Although the term “abduction” suggests stealing a child away from somewhere by force, the law refers to abduction when it comes to parents in a different way. Parental child abduction refers to a person who is connected to a child (i.e. their legal parent) taking the child away from the UK (or their home country) without the permission of the court or the consent of other people who have a parental responsibility for the child in the eyes of the law. Abducting a child in the UK is a serious offence, even if you are one of the child’s
When does abducting a child in the UK usually occur?
Parental child abduction most often occurs after a separation or divorce between former spouses who have a child (or multiple children) together. If one parent has not been awarded custody (residency) of the child because of the court’s agreement, they may attempt to abduct the child and take them away to a foreign country in order to escape the law and stop the child’s other parent from having custody of them as the court intended. Abducting a child in the UK used to be rare, although it has become more prevalent in recent years. With increasing amounts of cross-cultural marriages, high divorce rates, cheap airfare and immigration law amendments, there has been a rise in this kind of international childcare dispute. These factors have often combined and led a desperate or upset parent to illegally take their child out of the UK.
Is abducting a child a criminal offence in the UK?
When it comes to parental child abduction, the Child Abduction Act of 1984 states that anyone who is connected with a child cannot take them out of the UK for more than 28 days without receiving the permission of the other party who has parental responsibility for the child, as well as receiving consent from the courts. The law concerns a person “connected to the child” if they are a parent, guardian, special guardian, residence order holder, or a person who the child lives with on an ongoing basis. In order to take a child out of the UK for over 28 days without it being a criminal offence, the mother/ father (assuming they have parental responsibility) would have to give their consent beforehand, as well as the child’s legal guardians, special guardians, people who have permission from the court, and those who live with the child.
What if I want to take my child on holiday?
If you are divorced and you wish to take your child on holiday, there are some legal issues to consider. If you are taking your child on holiday within England and Wales, there is usually no legal obligation to obtain consent from other people with parental responsibility, unless there is an agreement which states otherwise. If you wish to take your child on holiday to somewhere other than England and Wales (i.e. Scotland or overseas) then you will not require consent if the duration of the trip is less than 28 days. If the duration of the holiday exceeds 28 days and is outside of England and Wales, then you will require the consent of other parentally responsible parties in order to do so. If you are a Special Guardianship Order holder with regards to the child, then you can take the child on a holiday outside of England and Wales for up to 3 months without requiring the consent of other parentally responsible parties. An order known as a “Prohibited Steps Order” (PSO) is the only thing which can prevent you from taking a child away from England and Wales on holiday, even if you are a person with parental responsibility for the child.
Abducting a child is a serious offence in the UK, even if you are a person who has parental responsibility for a child. If you’re facing a case of parental child abduction, we can offer you professional bespoke advice. Our legal team have years of experience with child abduction cases and can help you to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Need our help? Get in touch with Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors today.
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Applying for British citizenship can be a daunting task, but Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors made the process so much easier for me. Fadi was very accommodating, and really went the extra mile to make sure my application was successful. I’m so grateful to them for all their hard work.
19:23 02 Jul 22
The team at Gulbenkian Andonian was of invaluable help in preparing and lodging my partner visa application. Communication was great and they were always ready to answer questions and guide me and my partner through the process. My visa was processed and issued without any trouble, as the information submitted was so well prepared. I would highly recommend them anyone seeking for immigration service.
13:32 01 Jul 22
I had the best experience with Gulbenkian Andonian and their team. They helped me getting my visa granted when it was a very difficult situation , they guided me in every step and every decision. They also helped my partner getting his visa granted. We are both very grateful for the work they did. I strongly recommend them.
13:29 01 Jul 22
The Gulbenkian Andonian team were extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout my very complicated immigration case. They responded to all of my questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner, and I always felt confident in their abilities. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of an immigration lawyer.
18:16 30 Jun 22
If you’re looking for professional, competent, and reliable immigration advice, Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors is the law firm for you. I worked with them when I applied for my permanent residency, and they made the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. I couldn’t recommend them more!
16:21 16 Jun 22
As you may know filling a spouse visa application is so stressful and daunting but praise to God I found Gulbenkian, The lady at the reception(Saskia) is extremely helpful everytime I call, She tries to do everything she can to help me with my Questions and also Henry lau the Solicitor is a true gentleman. I advise everyone to use Gulbenkian Solicitors you will never regret it. Thanks again Gulbenkian for everything. I haven’t finished my process yet but I’m satisfied already.
10:37 11 May 22
I can not thank Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors enough for their hard work and professionalism they put into my visa application after receiving the great news today about my visa being granted by the home office, they were very supportive thought-out the whole process.A special thank you to Henry for working really hard on my case and being so helpful, and also a thank you to Zara and Dave for their support.Highly Recommended.
20:11 28 Apr 22
Highly recommended to use this firm especially Jahed Morad. We have appointed him twice for a very complicated case and both time were successful. He dealt it in a very professional way and gave us a reasonable time to communicate. His legal advice and guidance was great.
10:04 06 Apr 22
The best solicitors ever.very professional approach very friendly and best service.I recommend anyone to work with this esteemed team amd will have his matters done successfully.
15:18 11 Mar 22
Sara Shamal has been so hardworking, competent and knowledgeable during My visa extension, she has been so helpful and communicated whenever there is need of anything, she is so organised and she knows what she is doing!!! Well done Zara
14:45 07 Feb 22
Am ketra and am so grateful for the help I always receive from the lawyers Zara and Henry and not forgetting the all whole team as well . Since when I came to UK I have needed their services and as always the service exceeds my expectations. At any time I need them they are always available to help quickly and a high level of professionalism. They explain everything in detail and made the process a better learning experience. If you need an attorney these are your guys cause they helped me with renewing my visa. Thank you so @GULBENKIAN ANDONIAN solicitors
23:00 22 Jan 22
Great service by Dave and his team. I have used the firm twice since 2019 and I highly recommend Gulbenkian Solicitors to anyone who needs help in any legal matters. Thank you to Dave and the team!
