Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Duncan Lewis – Giving People a Voice

July 29th, 2011

Need a Lawyer?

Duncan Lewis will Speak up for you.

So Why Choose Duncan Lewis?

The legal system can be very intimidating for anyone, but particularly if you are up against a large organisation like a government department.  Duncan Lewis is here to be your voice and your advisor, to make the strongest case on your behalf.

In many cases, Duncan Lewis can provide legal assistance, which is free to you. This covers anything from the most straightforward applications, but also includes the complex cases in the High Court, Appeal Court and Supreme Court – which would otherwise have cost thousands of pounds.  Duncan Lewis strives to make their service as accessible as possible to everyone, conducting numerous outreach advice surgeries and also taking on some cases on a pro bono basis, where legal aid is not available.  Duncan Lewis have a pro bono committee who help make this decision. 

Duncan Lewis has access to over 400 interpreters covering many languages.  The firm consistently strives to provide high levels of legal advice and services to all those in desperate need of our help.

The quality of Duncan Lewis’ work is repeatedly demonstrated by the very high success rates achieved in cases that we take on.  Duncan Lewis has achieved Quality Mark Accreditations for Lexcel (The Law Society‘s quality Mark) and Investors in People Gold standard.  This means that staff at Duncan Lewis receive the highest quality training to continue building our reputation and standards. 

Duncan Lewis doesn’t just have a deep understanding of law, but sometimes we help to create new law. Duncan Lewis has more reported cases than any other legal aid firm in the country, with some of these cases fundamentally changing legal interpretations.

At Duncan Lewis our size means that you actually get a more personal service.  Our staff are able to specialise in a particular sub area of law.  They can use their expert knowledge to wrok on your behalf.  As a predominantly legal aid firm, Duncan Lewis are still able to work on a well resourced network and use the economies of scale efficiently.  Despite the constraints of legal aid funding, Duncan Lewis can assure that you will receive a high quality representation from our law firm

Duncan Lewis is the largest legal aid civil practice in the country.  We also offer a very high quality and cost-effective service to private paying clients. With 17 departments and 400 staff sharing 65 nationalities, Duncan Lewis have the specialist you need.

Duncan Lewis retains Disability Symbol User Accreditation

July 13th, 2011

Duncan Lewis has worked in partnership with Jobcentre Plus since 2008, in order to deliver our commitment to embrace all members of the local communities and assist with the recruitment and continued employment of those affected by a disability. The Disability Symbol User status has been granted to Duncan Lewis for the last three years as a result of this. Following our recent annual audit, Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce that the firm has been awarded the Disability Symbol Accreditation for a further 12 months.

Graham Houghton, District Manager, East London District, Jobcentre Plus comments, “The evidence provided and general embracing of the ethos of the symbol continues to meet the criteria of the five commitments required by this accreditation”

An employee at Duncan Lewis makes the following statement with regards to this:

I began working at Duncan Lewis as a caseworker in 2006. I suffer from a disability but as it does not directly affect my work I did not mention it when I began. However, approximately 7 months after I began I applied for a training contract and at that time in order to apply you needed to take a written exam. As I required special arrangements for any written exams that I took, I informed HR of my disability. I was called for a meeting as they were not aware of my disability but after I explained my whole situation to them they were accommodating and provided me with the special arrangements which I required. 

Since then I have progressed at Duncan Lewis from caseworker to trainee and am now a qualified solicitor at Duncan Lewis. During my time I have not felt that I have been treated any differently from any other employee or given any special treatment. However I feel that when I have needed to approach my supervisor or HR for any reason concerned with my health issues they have been accommodating and understanding to my needs. Furthermore, they have treated my situation with the utmost confidentiality, which is also of importance to me.

I therefore encourage any employee who feels they have special needs or require extra assistance in any way to approach their supervisor and inform HR accordingly, as this is something they should obtain the support they need for.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors Joins WordPress

July 7th, 2011

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are the UK’s largest legal aid firm. The firm has 6 offices in and around London and specialises in many areas of law including family, child care, crime, mental health and immigration law. As well as offering legal aid, Duncan Lewis also have a private client following for employment, conveyancing, family and immigration law.

Duncan Lewis will be posting articles and blogs here to give you more of an insight of the firm and what Duncan Lewis do.

Visit www.duncanlewis.co.uk for more information about our law firm and the services we offer.