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.


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 and Partners 2015: ‘The breadth and depth of her skill set and experience is fantastic. She is my absolute go-to barrister for complex matters. Her analytical approach and thought process in strategising complex situations are nothing short of breathtaking.’ ‘Her technical expertise is outstanding, and she's very accessible and great to run ideas by.’ 


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


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


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


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


Legal 500 2011: produces 'killer legal arguments'



As a Bencher of the Middle Temple, Judith is a member of the Inn’s Education & Training Committee.  She is also a Middle Temple trainer in Advocacy and Professional Ethics.


She was recently appointed as a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) and is due to take up her appointment to the Bar Standards Board on 1 January 2016.


Outside the Bar, in 2011-2012, Judith was the Lead Assistant Boundary Commissioner for the London Region.

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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