19:15 09 Jan 22
Great service,very professional and best law firm so far. They helped us with my partners case and appeal. Thank you very much to Mr. Jahed and Mr.Dave. i can’t recommend them enough. I recommended them to lots of people that had problems with immigration.
18:57 07 Jan 22
Great service by Bernard and the team. Fiance visa achieved for my Russian partner at first attempt. Always fast response and helpful throughout the process. Thank-you so much!
12:28 30 Dec 21
I recently used this firm to help with my mother’s visa application. I found Dave Vasoodaven and Jahed Morad very professional and helpful and our problem got sorted very successfully despite being in a global pandemic. I highly recommend both of them especially Jahed who did all the work and kept us abreast of the information at every stage. Thank you so much Team Gulbenkian- Andonian!
14:45 20 Dec 21
I had my citizenship case with GA Salicitor which was very complicated and honestly at the beginning didn’t have any hope that anyone can solve my problems. I was nearly ready to go back home, but they were 3 highly professional solicitor in my GA team from beginning who didn’t disappoint me.Mrs. Zara with all kind, care and patience that you can find in one person with her professional colleagues stood by me and after nearly 4 years with their incredible law knowledge gave me a best result that I could have.In these years they never mentioned about money and never gave me a false hope.I wanted to thank Mrs. zara and all GA group for all the good things they did for me.Highly recommended to anyone who has law and specially immigration problems.Best Regards
15:00 22 Nov 21
I wholeheartedly would like to thank Jahed and Fadi for their service assisting me with my immigration matter, the many meetings, consultations, and court hearing. My case took almost a year to be resolved. At times, it was very overwhelming and stressful for me. During the whole process, Jahed especially he showed true care and attentiveness not only towards my case but also my personal issues. I also would like to thank Henry, he did not work on my case but he did come across me occasionally waiting to be seen and approach me to send me warm regards. It’s been over a year since I use the immigration service from Gulbenkian Andonian. I still think about these genuinely nice people sometimes. With their presence and expertise, it made my whole experience dealing with legal matters a lot more bearable. I would recommend anyone who needs immigration assistance to use this law firm.
15:09 09 Nov 21
Since i first texted them, caroline was a quick responsive and Dr. Bernard was more than supportive. They didn’t hesitate in giving any advise. He was very supportive and followed up even in his weekend which i really appreciated. He was so helpful and i do recommend them. Best of luck to Dr. Bernard and his team.
12:17 13 Sep 21
Since my arrival to the UK i have been using Gulbenkian Andonian solicitors services and they wer spot on everytime…..special thanks to Zara & Caroline who wer following up my case and keeping me uodated.i have already used their services twice and about to use it again…great job couldn’t ask form more
09:15 24 Aug 21
Went to get some documents needed for India notarized. Excellent service.
11:06 29 Apr 21
We have been using the excellent services of Gulbenkian andonian solicitors for more than 10 years.They always find a solution for us,all the staff are very honest,efficient and friendly. 100% recommended.
21:13 30 Mar 21
I came to Gulbenkian Andonian in a rush to apply for indefinite leave to remain. I was way over the limit of days you’re allowed to leave the UK and with Brexit and the pandemic, I was honestly worried. I contacted the firm and I was put in touch with Henry straight away. Within a few days of getting in touch with him, he had already finished my application. I was apply to apply for ILR in a timely manner and before I knew it my application was granted without any issues. Henry was responsive, professional and did great work. I had been to another firm before but the service I serviced here was truly first class. I’ve already recommended the firm to my siblings who will be doing their applications very soon as well.
15:53 11 Mar 21
I have got a fantastic result for the extension of sole rep visas for me and all my dependents..My special appreciates to Mr Dave,Mr Hayk , Mrs Caroline and all Gulbenkian andonian professional team.Thank you for your help, determination, courage, analytical skills, and hard work.I would not hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone who need such a wonderful solicitors in the community. Thank you again.
21:10 25 Jan 21
Thank you so much Mr Dave and the rest of the legal team ! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work you did on my behalf .I am so grateful for your passion, dedication, and professionalism.
02:10 10 Jan 21
We can’t thank Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors enough especially Henry for getting a positive result of a complex immigration matter. Always there to answer any queries we had. And always kept in touch with us throughout to update us on the progress of the application. This is my first testimonial I’ve written. And I really can’t rate this firm highly enough and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again in the future.
10:24 07 Jan 21
Highly experineced professionals with vast knowledge. Gulbenkian Andonian was able to assist me on 3 different successful immigration cases since August 2016. Highly recommended for different visa application schemes. I received great support from Dr. Vasoodaven and Mrs Shamal during the stressful application times. Many thanks for all the effort they have been made on my applications, absolutely desired outcomes.
