Judith Farbey QC


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Judith Farbey QC

Judith Farbey QC specialises in public and administrative law. Her work includes judicial review, civil claims involving public bodies and advisory work for clients seeking to avoid litigation. She undertakes cases raising European and international human rights law.

Her specialist immigration practice includes all aspects of Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the Points Based System for individual and corporate clients. She has developed a niche in sponsor licensing, having been described as ‘exceptionally knowledgeable in relation to the education sector’ (Chambers & Partners 2016). She undertakes complex asylum cases and her nationality law practice extends to prisoners abroad on death row.


She has a longstanding practice in the law of detention.  She appears in judicial review cases involving the criminal justice system and serving prisoners. 


The author of numerous journal articles on immigration law, she is the joint author of an internationally cited text book on habeas corpus: Judith Farbey & Robert J Sharpe ‘The Law of Habeas Corpus’ 3rd ed OUP 2011. 


What the Directories say

Chambers & Partners 2017: ‘Strong strategic thinker, she is ever practical and down-to-earth, with a very engaging and amiable manner.’ ‘Her submissions are stupendous, she's a very, very thorough lawyer.’ ‘Impeccable judgment’.


Legal 500 2016: ‘Exceptional at picking out the relevant technical arguments.’


Chambers and Partners 2016: ‘She is extremely good on the detail and...will bring points forward.’


Legal 500 2015: ‘An extremely intelligent and solution-driven silk.’


Chambers and Partners 2015: ‘Her technical expertise is outstanding, and she's very accessible and great to run ideas by.’ 



2011-2012: Lead Assistant Boundary Commissioner for the London Region

From 2013: Bencher of the Middle Temple

From 2014: Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber)

From 2016: Member of the Bar Standards Board

From 2016: Recorder (Crime)

Judith is a member of the Middle Temple Education & Training Committee.  She is also a Middle Temple trainer in Advocacy and Professional Ethics.

Immigration Asylum and Personal

Judith Farbey QC undertakes cases of the greatest complexity in refugee law, nationality law and human rights law with particular emphasis on: exclusion from refugee status; Articles 2, 3, 6 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  She undertakes advice and representation in the whole range of personal immigration cases, including EU, all aspects of family migration, Tier 1 of the Points Based System and damages claims arising from immigration decisions.  She advises on public interest, policy and strategic issues for charities and NGOS working in the sphere of immigration and human rights law. She has published extensively for over a decade on refugee and immigration issues in specialist journals.

Immigration Business and Commercial

Judith Farbey QC advises on all aspects of the Points Based System for national and international organisations, businesses and individuals including: Tier 1 investor cases; the employment of foreign nationals in the UK; intra-company transfers; sponsor licensing and compliance under Tier 4 for the further and higher education sectors. She advises on public interest, policy and strategic issues for charities and other organisations working in the sphere of migration law.

Prison Law and Criminal Justice

Judith Farbey QC specialises in judicial review cases involving prisoners, with a special interest in transfer of prisoners to the UK, repatriation of prisoners abroad, calculation of sentences, mental health and equality issues.

International Law

Advice in international law with emphasis on habeas corpus, detention and gender discrimination. Strong interest in advice on consular and diplomatic law.


Magdalen College, Oxford, scholarship in Classics (undergraduate)

Princeton University, Visiting Scholarship in Philosophy (graduate)

City University, London, Diploma in Law

Middle Temple Diplock Scholarship

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