Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the recent internal appointments of Manjinder Kaur Atwal as Director of Housing and Sheena Donlon as Director of Family & Childcare.
Manjinder Kaur Atwal
Housing law specialist, Manjinder Kaur Atwal, has been appointed to the role of Director of Housing and will oversee the company’s Housing law practice from its offices in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Luton and Shepherd’s Bush. Manjinder has a successful practice in a wide variety of housing matters including possession matters, disrepair, injunctions, nuisance cases, unlawful evictions, homelessness and judicial review. She undertakes her own advocacy on behalf of clients at Court and Tribunals.
In 2012, Manjinder became an ADR Group Accredited Mediator, following her successful undertaking of a Civil and Commercial Mediation Course with ADR Group.
Duncan Lewis’ Housing law practice is recommended for its specialism in all housing matters by the independent legal directory, The Legal 500. The department assists clients throughout England & Wales in any matter or issues arising with local housing authorities, housing applications, tenants, landlords, ownership and repairs. It specialises in representation in all social housing proceedings including reviews, appeals and judicial review relating to homelessness, disrepair, succession for tenants and neighbourhood disputes against local authorities. The 2016 edition of the Legal 500 comments that Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a ‘young and energetic team’ with several offices across London and throughout the UK, its ‘tentacles spread out far beyond the reaches of traditional firms’ in this sector. The company’s Housing team is now led by 6 Directors across key offices nationwide. Further to Manjinder Kaur Atwal, these are Bernadette Chikwe and Dianne Cowie, Heather Iqbal Rayner, James De Vere Moss and Subbiah Sivapunniyam.
Solicitor, Sheena Donlon has been appointed to the role of Director of Family & Childcare and jointly leads the company’s Family & Childcare office in Barnet with Director, Kirsty Richards. Sheena specialises in representing parents, family members and children in public law proceedings concerning matters such as Emergency protection Orders, Care Orders, Supervision Orders and Secure Accommodation Orders. Sheena also represents clients in private law matters such as Child Arrangements, Special Guardianship Arrangements and Parental Responsibility Applications. She has considerable experience in advocacy at the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court.
In 2014, Sheena was appointed to the law Society’s Children Panel, allowing her to represent children in highly complex matters involving Local Authority Care and Supervision Proceedings. She is also committed to Pro Bono work and provides a legal surgery to victims of domestic violence and those in need of advice on obtaining Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders.
Duncan Lewis Family & Childcare team continues to be recognised by Legal 500 as a leading matrimonial practice and an 'undoubted force in international children law'. The 2016 edition also applauded Duncan Lewis for its expertise in representing divorce abuse clients under legal aid and niche experience in islamic divorce. The London Child Care team now has over 40 Law Society accredited Children Law Panel Members authorised to act for children in all children public law proceedings. Many of the Children Public Law Solicitors also specialise in Children Cross border disputes. The company’s specialism is illustrative by the fact that Duncan Lewis is one of only a small number of firms in the UK that are on the Lord Chancellor’s Child Abduction & Contact Panel.
Practising from offices in London and throughout the UK, Duncan Lewis' Childcare team specialises in all aspects of legal aid and privately funded family and private children law matters, with a particular family specialism in representing victims of domestic abuse and assisting in financial matrimonial matters relating to the breakdown of a marriage/relationship. The company holds a broad practice representing parents, family members and children through their guardian in all children public law proceedings. Duncan Lewis is regularly appointed by guardians to represent babies and young children in cases involving severe non-accidental injuries, fictitious illnesses and allegations of sexual abuse. The company's childcare specialists have conduct in high-profile international child abduction cases and regularly practice in inherent jurisdiction/forum disputes, international relocation cases, cross border care proceedings and wardship proceedings for the return of children taken out of the jurisdiction.
The company’s Family & Childcare team nationwide is led by 22 Directors across key offices nationwide. Further to Sheena Donlon, these are Abbid Majeed, Adeeba Naseem, Alia Lewis, Annette Hinds, Emine Mehmet, Forida Hakim, Frances Clare, Idnan Deen, Jasbir Raindi, Kathy Walker, Kirsty Richards, Krina Parmar, Laila Bhunnoo, Meena Kumari, Misbah Ali, Ravi Mahey, Richard Gray, Sarah Jopling, Shazia Saliheen, Sophie Fretten and Vanket Appalakondiah.