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The Legal 500

The Legal 500 - what they say about us

 

For over 30 years The Legal 500 legal directory has been an independent worldwide client’s guide to the best law firms and lawyers, by analysing the capabilities of law firms using a comprehensive research programme heavily focused on peer and client feedback. Used commercially by companies and clients, the series is widely renowned for its definitive judgment of law firms and legal practitioners alike.


We have received recognition for excellence across of England and Wales offices. The Legal 500 2022 edition continues to rank us as a recommended law firm across its main legal departments in London, the Midlands, South East, Wales, Yorkshire, and UK-wide, with "top tier" ranking award for immigration and human rights practice, immigration and human rights work in London, South East and Wales, and family South East. The current edition recognises our specialisms in the following areas: administrative and public law, business immigration, civil liberties and human rights, clinical (medical) negligence, commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate, criminal defence, Court of Protection/mental capacity, debt recovery, family and child care, immigration and asylum, personal injury, professional negligence, and social housing.


  • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a 'large and diverse' bench of specialist immigration lawyers handling both business matters and complex public law cases. Ayan Yalchin is head of business/private immigration in the firm's Dalston office; he works with companies on sponsorship licences and renewals and also advises high net worth individuals from a variety of international jurisdictions. The firm is known for its judicial review claimant practice, acting for marginalised and vulnerable clients. Other key members of the 'powerhouse' team include Tamana Aziz and the 'exceptional' Vicash Ramkissoon on the business side, and public and administrative law specialists Bernadette Adusei, Gabor Nagy and Toufique Hossain, who has specific expertise with regards to asylum seekers, as well as the 'excellent' Rohena Wallace.” London/Immigration 2022 Edition
  • "The immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is well-regarded for its work in asylum, human rights and nationality law. Public law director Toufique Hossain has extensive experience representing asylum seekers, many of whom are vulnerable clients. The practice has a strong track record of acting for victims of modern slavery, trafficking, torture, and domestic violence and for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors. Other key areas of work include ECHR cases and cases involving civil liberties."London/Immigration 2021 Edition


  • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors houses an 'extremely large and effective team of lawyers where all aspects of immigration and asylum law are covered.' The firm has a large judicial review claimant practice, representing vulnerable claimants on immigration and civil liberties. It is well-versed in personal immigration, asylum, human rights and nationality law. The firm handles a significant portion of publicly funded work, handling a range of issues such as detention, bail, deportation, appeals and EC law. The team offers specialist expertise in representing vulnerable clients, such as victims of torture or trafficking, on asylum and detention-related matters, and is regularly engaged on politically sensitive cases.”London/Immigration 2020 Edition


  • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘diligent’ and ‘professional’ team ‘is prepared to go the extra mile’ for its clients. It is experienced across personal immigration, asylum, human rights and nationality matters, with particular expertise in judicial review cases. It acts for vulnerable clients such as victims of trafficking or torture, and handles unlawful detention cases." London/Immigration 2017 Edition


  • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘dynamic and very well-organised’ group specialises in acting for clients in judicial review proceedings before the High Court, as well as handling Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases." London/Immigration 2016 Edition


  • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘very good’ team has a strong track record representing SME clients on business immigration, and a stellar reputation for handling test cases…" London/Immigration 2015 Edition


  • "The ‘very good' Duncan Lewis Solicitors is valued for its ‘commitment' to clients, especially in human rights…" London/Immigration 2014 Edition


  • “Praised for its 'supportive, collaborative, kind and sensitive' approach, Duncan Lewis Solicitors excels in representing vulnerable clients in their immigration-related concerns, including in relation to those seeking asylum for fear of persecution in their home country as a result of their sexual orientation. 'Accessible and approachable' team head Vinita Templeton is appreciated for her 'compassion and willingness to think outside the box', enabling her to excel in handling many high-profile and challenging matters, including in judicial review proceedings for the victims of the Windrush scandal and Commonwealth veterans. Praised for her 'heart and passion', Vanessa Delgado is also a key member of the team and has considerable expertise across a wide variety of immigration, asylum, and human rights matters, through to judicial review.” Wales/Immigration 2022 Edition
  • "The Swansea office of Duncan Lewis Solicitors has 'unrivalled experience across Wales and possibly the whole of south west England' in relation to immigration matters. Benefiting from a Legal Aid contract, as well as handling general immigration matters, the team excels in representing vulnerable clients seeking asylum based on the fear of persecution in their country of origin, often due to their sexuality, religion or political views."Wales/Immigration 2021 Edition
  • "'Second-to-none in the Welsh publicly-funded arena', Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'extremely friendly, approachable and committed team of activist lawyers' handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters, including high-profile claimant judicial review matters." Wales/Immigration 2020 Edition
