Introducing Our Firm

The firm

Established in 2014, OTS Solicitors has rapidly become recognised as one of the UK's leading immigration and family law firms. Few practices have achieved so much national and international recognition in such a short period of time. With a policy of hiring the sharpest legal talent, the solicitors are intelligent, knowledgeable, commercially astute, and creative thinkers. With former tribunal judge Paul Gulbenkian and widely published international lawyer, Dr Harry Hagopian acting as consultants, the firm is regularly called on by domestic and foreign media to provide opinions on immigration and family law, Brexit and many other legal matters.

Focused on delivering legal expertise in the niche areas of immigration, family, civil litigation, commercial, employmen, the firm is highly recommended by clients, other solicitors and barristers because of the emphasis on quality and excellence.

Areas of practice

business immigrationOTS Solicitors have a strong reputation with both UK and international businesses for providing progressive, expert legal advice and solutions on all business immigration matters. The firm acts for entrepreneurs, high-net-worth investors, academic institutions, multi-national organisations, and SMEs.

immigrationThe immigration department possesses a wealth of experience in advising on all elements of Immigration law including visitor visas, family visas, Indefinite Leave to Remain, immigration bail, appeals and overstay, and detention and removal. 

Family Law: Advise on divorce, High-Net-Worth divorce, child arrangements, financial settlements, domestic violence. The head of the family law department is a member of Resolution. The team work closely together, offering unrivalled expertise in cases which involve both family and Immigration law elements such as international divorce, child abduction and inter-country adoption.

Employment Law: Provide expert advice and represents clients on matters regarding disciplinary matters, TUPE, Redundancy, Employment Tribunal claims, Equality Act 2010 and settlement agreements.

human rightsProvide highly-knowledgeable human rights advice and representation. They regularly advise on Article 8 and Article 3 immigration appeals and judicial review challenges. The firm has a robust understanding of Middle East, Asia and African asylum and human rights cases and have access to specific country legal expertise and human rights groups.

Civil Litigation: The commercial department has extensive experience in all civil litigation disputes, including claims for breach of contract, professional negligence, director and shareholder disputes.

Commercial and company law: OTS Solicitors advise on all commercial and corporate law matters, including setting up a company, partnership and shareholder agreements, commercial contracts, terms and conditions and disputes. The firm specialises in assisting overseas entrepreneurs to set up their organisation once they gain entry clearance

"At OTS every case is a cause, and although it is business, it's very much personal"  - Oshin Shahiean, Managing Partner

Joint founders, Mr Oshin Shahiean and Ms Teni Shahiean set out to form the kind of firm that brings together the best client experience and satisfaction with eminent solicitors, barristers and judges to delivering outstanding legal services to clients. Rather than chasing growth for growth's sake, they formed a team of leading experts in business immigration and individual immigration who won't simply advise on Immigration law but actively shape it.

As an award-winning law firm, OTS Solicitors has an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally. Our team of solicitors were recently awarded City Immigration law Firm 2017, and hold the highest Law Society Accreditation award in immigration. As a results focused company, we are dedicated to always maintaining two core principles:

1. Providing clear, comprehensive legal advice; and
2. Offering personalised service of the highest quality to our clients

We provide clients with an exceptional level of legal expertise, a genuine service that is tailored to your business and/or personal needs, at a cost-effective price.

“Thank you OTS for your help with my immigration case. Your professionalism and thorough approach made the process easier and most importantly successful. I would be happy to recommend you to anyone looking for help in this field”.

“Teni and the rest of the team are very helpful and reliable. The assistance of this firm is 5 star, wherein every bit of concern and details are well taken care of. Nothing is taken for granted and nothing is ignored”.

Our team can also advise on employment, corporate and commercial law and civil litigation matters.

Why us?

Authoritative: We do not simply advise on immigration law; we actively shape it. Having established a reputation for creativity, professionalism, and being forward-thinking in our work, OTS Solicitors has become a preferred UK immigration solicitors firm. And having made frequent contributions on immigration matters, we are an authority for many TV, radio and newspaper organisations. Our immigration solicitors have made frequent appearances on BBC One, BBC News, TalkRadio, Share Radio, Premier Radio, The Wall Street Journal, i-ASiA Magazine, The American Magazine, and we are currently working with documentary makers for Sky1 and Channel 4. In addition, our heads of department have been recommended in the Legal 500 directory and are accredited by the Law Society as trusted specialists in immigration law.

