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Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan , Duncan Lewis , Public Law Solicitor , Harrow

Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan

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Winner: Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year - Public Law - Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) Awards 2019

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I am a Solicitor in the Public Law Department at Duncan Lewis. I am based in the firm's Harrow office where I work with a team of Solicitors, Trainees and Caseworkers under the supervision of Public Law Director Toufique Hossain.

I have experience not only in Public Law matters but also in criminal law, regulatory law and immigration law including asylum and human rights matters.

I have extensive experience in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, litigating across a broad range of areas and regularly conducting high profile class-action challenges to unlawful policies and practices affecting vulnerable people. This includes;
  • Appealing decisions under the Immigration European Economic Area (EEA) Regulations
  • Matters involving Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
  • Unlawful detention
  • Unlawful removals to European countries under the Dublin Convention
  • Unlawful returns to countries of origin
I am committed to improving access to justice and to achieving social justice through the use of law. Many of my clients are extremely vulnerable asylum seekers who are victims of torture, rape and/or trafficking. I fight to protect their right to liberty and to be granted refuge from persecution.

I have Level 2 and Supervisor accreditation 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, and permits me to represent both private and publicly (legal aid) funded clients.

Education

  • LLM - London School of Economics
  • LLB - London School of Economics

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2012-present
  • Qualified as a Solicitor 2011
  • Qualified as a Barrister 2008

Notable Cases

Supreme Court
  • R (on the application of JS) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] UKSC 15 (Supreme Court)

  • TY (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] All ER (D) 28. - Permission to appeal was refused by the Supreme Court. This is a test case on whether a decision to refuse a residence card under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 can be appealed on asylum and/or human rights grounds.

Court of Appeal
  • B v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 786. - Being appealed to the Court of Appeal. Test case about the definition of human trafficking and the relationship between the Dublin Regulation for the return of asylum seekers within the EU on the one hand and international human trafficking instruments, Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights ("ECHR") and the Secretary of State's policies on the other.

  • ZS (Afghanistan) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 312 on appeal from R (on the application of Safi) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 95 (Admin).

  • KP (Sri Lanka) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 291.

  • JA (Sri Lanka) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 964.

  • SK (Sri Lanka) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 302 on appeal from R (on the application of Kandasamy) [2013] EWHC 3108 (Admin).

  • R (on the application of Tabrizagh & Ors) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 1398 on appeal from Tabrizagh & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1914.

  • ZG (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 866 on appeal from R (on the application of Gafaro) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 3365.

  • R (on the application of MC (Guinea) and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 922 (Court of Appeal) - This was the designated as the test case on Dublin II Returns to Cyprus, but was subsequently settled by the SSHD.

  • PK & Others v SSHD [2013] EWHC 1064 - Represented three out of the six claimants in the SSHD’s appeal from the decision of Wilkie J and Judge Gleeson. The matter was subsequently settled and the appeal withdrawn by the SSHD. Reported by Channel 4 and The Guardian.

  • R (on the application of Kariharan & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2002] 3 WLR 1783, [2002] INLR 383, [2003] Imm AR 163, [2003] QB 933 (Court of Appeal)

  • R (on the application of Anton Judes) v IAT [2001] EWCA Civ 825.

  • S v Law Society [2005] EWCA Civ 47, [2005] 1 WLR 2708, [2005] 4 All ER 1105 (Court of Appeal) - This case dealt with a challenge to the Law Society’s intervention procedure and its compatibility with the ECHR.

High Court
  • R (on the application of Rrapaj & Ors) v Director of Legal Aid Casework & Anor [2013] EWHC 1837 (Admin) (02 July 2013)
  • R (on the application of Mohamed and Ors) [2002] EWHC 57.

  • Kanges Kunapalan [2002] (Admin) - This resulted in the Secretary of State being ordered to use their best endeavours to have the Claimant in a wrongful removal case returned from Germany to the United Kingdom.

  • R (on the application of Prabaharen) [2001] EWHC 764 (Admin) - This criticised the upholding of SSHD’s Certificate in torture cases.

  • R v A and Others. - Defending a man charged with conspiring with others to receiving components for use in terrorism by a foreign terrorist organisation in Operation Osmium. Defendant unanimously acquitted on all counts. Reported by BBC.

  • R v H and Others. - Defending a man charged with conspiring to facilitate the commission of a breach of immigration law and money laundering, and confiscation proceedings under the Criminal Justice Act 1988. The prosecution case amounted to over 10,000 pages. Reported by BBC.

  • R v NR & Others. - Defending a solicitor charged with money laundering offences. Defendant acquitted of all counts at trial.

  • R v S & Others. - Defending two members of the same family in a multi-handed housing benefit fraud carried out over a period of 15 years and involving DSS fraud by 9 members of the same family. Reported by Daily Mail.

Civil Court
  • GJ and Others (post-civil war: returnees) Sri Lanka CG v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2013] UKUT 00319 (IAC). - Country Guidance case on Sri Lanka on the post-conflict risk to returned Tamils and others. Acted for the Intervenor. Reported by Huffington Post and TAG.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Level 2 Supervisor - Law Society IAAS Accreditation

Interests

  • Social and international justice campaigns
  • Enlisting the support of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu to co-sign an open letter to The Times.
  • Advising and assisting TAG (‘Together Against Genocide’) in making written representations to the Foreign Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament in its human rights inquiry as well as the Human Rights Joint Committee in its inquiry on UK legislation relating to genocide, torture and related offences committed abroad.
  • Assisting with the research and design of a seminar on the topic of ‘Transitional Justice’ for Advocates for International Development (A4ID).
  • Assisting the legal charity Reprieve as a researcher. I successfully trekked to the Everest Base Camp in aid of Reprieve in 2010. I recently completed Oxfam Trailwalker 2017, 100km in 30 hours, in aid of Gurkha Welfare Trust and Oxfam.
  • Ex-Trooper, Honourable Artillery Company (HAC).

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