23:40 24 Nov 20
They are brilliant; I will highly recommend them, I had a small query and they even didn’t charge me for all my questions. Highly professional and highly responsive. Thanks a lot 🙂
13:21 24 Nov 20
Not sure how and where to start but Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors are the best. From Caroline at reception to Henry and Fadi who worked on my very complex immigration case to get the right outcome. Their excellence and professionalism cannot be described in words. Thank you team 👏👏👏
13:57 23 Nov 20
I would like to thank the whole legal team of Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors in general for the service they have delivered to me and the excellent solicitors Mrs Zara and Mr David in particular for their honourable work and dedication to my case. Mrs Zara was a beacon of hope to my family during a time of uncertainty and desperation. Not only she managed to get my case solved in no time, her calm and positive attitude reflected on us and contributed largely towards raising the level of our confidence. My family and I are eternally grateful for the service she had delivered and I herby recommend Mrs Zara Shamal without reservations.
12:11 10 Nov 20
There is absolutely no better Law Firm than Gulbenkian Andonian solicitors, Amazing team of people who are really dedicated and interested in finding the best solution to your problem.Thank you Fadi for your professionalism, courtesy and overall most wonderful experience.Mr. Fadi and his associates, were so amazing to help me.The way FADI kept me informed of the proceeding at every step of the way to draft response to home office query was remarkable, for which i am very grateful.Thank you FADI and please keep up the great work, you are an amazing team.
17:19 30 Oct 20
Very pleased with Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors worked. They helped with complex immigration issue and were supporting and helping during the immigration case.
16:05 30 Oct 20
gulbenkian Andonian Solictors are not just Immigration lawyers but a family you can rely and count on even when the chips are down. Fadi took over my ILR complicated appeal case. It was a great experience and i received great service, which was the best. Fadi effectively and clearly communicated with me throughout the entire process and made everything easy and fast. Fadi showed his expertise in all immigration areas as he answered all our questions and concerns. I highly recommend anyone facing challenges with their visa application to place their trust with Gulbenkian Andonian. As I am writing this Review, I have just won my ILR appeal which was very complicated due to Gap and home office unlawful policy.thanks to Fadi, Dave, Zara, Caroline, Danny, Hayk, Sajo and Henry and the rest of Team Gulbenkian for a fantastic job well done.RegardsSafeer
18:00 16 Oct 20
I sought legal advice from Mr. Henry Lau because my Application for Indefinite Leave to Remain was refused. He was calm, reassuring and extremely experienced. He dealt with my matter in a highly efficient and thorough way. I felt instantly in safe hands. I would highly recommend him to anyone finding themselves in my position.Mrs VAN VO
09:09 15 Oct 20
Thank you very much for ur quick response to my queries relating to tier4 student visa. It was wonderful experience talking to you..best Solicitor service. Thanks once again. 👍
11:31 01 Oct 20
Sajo Thomas was a great notary. I was able to get an instant appointment without having to wait for an affidavit. He was polite and generous with his time and went out of his way to assist. Very much recommended!
17:21 20 Sep 20
Gulbenkian Andonian is a very professional firm of extremally experienced Solicitors.They helped us with my husbands case to get his residence card.The whole team is very friendly, polite and willing to help.Special mention to Mr. Jahed Morad who was in charge of our case.We highly recommend Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors to everyone and we just wanted to say thank you again for your help.
17:53 17 Aug 20
Extremely professional, experienced and friendly team of solicitors. Highly recommend. Thanks to all especially Dave, Fadi and Jahed 🙂
05:57 25 Feb 20
No words can descirbe the professionalism and kindness of all the team members at Gulbenkian Andonian. Thanks to all especially Caroline, Fadi, Henry and Dave.You are the Best : )
22:57 21 Feb 20
Very goodOne of the best firms in England.I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me and my family! I was about to lose my British citizenship and they have managed to stop that.We went to court and we won!That you very much
12:55 12 Feb 20
Gulbenkian Andonian were very transparent, knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly in handling my case. Positive results were achieved in an unexpectedly short time every time I consulted and used their service. I am glad to have met and utilised their help for taking care of my case, it certainly was quicker and less stressful using Gulbenkian Solicitors.A special and big thank you to Mr. Farhat who handled my case and helped me so much throughout my immigration journey.
09:30 10 Jan 20
An exclusive and amazing moment of truth from Gulbenkian Solicitors who have outstandingly and amicably strived, represented and rescued my wife from the wrath of eviction by the Home Office from UK after 18 years of overstay faltering. My spouse’s case had been declined by The High Court Tribunal on about 3 occasions with no room for appeal. Amazingly Gulbenkian Solicitors exceptionally teamed up and eloquently provided excellent customer service through a high degree of articulation, diligence and professionalism that has seen 1st Tier-Tribunal Immigration Judge granting my wife right of leave to remain in the UK. I highly recommend anyone with similar complex immigration situation and seeking legal status to use Gulbenkian Solicitors. Beyond no reasonable doubt, my wife’s situation was awfully difficult, but rest-assured a positive and unexpected solution has been successfully achieved.
22:39 08 Jan 20
My family and I will be eternally grateful to you for the opportunities you have allowed us to pursue by your assistance in the immigration process. All of your hard work is invaluable to us. Thank you for your professionalism and continued support. I really appreciate everything. It was a long journey, a long battle… I still remember when I met Mr dave in 2013 and explain to him about my immigration problem, he taught me to be patient and time will be the fruits of my patience. My son is now 7 years old and with the support of Mr dave and Mr danny this impossible dream has been possible. Mr danny has been very supportive thought the whole process of my application, he has been very positive and always lift me up when I had doubt about any other issues. Mr danny has been the gem of this wonderful journey. We’ll now what can I say about Mr dave, he has been my mentor, a father figure,my angel guardian, he has guided me and advice me thought out my difficult phrase in life. I was living in fear, I let go opportunities in my work, but now all those fear has gone, I was feeling like a bird who live in a cage that flying was a desease. Now I look forward to application for my son british passport and I will continue to recommend other people who has difficulty in their immigration matter to seek help to Mr dave. As for me they are one of the best around and will aways be the best. They can make impossible dream come true. Thank u so much Mr dave and Mr danny.RegardRobin and family.