  • "The 'knowledgeable and well organised' team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'punches well above its weight – litigating points of law with both national and international importance'. 'Second-to-none in the publicly funded arena in Wales', the firm handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters including handling high-profile claimant judicial review matters." Wales/Immigration 2019 Edition
  • "For some, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘in a class of its own’. The Cardiff office has become an integral part of the firm’s UK-wide capability, which includes a large legal aid immigration practice and a market-leading reputation for immigration judicial review matters." Wales/Immigration 2017 Edition
  • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has ‘an excellent grasp of immigration and asylum law’." Wales/Immigration 2016 Edition
  • "Specialist immigration firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is renowned for asylum and human rights work…" Wales/Immigration 2015 Edition
  • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'very attentive and passionate' team is well-positioned to handle a wide range of high-stakes personal immigration cases, including judicial reviews involving human rights, civil liberty and social welfare issues faced by migrants travelling to the UK. It is also well known for advising companies on business immigration work, ranging from points-based system applications and appeals to securing entrepreneur and investor visas. Toufique Hossain has developed a strong reputation for his legal aid work on behalf of asylum seekers, encompassing litigation before the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Zofia Duszynska has a similar focus, having represented vulnerable immigrants in disputes involving modern slavery, human trafficking and gender-based persecution elements. Ahmed Aydeed, Bahar Ata and Rohena Wallace are also recommended for their work in the field of personal immigration.” South East/Immigration 2022 Edition
  • - "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has developed a reputation as a 'dominant and formidable team within the field' of personal immigration, advising on asylum, human rights, citizenship and EU law matters. The firm has also developed expertise representing clients affected by the Windrush scandal." South East/Immigration 2021 Edition
  • - "Duncan Lewis Solicitors excels in public law immigration matters, where its team 'is not afraid to challenge accepted norms, take risks in advancement of its client's case and push boundaries in the client's favour'. The practice acts for businesses and individuals on the full range of personal immigration, asylum and human rights, and nationality matters, as well as assisting high-net-worth individuals with points based system applications and appeals. In an illustration of its public law expertise, the practice acted in the lead case challenging removals to Bulgaria under the Dublin III Regulations." South East / Immigration 2019 Edition
  • - "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is known for its expertise in all aspects of personal immigration, frequently advising on publicly funded immigration services for asylum, immigration detention, deportation appeals and EC law issues. The team also represents high net-worth individuals on points-based system applications and appeals, including entrepreneur and investor visas. The firm has a niche specialism in legal aid, and represents vulnerable clients in detained asylum cases, and in matters involving unaccompanied asylum-seeking children." South East / Immigration 2017 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a large family and child care team, providing advice on a broad range of matters including domestic violence, complex divorce and separation cases, and financial settlements. The team also has considerable experience in care proceedings and cross-border disputes. The practice is led by five directors: Adeeba Naseem, Alia Lewis, and Ravi Kaur Mahey are based in Harrow; Krina Parmar is based in Milton Keynes and Luton; while newly promoted Natasha Khakhar is based in Luton.” South East (Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx)/Family 2022 Edition
    • "The large family and child care team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides advice to clients in the South East on all areas of family law, including matters involving domestic violence, cross-border disputes, divorce and separation issues, and emergency situations involving non-accidental injury and domestic abuse, amongst many others."South East (Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx)/Family 2021 Edition
    • "The 'really supportive and very efficient' family and child care team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is well known for its cutting-edge work across a wide range of family and children matters. The practice specialises in domestic abuse, unusual divorce cases, emergency applications to freeze parties’ assets and female genital mutilation protection orders. It also handles financial matters, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements." South East/ Family 2020 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is 'a well-established and respected firm that provides a high quality of work in an efficient and friendly way'. Its expertise covers divorce and matrimonial cases, with notable expertise in representing domestic abuse victims under legal aid and mediation, as well as ancillary relief expertise. It also handles public law and cross-border issues concerning children, and has niche shari'ah-law expertise." South East/ Family 2019 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a 'large and diverse' bench of specialist immigration lawyers handling both business matters and complex public law cases. Ayan Yalchin is head of business/private immigration in the firm's Dalston office; he works with companies on sponsorship licences and renewals and also advises high net worth individuals from a variety of international jurisdictions. The firm is known for its judicial review claimant practice, acting for marginalised and vulnerable clients. Other key members of the 'powerhouse' team include Tamana Aziz and the 'exceptional' Vicash Ramkissoon on the business side, and public and administrative law specialists Bernadette Adusei, Gabor Nagy and Toufique Hossain, who has specific expertise with regards to asylum seekers, as well as the 'excellent' Rohena Wallace.” London/Business Immigration 2022 Edition
