Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce that the firm has made the shortlist for four out of the fifteen categories for the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017.
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The awards the firm have been shortlisted for are:
1. Pro Bono Team of the Year
2. Legal Aid Team of the Year, specifically the Harrow based Public Law Department
3. Diversity Scheme of the Year
4. Rising Star, Eleri Haf Davies – Public Law Department, Cardiff
Duncan Lewis’ Pro Bono Team
Duncan Lewis Solicitors offer a weekly Pro Bono clinic from its Dalston & Islington offices in East London. The Duncan Lewis Pro Bono Clinic, which is held in the evening between 17:30-19:30, provides attendees with free legal advice covering legal areas including Housing, Immigration, Employment, Welfare Benefits, Child Care/Family and Civil Litigation. Advice is provided by specialist legal advisors who volunteer their own time to help vulnerable people receive legal advice to which they otherwise would not have access. For this work Duncan Lewis was awarded the LawWorks Best Contribution by a Firm with a London Head Office 2015 award and shortlisted for three awards at the Lawworks annual pro bono Awards 2016. Additionally Family and Child Care Director Emine Mehmet won the Family Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at the Family Law Awards 2016.
Duncan Lewis Public Law Department
The Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ Public Law department, which specialises in judicial review claimant matters, continues to be recommended by Legal 500. It has been previously recommended for its depth of experience in immigration and civil liberties challenges and is acknowledged as having a "stellar reputation in handling test cases". The Legal 500 2016 edition applauds Duncan Lewis for its specialism in judicial review and Court of Appeal Cases. The Public law team is well established and known by the Legal Aid Agency, the Courts, and the Treasury Solicitor. Duncan Lewis have experience in all aspects of judicial review claimant work, including obtaining emergency orders and other interim relief to prevent breaches of human rights, following up judicial reviews with actions for damages in both the County and High Court and successfully pursuing judicial review matters to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Duncan Lewis Equality and Diversity Scheme
Duncan Lewis Solicitors is dedicated to recruiting the most talented employees in both legal and non-legal capacities, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or background. The firm values its commitment to equal opportunities and is devoted to having a workforce that reflects and can best serve its communities.
A recent Equality and Diversity survey reported 68% of the firm’s work force was female and 69% were from ethnic minority groups. Furthermore, 67% of those in a Managerial or Director position were from ethnic minorities and 60% of those were female. With 59% of the firm’s employees having attended UK state schools and being the first UK law firm to achieve Investors in People Gold Standard in 2009, Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ is committed to retaining and recruiting a broad and inclusive team.
About Eleri Haf Davies
Shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category, Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ Eleri Haf Davies is a Welsh Solicitor in the Public Law department having completed her training contract in Duncan Lewis’ Cardiff Office earlier this year. She is accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme and specialises in Latin American asylum claims and human trafficking. Her clients include Colombian, Nicaraguan, El Salvadorian, Cuban, Albanian and Kosovar nationals. Eleri is a first language Welsh speaker and speaks fluent Spanish; in 2007 she was granted a bursary for linguistic excellence from Swansea University. Between 2009 and 2010, Eleri undertook voluntary work for an NGO in Medellin, Colombia working with displaced families and children affected by gang violence. During her time in Medellin she conducted ethnographic research into the socio-economic, political and human rights climate of the city for a study entitled “Medellin: From Murder Capital to Model City?” Last year she was invited by Colombia Caravana, a human rights activist group, to form part of a delegation determined to unearth the interlocking socio-economic and political web that has allowed the region of Tumaco, Columbia to fall to the hands of warring paramilitary forces. She published a report on what the delegation discovered which can be found here.
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