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Duncan Lewis Trainee offered Solicitors roles in Public Law team, Shepherds Bush Branch (26 November 2010)

Duncan Lewis is committed to providing training and has shown in the past that there are career progression opportunities at the firm. Sonia Lenegan recently completed her training contract at Duncan Lewis and has since been offered a solicitor role in the Public Law team at Duncan Lewis^ Shepherds Bush branch.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Public Law

Duncan Lewis awarded Public Law contract (27 September 2010)

Despite the recent cuts in the legal aid budget, Duncan Lewis has been awarded more public law contracts than last year.   Read more...

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In limbo, with no end in sight - Naim Rahman comments on the recent case law entitling 45,000 people the right to work (5 August 2010)

‘ZO’ was a lone, vulnerable, young single female who had suffered truly terrible treatment in her home country of Somalia. Refused asylum on an initial application, she submitted a second claim based on previously unavailable evidence. This claim, once considered, was highly likely to result in a grant of leave to remain in the UK.   Read more...

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Duncan Lewis wins right to work for 45,000 people (30 July 2010)

An estimated 45,000 will be entitled to work in the UK as a result of the Supreme Court ruling in “ZO” – in a case brought by Duncan Lewis solicitors.

Delays in the time it takes for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to process asylum claims causes hardship to thousands. These hardships were exacerbated by the inability to find lawful work during the time spent waiting for a decision.

Duncan Lewis:Public Law

ZO (Somalia) and Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department: DT (Eritrea) (17 May 2010)

It is now generally well known that asylum seekers whose ‘further representations/fresh claims’ have remained outstanding for more than one year have the right to take employment. Currently the law stands in their favour, and applications for relief where the Secretary of State refuses or delays consideration of an application for permission to work are routinely granted following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in ZO (Somalia). This article considers recent developments in the case.

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Naim Rahman wins SAL Young Lawyer of the Year 2010 (12 May 2010)

Who says hard work and determination don’t pay off? Naim and colleagues attended the Society of Asian Lawyers 15th Annual Ball at the Mariott Grosvenor Square. The night was well attended and an enjoyable night was had by all. Naim who joined the firm in 2003 qualified as a solicitor in June 2006 was presented with the award for Young Lawyer of the Year 2010 by the Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Linda Lee, and the Chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers, Sundeep Bhatia. He is currently a Partner and Joint Head of the Public Law department, based at the Hackney office.   Read more...

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Pro Bono Committee (25 March 2010)

Duncan Lewis is proud to be able to deliver a high standard of legal advice across a wide range of areas whilst conducting its business in a socially responsible manner. Our day to day practice highlights to us the growing severity of the unmet legal needs of the disadvantaged in the communities we serve, and we are responding to it.   Read more...

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Removal without notice in the 'best interests' of Claimants ruled unlawful (19 March 2010)

The linked judicial reviews of the decisions of the Secretary of State for the Home Department by T and M [2010] EWHC 435 (Admin) were heard before Collins J on 18 February 2010 and the judgement is now available on BALLI . This case will clearly be of great importance to Immigration and Public Law Practitioners in so far as it impacts upon the position of unaccompanied minors and the Dublin Convention. However the focus of this article is upon the findings of Mr Justice Collins in relation to same day removal.  Read more...

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