    • - "…Vicash Ramkissoon leads a good deal of the business-side work; the group also handles Tier 2 sponsor licence applications and judicial review matters."London/Business Immigration 2021 Edition
    • - "…The team is also instructed by high-net-worth individuals on PBS applications and appeals. The business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on PBS matters, sponsorship licence applications and it also represents high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor visas." London/Business Immigration 2020 Edition
    • - "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on a range of matters such as the PBS, sponsorship licence applications, and compliance. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals from Asia, Russia and the Middle East on Tier 1 and investor visas. The firm also handles a range of asylum, nationality, detention, deportation, bail, human rights, detention, Judicial Review, and trafficking cases for business, individual and vulnerable clients." London/Business Immigration 2019 Edition
    • - "…The team advises SMEs on compliance and sponsorship licence applications under the PBS. Clients recommend Ayan Yalchin and Vicash Ramkissoon." London/Business Immigration 2016 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large immigration offering across the UK; the Birmingham team has significant experience in immigration, asylum and judicial review claimant matters. Its particular strength lies in the provision of publicly funded immigration services. The team has developed a number of specialisms representing vulnerable clients such as victims of torture or trafficking as well as detained asylum cases. It has substantial experience of representing clients in judicial review immigration cases before the High Court and in unlawful detention cases. Practice head Ahmed Aydeed is highly regarded.” West Midlands (Birmingham)/Immigration 2022 Edition
    • "…It is known for providing a strong publicly funded immigration service that represents vulnerable clients such as victims of torture or trafficking in asylum and human rights matters. The team has considerable expertise at representing claimants in judicial review immigration cases before the High Court and has a substantial practice in unlawful immigration detention cases. It frequently challenges immigration removal cases and has extensive tribunal and higher courts appeal and advocacy experience. It is well-regarded for its work in the Immigration Asylum Chamber and for its work in first-Tier and upper tribunal asylum and immigration appeals across the Midlands."West Midlands (Birmingham)/Immigration 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a large team nationally. In Birmingham, it is known for acting for claimants in significant immigration (including related judicial reviews) and asylum matters. Niche specialisms include representing vulnerable clients/victims of torture or trafficking in asylum and human rights matters, as well as immigration cases involving detentions." West Midlands / Immigration 2020 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ immigration practice has a strong focus on immigration, asylum and judicial review claimant matters and is one largest providers of publicly funded immigration services. The ‘very professional and friendly’ team is headed up by director Alexis Masolo, who specialises in, among others, representing unaccompanied asylum seeking children, applications under the European Economic Area regulations and complex asylum-based matters and frequently handles judicial review cases for claimants.” East Midlands/Immigration 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has significant expertise in immigration, asylum and judicial review claimant work. Its team is active in a wide range of matters, which includes representing vulnerable clients (such as victims of torture or trafficking) in asylum and human rights cases. The group is experienced in Immigration Asylum Chamber, First-Tier and Upper Tribunal asylum and immigration appeals across the Midlands Circuit." East Midlands/Immigration 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ immigration and asylum practice specialises in contentious matters. It represents vulnerable clients such as trafficking or torture victims in detention-related matters, handles judicial review applications and proceedings, and assists individuals with appeals and higher court cases. The team also acts for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in asylum fast-track cases." East Midlands/Immigration 2017 Edition
    • "At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Sangita Shah regularly advises on immigration and asylum matters, and is commended for her ‘passion’ for her work.z" East Midlands/Immigration 2016 Edition
    • “Immigration specialist Duncan Lewis Solicitors has expertise in inquires and large judicial reviews and represents vulnerable people in human rights, crime, prison law, court of protection, mental capacity and social welfare matters. Issues related to Windrush are another forte for the firm, which also has an increasing international public law presence, developing litigation challenges to UK government practices in Libya and Eritrea. The team is co-led by Alex Peebles, Ayan Yalchin, Bernadette Adusei, Gabor Nagy, James Packer, Jenna McKinney, Rohena Wallace, Tamana Aziz, Toufique Hossain, Vicash Ramkissoon and Zofia Duszynska.” London/Civil Liberties and Human Rights 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors' civil liberties practice has a broad range of expertise across the immigration and public law space, headed by a Harrow-based team which includes the well-regarded Toufique Hossain and Zofia Duszynska." London/Civil Liberties and Human Rights 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a particular focus on immigration, asylum, migrant workers and refugee