We are delighted to announce our results in this year’s Chambers and Partners legal directory. Two of our legal practices have been ranked and we have achieved eight individual rankings this year.
Once again our crime department has been ranked as a top-tier Band 1 practice in the Thames Valley area (Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds).
Additionally our UK-wide Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation practice has increased its ranking from Band 3 to Band 2.
Chambers highlighted the team’s work on behalf of legal aid clients “…including vulnerable individuals such as LGBT+ asylum seekers and those with mental health conditions.” The team was also described as “Active across the spectrum of human rights-related immigration cases, including unlawful detention challenges and leave to remain applications.”
Our individual lawyers have also achieved great success, public law director Toufique Hossain has retained his Band 3 ranking in the UK-wide Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant category.
Toufique has "an amazing grasp of asylum practice," according to one interviewee. He regularly handles public law litigation related to trafficking, detention and deportation. One source remarks: "What sets him apart is he has the ability to strategise at a high level, to understand what types of challenges will work and are most important to the client."
Toufique has also increased his ranking in Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation London from Band 3 to Band 2. Chambers notes; "His commitment to clients and issues is unfailing. He is really thoughtful and creative, and really good at knowing how to run an argument…He has the ability to see the bigger picture."
He is joined by public law solicitor Stefan Vnuk who has impressively maintained his consistent Band 1 ranking in this area. He is noted for his expertise in human rights and unlawful detention cases. "He is one of their star lawyers - a very strong and committed practitioner. He is always ahead of the game in judicial review and unlawful detention matters."
Criminal defence director Rubin Italia has also retained his ranking as a Band 4 lawyer in Crime London. Chambers describes Rubin as having "…a consistently good standard of preparation as well as being extremely personable."
Our housing director Dianne Cowie remains a Band 3 ranked lawyer for her work in the UK-wide Social Housing: Tenants category, with Chambers noting her considerable expertise in possession proceedings, tenancy disputes and homelessness appeals.
This year we are pleased to reveal that four other Duncan Lewis lawyers have been included in the 2021 Chambers rankings.
Director Ahmed Aydeed is included as an Up and Coming individual in Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation, UK-wide, along with solicitor Lewis Kett who has been included in the Associates to Watch category.
Ahmed was described as ”… very strategic - he looks at the bigger picture and maximises the effect of the litigation he is involved in. He is very on top of the law and he cares hugely about his client base." Whilst Lewis received praise for being ”methodical and keen on detail” as well as being described as “fantastic.”
Family and childcare director Emine Mehmet has also been ranked an Up and Coming individual in her category: Children: Public Law Matters in London, with Chambers noting her expertise in handling “…highly sensitive cases involving such issues as abuse allegations and mental health.”
Business and private immigration director Tamana Aziz is ranked Band 4 in the UK-wide Immigration: Business category where she is described as “…extremely experienced, practically-minded and has broad knowledge. She is able to get to the crux of issues very quickly and passionately fights for her clients.”
We are incredibly proud of all our ranked lawyers and those who have contributed towards our crime and immigration practices being ranked. A huge thanks and congratulations to all.
Our full list of rankings can be found on our Chambers profile.