22:12 27 Dec 19
They were the catalyst to free me (19years of slave).Would like to give lots of prayers and thanks to Jahed Morad for his sincerity to bring these shackles off, so that I can finally begin my PhD in the faculty of Neuroscience. Lots of love to all.YNWALiverpool to win premier league this year. Jahed’s favorite team.This law firm to win best firm of the year.
22:53 01 Dec 19
Gulbenkian Andonian have helped us so much with my husbands case and could not thank them enough. Especially Mr Farhat, our solicitor. Also Caroline, the receptionist, who is very polite and understanding. I would highly recommend them and if I could give them 10 stars, I wouldn’t hesitate. Thank you very much for everything.
12:15 07 Nov 19
Excellent team and service. The support from the team from Caroline at the reception to the individual team members is excellent. Mr Fadi, Henry and David have beem magnificent.. I have no hesitations to recommend them.Thank you for everything.
12:42 03 Nov 19
I have finally got my British Passport. I remember the first day I came to the office in the old building and All looked lost.Thanks to everyone at the firm for all the effort and dedication you put in.May God Bless you All and If i know anyone with an immigration problem, theirs only one place.
18:42 02 Oct 19
Couldn’t be more satisfied of the whole process! We won a very difficult immigration case thank to the firm’s expertise and professionalism.. Definitely recommended. Thank you team ❤️
17:09 09 Sep 19
The best solicitors in London
21:16 27 Aug 19
They are very friendly ,caring always ready to help it’s not all about money.They try to put you at the right place,They fight for you until they get what they want for you.Best solicitors I have ever met.They are very honest and reliable.100%.
00:14 23 Aug 19
Excellent service. I strongly recommend Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors. The team are highly professional and efficient. I have returned to the firm after they successfully solved an immigration issue and will return again in the future. Special thanks to Mr Jahed Morad for his work on both our applications.
15:31 19 Aug 19
Dave and Henry have become my personal heroes of immigration appeal matters! Dave earned my trust from the first meeting as an honest, balanced and reliable person who can fix my broken case. Henry who has further dealt with my case is extremely knowledgeable, committed and just a warm person to work with throughout such a rocky and emotional matter. We have eventually won the case in the court due to their patient and intricate work. I have been blessed to work with both of the two gentlemen and wish Gulbenkian Andonian to continue this great mission in defending the real stories of the people brushed aside by the bureaucratic box-ticking exercise. Bonne chance!
07:21 13 Aug 19
Professional team that ready to help any time
09:59 10 Aug 19
Classy and professional in their application. A team whose sum of parts truly make up the whole. Very knowledgeable and very well run.Fadi, you are a gem. Thank you.
16:29 09 Aug 19
I want to say a few words about Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors. I have gone through several immigration lawyers and law firms in England for different issues, but the most defining issue of my life was handed to Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors, and I can easily say, it was the best choice I made in my life and the most I am proud of.The team at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors , starting from the receptionists to the solicitors to the partners , treated me like family with the utmost professionalism. They are the most intelligent, open minded, experienced and stubborn (in the best way possible) professionals I have seen. Always one-step ahead, planning for all eventualities and always optimistic which I felt was very helpful, last and definitely not least, they are realists, they will not promise you things not achievable. I write this because I witnessed this first hand, I saw how they dealt with my case, a case that no other law firm would look at and which many of my family members and friends had very little hope of achieving. They defied the odds and they got what I hoped and prayed to achieve. They stood by me in ways I never imagined, every single advice they gave me was spot on, every step they took was studied and calculated, they never kept me in the dark and they were always supportive.A special shout out to my heroes, Dave Vasoodaven and Hayk Sayadyan. they told me from day one, they were here to help and indeed they did. Hayk, fought this case like his life depended on it and i can not thank him enough, i will never forget when i got emails from him at 2am and 3am, this is dedication on another level. Dave managed the process very professionally and i am so proud and happy i took all the advice he gave me.Thank you so much for what you did for me. I can go on and on but I will end it here. Who ever has you on his side is blessed.Keep up the good and hard work,Thank you ☺
18:57 01 Aug 19
This is very exciting moment to give a excellent review where i have received the service and it will defiantly memorable for rest of my life.firstly, i do apologies to Dave and Jahed Murad, becoz its bit late to write this review as i was busy with my personal life and went back to my country.I received my visa under the 7 years uk born child family and private life Application. i receive the visa in first time application with in 8 months, becoz, my case worker fellow Mr. Jahed Morad prepare the whole application with cover letter under the law and rules regulations that home office honoured us leave to remain in Uk. Jahed was fantastic, friendly, very straight and truly honest speaker and hard worker regarding my application.Dave Vasoodaven, is the most kind person i saw in law industry so far in my life. firstly i met with him and i told my whole immigration history to him and he was sympathy-zed and showed his kindness and humanity to take my case and referred to Jahed Morad. Many thanks to everyone.
11:09 04 Jul 19
I strongly advice Gulbenikan Andonian as a company, and Mr. Henry & Mr. David individually. I have been struggling for three years with home office & with my previous law firm till I find Gulbenikan Andonian. From the first they I went to talk about my issue, they have assured me that the application they will make will be successful. They are very professional, they exactly know what they are saying and doing. Apart from their professional approach, every single person I contacted in their office are always warm and friendly. You can trust these people in your matters as much as you can trust yourselves. My only regret is not finding them at the beginning of my journey, but I can`t be enough thankful to them as they succeed in my application, and brought my family together. They always talk based on relevant law, and never play with the words for just taking your money. They deserve every single penny they ask for.
