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Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors
6 Flitcroft St
West End

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Based in central London, Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors is one of the UK’s leading specialist immigration, human rights and nationality practices, acting for businesses on various matters including the full spectrum of the points-based system as well as individuals in personal immigration matters. Civil litigation, family, corporate and employment law are also specialisms.

The firm: Founded in 1985 in Kensington and now operating from offices in Holborn, the firm is a specialist immigration practice which has experienced great growth in its business immigration practice. It is recognised as one of the leading immigration practices in the UK across the last 38 years since its foundation.

Very few firms specialising in the field of Immigration, Asylum, Nationality and Human Rights can boast of;

  • having 38 years of experience
  • being founded by long-serving Immigration Judges
  • submitting approximately 4,500 successful applications to date
  • overseeing over 3,000 cases in litigation in this area of law
  • being trusted by numerous media outlets for expert opinion
  • receiving more than 40 judicial compliments in written judgments/determination in the last 3 years alone
  • carrying out over 240 appeals in-house in the last 3 years alone
  • having a proven track record at the Court of Appeal and above

The firm acts for company and commercial clients on business immigration matters and has UK football clubs playing in the Football League, leading care homes, medium to large pharmacies, tobacco companies and large restaurant franchises among its clientele. The firm also deals with investors, innovators, business persons and other individuals across the spectrum of the UK’s points-based system.

The immigration department is led by Dr Bernard Andonian (former Immigration Judge) and Dave Vasoodaven, two of the most experienced immigration practitioners in this country, specialising in all aspects of UK immigration law with a particular emphasis on immigration litigation. Dr Bernard Andonian  sat as a part-time judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (IAC) and calls on more than 35 years as an experienced solicitor in this field. Dave Vasoodaven is an experienced practitioner whose practical knowledge in the subject is broad, and he has extensive experience in immigration litigation where he has dedicated his legal career to assisting individuals as well as businesses of all sizes to meet their immigration objectives. In particular, Dave Vasoodaven’s business pedigree has ensured that the firm has attracted a diverse clientele striking a balance between business immigration and individual immigration.

The firm has always attracted high calibre individuals to join the legal team. In this regard we are proud to have both Christine and Shazaib joining us recently. Apart from legal knowledge they both are versatile with wealth of experience gained working in other fields.

The firm’s immigration litigation practice is extensive. Mr Fadi Farhat heads up the appeals and public law department where it has seen unprecedented success since he joined us in 2015 and his in-depth knowledge has been vital to the firm’s success. His well pleaded grounds of claim and in-house advocacy continue to receive judicial praise. Under Mr Farhat, the firm seeks to handle matters (in terms of drafting and pleading) in-house from beginning to end. Mr Farhat also handles the firm’s advocacy at tribunal level. For example, Judge NMK Lawrence on 29th August 2018 stated in a written determination;

“…Mr Farhat approached the appeal in the most professional manner, in a manner any ‘officer of the court’ should.”

“One does not see representatives of his calibre in this jurisdiction often. I am grateful to him”

Over the course of the last year, the firm has also seen to several injunctions preventing removal including out-of-hours applications to the duty judge. The firm also has a prominent public law practice in the High Court in relation to business immigration including high-profile challenges to the revocation of sponsor licences.

Types of work undertaken: The firm undertakes work across the whole spectrum of immigration, human rights, asylum and nationality law (where it has even handled applications sensitive to national security). The firm prides itself on the successes that it has achieved over the years and the ground-breaking cases that are attributed to its endeavours. The firm is renowned for a number of successful decisions of the High Court such as Shah and Islam (in the House of Lords) and Baumbast and Rolet (European Court of Justice) which broke new legal ground on issues of asylum and European law respectively. The firm’s immigration litigation practice is extensive and due to its success in the handling of human rights appeals, deportation appeals, removal and detention matters, the firm receives frequent instructions in these areas of law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Consultant Solicitor - Head of Professional Development Dr Bernard Andonian 020 7269 9590
Managing partner Dave Vasoodaven 020 7269 9590
Partner, Solicitor Sajo Thomas 020 7269 9590
Head of Appeals and Public Law Fadi Farhat 020 7269 9590
Consultant Solicitor Hayk Sayadan 020 7269 9590
Solicitor Dan Wang (Christine) 02072699590
Associate Solicitor Shazaib Hussain 02072699590
Associate Solicitor Zara Shamal 020 7269 9590
Consultant Solicitor Rajah Thavalou 02072699590
Consultant Solicitor Paul Gulbenkian
Photo Name Position Profile
Bernard Andonian photo Dr Bernard Andonian Partner dealing with all aspects of UK immigration and asylum work including…
Fadi Farhat photo Mr Fadi Farhat Fadi heads up the firm’s Public Law and Appeals at Gulbenkian Andonian…
Paul Gulbenkian photo Mr Paul Gulbenkian Solicitor & Former Judge
Hayk Sayadyan photo Mr Hayk Sayadyan Consultant Solicitor
Zara Shamal photo Ms Zara Shamal Associate Solicitor
Sajo Thomas photo Mr Sajo Thomas Partner, Solicitor
Dave Vasoodaven photo Mr Dave Vasoodaven Managing Partner, Solicitor
Joy Vasoodaven photo Joy Vasoodaven
Photo Name Position Profile
Shazaib  Hussain  photo Mr Shazaib Hussain Associate Solicitor
Rajah  Thavalou photo Mr Rajah Thavalou Consultant Solicitor
Dan  Wang  photo Ms Dan Wang Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8

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