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Zofia Duszynska , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , Harrow

Zofia Duszynska

Director & Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

Awards Recommendation for Zofia Duszynska
Legal 500

Zofia is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2021 Edition.
Human Resources: Immigration - human rights, appeals and overstay / London

"Impressive" Zofia is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition for The Legal 500, for her work on immigration, asylum, migrant workers and refugee rights.

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Civil Liberties & Human Rights / London

Zofia is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition in The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Human Resources: Immigration / London

Zofia is commended for her "...wealth of experience in test case litigation" in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 for her work in Civil Liberties and Human Rights, London.

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Civil Liberties and Human Rights / London

Zofia is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500, whose cases are "...well run and inspired."

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Public Law / London

Zofia is described as 'outstanding' by The Legal 500, 2019 edition and demonstrates "...extraordinary commitment to clients and up-to-date knowledge of relevant law."

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Immigration / Milton Keynes and Luton
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, human rights and public law 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 of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. I am an effective advocate. I am committed to access to justice for the most vulnerable in society and regularly represent detainees in their judicial review challenges against immigration detention, removal to their countries of origin or removal 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 an Advanced Level Immigration 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.

I am a Recommended Individual in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 for my work in Administrative & Public Law, London; Civil Liberties & Human Rights, London, and Human resources: Immigration, South-east.

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

  • I joined Duncan Lewis in August 2015 as a supervising solicitor 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

  • "I want to say a big thank you to you for all your efforts and support you have given to my son and I. I'm really grateful and I appreciate it very much. May God continue to bless you and your family." Sonia 2019
  • "Thank you for standing by us through these years as well as helping us obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain" - Rosemary 2019
  • "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.

Awards

  • Recommended Lawyer - The Legal 500, 2021 edition - Immigration/London; Civil liberties and human rights/London; and Immigration/South East
  • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2019 edition - Administrative & Public Law/London; Civil Liberties & Human Rights/London; and Immigration/South East
  • Notable Cases

    High Court
    • R (Julien Benchaouir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2606 (Admin) - Lead solicitor. Read more

    • R (Adegun) v Secretary of state for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 22 - Lead solicitor. Read more

    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.

      Lead solicitor, solicitor with conduct.

    Membership & Accreditations

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

    Interests

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

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