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Duncan Lewis ranked in Legal 500 2015 as a leading Housing Law firm in London with four Individual Solicitor recommendations (21 September 2015)

Date: 21/09/2015
Duncan Lewis, Housing Solicitors, Duncan Lewis ranked in Legal 500 2015 as a leading Housing Law firm in London with four Individual Solicitor recommendations

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been ranked in Legal 500 2015 as a leading Housing law firm helping social tenants in London with Directors Subbiah Sivapunniyam, Dianne Cowie, James De Vere Moss and Solicitor Bernadette Sylvester all recommended.

Following the release of the 2015 edition of Legal 500 UK Directory Awards, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they have been recognised as a Legal 500 “Leading Law Firm” in London for its Housing law practice with Director and Joint-Head of Department Subbiah Sivapunniyam, Directors Diane Cowie and James De Vere Moss and Solicitor Bernadette Sylvester all receiving individual recommendations.

For nearly 30 years the Legal 500 has been a worldwide client’s guide to the best law firms and lawyers, which analyses the capabilities of law firms worldwide with a comprehensive research programme heavily focused on peer and client feedback.

Legal 500 said;

“Duncan Lewis Solicitors expanded with the hire of Dianne Cowie (‘an excellent litigator with a wealth of experience’) from Fisher Meredith in 2015. The team attracts praise for its ‘forward thinking approach’ and standout expertise in possession and unlawful eviction cases. Practice head Subbiah Sivapunniyam is ‘courteous but forceful in raising issues on behalf of clients’. Solicitors James de Vere Moss and Bernadette Sylvester are also recommended.”

In addition Duncan Lewis’ Housing practice in Cardiff also received Legal 500 2015 recommendation, with Housing Director Heather Iqbal Rayner being recommended as an elite “Leading Lawyer” in her field.

Duncan Lewis’ Housing Law department assists both landlords and tenants across London and throughout the UK. It is a significant presence across County Court Possession Duty Schemes throughout London and has a niche specialism in defending social tenants in possession and unlawful eviction cases. The department represents clients in all proceedings including reviews, appeals and judicial review claimant matters relating to homelessness, disrepair, succession for tenants and neighbourhood disputes against local authorities. A significant proportion of the company’s housing clients are vulnerable with issues ranging from learning difficulties, terminal illnesses and/or severe mental health conditions, victims of torture, trafficking or victims of domestic abuse; each referred to Duncan Lewis from a variety of sources. For clients that are unable to travel, the company also specialises in non-face-to-face advice and assistance by telephone or online.

The recent edition of Legal 500 also recommended Duncan Lewis as a leading law firm in Immigration Human Rights; Business Immigration in the firm’s London and Wales practices; Crime: General; Private Client: Court of Protection; Public Sector: Administrative and Public Law and Private Law: Family matters. Within these departments, individual lawyer recognition went to: Adam Tear (Immigration Human Rights); James Packer (Immigration Human Rights; Public Law), Toufique Hossain (Immigration Human Rights & Public Law), Seher Toguz (Immigration Human Rights), Vicash Ramkissoon (Business Immigration), Kaajal Chandrasingh (Immigration East Midlands), Vanessa Delgado (Immigration Wales) Aina Khan (Family & Matrimonial); Angela Smith (Court of Protection & Mental Capacity), Subbiah Sivapunniyam, James De Vere Moss, Diane Cowie, Bernadette Sylvester (Social Housing). Heather Iqbal Rayner (Social Housing Wales) and Vinita Templeton (Immigration Human Rights Wales) both achieved “Elite “Leading Lawyer recommendation.


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