Our team: We invest heavily in attracting the sharpest minds to work for our firm. Former immigration judge, Paul Gulbenkian is one of the country’s foremost figures in immigration law, advising high-net-worth individuals and international figures in politics, the arts and entertainment, on immigration matters. Our managing partner, Teni Shahiean has been ranked in the Legal 500 for her work as an immigration solicitor and has been highly accredited by the Law Society for her expertise. We have also recently gained Dr Harry Hagopian as a Consultant Public International Lawyer. Harry has two decades of experience as a political advisor on matters relating to Brexit, EU, and the Middle East. He has been published extensively on this and other topics.

Our team of solicitors were recently awarded:

'City Immigration law Firm of the Year 2017' in this years ACQ Law Awards.


Specialisation: OTS Solicitors is London's leading immigration law, employment law, corporate law and litigation law firm. Concentrating on these core areas has enabled us to maintain in-depth expertise in each area of legal practice. Specialisation also grants us the opportunity to get to know our clients on a deeper level and anticipate their legal and business needs.

Results: Over 99% of applications, such as for Permanent Residency that we have submitted on behalf of clients to UK Visa and immigration are successful. Our high success rates also relate to submissions for Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor VisasIndefinite Leave to RemainHuman Rights and AsylumTier 2 visa applications and family visas. Our EU Permanent Resident Card applications are highly successful, despite recent reports of up to 28% being rejected by the Home Office for certain individuals. Our specialisation and expertise allows us to provide creative solutions to our clients’ immigration problems, especially when they fall outside of the Immigration Rules.

Relationships: We partner closely with our business law immigration clients, supporting them not only with their application but with hiring talent, investing funds and complying with the duties and responsibilities of a Sponsor Licence. For example, we recently helped an international bank’s London branch to obtain a Sponsor Licence to enable recruitment of talent from an international office. We maintain close contact with this client, ensuring they are kept up to date with changes that could affect their compliance and advising them on further recruitment strategies. Our expertise in commercial and employment law allows us to provide a seamless service to our business immigration law clients, saving them considerable time and money.

In-depth knowledge: Our team thrives on solving complex immigration law issues. We have been involved in many challenging judicial review and appeal cases involving Human Rights issues. This provides our clients with the security of knowing that we can advise and represent them from the beginning of their matter to the end.

Connections: Our partners have developed robust connections with top barristers, wealth managers, financial advisors and business coaches. These relationships help us support our clients, many of whom have few contacts in the UK, by introducing them to advisors who can assist with investing funds, growing their business and getting the legal results they desire. In addition to our connections in the UK, we have associates throughout the Middle East, North Aftrica, China, America, Russia, Australia and South East Asia.

Business focused: Our clients enjoy the benefit of a seamless legal service when they instruct us on business immigration matters. Our registered European lawyer, Dr Lusine Navasardyan, has a wealth of expertise in commercial law and business immigration and in tandem with her Supervisor Najma Ali and the partners is a key driver of improving immigration law in the UK. We understand business and are committed to partnering with you long-term to help you achieve your commercial ambitions.

Personal: We believe our business begins and ends with our clients. Our team is committed to providing the same exceptional service to everyone who contacts us, whether they are a multi-national company or an individual seeking entry into the UK. Having this attitude provides our clients with confidence that their personal and/or commercial legal matters are in the hands of a firm that addresses their unique needs and challenges rather than simply providing one-size-fits all immigration law advice.

Our Story: After spending many years gaining experience and expertise in large London legal firms, founders Teni Shahiean and Oshin Shahiean set up OTS Solicitors in 2014. Alongside former immigration judge, Paul Gulbenkian they have successfully established a boutique law firm whose values of compliance, client service and legal excellence are well and truly entrenched.

Through our global connections, we can provide both private client and commercial service in jurisdictions such as Australia, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, North Africa, Middle East and China.

With members trained in Lexcel Practice Management Standards and Client Care, OTS Solicitors has tailored these standards, so they impact every corner of our operation. This ensures our clients receive optimal service, satisfaction and value for money.

Teni, Oshin and Paul have worked together for many years. This allows them to draw on each other's expertise when advising on matters providing exceptional, personalised service to every one of the firm's clients, no matter what their size or budget.

Our Place in the Community: All our solicitors are committed to providing pro bono legal advice, services and advocacy within the wider community. To find out more about our community involvement please click here.

We would welcome the chance to start a conversation with you about your legal needs and commercial goals. To talk to us further, please phone our office on 0207 936 9960 or fill in our contact form and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.