Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Duncan Lewis Solicitors
HeadquartersHarrow-on-the-Hill, HA1
United Kingdom
No. of offices52 across England and Wales
No. of lawyersApprox. 415
Major practice areasChildren & Family
Civil Liberties & Human Rights
Criminal Defence
Immigration & Nationality
Judicial Review
Revenue£25.8m (2017)[1]
Date founded1998
Company typePrivate limited company

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is a law firm assisting corporate entities and private individuals in over 25 practice areas from offices across England and Wales. Established in 1998, the firm has over 700 personnel, with approximately 415 lawyers acting on an average of 25,000 client matters per year.[2] In 2017/18 it had a turnover of £26.9 million.

Duncan Lewis is a private limited company[3] headquartered in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex. It is the largest provider of publicly funded (legal aid) legal services in the country.[4]

It is ranked in the top band for Immigration Human Rights and Criminal Defence by The Legal 500[5][6] and Chambers and Partners[7] respectively, and has a number of ranked individual lawyers.

Notable Cases[edit]

Members of Duncan Lewis Solicitors have appeared in many landmark and high-profile cases including;

  • Representing a number of unaccompanied minors formerly from the Calais Jungle Camp in their judicial review challenge against the Government's decision to prevent their relocation to the UK despite its commitment to the Dubs amendment, under which it had agreed to allow unaccompanied refugee children to come to the country.[8][9][10][11][12][13]
  • Representing a number of core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in relation to matters of housing, public law, personal injury and criminal defence.[14][15][16]
  • Acting for an immigration detainee in his human rights claim and request for a public inquiry after he was filmed by an undercover BBC Panorama reporter allegedly being choked and verbally abused by a guard.[17] The abuse of the client was caught in the September 2017 BBC Panorama Documentary 'Undercover: Britain's Immigration Secrets.
  • Acting for 10 immigration detainees in their challenge against the Home Office low paid scheme that sees detainees paid “slave labour” wages of £1 per hour, instead of the minimum wage, for in-house services undertaken as part of the running of the detention centre.[18][19][20][21]
  • Represented the respondent in the 2015 Supreme Court case of Gohil v Gohil,[22] a divorce financial settlement case which established the principles in relation to material non-disclosure and the basis upon which an agreed financial consent order can be set aside and the case re-opened if a party has not provided full disclosure at the time of the original trial.[23]
  • Acted for the tenant in the 2016 landmark Court of Appeal social housing case of Cardiff County Council v Lee (Flowers).[24] The case changed the law, confirming that all landlords, whether social or private, are required to seek the permission of the County Court in order to obtain a warrant of possession for breach of a suspended possession order with costs sanctions if not followed; providing an additional level of protection for tenants.[25][26]
  • Acted for AH in the 2011 landmark mental health case of AH v West London Mental Health Trust[27] where a patient of Broadmoor Hospital, detained for 23 years under the Mental Health Act, won the right to have his application for discharge from detention heard in a public hearing, a decision which was the first of its kind and led to a significant change in the manner in which Mental Health Tribunals now function.[28][29]
  • Supreme Court success in the immigration nationality case of Hysaj & Ors, R[30] which significantly changed the case law on deprivation and nullity of British Citizenship under the British Nationality Act 1981.[31]
  • Acted in a lead immigration judicial review challenge that led to the High Court ruling that the 'Fast Track Procedure Rules' used by the Home Office to consider asylum cases until 2014 were unlawful.[32] The case has enabled more than 10,000 asylum seekers to potentially request to have their cases reconsidered.[33]


  1. Companies House, "Duncan Lewis (Solicitors) Limited - Company Number: 03718422"
  2. Law Society of England and Wales Website, "Directory of Law Firms: Duncan Lewis - List of Solicitors & Offices"
  3. Companies House, "Duncan Lewis (Solicitors) Limited - 03718422"
  4. Mail Online, "Ministry of Justice releases breakdown of legal aid payment to lawyers." (4 June 2013)
  5. The Legal 500 UK Directory Website, "Duncan Lewis London Rankings"
  6. The Legal 500 UK Directory Website, "Duncan Lewis Wales Rankings"
  7. Chambers & Partners UK Legal Directory Website, "Duncan Lewis Rankings in 2018 Edition"
  8. International Business Times, "Home Office faces legal action over Calais children's asylum claims" (28 December 2016)
  9. RT News Website, "Calais jungle refugee children sue UK Govt for Neglect" (30 December 2016)
  10. Various Media Platforms'Coverage in PDF (28 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017), "Such as: The Guardian, The Independent, Sky News, Daily Mail Online, Daily Sabah Europe, Euro Weekly, The Manila Times, RT News, Yahoo News and BBC Arabic"
  11. The Guardian, "Calais Child Asylum Seekers Legal Action Against UK Government" (28 December 2016)
  12. BBC News, "Child Asylum Seekers from Jungle Camp Launch Legal Bid" (29 December 2016)
  13. Bailii Legal Database, "Case Citation: ZS, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2017) EWHC 255 (Admin) (03 February 2017)"
  14. The Financial Times, "Grenfell - who will investigate and how long will it take?"(30 June 2017)
  15. Yahoo UK News, "Damages for Grenfell Victims May Total Just £4m"
  16. Insurances Times, "Grenfell Tower Fire Victim Damages Payout May Total Just £4m"
  17. The Guardian, "Immigration detainee allegedly choked by G4S guard demands public inquiry" (25 September 2017)
  18. The Guardian,"Immigration detainees bring legal challenge against £1 and hour slave wages"(28 June 2017)
  19. Duncan Lewis News, "Phillip Armitage interviewed on LBC Radio on £1 an hour wages for detainees"(12 July 2017)
  20. Daily Record, Scottish Newspaper, "Dungavel detention centre in slave labour shame as asylum seekers paid just £1 an hour for work" (15 January 2018)
  21. The Times, "Immigration centres accused of slavery over £1 an hour pay" (8 January 2018)
  22. United Kingdom Supreme Court Judgment - Gohil v Gohil (2015) UKSC 61 (14 October 2015)."
  23. BBC News, "Reporting on Gohil v Gohil Supreme Court Decision" (14 October 2015)
  24. Bailii Legal Database, "Case Citation: Cardiff County Council v Lee (Flowers) [2016 EWCA Civ 1034 (19 October 2016)"]
  25. Bevan Brittan Article, "Important new law on issuing warrants for possession" (26 October 2016)
  26. Hardwicke Chambers Article, "Cardiff v Lee: Permission needed to enforce a suspended possession order" (26 October 2016)
  27. Bailli Legal Database, "Case Citation: AH v West London MHT (J) (2011) UKUT 74 (AAC) (17 February 2011)"
  28. The Independent, "Kate Luscombe: Ruling will shine a light on mental health system" (9 March 2011)
  29. The Independent, "Broadmoor Patient Makes History with Court Appeal" (9 March 2011)
  30. United Kingdom Supreme Court Judgment - Hysaj & Ors, R (on the application of) v SSHD (2017) UKSC 82 (December 2017).
  31. The Telegraph, "2 Albanians are not deported despite lying to get citizenship" (27 December 2017)
  32. The Guardian, "High Court rules more than 10,000 asylum seekers treated unfairly" (20 January 2017)
  33. Bailii Legal Database, "Case Citation: TN (Vietnam) & US (Pakistan), R (On the Applications Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor (Rev 1) (2017) EWHC 59 (Admin) (20 January 2017)"

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