rights work...The team is also adept at judicial reviews and conducting emergency injunctions for their clients." London/Civil Liberties & Human Rights 2020 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘one of the leading firms in the field of immigration’ and has achieved success in several Supreme Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal cases." London/Civil Liberties & Human Rights 2019 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is best known for its legal aid practice, and specialises in immigration, asylum and public law, and has offices across London and the UK. ‘Exceptional lawyer’ Toufique Hossain, who is ‘particularly good for immigration detention cases’ and has ‘an excellent eye for the crux of the matter’, James Packer and Seher Toguz are key names for immigration and public law matters." London/Civil Liberties & Human Rights 2017 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'boundary-pushing' team is very active in legal challenges asserting the rights of vulnerable individuals, including asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking. In addition, the firm frequently represents clients in unlawful detention claims against the Home Office and inquiries related to various public scandals and disasters, such as the Grenfell Tower fire. The 'innovative and brilliant' Toufique Hossain has an active pro bono practice, which supports asylum seekers in critical challenges throughout the UK court circuit, and the 'outstanding' James Packer stands out for his expertise in judicial reviews and Court of Appeal cases, with a particular focus on immigration matters. Rohena Wallace, who is an accredited supervisor and level 3 (advanced) senior caseworker, has a broad public law practice, with notable expertise in EU human rights law and cases involving the unlawful deprivation of citizenship.” London/Administrative and Public Law 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ public law practice represents vulnerable individuals in judicial review litigation, with a particular focus on immigration issues, notably for individuals facing discrimination by the Windrush Scheme. Unlawful detention, prisoners’ rights and other human rights violations are also points of focus. It's recently established education law team in Leeds handles public law claims for schools, regulatory bodies and students." London/Administrative and Public Law 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors acts on judicial review claims challenging the treatment of vulnerable groups, with specialist expertise in representing migrants, asylum seekers, detainees, people with disabilities and LGBT prisoners. The team regularly acts on challenges to government policies and bodies including the Home Office, with recent actions concerning the treatment of religious minorities in the prison system and the unlawful detention of migrants. A high-profile matter saw Toufique Hossain challenging the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s failure to investigate abuse at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. Further mandates involved judicial review challenges to HMRC and local authorities regarding tax and levy disputes. The firm is also involved in challenging the government’s reduction to legal aid funding." London / Administrative & Public Law 2020 Edition
    • "With offices around London and nationally, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is reported to have 'a strong presence in this area of the law, making a particularly dominant contribution in immigration, asylum and prison law…The team is handling cases of the deprivation of British citizenship and deportation threats, many of which have gone to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court."London / Administrative & Public Law 2019 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ Toufique Hossain ‘is a leading solicitor’ for immigration judicial reviews and utilises ‘a combination of creative thinking with a huge amount of experience.’" London/Administrative & Public Law 2017 Edition
    • "At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Toufique Hossain is a ‘genuine star’ for challenges in the immigration and civil liberties space." London/Administrative & Public Law 2016 Edition
    • "James Packer and solicitor Toufique Hossain are key names at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which has particular experience advising on immigration and civil liberties challenges." London/Administrative & Public Law 2015 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a multi-disciplinary approach that advises on a whole host of issues including mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law. It is increasingly receiving instructions to advise trust corporations and other firms on health and social care matters. The practice is skilled at representing vulnerable clients and family members in disputes about mental capacity and best interest welfare decisions. It specialises in the overlap between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, as well as deprivation of liberty, section 16 and inherent jurisdiction matters. Alex Peebles and Rachel Caswell head the group.” London/Court of Protection 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a multi-disciplinary team that advises on mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law through its various offices nationally. The team has particular strength in the interplay between the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, as well as deprivation of liberty safeguards. It frequently represents vulnerable clients and family members in disputes relating to mental capacity and in best interests welfare discussions pertaining to residence, contact, care and medical treatment. "London/Court of Protection 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a multi-disciplinary team that advises on mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law. The group has strength in cases where there is overlap between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act as well as deprivation of liberty safeguards. It routinely advises vulnerable clients and their families on best interest welfare decisions relating to residence, contact and medical treatment. It is also