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Duncan Lewis Prison Law department strengthens with the arrival of new Prison Law Specialists, Dele Johnson, Suki Thumber, Elizabeth Gwinnell and Abigail Fogg (20 March 2015)

Date: 20/03/2015
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Duncan Lewis Prison Law department strengthens with the arrival of new Prison Law Specialists, Dele Johnson, Suki Thumber, Elizabeth Gwinnell and Abigail Fogg

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to welcome the arrival of Prison Law Specialists Dele Johnson, Suki Thumber, Elizabeth Gwinnell and Abigail Fogg to the company’s prison law and criminal defence and appeals practice.

Legal 500 “Top Tier Firm” Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce the expansion of their Criminal Defence/Appeals and Prison Law department across the UK with the recent arrival of Prison Law specialist Dele Johnson, Suki Thumber, Elizabeth Gwinnell and Abigail Fogg. Led by Directors, Hardeep Dhaliwal and Rubin Italia, Duncan Lewis represents clients in criminal defence cases, appeals against conviction/sentence and prison law issues from 35 offices across the UK. Amongst other areas, the company was recommended by Legal 500 2014 as a leading firm in the practice areas of general crime and white collar fraud. The company’s Prison Law department has a niche specialism in Adjudication; Appeals against conviction and sentence; Categorisation / Re-categorisation; HDC/ROTL; IPP; Judicial Review; Licence Recall; Parole and Transfer.

Joining the firm’s London Harrow office is Dele Johnson. Dele is Police Station accredited and specialises in Prison Law and criminal defence matters. Dele handles difficult and challenging cases ranging from general criminal defence/appeals to prison law related Adjudication matters, Oral Hearings, Recall matters, cases of Home Detention Curfew and Recategorisation matters. He has been successful on a number of adjudications whereby clients have been charged with failing an MDT (mandatory drug test) and being found in possession of unauthorised articles.

Swindon based Elizabeth Gwinnell joins Duncan Lewis to assist prison law and crime appeal clients throughout the Midlands and South Wales. Elizabeth specialises in cases involving Imprisonment for Personal Protection and Life Sentences and has considerable experience in representing clients appearing at oral hearings before the Parole Board. Elizabeth also represents clients at HMP Erlestoke, Guy’s Marsh, Ashfield, Bristol, Portland, Channings Wood, Leyhill and Dartmoor in the West Country as well as being able to assist clients who are in custody at HMPs Ford, Cardiff, Prescoed, Parc, Coldingley and Bullingdon. Elizabeth also works with clients recalled to prison on licence and appearing at independent adjudications.

Suki Thumber joins Duncan Lewis with a significant Birmingham based practice office. She has over 10 years of general criminal defence experience dealing with matters from the client’s initial arrest at the police station through to trial. Suki has dealt with all manner of offences ranging from minor offences of shoplifting to major offences of drugs conspiracy, rape, and murder.

Abigail Fogg has considerable experience representing prisoners before the Parole Board and Independent Adjudications. She has acted in complex cases involving prisoners with life and IPP sentences who are significantly over tariff, often with mental health or personality disorders. Abigail has successfully challenged Parole Board decisions with Judicial Reviews has advised clients on a wide range of prison law matters including: pre-tariff applications, applications for exceptional reduction in tariff, Guittard applications, re-categorisation, Home Detention Curfew and Release On Temporary Licences, re-settlement, segregation, licence conditions, medical treatment, transfers, treatment matters, mental health and prison discipline. Abigail has successfully sought damages for Foreign National prisoners who have been unlawfully detained and has won bail for clients held under immigration detention.

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Duncan Lewis is recognised as a top tier and leading law firm by Legal 500 UK 2014 and was the first UK law firm to achieve Investors in People Gold. The company serves both corporate entities and private individuals in over 20 areas of law from 35 offices across London and throughout the UK. Other established areas of law are: business immigration, child care, civil liberties, community care, crime and fraud, dispute resolution, debt and insolvency, employment, family and divorce, housing, asylum and immigration, mental health, prison law, public law and administrative law, regulatory matters and welfare benefits.

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