Established in 1985, Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors remains one of the full-service law firms to be listed as preferred by both lawyers and by clients in the Legal 500.

From our offices in the city of London, we practise English law and have developed a successful global network of expertise to meet the demands of modern commerce. We are known for combining creative solutions with pragmatism and a friendly, sensitive approach.

Gulbenkian Andonian is a long established niche London practice, recognised as one of the leading immigration law firms in the UK. It has a team of specialist lawyers and support staff of great ability and experience. To cater for our clients varied legal services needs we also offer them legal advice on other areas of law namely property, commercial, civil litigation, employment, intellectual property and wills and probate.

The firm has always looked beyond the shores of the U.K., serving clients with U.K. interests worldwide, providing specialist advice on all aspects of business immigration , such as work permits, investors, innovators, business and residency applications, as well as advice on issues of asylum and human rights, European free movement, and nationality law.

The firm is also renowned for a number of successful celebrated decisions of the higher courts such as Shah and Islam (HL), and Baumbast and Rolet (ECJ), which broke new legal ground on issues of asylum and European Law respectively.

Dr Bernard Andonian

Senior consultant solicitor in the firm with regards to immigration, nationality and the human rights field. Bernard Andonian is a former Executive Committee Member of the immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), and was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a part-time immigration Judge and sits in the Asylum & immigration Tribunal.
For many years Dr Bernard Andonian has been described as one of the leaders in the field of immigration and nationality law responsible for ground breaking worldwide decision in the Supreme court and European Court of Justice.

Legal500 describes Dr Andonian as a "specialist in all areas of immigration including business, human rights and immigration litigation with a specialism in family law, matrimonial, property, finance and children in Family disputes. Appointed by Lord Chancellor as part-time immigration judge. He joined the firm in January 1976 and is a specialist in all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law. He also specialises in EEA immigration law. The celebrated cases of Shah and Islam (HL) and Bombast and Rolay (ECJ) are just two of a number of successful groundbreaking decisions in his portfolio of higher court decisions. Appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a part-time immigration judge, he sits on the First Tier Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber). He is a member of the immigration iLaw Practitioners Association (ILPA), a former executive committee member of ILPA, a member of Resolution and a regular contributor to many legal journals on the subject of immigration law. He also specialises in litigation associated with family law with an emphasis on matrimonial, property, finance and children.

Dave Vasoodaven

Managing Partner in the firm and one of the leading partners in the firm with regards to commercial, immigration and human rights. Dave Vasoodaven is, in addition, the Secretary-General of the ASEAN-UK Business Forum in the U.K., corresponding and discussing issues regarding trade and commerce with Ambassadors and Political Officials from all over the East Asian Peninsula. The Legal 500 describes Mr Vasoodaven as "A multi-skilled professional, with both management and legal background. He has vast experience organising business forums as secretary of the ASEAN-UK Business Forum in the UK.

He is also a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA). He joined the firm in 2006, specialising in all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law. Amongst the cases Dave has concluded successfully is Nkemjrka Ikoku, Nigerian National. It is a case with no success insight, given the background to the case. The appellant had spent over 12 years in the UK. Following a hard-fought battle against the SSHD, the appellant was granted legal status.

Furthermore he successfully concluded the case of Mr Mehdi Aghaei, who was a few hours away from being removed from the UK to Iran, having failed in all his applications to remain here, by not only reversing the decision in the High Court, but also by obtaining refugee status for him in the UK. In the case of Bahraini, when the client was deported from the UK, Dave managed to successfully appeal the decision preventing Mr Bahrami returning to the UK. Dave specialises in immigration-related Litigation and he is ready and inspired to take on legal challenges. He also received a special mention in 'The Guardian' on Tuesday 4 May 2010 for having issued a high court injunction to prevent the removal of an Iranian civil rights activist, Bita Gheadi, to Iran."


  • Over 33 years of experience.
  • Founded by Immigration Judges.
  • 90% success rates with appeals.
  • Over 4,500 successful applications.
  • Legal 500 ranked for decades.
  • Legal 500 Recommended Lawyers.
  • Legal 500 Hall of Fame and Leading Individual.
  • Award-winning (CV Magazine, ACQ Global Awards).
  • Numerous media engagements as experts.
  • Over 35 compliments from judges in last 3 years alone.
  • In-house Advocacy in over 230 appeals in last 3 years.
  • A proven track record at the Court of Appeal and above.
Why Choose Us

Civil Litigation

Our lawyers have considerable and vast experience in most aspects of civil litigation specialising in contract disputes, discrimination claims, and tort law. Our friendly lawyers are always ready to assess your case meticulously through detailed instructions and a forensic examination of the situation. We leave no stone unturned. Our lawyers have a proven track record of acting for businesses/companies big and small as well as individuals with claims against large companies across all substantive areas of law. Do not take our word for it - below is a selection of reputable companies that our lawyers have either represented or faced on behalf of individual clients.