"They are very involved in broad strategic challenges, particularly regarding immigration detention. They are very creative and keen to think outside the box."Chambers UK 2021 Edition.
“The immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is well-regarded for its work in asylum, human rights and nationality law. Public law director Toufique Hossain has extensive experience representing asylum seekers, many of whom are vulnerable clients. The practice has a strong track record of acting for victims of modern slavery, trafficking, torture, and domestic violence and for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors. Other key areas of work include ECHR cases and cases involving civil liberties.”Legal 500 2021 Edition.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors excels in public law immigration matters, where its team 'is not afraid to challenge accepted norms, take risks in advancement of its client's case and push boundaries in the client's favour'. The practice acts for businesses and individuals on the full range of personal immigration, asylum and human rights, and nationality matters, as well as assisting high-net-worth individuals with points based system applications and appeals. In an illustration of its public law expertise, the practice acted in the lead case challenging removals to Bulgaria under the Dublin III Regulations.Legal 500 2019 Edition.
The 'knowledgeable and well organised' team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'punches well above its weight – litigating points of law with both national and international importance'. 'Second-to-none in the publicly funded arena in Wales', the firm handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters including handling high-profile claimant judicial review matters.Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ business immigration team is instructed by SME clients on a range of matters such as the PBS, sponsorship licence applications, and compliance. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals from Asia, Russia and the Middle East on Tier 1 and investor visas. The firm also handles a range of asylum, nationality, detention, deportation, bail, human rights, detention, Judicial Review, and trafficking cases for business, individual and vulnerable clients.Legal 500 2019 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘diligent’ and ‘professional’ team ‘is prepared to go the extra mile’ for its clients. "Legal 500 2017 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors' immigration and asylum practice specialises in contentious matters. It represents vulnerable clients such as trafficking or torture victims in detention-related matters, handles judicial review applications and proceedings, and assists individuals with appeals and higher court cases. The team also acts for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in asylum fast-track cases."Legal 500 2017 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors is known for its expertise in all aspects of personal immigration, frequently advising on publically funded immigration services for asylum, immigration detention, deportation appeals and EC law issues. The team also represents high net-worth individuals on points-based system applications and appeals, including entrepreneur and investor visas. The firm has a niche specialism in legal aid, and represents vulnerable clients in detained asylum cases, and in matters involving unaccompanied asylum-seeking children."Legal 500 2017 Edition.
"For some, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘in a class of its own’.Legal 500 2017 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors is best known for its legal aid practice, and specialises in immigration, asylum and public law, and has offices across London and the UK."Legal 500 2017 Edition.
"At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Sangita Shah regularly advises on immigration and asylum matters, and is commended for her ‘passion’ for her work."Legal 500 2016 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has ‘an excellent grasp of immigration and asylum law’."Legal 500 2016 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘dynamic and very well-organised’ group specialises in acting for clients in judicial review proceedings before the High Court, as well as handling Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal cases"Legal 500 2016 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ ‘very good’ team has a strong track record representing SME clients on business immigration, and a stellar reputation for handling test cases"Legal 500 2015 Edition.
"Specialist immigration firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is renowned for asylum and human rights work…"Legal 500 2015 Edition.
"The ‘very good' Duncan Lewis Solicitors is valued for its ‘commitment' to clients, especially in human rights…"Legal 500 2014 Edition.
Duncan Lewis has the largest legal aid immigration practice in the UK and has been ranked by Legal 500 2015 for its business immigration and immigration human rights work in London and East Midlands and has been recognised as a top-tier law firm for its asylum and human rights work in Wales. With over 190 specialist Immigration solicitors’ and immigration lawyers, we can bring the highest level of expertise to your immigration matter. Our immigration solicitors can provide free legal advice assistance, in some immigration cases through Legal Aid funding which is free to you. This covers the most straightforward applications, but also includes complex cases in the First Tier / Upper Tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chambers and the Higher Courts. Our immigration lawyers provide specialist immigration services at all of our offices throughout London and across the UK. So wherever you are, we will be able to offer you a local service with nationally recognised excellence.
The quality of our work is repeatedly demonstrated by the very high success rates achieved in cases that we take on. We strive to make our services as accessible as possible to everyone, taking on some cases at no cost, on a pro bono basis where legal aid is not available. We consistently strive to provide high levels of legal advice and service to all those in desperate need of good quality Immigration advice. Duncan Lewis also has its own dedicated Public Law team made up of highly skilled solicitors, including a number who trained as barristers – who undertake complex appeal cases up to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords the Supreme Court. Many of these cases, which are reported in the reported case journals, raise new and important issues, which create legal precedents for the future. We provide advice on all aspects of immigration law affecting individuals including those that and detained and businesses. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our staff that can provide you with legal services in over 70 languages. The services our Immigration solicitors provide can be categorised as follows:-
You may wish to come to the UK to take up employment, study or join family and partners that are already here. Our immigration solicitors can assess your eligibility under the Points Based System (PBS) and help you submit a successful visa application if you require one. More information on PBS and what types of visa may be available to you can be found here.
We have a number of Immigration solicitors and lawyers who specialise in asylum law. If you have been detained in a detention centre or prison pending a decision, we may also be able to make an application for bail on your behalf. We offer a 24 hour hotline for emergency cases so we can provide you with legal assistance outside office hours. More information on how we may help with an asylum matter is available here:
If you employ a foreign national or are hoping to do so, you will need to know whether or not they have the right to work in the UK. Our immigration lawyers can advise you on the status of your employees and how you can sponsor them should it be necessary to do so.
Information on who has automatic rights to work in the UK and how you can sponsor foreign nationals to come to the UK to work is available here.