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Duncan Lewis appoint New Directors Lucy Philps- Tate and Sophie Fretten (9 December 2015)

Date: 09/12/2015
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Duncan Lewis appoint New Directors Lucy Philps- Tate and Sophie Fretten

Legal 500 “Leading Law Firm” Duncan Lewis are pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy Philps- Tate and Sophie Fretten as Public Law and Family & Childcare Directors respectively.

Receiving internal appointment to Directorships, Lucy Philps- Tate practices Public Law in the Duncan Lewis Harrow Branch and Sophie Fretten practices Family & Childcare Law from the firm’s Shepherds Bush office.

Joining Duncan Lewis in 2008, Lucy Philps- Tate practices a broad range of Public Law and Immigration work specialising particularly in Judicial Review applications. Lucy has a significant practice in representing a wide variety of clients, including vulnerable clients, minors, women who have been subjected to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), the mentally ill, and those who have been trafficked.

Sophie Fretten joined Duncan Lewis in 2008 has extensive experience in both Public and Private Children work and is recognised as a member of the Law Society Childrens Panel. Sophie undertakes both Private and Public Childcare Law work and undertakes most of her own advocacy. Sophie represents parents in Private Law cases including contact and residence disputes and domestic violence matters. Sophie also represents parents in Public Law proceedings including care proceedings, adoption, applications to discharge care orders and to revoke placement orders. Sophie has also represented guardians (including grandparents and aunts) in respect of both Private and Public Law Family matters.

The Duncan Lewis Public Law department is recommended by Legal 500 for its depth of experience in immigration and civil liberties challenges and 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 carry out both publicly and privately funded work. We have acted in a number of test cases and high profile cases and our experienced department has a deserved reputation for committed and professional conduct. Duncan Lewis conduct all stages of such matters from initial pre-action correspondence to filing conducting and settling claims. The Public Law department makes challenges to non-appealable decisions of all public bodies. These can be central or local government, or other organisations carrying out public functions.

The Duncan Lewis Family & Childcare department is headed by 21 Director Solicitors, and boasts over 46 Law Society Family & Childcare Panel Specialists. The Duncan Lewis Family & Childcare department are specialists in all aspects of family and private children law matters. Duncan Lewis’ Family and Childcare department is ranked by the Legal 500 clients guide and were winners of the 5th Annual 2015 Jordans Publishing Family Law Firm of the Year 2015 award. Duncan Lewis holds a niche practice in representing victims of domestic abuse and is significantly experienced in complex financial matrimonial matters (ancillary relief) relating to the breakdown of a marriage/relationship. With a broad practice representing parents, family members and children through their children’s guardian in all children public law proceedings and conducting cases on behalf of the official solicitor, the Duncan Lewis’ Family & Childcare team are also specialists in high profile international child abduction cases, with an extensive practice in inherent jurisdiction/forum disputes, international relocation cases and wardship proceedings for the return of children and is none of only a small number of firms throughout the UK that are on the Lord Chancellor’s International Child Abduction & Contact Panel (ICACU), which is responsible for administering Hague Convention (Child Abduction) proceedings work in England. Since 2013, Duncan Lewis has an established Islamic & Sharia Law team which specialises in Islamic Divorce, Islamic Financial Settlement & Mehr Claims under English Law.

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