Bernard is a very experienced solicitor and a 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 1972, 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 sits as a part- time Judge and has done so for many years.
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.
He is renowned for a number of successful celebrated decisions of the Higher Courts including Shah and Islam (HL), Baumbast and Rolet (ECJ) which broke new legal grounds on issues of Asylum, Human Rights and European Law.
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.