Zofia Duszynska

Solicitor

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Zofia joined Sutovic & Hartigan Solicitors in May 2022. She is accredited as an Advanced Level Caseworker and Supervisor under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme and heads up the firm’s Immigration and Public Law teams. She specialises in asylum, civil liberties and human rights, and public law challenges.


She has a broad immigration and asylum practice and extensive experience of litigation in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal as well as in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration & Asylum Chamber. She is committed to access for the most vulnerable in society and regularly represents victims of torture and human trafficking in public law challenges against immigration detention or removal from the UK, refusals to grant leave to remain, and failures to provide housing and support.


Zofia has been a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 directories for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Her 2022 listing states: “Zofia Duszynska… represents vulnerable immigrants in disputes involving modern slavery, human trafficking and gender-based persecution...”

Experience

Zofia qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and prior to joining Sutovic & Hartigan, spent 12 years working in the not-for-profit sector followed by 7 years as a director at a large nationwide firm.


She regularly provides training for other professionals in the immigration and asylum sector and was a founder member of ATLeP (Anti-Trafficking Legal Project) an information network of lawyers and specialist practitioners assisting victims of trafficking.

Recent Work and  Notable Cases

  • EOG and KTT v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 307
    EOG, R (On the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC
    3310 (Admin)
    Judicial review challenge to Home Office policy on discretionary leave and the failure to
    regularise the immigration status of victims of trafficking awaiting identification.

  • AQS, R (On the application of) v SSHD (“The COVID case”) [2020] EWHC 843 (Admin)
    Judgment following application for interim relief confirming that SSHD bears responsibility for
    securing suitable asylum support accommodation for asylum-seekers displaying Covid
    symptoms.

  • Julien Benchouir, R v SSHD, [2019] EWHC 2606 (Admin)
    Judicial review challenging the lawfulness of detention of an individual with serious and
    enduring mental illness and the operation of the Rule 35 safeguards.

  • Adegun, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019]
    EWHC 22 (Admin)
    Successful judicial review challenge to the detention on the Detained Asylum Casework
    process of a vulnerable man with pre-existing mental illness

  • Safi & Ors (permission to appeal decisions) [2018] UKUT 388 (IAC) (13 November 2018
    In which the Tribunal president gave guidance on the requirement for reasons when refusing
    permission to appeal or when granting permission on limited grounds.

  • SB (PSG, Protection Regulations, Reg 6) Moldova v SSHD UKIAT 2008/0002
    The first case to accept that victims of trafficking or former victims of trafficking could form a
    particular social group for the purposes of protection under the Refugee Convention.

  • S and others [2006] EWCA Civ 1157
    R (S & Others) v SSHD [2004] EWHC 1111 (Admin), [2006]
    Successful judicial review challenging the delay and then the refusal of the Home Office to
    issue leave to remain to 9 men who had hijacked an aircraft from Afghanistan to the UK in
    February 2000 to escape persecution in Afghanistan. The men had succeeded in their
    asylum appeals in 2004 on article 3 grounds but had been excluded from the Refugee
    Convention