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Duncan Lewis achieves excellent nationwide Legal 500 recognition with 2 Top Tier and 10 legal practice areas across the UK ranked (16 September 2016)

Date: 16/09/2016
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Duncan Lewis achieves excellent nationwide Legal 500 recognition with 2 Top Tier and 10 legal practice areas across the UK ranked

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are proud to announce outstanding recognition in the Legal 500 2016 Edition which sees 10 legal departments nationwide receiving recommendations with 16 recommended lawyers.

The recently published Legal 500 2016 Edition has ranked Duncan Lewis Solicitors as a recommended law firm across 10 legal departments across London, in the Midlands and Wales; these include Immigration Human Rights, Business Immigration, Housing, Criminal Defence, Family & Childcare, Mental Capacity and Public Law, with 16 recommended lawyers.

Duncan Lewis received its first “Top Tier” Ranking award for its London Immigration Human Rights practice and also maintained its “Top Tier” status for its Immigration Human Rights work in Wales, with Vinita Templeton receiving elite “Leading Lawyer” status. Vinita specialises in immigration judicial review claimant matters.

Further, Heather Iqbal Rayner, Housing Director based in Cardiff, has also been recommended as an ‘elite leading individual’ in her field of social housing law across Wales.

For nearly 30 years the annual Legal 500 directories has been a worldwide client’s guide to the best law firms and lawyers, which analyses the capabilities of law firms worldwide with a comprehensive research programme heavily focused on peer and client feedback.

Practice Director Jason Bruce has commented on the recent Legal 500 results saying: “We are very happy with these rankings. The continued recognition of excellence from Legal 500 across many of the key areas of law that we Duncan Lewis specialises in simply exemplifies our team’s expertise, dedication and commitment towards our clients and the legal services that we provide nationwide."

Immigration (Human Rights & Business)

For Duncan Lewis’ Immigration Human Rights work in London, Legal 500 states: ‘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 Appeal cases’.

For its Wales practice, Legal 500 notes: ‘Duncan Lewis has an excellent grasp of immigration and asylum law.’

Recognising Duncan Lewis’ excellence in Leicester, Legal 500 comments: ‘At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Sangita Shah regularly advises on immigration and asylum matters’ and she is commended for her ‘passion for her work’.

Further to Vinita Templeton’s leading lawyer status, London based Lawyers who have been recommended by Legal 500 for their expertise in Immigration Human Rights practices in London are the ‘hardworking’ Adam Tear, ‘knowledgeable’ James Packer and Toufique Hossain. Toufique Hossain has also been ranked for Public and Administrative Law, being recognised as a ‘genuine star’ for challenges in the immigration and civil liberties space. In Leicester, Sangita Shah, specialises in immigration and asylum matters, has been ranked for the first time as well as Sian Pearce in Cardiff. Vanessa Delgado retains her Legal 500 recognition has a specialist in asylum and nationality cases.

Legal 500 has also ranked and recommended Duncan Lewis’ Business Immigration team in London. Legal 500 states: ‘The team advises SMEs on compliance and sponsorship licence applications under the PBS’.

Lawyers who have been recommended for their expertise in Business Immigration practices in London are Directors, Ayan Yalchin and Vicash Ramikissoon.


For Duncan Lewis’ Housing work in London, Legal 500 states: ‘A young and energetic team, its tentacles spread out far beyond the reaches of traditional firms in this field’.

Further to Heather Iqbal Rayner’s leading individual status, London based lawyers who have been recommended for their expertise in Housing practices in London are the ‘very approachable’ Directors of Housing, Dianne Cowie and Subbiah Sivapunniyam, both specialists in possession actions.

Mental Capacity

For Duncan Lewis’ Mental Capacity practice in London, Legal 500 states: ‘Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in cases that overlap between mental health/capacity issues and deprivation of liberty safeguards’.

London based solicitors who have been recommended by Legal 500 for their expertise in mental capacity practices are the ‘highly competent’ Angela Smith and Ravinder Brar.

Family and Childcare (Plus Islamic Law)

For Duncan Lewis’ Family and Childcare work in London, Legal 500 states: ‘Legal 500 has recognised Duncan Lewis’ significant expertise in representing divorce abuse victims under legal aid and in Islamic Divorce’.

Adeeba Naseem based in London office has been recommended by Legal 500 for being ‘extremely helpful’ in Family and Childcare practices.


Duncan Lewis’ crime team in London has been recommended by Legal 500 for the second consecutive year. It operates a significant practice 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.

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