10:52 04 Jul 19
Brilliant and Brilliant and Brilliant.What a pleasure we got to work with this extremely professional firm. Our case was very complicated of article 8. They are well experienced in immigration courts from my own experience.Zara shamal was incredibly helpful and she has a very structured approach to preparing the appeal bundle. She really is such a asset to this law firm.Henry expertise on human rights and appeal was outstanding and fantastically intelligent.Without any hesitation, I will definitely recommend Gulbenkian ANDONIAN.
11:54 03 Jul 19
Thank you very much Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors.Me and my wife had a great experience with Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors team.I must admit that we had a very complicated and difficult immigration case which was turned down by many law firms. We were on the edge of leaving the U.K when we were referred to them. Our case was handled in a very highly professional manner and a successful outcome which couldn’t be achieved without the help of Mr Dave Vasoodaven, Ms Zara Shamal, Mr Henry Lau and not forgetting Mr Fadi Farhat. It was a long battle over the years which finally turned into a success.Mr Dave Vasoodaven is a very honest, professional person and has a great sense of humour. I still remembered the first appointment with Mr D. Vasoodaven. He guided and advised us all the way along and I would say he acted as a father to me.Thank you Ms Zara Shamal and Henry Lau for your dedication and hard work, advises and kept us updated on our case all the time. You were highly professional, passionate and patience with us. You went an extra mile to make our case successful.A big thank you for Mr Fadi Farhat. We were blessed to have you representing our case in the tribunal. Your dedication and passion on our case made us felt like pulling our sinking boat to the shore.I would also like to thank Caroline and Danny for their support and warm welcome every time we visited your office.I sincerely appreciate your team effort and will never hesitate to recommend your services to anyone.
12:10 21 Jun 19
While myself and my fiancé were searching for a good reliable solicitor to represent my ILR case, we came across Gulbenkian Andonian Law Firm in Google. We approached them and met Dave who was pleasant and hopeful at the first introduction itself. Thereafter, I was introduced to my solicitor Fadi who was just brilliant! Although I was a demanding and impatient client, Fadi handled my requirements and worked on my case productively and we won it! I also must mention Henry was very cooperative and helpful in assisting on my case. Overall I highly recommend them and I am very thankful I choose them for my ILR case. Thank you Fadi, Dave & Henry once again!
19:49 19 Jun 19
Very happy with the service i have recieved. Simply the best at what they do. Sabi
19:27 18 Jun 19
Our Ukrainian family had a hopeless immigration past.We applied first time with our previous solicitors to the Home Office 7 years ago and had been refused.We spent a lot of money and had lot of worries.By the recommendation of some friends,we came to Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors.Their advice to us was very good and they gave us the best solution.Jahed Morad was our lawyer and caseworker and he put same confidence in us.So,when we applied with Jahed after less than 6 months, we had a successful case and got residence permit cards.In our opinion,it is better to deal with professionals even if it cost bit more,then loose time and more money for someone unprofessional.Many Thank’s to Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors and to Jahed Morad.
05:40 09 Jun 19
Have used these Solicitors and cannot recommend them enough, I was completely satisfied and had a successful outcome which could not have been achieved without the help of Dr Bernard Andonian,Mr Fadi Farhat, Ms Zara Shamal, Mr Henry Lau, and Ms Caroline Gardner, it had been a very trying time for me and my partner but They kept reassuring us and dealt with our impatient professionally, A Big Thank you to you all and would not hesitate in recommending A No 1 Solicitors, First Class.
17:45 18 Apr 19
Received an excellent service, delivered with professionalism from the Gulbekian Andonian team. Had the fortune and pleasure to instruct Mr Henry Lau. I highly recommend Mr Lau. His knowledge, client care, expertise, and resourcefulness are admirable. Anyone in need of his services would be fortunate to instruct him.
15:14 12 Mar 19
My fiancé and I were pleasantly impressed by the collaboration we had with the lawyer, Jahed Morad. He showed professionalism and promptitude in everything he does. We thank both lawyer Jahed Morad as well Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors.
18:08 05 Mar 19
Thank you very much Gulbenkian Andonian Solictors for your professionalism and dedication to see me through my case. Despite the long waiting time, you finally help me get just the best result any client would wish for. Permit me use this opportunity to extend a vote of thanks to the following persons:Dave Vasoodaven:You gave me the best advice that I ever needed throughout my case. Your calmness, thoughtfulness, sense of humour and good judgement and professionalism are/were more than anyone would bargain for. Everyday I keep reflecting on the advices and direction you gave me. Thank you.Jahed Morad:Thank you for the time you dedicated to my case, the out of office hours and all your efforts to keep me informed with updates to my case. You were just so professional.Caroline:You were always at the other end of the phone ready to pick up my calls and transfer me to whoever was there to help with my case. You are/were so polite that just talking to you help ease the stress caused by the case.I sincerely appreciate the efforts of you all at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors and would unreservedly recommend your services to anyone who need help with their cases.
16:43 26 Feb 19
Very professional and dedicated chamber of solicitor. A special mention to Mr.Jahed who works efficiently to deliver his promises and helps his clients.
15:05 20 Feb 19
dedicated supportive highly qulified professionals with great attitude towards me that’s how I would describe Gulbankian Andonian Andonian team.strongly recommend to my friends and families . I wish them all the best and success .thank you !
