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Legal Director, Head of Appeals and Public Law

Fadi Farhat

For a full overview of Fadi Farhat's work, please visit fadifarhat.co.uk

Fadi heads our team in terms of appeals and public law Litigation where he has a wealth of experience in this area.

Fadi completed his Law Degree with First Class Honours and has also completed Master of Laws degree and a Postgraduate Diploma. He is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Modern Foreign Languages. Fadi was awarded the Middlesex Law Society prize for Excellence in Law and the prestigious Sweet & Maxwell prize for his academic writing.

Fadi has a wealth of experience having started legal practice in 2007 at the age of 19 and has since progressed from Legal Clerk, Paralegal and completed his Training Contract. To date, he has handled major cases from employment disputes to deportations of foreign criminals whether in private practice or in the voluntary/charity sector where he has volunteered for several legal charitable organisations over a consistent period of time since October 2008. His cases often progress to the High Court and even the Court of Appeal where he has settled several pleadings.

His current appointment in the voluntary sector is as a Trustee of the Richmond Legal Advice Service (RLAS) which has been providing legal advice to residents of Richmond for the last 50 years.

Fadi is also involved in Local Government politics and was a candidate for the Conservative Party in the 2014 Local Elections. He is a prospective candidate for the 2018 Local Elections. In his activity with the Conservative Party, he has met with former immigration Minister, James Brockenshire and discussed policy on immigration detention. He has also met and provided legal advice to the former London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

Awards

Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize

Middlesex Law Society Prize for Excellence in Law

Oxford & BPP National Mooting Competition (rated ‘Very Good’)

Chancellor’s Award 2008

What Judges Say about Fadi

During his period of training at a previous firm, the quality of Fadi’s written pleadings has received several compliments from judges in written judgments/determinations. Below are just a few of many more examples;

 

“It is the most learned pleading I have ever seen….it is a very serious document.”  immigration 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 and immigration 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 

 

 “…a helpful skeleton argument of seven pages…” &   “…a high degree of professionalism…”  Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge Juss – 29/05/2012. Sitting in the Upper Tribunal in a complicated matter involving deception or false representations 

 

 “…full detailed grounds of appeal…” Judge of the First-tier Tribunal McWilliam – 19/09/2012   

Outside the law, Fadi is passionate about his favourite football team, Manchester United.

He is a 2nd Dan Black belt and recognised by the Martial Arts Development Commission (MADEC) and the National Association for Karate and Martial Arts Schools (NAKMAS) which are UK governing bodies.

He briefly played Rugby to a high standard with the London Welsh Wizards (in 2007) based at the Old Deer Park in Richmond, Surrey but a knee injury prevented him from pursuing any meaningful level of Rugby into the future.

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