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Stefan Vnuk, Duncan Lewis

Stefan Vnuk


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Awards and Recommendations for Stefan Vnuk
stefan_2022.jpg Legal 500 Chambers

Ranked Band 1: "Stefan Vnuk is noted for his expertise in human rights and unlawful detention cases. He often appears in the highest courts including the Court of Appeal and ECtHR. 'An outstanding solicitor, he has absolute commitment to his clients and is legally brilliant, tactically astute and absolutely meticulous.'"

Chambers and Partners 2022 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation / UK-wide

"He is one of their star lawyers - a very strong and committed practitioner. He is always ahead of the game in judicial review and unlawful detention matters."

Chambers UK 2021 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation / UK-wide

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

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, appeals & overstay / London

Stefan Vnuk "works tirelessly on behalf of clients; his attention to detail is really extraordinary," according to sources. Clients appreciate his extensive experience in unlawful detention cases and appeals against deportation.

Chambers UK 2020 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation / London (firms)

"Solicitor Stefan Vnuk specialises in complex immigration and asylum cases."

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Immigration / London

Stefan Vnuk is a Band 1 ranked solicitor in Chambers 2019 for his work in Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation, London firm. Sources say he is "pragmatic with a good sense of judgement" and also praise him for being a "superb litigator."  

Chambers UK 2019 Edition.
Immigration / London
I am a solicitor in the Public Law department at Duncan Lewis. I joined Duncan Lewis in October 2018 and work alongside Public Law Director, Toufique Hossain and his team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers.

I act in all areas of immigration, asylum and human rights law and have a particular emphasis on complex cases in the higher courts including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

I have an extensive legal background, I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 1992 before completing the Qualified Lawyers' Transfer Test and being admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1996.

I am recognised in the prestigious legal directories Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 for my immigration work and in 2015 I was a finalist in the Public Law category of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

I have been a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) since 1997 and am an Advanced Caseworker (Level 3) under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. This means that I have shown that I have a high level of knowledge and experience in the area of Immigration law. There are only a small number of immigration practitioners throughout England & Wales that hold this quality mark.


  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDL) - University of South Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Science (Jurisprudence) - University of Adelaide


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors: October 2018 - present
  • Lawrence Lupin/LUPINS, Head of Public Law Department: May 2011 - October 2018
  • Fisher Meredith LLP, Partner and Head of Immigration Department: November 2002 - May 2011
  • Lloyd & Associates, Partner and Head of Immigration Department: January 1997 - October 2002
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales: August 1996
  • Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test: July 1996
  • Howard Pallis & Co, Caseworker: November 1994 - July 1996
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia: December 1992


  • "...genuinely really cares about his clients, always goes that extra mile and is extremely knowledgeable. He is a seasoned practitioner who has a broad human rights and asylum-focused immigration practice." Chambers and Partners 2018 (Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation - London, Band 1)

  • "...will not rest until he has exhausted every possible option available, which ensures that clients are always represented to the very highest standards" Legal 500 2018 (Immigration: Human rights, appeals and overstay - London)


  • Ranked Band 1 - Chambers and Partners UK, 2021 - 2022 edition - Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation, UK-wide
  • Leading Individual - Chambers and Partners UK, 2019 edition - Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation/London
  • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2019 edition - Immigration/London
  • Finalist - Public Law Lawyer of the Year - Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, 2015

Membership & Accreditations

  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) 1997 - present
  • ILPA’s representative on the Law Society Immigration Law Committee 2009 - 2016
  • Member of the Expert Panel advising the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants 2011 - 2017
  • Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme: Advanced Caseworker (Level 3) 2010 - present
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