asylum seekers on the basis of their colour. These claims are currently before the Administrative Court awaiting substantive determination.

  • R (oao) Chernor Dede Bah v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2942 - Mr Bah had committed serious crimes and was a high risk offender. His administrative detention in numerous immigration removal centres, and two prisons, became unjustified when his mental health deteriorated, breaching both the Hardial Singh principles and the Adults at Risk policy. He received substantive damages for 35 days of unlawful detention.

  • R (oao) Rahman & Hussein v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 213 (Admin) - The Secretary of State was held to have interfered with the rights of Muslim detainees to properly observe their religion in detention, in addition to using “euphemisms” to “knowingly evade the law” by permitting smoking within enclosed areas of Brook House IRC.
  • R (oao) Shields-McKinley v The Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWHC 658 (Admin) – The Secretary of State for Justice was compelled to release the applicant following the issue of a writ of habeas corpus. The applicant’s sentence had been calculated incorrectly. He was entitled to be credited with time spent on remand in Berlin pending extradition, pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant.

  • R (oao) JM & Ors v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 2331 - The Secretary of State for the Home Department conceded that the Detained Fast-Track process created an unacceptable risk of unfairness to vulnerable or potentially vulnerable individuals. Further, the Secretary of State conceded that the process as a whole created an unacceptable risk of failure to identify those whose claims were unsuitable for a quick decision within the Detained Fast-Track process.

  • R (oao) AI v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 244 (Admin) - This case concerned the decision of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to return the claimant to France, despite being made aware of numerous deficiencies within the French asylum procedure. It was held that the Secretary of State for the Home Department did not err by failing to investigate the fairness of the French ‘Priority Procedure’; the equivalent to the Detained Fast Track Procedure within the United Kingdom. Permission to appeal against the decision of the Administrative Court was been granted by the Court of Appeal, with the Secretary of State subsequently conceding the claim.

  • SI (Sudan) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (C4/2015/0975) - This case concerned the decision of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to remove the claimant to Bulgaria pursuant to the Dublin III Regulation. Permission to apply for judicial review was granted in the Court of Appeal after being certified as ‘totally without merit’ by the Administrative Court. The Secretary of State has since conceded this claim, resulting in a grant of refugee status for the claimant.

  • R (oao) Hiri v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 254 (Admin) - Successful application for judicial review of the decision of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to refuse naturalisation on grounds of ‘good character’ pursuant to a criminal conviction, and the underlying policy provisions.

  • AA (Sudan) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2014] EWHC 2118 (Admin) - The Secretary of State for the Home Department’s lack of resources did not provide a satisfactory answer to her failure to review the detention of the claimant. This case also addressed the time-frame within which the Secretary of State for the Home Department is to consider evidence that is put before her as independent evidence of torture.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
  • Level 2 Supervisory Accredited, Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme


  • Politics and international relations
  • Arsenal FC
  • Voluntary youth work


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