Mr Fadi Farhat > Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors > London, London > Lawyer Profile

Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors
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HOLBORN HALL, 193/197 HIGH HOLBORN
LONDON
WC1V 7BD
London
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Work Department

Public Law, Human Rights, Immigration and Asylum

Position

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 rights…law….” 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 

Career

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

Languages

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

Memberships

Trustee at Richmond Legal Advice Service (RLAS)

Education

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

Leisure

Supporting Manchester United
Karate
Rugby
Travelling

Lawyer Rankings

London > Human resources > Immigration

Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors provides an ‘exceptional service‘ to its clients. Human rights, appeals and overstay work is a key focus of the practice, including appeals and cases involving asylum, European free movement, nationality law and unlawful detention. It is also experienced in judicial review applications. On the business immigration side, the team is able to advise individuals and corporate clients on all aspects of the visa and employer sponsorship process. The team acts for several sports sector clients as well as a number of start-ups. Consultant solicitor Bernard Andonian is a ‘fountain of knowledge and experience‘, while legal director Fadi Farhat, who is an ‘expert‘, heads the appeals and public law team. Managing partner Dave Vasoodaven is strong on human rights and EEA law.