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Stefan Vnuk, Duncan Lewis

Stefan Vnuk


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Awards Recommendation for Stefan Vnuk
Legal 500 Chambers

"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 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 category - 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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