Awards Recommendation for Sheroy Zaq
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 and I am listed as a ‘Key Lawyer’
within the Legal 500. 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.