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Zofia Duszynska , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , Harrow

Zofia Duszynska

Director & Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Director in the Immigration department at the Harrow office where I supervise a team of solicitors and caseworkers. I specialise in asylum work, representing victims of torture, human trafficking and gender-based persecution as well as those excluded from the protection of the Refugee Convention.


I have wide experience of litigation in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal as well as in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and Immigration of the Asylum Chamber where I am an effective advocate. I am committed to the access to justice for the most vulnerable in society and regularly represent detainees in their judicial review challenges against immigration detention or removal to their countries of origin or to other EU countries under the Dublin Regulation. I have established a reputation for obtaining international protection in the UK for adults and children trafficked for domestic servitude, sexual and labour exploitation and I was a founder member of ATLeP (Anti-Trafficking Legal Project) an information network of lawyers and specialist practitioners assisting victims of trafficking.


I am accredited as a Supervisor and Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, which means that I have shown that I have specialist knowledge and experience in the area of Immigration law and can advise and assist publicly funded clients under the company's legal aid contract.

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma in Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Applied Language Studies - French and Russian

Career

  • Joined Duncan Lewis in August 2015 and was appointed as Director in April 2017.
  • Prior to this I spent 12 years working as an asylum and immigration lawyer in the voluntary sector. I was admitted as a solicitor in 2005 and spent 10 years at Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre (2003-2009 and then 2010-2015) as a trainee solicitor, solicitor and then supervisor. I was the first solicitor at Asylum Aid in 2009 and worked for Refugee and Migrant Justice as a solicitor and supervisor in the West London Office in 2010.

Testimonials

  • "Thank you so much for your excellent letter and for making this happen." - Foster carer, 2017

  • "Words cannot explain my gratitude. A very big thanks" Client - Mark, 2016.

  • "There is nothing to improve, really good and reliable" Client - Annabelle, 2016.

  • "We both really appreciate the work you did to get a positive result for Edison" - Foster carer 2016.

  • "You are an effective lawyer and do a good job for your clients" - Deputy Immigration Judge Peart 2015.

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal
  • S and Ors [2006] EWCA Civ 1157 (Afghan hijackers' case) - Successful defence of Secretary of State's appeal, August 2006.

High Court
  • S & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] EWHC 1111 (Admin) - Judicial review of Home Office failure to apply policies, abuse of power, extent of temporary admission for those granted limited leave to remain but excluded from the Refugee Convention, May 2006.

Civil Court
  • SB Moldova CG [2008] UKAIT 00002 (PSG - Victims of Trafficking - Protection Regulations - Regulation 6) - Established that former victims of trafficking could be a particular social group for protection under the Refugee Convention.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Accredited as Supervisor in the Immigration category
  • Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society's Immigration and Asylum Scheme.
  • Member of ILPA
  • Convenor of ILPA's Refugee Working Party

Interests

  • Yoga
  • Painting
  • Writing - in 2017 I was shortlisted for the Exeter Novel prize.
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