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Awards Recommendation for Public Law Department

"In addition to challenging the legality of the government’s policy on detaining pregnant women, the firm has brought a high-profile judicial review on behalf of six individuals, who are challenging the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s use of a definition of torture that was derived from the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment for the government’s policy on detaining adults at risk."

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Administrative and Public law / Administrative and Public law

"Duncan Lewis Solicitors is best known for its legal aid practice, and specialises in immigration, asylum and public law, and has offices across London and the UK."

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Civil Liberties and Human Rights / Civil Liberties and Human Rights

"At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Toufique Hossain is a ‘genuine star’ for challenges in the immigration and civil liberties space."

Legal 500 2016 Edition.
Administrative and Public law / Administrative and Public law

"James Packer and solicitor Toufique Hossain are key names at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which has particular experience advising on immigration and civil liberties challenges."

Legal 500 2015 Edition.
Administrative and Public law / Administrative and Public law
The decisions of public bodies, where there is no other right of appeal, are susceptible to judicial review. 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. 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.

Our Public Law department, recommended by Legal 500 2015 for its depth of experience in immigration and civil liberties challenges, is now well established and known by the Legal Aid Agency, the Courts, and the Treasury Solicitor. This enables us to quickly and effectively obtain funding, manage cases with the Court (get quick listings, direct access to Court lawyers etc), and communicate effectively with team leaders at Treasury Solicitors.


We have more case workers carrying out Public Law work than most firms and our staff members receive regular training to keep up to date. This results in a depth and breadth of knowledge, constant effective cover, and an ability to monitor the approach of Defendants in different cases which enables us to point out inconsistencies. This also means that when dealing with a large class of case we are likely to have conduct of several parties, meaning that we are likely to get lead cases and be able to steer the course of the litigation to favour all of our clients.


We advise other firms on funding and case management issues regularly, working closely with Chambers. We have been listed in the Legal 500 for our public law work. We regularly draft articles that are published on this website and other locations.


Our Public Law department is based in our City of London office although they are able to see clients at any of the Duncan Lewis’ offices, and will regularly travel to these locations when necessary. Our administration remains based in our other London offices and our Harrow Office continues to be used for correspondence.

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