Farah Stehrenberger

Farah Stehrenberger

Barrister Surrey
Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Called in 2011 Public Access Accredited BSB Guidance for Public Access Authorised to Conduct Litigation
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General Information

Areas of work:

  • Chancery contentious and non-contentious 
  • Property and Housing - Landlord and Tenant
  • Contracts
  • Family
  • Commercial
  • Mediation

Farah is known to win cases against the odds. She has worked with some notable clients who have frequently featured in national newspaper and TV reports. In 2019, she assisted a long term leaseholder against a High Street lender for mortgage repossession proceedings which was reported in the Financial Times.

Farah provides a subscription based ‘virtual in-house’ legal advice service for companies.

Her clients trust her independent judgement and therefore the majority of her work comes from client referrals. On some occasions the losing parties have asked her to represent them in their future legal proceedings and have also referred her to their friends.

Farah is dual qualified and a member of the Lahore Bar Association.

She sits on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council's Independent Remuneration Panel advising the council on councillors' allowances and expenses.

Since 2009, she has been providing free legal advice and representation to homeless and disadvantaged people. In 2018, she was appointed a trustee of a local charity called Renewed Hope. In 2019, she won the Mayor’s Volunteer Award for her voluntary work in the community.

This is what Farah’s numerous clients say about their experience of working with her:

"I got let down Last minuet from two different firms. Adam (who was lovely and polite) from Clerks direct quickily picked up my case and recommended Farah Stehrenberger to represent me. To say she worked quickly is an understatement. She picked things up so quickily and was really good at communicating with me. The best way I can describe Farah is that she is a quiet ninja who definitely gets the work done and shouldn’t be underestimated. I still have a long road ahead with everything but I will define using clerks room direct again and 100% use Farah again in the future if needed."

"Farah was conscientious and understanding regarding my case. She was Knowledgeable and knew the facts and ensured I got everything I fought for. I would not hesitate to recommend Farah! Thank you again, it’s not often the father gets full custody."

"I was the applicant and LIP for a Child access application for my child. I had 3 hearings prior to approaching Farah. I approached Farah on direct access basis for a 2 days fact finding hearing. Although the schedule of allegations (Scott schedule) contained only six allegations, the sixth allegation about coercive control was substantiated through more than half the statement from the respondent’s lengthy statement. Being on direct access basis and having no lawyers involved, Farah agreed to take the case. From the very initial talk I quite liked Farah’s frank and professional approach. I was already quite shaken up by the lengthy litigation process.
During the Approach to the hearing Farah kept me engaged and informed. We initially agreed to have only one conference call, however, due to the sheer volume and the enormous size of the bundle I was conscious if that was enough. Farah had a very detailed second conference call with me at no extra charge, out of her own personal time (on a Sunday) and addressed all my fears and concerns.
Since I was quite anxious about the hearing, Farah agreed to do the hearing with me from the same office as the hearing was conducted via MS Teams. Her attention to detail, her persistence, her grasp of the case history and subject matter was phenomenal. As part of my evidence I had hundreds of pages of messages which Farah thoroughly cross examined my ex wife on, and I was taken aback by her attention to detail on the subject. Farah not only demolished the allegations in the cross examination but she managed to overturn those allegations on to the party making those allegations. She did not miss a single detail in her cross examinations and thoroughly exhausted all possible avenues. Her no fuss, down to earth and professional style put me right at ease from the very start and throughout.
In my brief encounter I found that Farah is also heavily engaged with local community and charity. Her empathetic and professional style was much well received and appreciated by a parent already suffering from separation from the child. For that I will be eternally thankful."

"I would like to thank Farah and really appreciate what she done for me. I had a telephone discussion with Farah 3 weeks before my hearing and she was very professional and listened to my instructions carefully. I sent Farah all the documents for my case and she looked into it in so much detail that when it came to the actual hearing she never missed a single point. In the cross-examination Farah was in contact with me every step of the way and was fantastic throughout the hearing. She was cross examining for 6 hours in so much detail, she was straight to the point, mentioned everything I wanted her to mention without question and she was very understanding. No doubt I would definitely recommend Farah Stehrenberger for private family law matters especially fact-finding hearings and assure you will not be disappointed with her service and in fact will come out the other end with the results you want. My ex-wife made a number of serious untrue allegations against me, the outcome of my case was that I was cleared of all the allegations, and instead judge decided that my ex-wife had been doing the things she was alleging against me."

"I firstly approached Carpe Diem Paralegals regarding my divorce financials. After they heard my story they suggested I get a barrister directly and put me in contact with Clerksroom. It was short notice as my hearing was in two weeks and I was given a choice of three different barristers. Farah was one of the choices and after reading her profile she sounded too good to be true. At my previous FDR hearing the judge had indicated that the odds were stacked against me. I contacted Farah and explained my story and that I felt I hadn’t been listened to as I had attended my previous hearing unrepresented. I gave Farah all the details and the points that I felt were important and the outcome I was after. On the day of the hearing I was extremely nervous and expecting the worst outcome. However within the first half hour in court Farah was addressing my issues and already appearing to be swaying the judge in favour of myself. I started to feel at ease and when we stopped for a 10 minute break we both agreed we had a good feeling from the judge. Sure enough Farah had done an outstanding job and covered every aspect thoroughly and provided enough evidence in my favour, that the response barrister was pretty much left speechless and had no defence. There was only one clear winner on the day and it’s all thanks to Farah. Hopefully I will never be in this situation again but if I were I would most definitely not hesitate in using Farah again. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Massive thank you for your outstanding work."

