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Syma Tayyab, Duncan Lewis

Syma Tayyab

Trainee Solicitor

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I am a trainee solicitor in the Family Law department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, I joined the team in November 2021. I work under the supervision of Director Julie McNamara and am based in the Birmingham office.

I am a positive and conscientious person; I like challenges and getting things done. Having an aversion to motorway driving, I was one of two women in a convoy of 15 vehicles to drive an ambulance full of medical supplies from Birmingham to the Turkey/Syria border.

I spent a year in Syria: travelling, doing voluntary work (mainly education and community) and studying Arabic at Damascus University. My experiences there with vulnerable families is one factor which persuaded me towards Family Law.

I gained valuable experience working as a volunteer for The Citizens Advice Witness Service (Birmingham Magistrates Court). In addition to the administrative work, I regularly accompanied witnesses in court. Liaison with solicitors in relation to their clients was another important aspect of the work. I became a reliable point of call for prosecution and defence witnesses, solicitors and barristers.

I have experience assisting clients in private children proceedings including the following:
  • Child arrangements orders for contact and residence;
  • Prohibited steps orders; and
  • Specific issue orders including applications for external relocation and name changes.
Also, I have experience assisting clients in obtaining and opposing applications for protective injunctions.

I am fluent in speaking the Mirpuri dialect and Arabic. I can also communicate in Punjabi and Urdu.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) - The University of Law: Distinction
  • LLB (Hons) - University of Wolverhampton>/li>


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors (November 2021 – Present)


  • Reading: especially biographies, history, religion and current affairs
  • Travel
  • Baking
  • Attending and supporting charity and community events
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