19:27 04 Feb 19
I was in a difficult situation when I approached Mr Andonian for help with my immigration problem of ILR 10 year. My situation was compounded by allegations of Fraud. They were very professional and re_assurance. I have now got my Indefinite leave to remain and I cannot say in words how grateful I am to Mr Andonian and the entire Team with Special mention of Hayk(miracle worker).I WOULD recommend Them to anyone with immigration problems.Thanks guys from my family
14:15 29 Jan 19
I had a very complex case and had been turned down by a few firms as my case was termed a “waste of time” as i had had just too many refusals plus a deportation letter under my belt until I was introduced to this firm.They are true professionals, respectful, dedicated and very thorough with you so you know where you stand with your case and with that I have been granted the leave to remain after a “looooooooooong” heart breaking battle with the State.Give them a try as no case is too big, too small or too useless for them.They have an AMAZING TEAM.Thanks EVERYONE.
07:14 25 Jan 19
I have had the best experience with this firm. They are all very professional, helpful and know what they are doing. I would like to thank Bernard, Henry, Hojabr and specially Jahed who has recently been working on my application. They have all been very helpful and thorough in their approach. I would also like to thank Caroline and Danny for always being so cheerful and welcoming every time I have visited the office. Well done to the whole team, would highly recommend them.
21:56 08 Jan 19
I consider my case was very complicated and I was turned down by other law firms as they cannot deal with it, with Gulbenkian Andonian I had one simple answer don’t worry we can help, I found it unbelievable but mr Jahed Morad was very calm and collective to gather all info about the case, as a result they changed my life from uncertain future to free man and that left a great impact on my family. If anyone looking for solicitors look no further. Thanks for the whole team .
07:32 07 Jan 19
Me and my husband had a great experience with Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors. our case was handled in a highly professional manner, fantastic service and very kind people. Big thank you to Mr Jahed Morad for his support and hard work # 5 stars from us.
12:44 12 Dec 18
I’ve known the firm for 10 years now. I can’t even explain how incredible they have been since day one!The staff have always made sure that they give me comprehensive explanation with regards to my cases.Not only they assure outstanding immigration advice and services, they were also emotional uplifts.I truly consider them as my family and of course Mr. Dave vasoodaven as being the father of the family.My case was prepared by Hayk and Fadi and they made sure that every single detail was addressed to the fullest depth.At my hearing day, Fadi presented my case with such astonishing manner in which case the judge thanked him in the end for his greatness.I was honoured to be introduced to Caroline as she has inspired me a lot in terms of maintaining patience specially throughout difficult times that sometime I tend to neglect it (patience is a virtue).Zara and Caroline are definitely superwomen and I look up to them a lot.I definitely recommend the team work at the firm!
19:44 06 Dec 18
Good Day,My story that led me to gulbenkian solicitors started 6 years ago. i sent in my british passport for renewal and it was siezed by the passport office as well as my application rejected. I visited and engaged 3 different law firms that did work that was quite subpar .Eventually i came to Gulbenkian , I met Dave Vasoodaven who i must say is an amazing person. The initial meeting was so different from the ones i had with previous firms by a country mile and immediately i was on board.I have to give a huge special thanks to Hayk Sayadan who took the reigns eventually and to describe Hayk, I will say , no Ego, very high IQ’s , patient, persistent and a master at his craft.With Dave also being extremely knowledgeable and with a huge amount of experience and wisdon , very intelligent and as sharp as can be .I honestly felt as if i had a lawyer and a therapist at the same time in each of them , seeing as this ordeal could have come along with a lot of depression for me. I avoided this by talking with them both while we fought tooth and nail on my case.Well my renewed Passport arrived a week ago and we are moving on to indemnity claims for the inconvenience .I learnt so much from my time with them and i want to thank the whole firm for their efforts.Also a big thank you to Caroline the receptionist for her curtesy.i would highly recommend them without blinking to anyone going through legal issues.They are great!!Mr B. O. Kalu
10:41 24 Nov 18
Best immigration lawyers! Moved from a different (terrible) one nearby and haven’t looked back since, If anyone needs any visa help, they are the best place to go to! We won the appeal case and they made it a lot less stressful! Thank you again!
11:21 21 Nov 18
Was offered the most reliable and professional work done for me and my entire family in no time, highly recommend they ensure you have whatever you need from A to Z also keep in touch and always keep you updated never had any problems with the services they are very reliable and really worth the money which is also affordable for such great services they offer highly recommend gulbenkian andonian!!
20:20 06 Nov 18
We’ve been using Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors from the start for spouse visa and there just perfect in all aspects, really professional and true GEM. Mr Dave Vasoodaven & Ms Zara Shamal are just outstanding and perfect! I’ve always put my trust with this firm and always been amazed with there level of service & knowledge. True Gem in the heart of London!
14:13 31 Oct 18
very kind, compassionate and hard working law firm. Mr Henry Lau was always positive and gave us hope each time we had to reappeal. He does what he says and says what he means. I would refer this law firm to anyone. Thank you so much.
