Teni Shahiean is the principal of the firm. Her wealth of knowledge and experience spanning 10 years of immigration law, and employment work has meant the firm has a seen rapid growth and a reputation for providing exceptional immigration advice and services. Teni has also been ranked by the Legal 500 as a recommended immigration solicitor and has been highly accredited by the Law Society for her immigration knowledge and advice through the Law Society immigration and asylum Accreditation Scheme.
Teni Graduated with a dual degree in Law and Business in 2003 and completed her Legal Practice Course in 2004. Following this she qualified as an experienced immigration and employment Solicitor in 2008.
Her talents were recognised and she was recruited by a leading central London immigration law firm, and oweing to her caliber was awarded a Senior Level 2 accreditation in immigration law by the Law Society. Teni is an active member of the immigration law Practitioners Association and the Law Society’s human rights International Action Team.
As the Managing Partner of the firm with over 10 years’ of experience in Personal immigration, business immigration, EEA Free Movement, British nationality, immigration judicial review, human rights and Employment Law, she has successfully conducted numerous High Court cases against the Secretary of State for refusing immigration and human rights cases. She has a wealth of knowledge in seeking High Court injunctions against removals of foreign nationals and for detained clients. As an experienced advocate, she has successfully represented clients in front of the immigration and asylum Chamber.
Her achievements have been recognised by her peers and she is considered an authority on immigration matters in the UK. More recently she has been invited to talk shows, panel discussion and on the 3rd March 2016 she was invited to the BBC Two Victoria Derbyshire programmer as an immigration law expert to discuss the topic of an EU in/out referendum and the consequences of Brexit on immigration policy in the UK.
She has served a wide variety of business immigration clients under the points based system and represented international banks and large restaurant chains in submitting and defending Sponsorship Licence applications, Tier 2 applications and Intra Company transfer applications. She has provided legal advice and guidance to employer’s about their responsibilities when employing migrant workers and about maintaining personnel records to prevent civil penalties for employing illegal workers.
Teni has a wealth of experience in Employment Law and is also a member of the Free Representation Unit. She has successfully represented employers and employees for various claims at the employment tribunal and has successfully negotiated settlements. She advises on many aspects of Employment law such as grievance and disciplinary matters, good practice guidance for employers and their human resources department, compromise agreements and claims for unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination and various other matters at the employment tribunal.
Teni is also an active member of the Armenian community. Teni has successfully revived the British Armenian Lawyers Association (BALA) which has grown in size and has a large membership list. Teni co-ordinates various events, helps in providing mentoring for law students and runs projects with lawyers within the community through BALA. She also volunteers at the Ealing Equality Council, which runs a pro-bono advice centre on a fortnightly basis to give legal advice to clients.
She is fluent in Armenian and has a basic understanding of Farsi.