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Duncan Lewis says goodbye to Public Law Director Trevor Hatton (22 August 2019)

Date: 22/08/2019
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Duncan Lewis says goodbye to Public Law Director Trevor Hatton

After almost seven years at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, today marks public law and immigration director Trevor Hatton’s final day at the firm, as he moves on to focus on his judicial work after being appointed as a judge at the First-tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber earlier this year.

Trevor has been with Duncan Lewis since 2012 and leads a team of public law and immigration lawyers at the firm’s Croydon office. With over 17 years’ experience, he has expertise in virtually all aspects of public law including immigration, asylum and human rights matters as well as costs-based issues, children’s welfare, disability discrimination and claims for damages.

During his time at Duncan Lewis, Trevor has been heavily involved in a number of high profile cases, including that of R (on the application of KA and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (ending of Kumar arrangements) [2018] UKUT 00201 (IAC) in which the Upper Tribunal (UT) held, in a decision dated 13 June 2018, that the Kumar arrangements would end for all Judicial Review claims filed in the UT on or after 1 January 2019. This means that, in respect of any such claim, the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) will have 21 days to file and serve an Acknowledgment of Service (AoS) as mandated by the Procedure Rules, instead of the more generous time frame of 42 days accorded by the Kumar arrangements.

Trevor also represented a client in AL (Albania) v SSHD [2018] EWCA Civ 1183 a Court of Appeal judgment that involved an asylum seeking child from Albania, who by the time his appeal was heard before the Court of Appeal, was a young adult.

The quality of Trevor’s legal expertise has been deservedly recognised during his tenure at Duncan Lewis. He was a recommended lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 for his public law work, and in 2016, became the 50th lawyer in England and Wales to obtain the elusive Immigration Law Advanced Accreditation from the Law Society.

On his final day, Trevor comments on his time at Duncan Lewis;

“After seven industrious years at Duncan Lewis I have decided to focus on my role as a First-tier Tribunal Judge. So many individuals in this country owe their lives to the passion and endeavour of our staff and I am privileged to have worked alongside them. Thanks to everyone at Duncan Lewis for the memories.”

Practice director Jason Bruce adds;

“Trevor has been an invaluable addition to our immigration and public law team, and to the company as a whole and we are very proud of his achievements. In the seven years he has been at the firm Trevor has carried out a number of instrumental judicial review and Court of Appeal matters that have had a significant impact on legal proceedings. Our loss is the First-tier Tribunal’s gain and we wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavours.”

The tribunal will benefit greatly from Trevor’s expertise in immigration matters, particularly his proficiency in challenges to the Secretary of State in relation to Immigration Rules, asylum claims and the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, as well as his experience in challenging failures to grant asylum claims, and the granting of indefinite leave and applying for committal for contempt of court in view of the Secretary of State’s failure to comply with the terms of a court order. Trevor’s extensive experience in successfully challenging decisions made by local authorities and the Legal Aid Agency will also be a huge asset.

Trevor will be greatly missed at Duncan Lewis but we hope that the knowledge and expertise he has gained and developed whilst at the firm will serve him well as he continues to uphold and safeguard the rule of law in a judicial capacity. We want to extend our thanks and warm wishes and offer him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

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