08:53 25 Oct 18
The Mendez Family Case . This testimony is a family one, we were looking for a lawyer to trust with our case we had been 7 years in this country and we wanted the opportunity to get a residence permit. We thought our case would be hard and long but we are glad to say our choice of lawyers to help our case was the best decision we made as a family. They helped us throw hard times, my daughter’s college applications for her to study to other personal things. They made sure we were well looked after and always happy to help. After 10 months against the Home Office, we as a family will never forget the day we got the news from Mr Fadi Farhat and Ms Zara Shamal that we had won, thinking we were going in to talk to our lawyer about our hearing turns out there would be no need for a hearing, after their hard work and dedication to our case they were able to make this happen in just 10 months. We thank the whole firm for helping my family obtain this gift, and we highly recommend for any legal advice and help. We would also like to thank Mr Fadi Farhat for his patience in every appointment with us as it was easier and much more comfortable and made us feel at ease with him being able to speak Spanish for his patience in every appointment with us as it was easier and much more comfortable and made us feel at ease with him being able to speak Spanish
21:31 22 Oct 18
My name is M Ismail. I am very happy and thankful with gulbankian andonian solictors and there experts. Got my EU residence card which was delayed since few year. The best thing i found with this firm is they give so much one to one time to there client and always motivate there client with smile.Thanks to Dave and Fadi specially and zara and team for the effort they put in my case.Cant thank enough for the service they gave me. I been refferef by my causin and now i will try my best to promote them to anyone i know who has complecated immegration case.Once again thank you Dave and FadiRegardsIsmail
23:26 21 Oct 18
Had a permission hearing at the upper tribunal today, I want to sincerely thank the professionalism, confidence, knowledge & support of Fadi Farhat, Henry Lau and Dave Vasoodaven. Immigration is not an easy field and would certainly only trust a team of truly professional experts with a years of experience as well as exceptional standing. Looking forward to a positive outcome! If you want a law firm you can fully trust, then I highly recommend Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors in London.
18:12 09 Oct 18
A big thank you to the team at Gulbenkian Andonian for all the assistance and guidance the past year – especially to Jahed, Dave and Caroline for taking all my stressful calls and emails, to Jahed again for the amazing work in building my case + dealing with my awful temper at times (really, really sorry), Fadi and the intern for supporting me throughout my case, and Henry for taking the extra time after work to run through my case with me which turned out to be the most important 2 hours of my life. It was an arduous journey attaining my BRP and I’m so fortunate to have been able to work with such a great team like this. Definitely recommend to anyone facing immigration issues.
22:36 10 Sep 18
Availed their services for business and personal immigration matters. Have always got a positive outcome through their support and excellent service. Fadi Farhat and Henry Lau are expert solicitors and top of the game.
10:59 29 Aug 18
Mr Jahed Morad the nr 1 solicitor….and the best office in UK
18:58 21 Aug 18
If you are looking for UK Tier 1 expert, then Gulbenkian is the best. Professional, transparent , reliable and always reachable to support your application . I Strongly recommend Gulbenkian.
12:17 22 Jul 18
i have been clint of this firm for 4years. I have to say they have done amazing service and helped me through to get my documents. i will reccomend everyone Gulbenkian Andonian solicitors.Magda
13:05 16 Jul 18
More than happy with the services. Grateful for all work that has been done, especially to Mr. Jahed Mourad for giving hope and for doing amazing job with our difficult case. The work that has been done was outstanding. I’m sure we will use services again.
00:07 12 Jul 18
Exceptionally professional defiantly highly recommended
21:25 09 Jul 18
We want to say this firm is by far the best of the best! We went through 3 immigration firms in central London and discovered Gulbenkian Andonian online and was not in the least disappointed!! They worked meticulously and left no stone unturned! They delivered with flying colours and honestly speaking I will always fully recommend this team of amazing lawyers! Thank you to everyone for helping us in our moment of need!!
14:22 06 Jul 18
I really appreciate the professional manner the way Gulbenkian Andonian firm , handled my case.Very satisfying result.I would definitely recommend this law firm to others.
13:39 03 Jul 18
I was introduced to Gulbenkian Andonian in 2014 by a friend. I have never regretted a bit for the relationship that has ensued and the first class service I and my family have received. To me, they are the best immigration lawyers in the UK. Thumps up to Dave Vasoodaven and world class Barrister, Fadi Farhart. To all the staff especially, Zara and Caroline who we used to worry with our numerous calls, may Almighty God bless you all. I will recommend Gulbenkian Andonian to anyone who is stuck and requires immigration assistance. They have the heart for people, serious and professional in their line of business. Do not hesitate, you will get your moneys worth.
11:38 29 Jun 18
They are honest, compassionate, reliable, considerate, most importantly they know their job and you will receive services commensurate to the fees charged. They are highly professional. My family and I will recommend them to everyone in need of any of their services. In fact they have been very helpful bringing to a successful end our difficult immigration battle, now we sleep in peace. Thank you for a good work done.
23:10 25 Jun 18
Best Law Firm so far. Staffs are very helpful and all immigration cases are handled in a highly professional manner by experienced solicitors.
17:18 21 Jun 18
I am happy my girlfriend from India joined me in UK as spouse. I am from Ukraine so was amazing for me from help this firm
14:30 25 Apr 18
Respect and thanks to Ms. Shamal who has supported my family I now have leave to remain – very big thank you!
22:30 22 Apr 18
I finally got my leave to remain here in London. A BIG thank you to Zara Shamal!
14:41 20 Apr 18
Just when we thought that the all was lost we were rescued by Fadi. I was sceptical at first but he really knows his stuff, excellent work thank you for saving us the barrister fees, great firm with the best lawyers in London.
08:19 20 Apr 18
Thank You Mr. Sajo Thomas for your conveyancing and notary services and how you helped us fix the complex bank issue we had! Without your help we would have been in deep water
22:07 19 Apr 18
Excellent service… most professional and made us feel stress free… was guided through the whole case and made our life’s so easy.. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for my Motherinlaw and the Family😊Thanks Again to you all great job and Highly Recommended For Immigration.