skilled at advising on property and affairs disputes in the Court of Protection and the High Court as well as assisting clients and their carers on other issues such as how to receive help from social services." London / Court of Protection 2020 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a ‘team that is quick to respond’. It has a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates with its experts from its mental capacity, mental health, community care, clinical negligence and public law departments." London / Court of Protection 2019 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors ‘constantly strives to achieve the best possible results for its clients, and puts a tremendous amount of work into its cases.’" London/Court of Protection 2017 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap between mental health/capacity issues and deprivation of liberty safeguards." London/Court of Protection 2016 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap mental health and capacity, and deprivation of liberty safeguards..." London/Court of Protection 2015 Edition
    • “With 'exceptional individual client care', Duncan Lewis Solicitors is a key name in the market for serious crime issues including murders, sexual offences, drug importations and fraud matters. The team also has niche expertise in country line drug cases and modern slavery mandates. Rubin Italia (who also has experience in public law and immigration work), fraud specialist Hardeep Dhaliwal and Nicholas De Freitas, who focuses on violent offences, jointly lead the group. Consultant Linda Barker is also praised by clients.” London/Crime: General 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors' general crime team handles a range of sensitive cases. Recently, these have included murder complicated by paranoid schizophrenia, the blackmail of government officials and accusations of distributing child pornography." London/Crime: General 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors' 'hardworking' and 'committed' team covers a range of serious crime matters, including cases involving high-value money laundering, fraud, large-scale drugs conspiracies, sexual offences and murder." London/ Crime: General 2020 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘a busy firm, cornering the market in legally aided, general crime’. It is adept at handling cases of serious crime such as drugs importation, fraud, kidnap, immigration and gang-related offences. The firm recently acted for a man who murdered a fellow detainee at an immigration centre." London/ Crime: General 2019 Edition
    • "The ‘capable, conscientious and professional’ team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides ‘a harmonious and effective service’, and is particularly known for its legal aid expertise." London / Crime: General 2017 Edition
    • "Praised for his ‘great client care', Hardeep Dhaliwal leads the team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which recently acted in a £1m computer scam bank fraud case." London / Crime: General 2014 Edition
    • “Based in Harrow, Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles a range of serious criminal matters and gang-related crimes including murders and sexual offences. Jointly led by Rubin Italia and Nicholas De Freitas, the team specialises in drug confiscation and modern slavery matters. Linda Barker is noted for her experience in fraud and violent crime matters, while Laurence Grant and Simon Connolly handle financial fraud offences.” South East/Crime: General 2022 Edition
    • "At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the criminal law practice is equipped to handle serious crime and drug-related offenses." South East/Crime: General 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides the full range of criminal law services, but is particularly notable for its work with vulnerable clients, including those with mental illnesses as well as youth clients. The firm also operates a large, serious crime practice, with a particular focus on gang-related violence and drug offences." South East / Crime: General 2020 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles all aspects of family law with particular specialism in representing victims of domestic violence, unusual divorces and securing financial settlements following the breakdown of a marriage. It is also skilled at handling the complexities of parental conflict especially parental alienation cases and also has extensive experience in Islamic law. It has, in addition, a particular specialism in advising on female genital mutilation protection orders and has a formidable reputation for its experience in international and domestic family law proceedings at the high court. It receives plaudits for its 'outstanding client care'. The lawyers are 'always compassionate and understanding'.” London/Family 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a broad range of experience and handles all aspects of family law. Key specialisms include representing the victims of domestic violence and assisting clients with securing a financial settlement following the breakdown of a marriage. The team also handles matters such as special guardianship orders, the distribution of business assets and the international movement of children, as well as protecting clients in emergency situations in cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual assault, grooming or forced marriages." London/Family 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a broad range of expertise. It has an established Islamic and Shariah law department that specialises in Islamic divorce and financial settlement. The practice also has considerable expertise in other areas such as representing domestic abuse victims under legal aid to advising on complex financial matrimonial matters. It routinely advises on complex children law matters and deals with emergency applications to freeze parties’ assets in both the High Court and the county courts. The team is also well versed in obtaining female genital mutilation protection orders." London/ Family 2020 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is an ‘excellent firm with talented and experienced staff’". London/ Family 2019 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large