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Chambers UK 2017 results: Duncan Lewis Solicitor’s Criminal Defence Team ranked as a Top Ranking Firm and Director’s Toufique Hossain, Dianne Cowie and Laila Bhunnoo ranked as leaders in their field (8 November 2016)

Date: 08/11/2016
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Chambers UK 2017 results: Duncan Lewis Solicitor’s Criminal Defence Team ranked as a Top Ranking Firm and Director’s Toufique Hossain, Dianne Cowie and Laila Bhunnoo ranked as leaders in their field

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is delighted to announce that the company’s Crime & Fraud legal department has been recognised as a Top Ranking practice in Crime for Watford, Uxbridge & Surrounding areas. Director Toufique Hossain of Public Law and Immigration, Director Dianne Cowie of Housing and Director Crime Department based in Harrow-on-the Hill has been recommended as a Top Ranking Firm by Chambers 2017 UK for its North London work. The company’s Crime Department has also recently been recognised as a leading firm recommended criminal defence law firm by Legal 500 2016.

Duncan Lewis Director of Crime, Crime Team are ranked as a leading criminal practice in Legal 500 2016 and by Legal 500 2014 for its White-Collar Fraud work, and in the 2014 and 2015 editions for its General Criminal Defence work. It operates a significant practice throughout Greater London defending clients in serious and complex criminal cases, particularly gang related serious crime, including murder and drugs importations and a niche practices in representing clients that have significant mental health problems with insanity defence cases and complex immigration.

Toufique Hossain, Director of Public Law and Immigration at Duncan Lewis, is recognised by Chambers UK 2017 as Leader in his Field for his significant practice in immigration judicial review claimant work UK-wide. In Chambers UK 2017 he is described as “receiving strong praise from clients,” with one saying that "he is deeply committed to the plight of the disenfranchised, and a fearless litigator." He is a regular fixture at the High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, acting particularly in unlawful immigration detention cases. Toufique is also recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 2016.

Chambers UK 2017 applauds Dianne Cowie, Director of Housing at Duncan Lewis, as Leader in her field for Social Housing Law. Diane is described in Chambers UK 2017 as having "again and again stopped vulnerable tenants being evicted." Another excerpt describes her as "experienced, reliable and very easy to deal with." In Chambers UK 2016 Dianne was also ranked, and described as “an excellent litigator who has been involved in social housing cases at all levels.”

Laila Bhunnoo is also recommended by Chambers UK 2017 for her Family and Child Care Public Law representations throughout London. Laila was recommended by Chambers UK 2016, a Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession, as a leading lawyer in her field for my family work in London. Further, for the last five years consecutively she has been ranked in The Legal 500 UK Edition for her expertise in childcare matters. The legal directories describe her as providing “excellent representation of parents and children in care proceedings” and being “compassionate and insightful”.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis, established in 1998, is a national law firm serving both corporate entities and private individuals from 52 offices across London and throughout the UK. In 2009 Duncan Lewis was the first law firm in the UK to achieve the Investors in People Gold Quality Standard Mark and is recognised by Legal 500 2016 as a Top Tier firm and a recommended leading law firm in 10 of its key practice areas. This year Duncan Lewis were finalists at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards and in 2015 were awarded the Jordan’s Family Law Firm of the Year, the Law Works Best Contribution by a firm with a London Head office 2015 Award and were also recently shortlisted by the Law Society for its Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award (2015), Excellence in Pro Bono (2016) and Excellence in Business Development (2016). Established areas of law are: action against police, business immigration, child care, civil liberties, clinical negligence, community care, crime and fraud, dispute resolution, debt and insolvency, European community, employment, family and divorce, housing, Islamic law, asylum and immigration, litigation, mental health, mental capacity, personal injury, prison law, professional negligence, public law and administrative law, regulatory matters and welfare benefits.

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