23:08 25 Mar 18
Highly professional, great service and kind people. They are surely the best immigration lawyers you can get.They are excellent, thoroughly experienced and qualified team. The analysis and and initiative taken in our mother’s case was very excellent, helpful and spot on. Dave and Jahed were extremely cooperative and efficient throughout the whole process. Jahed was extremely professional kind and patient. I would highlyyyyyy recommend their services to everyone. Without doubt they know they their stuff and are the best in the market.
22:59 25 Mar 18
A very professional law firm with experienced solicitors, had lost hope with my case but with their expertise have won my case after a long and stressful process and would recommend anyone for professional legal advice.
23:24 10 Feb 18
I am 28 yrs old businessman from Pakistan, due to my negligence, I made some genuine mistakes 4 years ago in filling the form for the UK visit visa application from Pakistan for myself & my little sister and was subsequently put on automatic refusals for a period of upto 10 years by the Home Office which greatly affected my professional & personal life aswell as of my sister’s as we were barred from traveling to the UK and other European countries. However after consulting with Dave Vasoodaven of Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors, he helped me and managed to lift my 10 years automatic refusals and is also now helping lift the same for my sister and straighten her immigration record with the Home Office. He has also promised to help us in getting the visa’s. Dave is one gem of a person and a complete expert in his field. If you have a genuine case and you are facing problems getting through with the Home Office, immediately consult Dave Vasoodaven of Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors.
23:46 21 Jan 18
Thank you making the impossible possible. I want to reiterate my complete confidence in your abilities and the firm.
11:03 17 Jan 18
Thanks to Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors I’ve got my Tier 1 Visa! 🙂 Amazing people, highly professional in what they are doing. My immigration case was quite complex as I am non-European, plus Brexit wasn’t helping either. Gulbenkian Solicitors did all the applications and the legal advice I received from them was extremely precious and I would say vital in getting positive results in my case. No surprise – they are actually the Top Tier Solicitors in the UK! Amazing job! Definitely recommend them! The best immigration solicitors in London!
11:10 16 Jan 18
Very happy with GA. Especially with the speediness and alertness demonstrated in a delicate moment for our case. Strongly recommended.
10:10 06 Nov 17
Great help for people in need
07:40 19 Oct 17
Absolutely brilliant law firm, experienced, knowledgeable gurus. Over a period of about 7-8 years of personal experience, I can testify that the firm is tested and trusted with a 100% certification from me. 5stars
16:48 11 Oct 17
Very impressed with awesome work of Bernard Andonian and Fadi Farhat who resolved my complex immigration issue, definitely the best immigration law firm in London! 5 Stars from me! Thank you Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors!
09:15 21 Sep 17
Got messed up by the home office and then settled for cheap yet VERY clueless people masquerading as immigration lawyers.me and my wife were separated for 3 years until we approached the gulbenkians.Fadi and Hyke ohh what great lawyers are they.in exactly 3 months, the decision by home office was overturned.Thanks to the gulbenkians. PLEASE IF U WANT YOUR CASE TO HANDLED BY DEDICATED N COMPETENT PEOPLE THEN GO NO FURTHER THAN GULBENKIAN ANDONIAN SOLICITORS
07:42 02 Sep 17
I’m extremely happy for the high level of service I received from the Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors during my negotiation with my employer.
20:02 25 Aug 17
Incredible. They care about people, not money. I will refer all my friends and clients to them.
19:46 11 May 17
Sajo Thomas at Gulbenkian Andonian notarised and arranged apostille on several documents for me. Not only did he provide a very competitive fee quote (compared with 5 others) but he was diligent and efficient in our dealings. Highly recommended.
12:58 01 Feb 17
I used Gulbenkian Andonian solicitors over the period of 2016 to guide me with an indefinite leave to remain application for a friend with a 1 year old daughter.I was drawn to engaging the services of Dr Bernard Andonian because of his significant expertise as a part-time judge, and because of his participation in roundtable discussions with some of the best human rights and immigration lawyers in the country.During our initial consultation, Dr Andonian explained the application process very clearly to me after hearing the details of our case. Most importantly, he was candid about which stages of the entire application process bore the most uncertainty and risk of a negative outcome.Over the time we engaged his services, he gave much invaluable advice on how best to present our case favourably to the Case Officer overseeing the application. In terms of client care, he was careful to assuage any irrational fears and concerns which we had, and there were many, now we have the privilege of hindsight. It didn’t feel like we were merely receiving a paid-for service, but that we had the support of an ally – the mark of a true professional, in my opinion.There are many practising immigration solicitors in the field, some of whom use business models that pay a greater degree of attention to securing positive outcomes for clients than others. I remain firm in my conviction that had I not been as lucky to engage the services of Dr Andonian on behalf of my friend, there could easily have been an additional one year old girl in the world who would have been deprived of the right to live a life with her father.I unreservedly recommend this firm to anyone who is need of professional immigration advice.
00:59 12 Jan 17
Great service! Everyone was very friendly, professional and willing to help – from the receptionist through to the practitioners. I needed to make a statutory declaration and I was able to get it done in my lunch break. Hayk Sayadyan dealt with my case swiftly and with a smile. He was thorough and saw me at a short notice. I would recommend this practice for the speed, convenience and helpful people.
12:35 16 Apr 16
Thank you so much. I would recommend them to anyone who wants top class immigration advise for an affordable price.
11:30 14 Nov 15
Great service! Solved my case very professionally!
17:41 12 Mar 14
This firm handled my case with the greatest efficiency and professionalism, it truly lives up to its reputation as a renowned central London based immigration law firm. I don’t know what the previous commentator is talking about, he/she seems to fit the dictionary definition of a racist!