Duncan Lewis retains its ranking by Legal 500 2014 as a leading law firm in London on Family & Childcare matters

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Duncan Lewis have been ranked as a leading law firm in London by the Legal 500 2014 in the practice areas of Family & Childcare with Aina Khan receiving individual lawyer recognition.

Legal 500 Leading Law Firm

Legal 500 Leading Law Firm

Following the release of the 2014 edition of Legal 500 UK Directory Awards, Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that they continue to be recognised as a leading law firm in the London Family & Childcare practice area with Solicitor Aina Khan receiving individual recommendation. The company’s recent high profile international child abduction and care proceedings cases under the lead conduct of Directors Savita Sharma and Annette Hinds respectively also received particular note.

Specialists in all aspects of family and private children law matters, the department holds a niche practice in representing victims of domestic abuse and are 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. Since 2013, Duncan Lewis has an established Islamic & Sharia Law team led by Aina Khan which specialises in Islamic Divorce, Islamic Financial Settlement & Mehr Claims under English Law.

Duncan Lewis is one of the panel solicitors used by the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) and one 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. The quality of the Duncan Lewis’ London Child Care team is illustrated by the fact that the company has 25 specialist solicitors / Law Society accredited Children Law Panel Members authorised to act for children in all children public law proceedings; 16 of the company’s solicitors are Law Society accredited family panel members; 5 are advanced members of the Law Society Family Panel, which allows them to conduct complex ancillary relief proceedings and children act matters along with all other matrimonial cases including those involving domestic abuse issues.

Family & Childcare Director Adeeba Nasseem added: “I am delighted that the Duncan Lewis’ Family & Childcare team has received this recognition from Legal 500 2014. As a firm we constantly strive to ensure that we can offer legal solutions that protect the most vulnerable members of society”.

For nearly 30 years the Legal 500 has been a worldwide client’s guide to the best law firms and lawyers, which analyses the capabilities of law firms worldwide with a comprehensive research programme heavily focused on peer and client feedback.

The recent edition of Legal 500 also acknowledges Duncan Lewis as a top-tier leading law firm for its Immigration & Asylum practice in Wales, whilst the firm’s London offices were also recommended as a leading law firm for its work in Family & Matrimonial matters; Crime; White-Collar Fraud; Business Immigration; Human Rights Immigration; and Public law immigration and civil liberties judicial review work. Within these departments, 8 of the firm’s lawyers have received individual recommendations are: Vinita Templeton (Immigration Human Rights); Adam Tear (Immigration Human Rights); James Packer (Immigration Human Rights; Public Law), Toufique Hossain (Immigration Human Rights & Public Law), Vicash Ramkissoon (Business Immigration) Aina Khan (Family & Matrimonial); Hardeep Dhaliwal (Fraud – white collar crime) and Subbiah Sivapunniyam (Social Housing).

About Duncan Lewis

Duncan Lewis, established in 1998, is the largest civil legal aid practice in the UK and one of the country's fastest growing firms of solicitors, serving both corporate entities and private individuals from offices across London and throughout the UK. A recommended leading law firm by Law Society Lexcel and Legal 500, Duncan Lewis represents over 22,000 clients per year, employs over 500 members of staff and was the first law firm in the UK to achieve the Investors in People Gold Quality Standard Mark in 2009. Established areas of law are: business immigration, child care, civil liberties, clinical negligence, community care, crime and fraud, dispute resolution, debt and insolvency, employment, family and divorce, housing, asylum and immigration, litigation, mental health, personal injury, prison law, professional negligence, public law and administrative law, regulatory matters and welfare benefits.

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