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 in the further and higher education sector, having been described as having "an unrivalled strategic understanding" of this area of law (Chambers & Partners, 2013). Her nationality law practice extends to prisoners abroad on death row. The author of numerous journal articles on immigration law, she is a member of the Consulting Editorial Board for the Immigration Law section of Lexis PSL.


She has an extensive practice in the law of detention.


Outside the Bar, in 2011-2012, Judith was the Lead Assistant Boundary Commissioner for the London Region. 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. She has been a contributor to the John Smith Memorial Trust's London Programme on Building a Rule of Law Leadership Network in the Middle East. At the European level, she has spoken on human rights law at conferences organised by ECRE and the Council of Europe.


What the Directories say

Legal 500 2011: produces 'killer legal arguments'


Chambers & Partners 2012: a lawyer with 'formidable intelligence'


Chambers & Partners 2013: 'her clarity is what makes her stand out'


Chambers & Partners 2014: ‘Absolutely excellent, she's very clever and easy to work with


Judith is an active member of the Bar Law Reform Committee.  A member of the Middle Temple Education & Training Committee, she is a trainer in Advocacy and Professional Ethics.


She was recently appointed as a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).

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.

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