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Awards and Recommendations for the Crime Department
Duncan Lewis - Chambers UK Duncan Lewis - Legal 500

A "thriving practice that is at the forefront of criminal litigation" with "an excellent team of motivated criminal specialists". Duncan Lewis' Crime department is "experienced in handling serious and complex matters and undertakes an extensive range of work, such as gang-related crime, murder and high-value fraud charges." The firm is "especially recommended for its Proceeds of Crime and Fraud unit, which specialises in high-value confiscation proceedings... they are the go-to lawyers for financial crime".

Legal 500 2024 Edition.
General Crime and Fraud / South East

Duncan Lewis Solicitors‘ "well renowned", "dedicated" and "unstoppable" Crime department, which has a network of offices across London, including in Hackney, City of London, and Croydon, is commended by clients for both their "highly regarded" fraud practice and "excellent" confiscation team. The Legal 500 2024 describes the team as "top-experts" whom are "stand outs in their field".

Legal 500 2024 Edition.
Crime: General / London

Ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners 2024, "Duncan Lewis Solicitors operates a highly regarded criminal law practice. The very experienced team represents clients across a range of serious crime matters, including violent crime, financial crime and drugs offences. It also has specialist expertise in proceeds of crime issues."

Chambers UK 2024 Edition.
Crime / Thames Valley

Duncan Lewis Solicitors brings "a huge team with experts in every field" and is noted for its "excellent client service" to a broad range of serious crime issues including sexual offences, drug crimes and murders. The department has "years of experience dealing with complex, heavy crime" including matters involving country line drugs groups. The team are also experienced in working with child defendants.

Legal 500 2023 Edition.
General Crime / London

The crime team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors are "experts in dealing with the most complex criminal cases". "The firm covers the full range of criminal work and remains a market-leader in both private and legal aid work. The team has a wealth of experience with an expertise in fraud work". The 'excellent' solicitors "know the law inside out" and are widely instructed on a variety of gang-related crimes.

Legal 500 2023 Edition.
General Crime & Fraud / South East

“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.”

Legal 500 2022 Edition.
Crime and Fraud / London; South East

Ranked Band 1

Chambers UK 2022 Edition.
Crime / Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds

The Duncan Lewis Solicitors crime department is ranked as a Band 1 practice in Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds.

Chambers UK 2021 Edition.
Crime / Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds

“At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the criminal law practice is equipped to handle serious crime and drug-related offenses.”

Legal 500 2021 Edition.
General Crime and Fraud / South East

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.

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Crime / London

'Duncan Lewis' Crime department is a 'Recognised Practitioner' in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners UK for their criminal defence work in London.

Chambers UK 2019 Edition.
Crime / London

'Duncan Lewis' Crime department is a Band 1 ranked practice in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners UK for their criminal defence work in Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds.

Chambers UK 2019 Edition.
Crime / Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds

"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."

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Crime: General / London

"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."

Legal 500 2014 Edition.
Crime: General / London

Duncan Lewis Expert Legal Advice for Complex Crime Cases

The Duncan Lewis Crime & Fraud Department, recommended by The Legal 500 and ranked as a ‘top-ranked’ criminal practice in the independent legal directory Chambers & Partners UK, is able to deal with all criminal offences. Our team is available on an emergency basis for people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We regularly represent our clients at police stations, magistrates’ courts, crown courts, and at appeal courts such as the Court of Appeal. Our clients know they can rely on a prompt and effective service, and many use our services time and again. The team has a significant practice defending clients in serious and complex criminal cases, particularly gang related serious crime, murder, and drugs importations and has a niche practice in extradition and inquests. The department’s expertise covers all criminal defence matters from motoring law offences such as drink-driving and speeding; to business, benefit and HMRC fraud to cases of sexual abuse, including rape; violent crime; and terrorism.


We know how important it is that you are well represented, either at court or at the police station. Duncan Lewis has a proven reputation for well-prepared, high quality work. Our case building excellence is based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system and the ability to assemble first-rate evidence and documentation. We also secure the services of the highest quality experts to ensure that we get the best possible outcome for our clients.


You do not have to wait until you are arrested to get in touch with us. Duncan Lewis can advise you of your rights and how they can be protected at any stage.


Duncan Lewis Crime department’s aim is to achieve the best possible outcome for you. If you or someone you know is being held out of normal office hours, waste no time in calling one of our emergency crime numbers to alert us as early as possible.

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