Leading Legal 500 law firm, Duncan Lewis, is today announcing the departure of Ofonimeh Umoh Abudu, Solicitor and Director of Immigration. After nearly 13 years with the company she will be leaving Duncan Lewis to take up a litigation role with the civil service.
Practice Director, Jason Bruce said: “Having first joined Duncan Lewis in 2002 as a caseworker and non-practising barrister, Ofonimeh Umoh Abudu has led a distinguished career at Duncan Lewis which has seen her cross qualify as a Solicitor, be appointed a Director of Immigration and jointly lead, and leave behind, the company’s niche immigration practice in complex Tribunal and Higher Courts immigration appeals, judicial review and advocacy work. On behalf of the Board I would like to take the opportunity to thank her for her hard work and significant contributions as a Director and Head of the company’s Charity Committee. We all wish Ofonimeh all the very best in her new role”.
Ofonimeh said: “My time with Duncan Lewis has consisted of working with some memorable clients and on some memorable cases, which have yielded some very successful results. I feel blessed in being a member of the team that helped to make a significant contribution in the burgeoning reputation of Duncan Lewis”.
Duncan Lewis has the largest immigration team in the UK and has been recognised by Legal 500 2014 as a Top Tier and leading practice in this field across England & Wales. It has a broad practice representing business and individual vulnerable clients at all levels in all aspects of business immigration, personal immigration, asylum/human rights and nationality matters. Duncan Lewis remains the dominant legal firm in the UK for the provision of publicly funded immigration legal services for asylum, immigration detention, bail, deportation appeals and EC law issues. The department has a niche practice representing judicial review immigration claimant cases before the higher courts; has a significant practice in Tribunal and Higher Courts immigration appeal and advocacy work and unlawful immigration detention cases with high net claims for damages and challenging immigration removal cases; in particular, Dublin II third country removal cases. The department’s business immigration arm represents high net worth individuals from Asia, Middle East and Russia in relation to their Points Based System (PBS) applications/appeals, including entrepreneur and investors visas.
Established areas of law are: business immigration, child care, civil and commercial litigation, civil liberties, clinical negligence, community care, crime and fraud, dispute resolution, debt and insolvency, employment, family and divorce, housing, asylum and immigration, mental health, personal injury, prison law, professional negligence, public law and administrative law, regulatory matters and welfare benefits.