team that ‘covers a broad range of family cases and excels in children’s cases." London/Family 2017 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has particular expertise representing divorce abuse victims under legal aid and have niche experience in Islamic divorce." London/Family 2016 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a very large legal aid practice, and is an ‘undoubted force in international children law’." London/Family 2015 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors frequently represents clients who are facing emergency situations as well as advising clients on divorce and separation issues. The team is skilled at helping clients with significant vulnerabilities and also has considerable strength in international child abduction cases. All solicitors undertake their own advocacy. Krina Parmar and Richard Gray specialise in all aspects of public law children matters. Parmar is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel and Gray is an accredited member of the Law Society Children’s Panel. The team is well-regarded too for its work on culturally complex cases including Islamic law.” West Midlands/Family 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a number of key specialisms such as representing clients who are facing emergency situations, whether that be safeguarding of children or domestic abuse. In addition it advises on matrimonial and separation issues with significant expertise in special guardianship orders and adoption in the UK and overseas. Other strengths lie in assisting those with significant vulnerabilities particularly those with mental health difficulties or victims of some form of abuse. It is also known for its involvement in culturally complex cases, often with international elements in both Hague and non-Hague countries." West Midlands/Family 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors advises on all aspects of matrimonial and separation issues, including divorce and ancillary relief. Its team also excels in assisting clients with emergency situations, such as those involving non-accidental injuries and domestic abuse. Other specialisms include international child abduction cases, special guardianship and care orders. In addition, it has a niche practice in forced marriage protection orders." West Midlands / Family 2020 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has expertise in matrimonial and children cases, with notable strengths in cross-border disputes."West Midlands/ Family 2019 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides legal aid advice on domestic and cross-border child care matters, and also handles private law with a particular niche in forced marriage protection orders, domestic violence and child abduction cases." West Midlands / Family 2017 Edition
    • “The family team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors' Bradford base is led by Abbid Majeed and Meena Kumari. Recognised specialists in all aspects of matrimonial and private children law, the firm has a niche practice representing domestic abuse victims under both legal aid and financial order proceedings. In addition, it is recognised for representing clients in matters linked to forced marriage protection orders, FGM, domestic abuse and and emergency protection orders. Sophia Hussain is another key contact.” Yorkshire and the Humber (Bradford)/Family 2022 Edition
    • "…the team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors focuses on sensitive child protection issues including abduction matters, child abuse work, and wardship and adoption mandates, alongside a notable specialism in FGM protection orders. The practice often works on a cross-border basis, particularly in abduction and FGM cases." Yorkshire and the Humber (Leeds)/Family 2021 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors is contracted with the Legal Aid Agency and provides publicly funded services to tenants on a diverse range of social housing matters which include cases of disrepair and rent disputes, as well as judicial reviews. The team is particularly experienced in possession and unlawful eviction claims, with a significant presence in County Court Possession Duty Schemes in London. A further niche specialism of the practice is in assisting vulnerable clients with Equality Act defence cases. Manjinder Kaur Atwal, 'excellent solicitor' Dianne Cowie, Bernadette Chikwe and David Head jointly lead the practice. Chinedu Orogbu and James de Vere Moss have left the firm.” London/Social Housing: Tenant 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors' team is spread across the Croydon, Dalston, Harrow and Lewisham offices. It covers a full range of contentious issues, with particular expertise in handling Equality Act defence cases and possession claims.” London/Social Housing: Tenant 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors' social housing team is mainly spread across offices in Croydon, Dalston, Harrow and Lewisham. It covers the full range of housing disputes, including disrepair cases, possession proceedings involving Equality Act defences, homelessness appeals and judicial reviews. The firm's commitment to access to justice is reflected by its significant involvement in pro bono work, and it is also acting for a number of participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry." London/ Social Housing: Tenant 2020 Edition
    • "One of the most effective firms practicing social housing law', Duncan Lewis Solicitors has considerable expertise in Equality Act defence cases, unlawful eviction and possession claims, and homelessness appeals. The team also handles a considerable amount of pro-bono work, which has recently included representing a number of individuals in homelessness claims following the Grenfell Tower disaster." London/ Social Housing: Tenant 2019 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘clearly a major player’ in the space and ‘each practitioner excels in their area.’" London/Social Housing: Tenant 2017 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors have a young and energetic team... With several offices across London, its ‘tentacles spread out far beyond the reaches of traditional firms’ in this sector." London/Social Housing: Tenant 2016 Edition.
