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Fadi Farhat

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Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors

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Public Law, Human Rights, Immigration and Asylum


Fadi heads up the firm's Public Law and Appeals at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors department under the supervision of Dr. Bernard Andonian (who sits as a part-time Judge of the First-tier Tribunal). Fadi has extensive experience in the field of public law and immigration, litigation across the broad spectrum of public law and immigration law over the last 10 years. He undertakes his own advocacy with regular successful appearances at both the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal. His cases often progress to the High Court and even the Court of Appeal where he has settled several pleadings on various matters such as deception, FGM, medical cases and destitution, human trafficking etc. His work includes acting for large organisations (including restaurant franchises and football clubs) as well as individuals. His meticulous approach to his appeal-based work and advocacy has earnt him consistent judicial praise over the years. He is a safe pair of hands in this field of law where he leaves no stone unturned and his able to think on his feet in high pressure situations at court. Examples, amongst many others, include;

Mr Farhat’s submissions are as follows and their clarity is such, that I make no apology for setting them out in my decision.”  Judge of the First-tier Tribunal Martins, 2016

It is the most learned pleading I have ever seen….it is a very serious document.” Judge Blake in the First-tier Tribunal in May 2011 commenting on grounds of appeal submitted in relation to Articles 8, 6 and 12 of the ECHR

 “….the detailed grounds of claim…display a good knowledge of human….” Mr. Justice Mitting in the Administrative Court – 29/06/2010 commenting on an application for Judicial Review before the Administrative Court 

 “The ingenious arguments which Mr Farhat valiantly advanced on behalf of his clients…”  Designated First-tier Tribunal Judge Manuell at a preliminary hearing to determine the First-tier Tribunal’s jurisdiction - 3rd September 2014    

 “The appellant’s solicitors have submitted Grounds of Appeal. It is very detailed…the relevant parts are indeed very illuminating.” Judge of the Firs-tier Tribunal NMK Lawrence – 07/02/2012 (In relation to the policy classification of “graduate level” jobs within Tier 2 of the PBS)  

 “…ingenious argument…” Designated First-tier Tribunal Judge Manuell – 22/05/2012  In relation to a legal argument present to the Tribunal on a point of construction 


2007-2010: Paralegal
2010-2011: Trainee Solicitor
October 2013 to November 2014: Associate
August 2015 to present: Senior Legal Officer - Head of Appeals and Public Law


Arabic (all major dialects), Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese
Japanese (basic), Czech (basic), Maltese (basic)


Trustee at Richmond Legal Advice Service (RLAS)


1st Class LL.B. Hons, PgDip, LLM,
BA Hons (currently pending)

Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize
Middlesex Law Society Prize for Excellence in Law
Oxford & BPP National Mooting Competition (rated ‘Very Good’)
Chancellor’s Award 2008


Supporting Manchester United

London: Human resources


Within: Immigration

The ‘outstanding’ department at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors is well known for its ‘strong’ track-record in human rights, appeals and overstay work, European free movement, and nationality cases. It handles a range of emergency injunctions, bail, unlawful detention claims, appeals and Judicial Review applications, and is particularly praised for its ability to conduct its own advocacy. The firm also handles a range of business immigration matters and clients include several football clubs. Consultant solicitor Bernard Andonian has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ across immigration, asylum and human rights law, and also sits as a part-time judge. Managing director Dave Vasoodaven is ‘approachable’ and has an ‘excellent way with clients’. Consultant solicitor Hayk Sayadyan handles a range of human rights cases and has handled several complex judicial review matters, with particular experience in nationality and national security cases. Legal director Fadi Farhat heads the appeals and public law department and is ‘exceptional’.

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