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Valentine Rwegasira , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , City of London

Valentine Rwegasira


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Profile / Experience

I am a solicitor specialising in Judicial Review, Immigration and Human Rights law, having joined Duncan Lewis in September 2012.

I represent minors and other unaccompanied Asylum seeking children and have liaised closely with Panel Members of the Children’s Section at the Refugee Council for over eight years. I conduct my own advocacy in the Tribunal.

I also represent clients under the Detained Asylum Casework procedure and assist clients facing deportation, removal from the UK, or being detained unlawfully.


  • LPC - Legal Practitioners Course, University of Westminster
  • LLM (International legal Studies) - Master of Law, University of East London
  • LLB - Bachelor of Law - University of Wolverhampton


  • Duncan Lewis, 2012-present
  • Fadiga & Co Solicitors, 2010-2012
  • Refugee Legal Centre / Refugee Migrant Justice, 2008-2010
  • Admitted onto the roll as a solicitor, 01/07/2009
  • CLC Solicitors, 2007-2008
  • Clore & Co Solicitors, 2006-2007
  • Noden & Co Solicitors, 2004-2006
  • Harris & Co Solicitors, 2001-2004

Notable Cases

High Court

A v SSHD A (Somalia) v SSHD [2007] EWCA Civ 804

From 2007 to 2011, this was the leading case on the approach the Administrative Court should take to unlawful detention claims made by ex-Foreign National Prisoners. It considered in detail the relevance of the risk of absconding, the risk of offending and cooperation with attempts by the Secretary of State to effect removal. It also confirmed the important principle that it is for the Court itself to assess the legality of detention, and the Court is not limited to simply reviewing decisions taken by the Secretary of State.

R (NB) v SSHD [2012] EWCA Civ 1050

This was an important test case on the scope of appeals to the Court of Appeal from the Upper Tribunal when the tribunal refuses permission to apply for judicial review, and was presided over by the Master of the Rolls and Senior President of Tribunals. This was the first ever appeal to the Court of Appeal from a division of the Upper Tribunal exercising its judicial review function, whether in immigration or any other field of law. The court held that, pending necessary changes to the procedure rules for the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal had no choice but to grant a stay on removal pending a decision of the Upper Tribunal on whether to grant permission to appeal from its own refusal of permission to apply for judicial review. The court also granted a stay on the removal of the client, an Algerian national who claims to face a risk of suicide if forcibly returned to his home country.

Securing the release of a disputed Moroccan national who had been detained under immigration powers for 55 months.

Other Experience

I also have considerable experience in challenging removals through the High Court, and I routinely challenge unlawful actions of the Secretary of State in matters such as Unlawful Detention, Refusal of leave to remain, Refusal of fresh asylum claims where no in-country right of appeal is given, Third country certificates, Inclusion of unsuitable cases in the Detained Fast Track Procedure and Failure to apply relevant policies and Law.

Membership & Accreditations

  • IAAS (Immigration and Asylum Accredited Scheme) Senior Caseworker Level 2


  • Jogging, swimming, travelling, photography and current affairs
  • I have also been invited as a speaker at meetings and conferences
  • In July 2012, I addressed the Congolese Support Group and conducted a Q & A session
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