    • ".. The team attracts praise for its ‘forward thinking approach’ and standout expertise in possession and unlawful eviction cases." London/Social Housing: Tenant 2015 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ focus on tenant-side advocacy work sees the team acting on an array of contentious social housing instructions, often involving Equality Act defence cases, disrepair claims, succession rights, and neighbourhood disputes against local authorities. Harrow-based practice head Manjinder Kaur Atwal handles a broad spectrum of social housing litigation, and is especially focused on homelessness matters. Sadaf Mir is similarly noted for her capabilities in homelessness cases, and in housing disputes subject to special considerations under the Children Act, Care Act, and Equality Act. Adrian Smith concentrates on unlawful evictions, and has worked on cases in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. All named lawyers are based in Luton unless stated otherwise.” South East/Social Housing: Tenant 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors covers a wide range of social housing matters, including neighbourhood disputes against local authorities, landlord and tenant matters and judicial reviews. The department also has a presence in county court possession duty schemes, enabling the team to defend tenants in possession and unlawful eviction cases, while it has also been developing niche expertise in handling Equality Act defence work." South East/Social Housing: Tenant 2021 Edition
    • "The firm, which is the largest supplier of legal aid in England and Wales, primarily acts for vulnerable tenants. Its team handles the entire gamut of contentious social housing issues, with particular expertise in possession and unlawful eviction, judicial reviews challenging local authorities and Equality Act defence cases." South East/ Social Housing: Tenant 2020 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors attracts praise for its 'robust practical approach to case management and client management'. The sizeable housing law team regularly acts for social tenants in defending against possession and unlawful eviction cases, with housing law specialists who are 'at the top of their game'." South East/ Social Housing: Tenant 2019 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors advises on the full range of contentious trust and probate matters, including probate disputes, claims concerning the transfer of property, proprietary estoppel, and estate distribution. The team speaks a combined a total of seven languages and if, required, can draw on talent from its network of office across the UK to provide additional geographic coverage. Director of the department Caroline Roche leads on contentious probate matters and specialises in handling Powers of Attorney and proprietary estoppel claims. Associate solicitor Samantha Fennah joined the team in September 2020...” South East/Contentious trusts and probate 2022 Edition
    • "The 'very professional' team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors has expertise in a wide range of contentious probate matters, advising both local and international high-net-worth individuals. A number of members of the team are multilingual, with seven languages shared across three team members." South East/Contentious trusts and probate 2021 Edition
    • “…It also acts for children and adults in a multitude of claims arising from negligent medical care, such as neonatal, paediatric, neurological and neurosurgical cases. Solicitor Amy Bennett, who focuses exclusively on medical negligence cases, is noted for her work in stillbirth and neonatal death claims. Other solicitors of note are Ifrah Ahmed and Nilma Shah.” South East/Personal injury and clinical negligence: Claimant 2022 Edition
    • "The 'excellent' clinical negligence and personal injury practice at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is led by Rebecca Thomas and is experienced in handling a spectrum of matters including brain, spinal, and neurological injuries." South East/Personal injury and clinical negligence: Claimant 2021 Edition
    • "The 'experienced and knowledgeable' clinical negligence team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in brain injury matters including cerebral palsy and cardiac claims, as well as securing significant settlements for clients." South East/ Clinical Negligence: Claimant 2020 Edition
    • "The 'dedicated and hardworking clinical negligence team' at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is 'a safe bet and gets good results'. It is best known for its work on brain, spinal and neurological injury claims for both children and adults against NHS and private hospitals, while also covering obstetric, neonatal, cerebral palsy, anaesthetic, cardiac, organ damage, surgical, emergency care and prescription matters."South East/ Clinical Negligence: Claimant 2019 Edition
    • “At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the highly regarded clinical negligence and personal injury team is led by the 'exceptional' Rebecca Thomas, who has over 25 years of experience in this area. Under Thomas' leadership, the firm has built up an excellent reputation securing favourable outcomes for clients, including high-value settlements. The group's workload includes fatal accidents, public and employers' liability claims and asbestos disease cases.” South East/Personal injury and clinical negligence: Claimant 2022 Edition
    • "The 'excellent' clinical negligence and personal injury practice at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is led by Rebecca Thomas and is experienced in handling a spectrum of matters including brain, spinal, and neurological injuries." South East/Personal injury and clinical negligence: Claimant 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles an array of personal injury work with particular specialism in fatal road traffic accidents. The team is currently representing a number of people in a high-value public inquiry, where it is advising on all aspects of public law and personal injury matters." South East/ Personal Injury: Claimant 2020 Edition
