Dr. Bernard Andonian - A Renowned Armenian Iranian Lawyer in London

Dr. Bernard Andonian

Dr. Bernard Andonian

Consultant Solicitor & Former Judge, Head of Professional Development

Dr. Bernard Andonian is a highly experienced solicitor and a former part-time Judge. He has gratefully accepted the award of Doctor of Laws (Hon LLD) of the University of West London (UWL) where he graduated with an Hons law degree in 1975, and where he has kept his links for over 40 years. He obtained a masters degree in business law with distinction in Intellectual Property from City University.

He specialises in all aspects of 
immigration and nationality law and also in Human Rights and matrimonial law, and finance. He has been a regular contributor to legal and commercial journals. He has been on the Law Society immigration Law Panel and is a former Executive Committee Member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), and was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as an immigration Judge and sits in the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal.


For many years Dr Bernard Andonian has been described as one of the very best Armenian and Iranian lawyers in London. He is a leader in the field of immigration and nationality law responsible for groundbreaking worldwide decisions in the Supreme court and European Court of Justice. 

Areas of Expertise

The Legal500 describes Dr Andonian as a “specialist in all immigration areas, including business, human rights and immigration litigation with a specialism in family law, matrimonial, property, finance and children in Family disputes. In 2019, he was inducted in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame as a leading individual. 

Dr Andonian also specialises in EEA immigration law. The celebrated cases of Shah and Islam (HL) and Baumbast and Rolet (ECJ) are just two of several 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 law Practitioners Association (ILPA), a former executive committee member of ILPA, a member of Resolution and a regular contributor to many legal journals on immigration law. He also specialises in litigation associated with family law, emphasising matrimonial, property, finance, and children.He has lectured on immigration for ILPA (immigration Law Practitioners Association) and has been an executive committee member of ILPA retaining that position until he obtained his judicial appointment.

Dr. Andonian is also a specialist in matrimonial law including children’s matters, he is furthermore a member of the IBA (International Bar Association) and Resolution..

As an Iranian lawyer in London with Armenian descent, Bernard speaks: Armenian, Farsi and French and carries out voluntary work for the Ealing community under the community advice programme (CAP) under the direction of the Ealing Equality council where many UWL students are mentored and take a huge part in gaining their  work experience and assisting numerous vulnerable clients who can ill afford to pay for legal advice

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