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Teni Shahiean

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OTS Solicitors

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Business Immigration, Commercial, Employment


CEO and Principal.

Teni is highly experienced in immigration and employment law, having specialised in these fields for over 12 years.  Not only has Teni been ranked by the Legal 500 as a recommended immigration solicitor, but she has also been accredited by the Law Society for her immigration knowledge and expertise by the Law Society and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

Teni works in close partnership with many high-net-worth individuals and large corporations, assisting them to manage their business immigration, commercial and employment law matters.


From the outset of her legal career, Teni has focused on immigration and employment law. Having qualified as an immigration and employment solicitor in 2008, her talents were quickly spotted, leading to a position with a prestigious central London immigration law firm. The high quality of her work meant she was awarded a Senior Level 2 accreditation in immigration law by the Law Society.

For the past ten years, since joining OTS as a Managing Partner, she has worked tirelessly and passionately in her chosen fields of legal expertise to become one of the most respected solicitors in personal and business immigration, EEA free movement,  British Nationality, immigration judicial review, human rights and employment law.

Teni has successfully handled many High Court cases against the Secretary of State for the Home Department. These have involved matters relating to refusing immigration status and human rights cases.  She has a wealth of knowledge in seeking High Court injunctions against removals of foreign nationals and for detained clients. In addition, she has successfully represented many clients in front of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and run many judicial reviews.

Due to her experience, Teni is considered an authority on immigration matters in the UK, often being asked to comment on national radio and TV channels, including the BBC.




Teni Graduated with a dual degree in Law and Business in 2003 and completed her Legal Practice Course in 2004.


Community Work

Teni has a wide range interests away from her role with OTS.  She was instrumental in reinvigorating the British Armenian Lawyers Association (BALA) – significantly growing the membership. Frequently travelling to her native Armenia, she provides talks and seminars to NGO's on matters such as the European Court of Human Rights admissibility rules and domestic violence.  As part of this work she has given talks in conjunction with Oxfam in Armenia on Equal rights/women's rights laws in the UK, and is currently assisting UNHCR on refugee law and how it can be applied to the large flow of Syrian and Iranian refugees in Armenia.

Teni regularly organises events including providing mentorship to law students and projects with lawyers within the community through BALA. She also volunteers at the Ealing Equality Council, which runs a pro-bono advice centre on a fortnightly basis to give legal advice to clients.

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Within: Immigration

The team of ‘focused immigration law specialists’ at OTS Solicitors stands out for its ‘crisp and professional approach to its work, which inspires confidence’. The team handles a raft of human rights cases, with expertise spanning appeals and refusals, Judicial Reviews, indefinite leave to remain, EEA applications, British nationality cases, deportation and asylum claims. On the business immigration side, the team handles a range of investor, entrepreneur and exceptional talent visas, sponsorship licences, illegal working compliance, global migration planning, temporary worker and transfer advice. Oshin Shahiean is ‘very professional’ and Teni Shahiean is a ‘great entrepreneur, who is passionate for her business and her clients’, and ‘adds a human touch in her work which gives comfort to the client’. Consultant Paul Gulbenkian’s experience is ‘exceptional’.

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