    • "The 'highly competent, hardworking and continually improving' personal injury department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'makes clients feel at ease' and 'fights hard for them', applying 'great tactical astuteness'. The team specialises in workplace, public liability, road traffic accident and disease claims involving serious injuries or fatalities."South East/ Personal Injury: Claimant 2019 Edition
    • "The personal injury team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors acts on behalf of victims of fatal accidents, as well as representing those who have suffered injuries that have had a detrimental effect on their lifestyle and ability to work.” London/Personal Injury: Claimant 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles a wide range of complex and often high-value personal injury cases, and has a niche specialism in accidents at work claims. Acting against local authorities for slips and trips in public space, road traffic accidents as well as asbestos-related illnesses are some of the team's other areas of specialism." London / Personal Injury: Claimant 2020 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors acts on complex and high-value claims for both private clients and companies on the full range of professional negligence issues. Notably, the team has extensive experience with vulnerable individuals with mental health conditions, as well as assisting in professional negligence claims against legal, financial, and engineering professionals. Team co-director Sobashni De Silva represents clients on claims such as negligent misstatement, working with co-director Anthony Okumah in Harrow.” South East/Professional Negligence 2022 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a large professional negligence offering handling claims against legal, construction, and engineering professionals. Practice head Sobashni De Silva - described as 'on top of her game' - works in tandem with Anthony Okumah, the recommended contact for claims against solicitors and barristers." South East/Professional Negligence 2021 Edition
    • "Duncan Lewis Solicitors covers a broad range of professional negligence work concentrated in the construction and engineering sectors with additional niche expertise in claims against financial advisors. The team acts for a diverse client base, especially vulnerable individuals, which often seamlessly overlaps with the firm's other practice groups such as personal injury." South East / Professional Negligence 2020 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors advises on negligence claims being made against those working in professions including law, construction and engineering, advising a range of high-net worth individuals, vulnerable individuals, businesses and charities. Sobashni De Silva and Anthony Okumah co-lead the team, both of whom have expertise in dispute resolution.” London/Professional Negligence 2022 Edition
    • “Known for representing claimants and defendants, Duncan Lewis Solicitors focuses primarily on defending corporate and individual debtors against recovery actions, handling asset freezing orders and fraud litigation. Commercial litigator Sobashni De Silva stands out for her strong track record in defending clients against repossession claims. She is also well-regarded for her niche expertise in cross-border debt recovery, with a focus on the Middle East. Anthony Okumah has a wealth of experience in insolvency and bankruptcy litigation, as well as winding-up claims and general debt recovery mandates.” South East/Debt Recovery 2022 Edition
    • "With expertise in the finance industry, it is characterised by its ability to handle unorthodox cases, and is particularly known for pursuing debtor expatriates in the Middle East. Specifically, this work covers cross-border litigation and centres upon disputes between advisers and investors. More generally, the firm caters for claimants pursuing rogue lenders and is capable of freezing assets when necessary." South East/Debt Recovery 2021 Edition
    • “The debt recovery department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is particularly known for representing claimants and defendants in matters against rogue lenders and financial institutions. The team is notably strong in claims against financial advisers, with it having expertise in banking litigation, data protection and disputes between financial advisers and individual investors. In addition, the firm handles high-value debt claims for both companies and individuals during bankruptcy proceedings, where Anthony Okumah has longstanding experience. He co-heads the practice with Sobashni De Silva.” London/Debt Recovery 2022 Edition
    • "At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the team specialises in complex and high-value debt claims for companies and individuals, predominantly in the financial sector and in relation to bankruptcy proceedings." London/Debt Recovery 2021 Edition
    • “Duncan Lewis Solicitors advises both companies and private individuals on a range of commercial disputes, often involving multiple jurisdictions. The team has also expanded into fraud-related financial disputes, defending claims by financial institutions and lenders. Director Sobashni De Silva has experience in civil fraud, commercial debt recovery and shareholder disputes, while director Anthony Okumah deals with professional negligence claims, as well as insolvency and property litigation matters.” South East/ Commercial Litigation 2022 Edition
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