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Sumbul Phillips, Duncan Lewis

Sumbul Phillips


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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the Public Law department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

I conduct a variety of judicial review matters involving:
  • Unlawful detention
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery
  • Fresh claim challenges
  • Unlawful denial of appeal rights
  • False imprisonment
I specialise in cases involving the deportation of foreign offenders and in cases involving vulnerable individuals such as those who are victims of trafficking and gender based violence. I also have extensive experience of immigration and human rights applications, including domestic violence cases and asylum applications.

Notable cases include challenging the detention of an EEA national who had been detained on grounds of public order due to criminal offences committed as a result of his being trafficked. I also successfully appealed the deportation of an Algerian national who had been in the UK for over 30 years. More recently I challenged a decision by the Home Office to reject the asylum claim of an EEA national who is a victim of trafficking. I also regularly represent clients in damages claims for false imprisonment in the County Court.


  • Bar Vocational Course - Inns of Court School of Law
  • LLB Honours - University of Bradford


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, April 2017-present
  • Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in India: British High Commission New Delhi, 2015-2017
  • UK Visas and Immigration, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in India, 2010-2015
  • Admitted as a solicitor, April 2010


  • "...Sumbul has surpassed the call of duty by the amount of time and energy she has put into our client’s case which is evidenced from the sheer amount of notes, paperwork and continuous communication between the client, their support worker and other third parties." - Michael Weddell – Hestia, Modern Slavery Response Team

  • "...We as a team find Sumbul very efficient, accommodative, empathetic and helpful. When I have accompanied my clients at the immigration appointment, I have been impressed to see how professional Sumbul is with client’s who are fleeing severe domestic abuse. Sumbul takes time to calm them, reassure them and explain what is needed to secure the immigration status. Sumbul understands when client is too distressed to complete forms and she will take the pressure off by completing these for the clients. Book translators if required and support through step by step through the process. We would happily recommend Sumbul to other professionals and clients." - Binita Morjaria – MK Act Domestic Abuse Intervention Services


  • Shortlisted - Rising Star Award, Society of Asian Lawyers Awards 2019

Membership & Accreditations

  • Law Society Accreditation: Supervisor
  • Law Society Accreditation: Level 2


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