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Puja Nandi, Duncan Lewis

Puja Nandi

Caseworker

Profile / Experience

I am a Trainee Solicitor within the General Public Law and Court of Protection department. I have assisted with a number of high profile cases, which includes prominent judicial review challenges and public inquiries.

I have completed my training so far in the Immigration Public Law department. I was the key trainee solicitor working on high-profile litigation against the Secretary of State for the Home Department and G4S, challenging them over the treatment of detainees within Brook House IRC as highlighted in the prominent BBC Panorama documentary. We successfully obtained a ruling in which the Home Office was found to be indirectly discriminating against Muslim detainees on the basis of their rights under Article 14 and 9 ECHR. After the judgment was handed down, I discussed the implications live on RT news.

In my next training seat, I represented a core participant on the Grenfell Tower public Inquiry. The fire has been described as the greatest post war tragedy in English peace time. Our client was the tenant of flat 16 where the fire had started and he had an incredible personal journey. I assisted with the preparation of our opening and closing submissions for Phase 1, reviewed key evidence and assisted in the production of our client’s witness statement. This culminated in positive headlines in national media outlets that dispelled the baseless assertions made against our client.

I am currently working on Court of Protection cases, involving issues of residence, care and contact disputes. These matters are between public authorities and individuals who lack mental capacity to make important decisions regarding their health, welfare and finances. I regularly assist in challenging the deprivation of liberty of the individual in care homes, hospitals or other similar settings.

Prior to joining Duncan Lewis, I worked for the Financial Ombudsman Service, a non-profit investigating disputes between financial institutions and members of the public. I also gained invaluable experience working in the Foreign Office where I drafted consular policy on bereavements abroad and participated in cross-departmental conferences.

Education

  • LLB Hons - Law with Spanish
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • LLM (Masters) in Professional Practice

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2017-present
  • Adjudicator at the Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Intern at the Foreign and Commonwealth office
  • Mental health paralegal
  • Probono caseworker for the Innocence Project network in the UK
  • Volunteer at Mother Theresa Home in Kolkata- looking after and caring for disabled and orphaned children.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Level 2 senior caseworker on the Immigration and Asylum Scheme

Interests

  • Cooking
  • Travelling
  • Live music
  • Practing my Spanish, Hindi and Bengali
  • I have recently run a 10k to raise money for ‘Shelter from the Storm’, a homelessness charity based in London.
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