“Farah has the ability to resolve issues in a manner that appear not to alienate either parties and I find this a refreshing approach in relation to the practice of Law. She also has an edge which can show to the other side where necessary. I feel better knowing that I can consult Farah because I have not been able to find other solicitors and indeed counsel with this kind of approach”

“She is not phased, nor dissuaded by interim negative results, and pragmatically finds a way though, and moves on to create a positive result for the customer. Farah directly negotiated the reversal of an adverse property situation in 2016 at the county courts between myself and Skipton Building Society, actually putting both parties back on a firm and mutually respected footing. Farah is a very good communicator, is sympathetic to clients’ stressful challenges, but does not allow them to affect her performance or strategy”
“efficient, reliable, courteous and pleasure to work with”

“Farah’s attention to detail leaves no stone unturned and I couldn’t be more appreciative of her efforts to ensure we drafted a good claim.”
“I have dealt with a number of lawyers but I have found Farah Stehrenberger very professional in her approach to different cases with an excellent knowledge of law and procedure and feel confident only in her advice in dealing with my legal matters”

“Fantastic service”

“Very good, prompt service”

“Brilliant start to finish”

“In my 18 years of working in the property industry I have dealt with and evicted many tenants. In early 2016, I had two particular tenants who were being difficult to evict and who were also in rent arrears. We needed a positive and speedy outcome with this case and I was immediately in touch with Farah to help with this. I instructed Farah, she handled the case from start to finish, she represented the landlord in Canterbury County Court, I attended the court on behalf of the landlord and had an opportunity to observe her in and out of the court.
The tenants were represented by a CAB advisor who, prior to the hearing, advised us to withdraw the case because of a technical issue. I was absolutely stunned by this but Farah took control and handled it perfectly for us. She advised the CAB advisor that she would proceed to seek a 14 days possession order. Before the Judge, the CAB advisor argued her case and Farah did hers. She clearly pointed out the law with regards to the technicality, which the Judge agreed with and the Judge gave us the 14 days possession order with costs and money judgment.
I was absolutely delighted with this as I had seen it as testament to Farah’s tenacity and feel that my experience with other solicitors may not have given us the same outcome had I not instructed her. It has been a breath of fresh air dealing with her as she always guides me with the potential options and explains possible outcomes clearly and concisely.”
“Thanks very much, excellent job.”

“Brilliant work from Farah – a complex case and she is doing an excellent job”

“Throughout the process I found her to be both professional and calm and to possess the determination required to see the process through to a favourable conclusion”
“Extremely through, above and beyond requested”

“Thank you Farah, would 100% recommend”

“Excellent, good clear instructions and pleasure to work with”

“Farah assisted my client to prepare her Defence and assisted her all the way through the case and represented my client in court. The time Farah spent going through the details of what rent was paid, when it was not and the actual sum owed based on the crude client notes will have been time-consuming. I attended the hearing with my client and I was able to observe Farah before a Judge. Farah was educated, knowledgeable and firm in light of an ever-growing frustrated tenant. Despite many efforts by the tenants, who were advised by a solicitor and their local council that they had a good case, my client was successful in her Defence, the tenants’ case was thrown out and the Judge ordered possession within 14 days.
The tenants subsequently left the property after 14 days which was a great relief to my client and enhanced my reputation with her, having been able to connect her with someone with Farah’s expertise. I work with a number of solicitors firms throughout Sussex of varying sizes, and different parts of their business whose services my clients require and I would have no hesitation in requesting Farah’s assistance again in similar circumstances”

“Efficient, professional and highly recommended”

“Farah is fantastic, unflappable, very flexible and can go straight to the point, [I] have no hesitation in using her again”

“Very prompt and professional”

“Extremely prompt and professional”

“I think Farah has a real talent for bringing mediated responses to difficult legal situations. She is able to be supportive (to the client) but also has the ability to show her depth of understanding and quick reactions in dealing with legal issues”

“Great communication”

“Excellent work”

“Brilliant job, could not fault”

“I was immediately impressed by Farah’s professional approach as soon as she took our case. I am satisfied with the outcome of the case and the way Farah dealt with it”

“Great service, really helpful with great input and suggestions, really pleased with the work”

“Really pleased with the work, will use again, quick and helpful with great input”

“Farah understood my situation, both by e-mail and phone. More than happy with how she handled this situation and with the correspondence sent on my behalf. A really nice understanding lady”

“Thank you very much for your help looking over my lease and then drafting a letter of amendments, you are extremely professional and very helpful and kind”

“Farah understood what we want and delivered [the] exact thing, well recommended”

“Very efficient and hard working. I am sure we will work with Farah again very soon”

Areas of Law

Farah Stehrenberger is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Land & Property
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Costs
  • Employment
  • Professional Negligence
  • Wills & Probate
  • Court of Protection
  • Personal Injury
  • Land & Property
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Consumer Contracts
  • Inquests
  • Technology & Construction inc Adjudication
  • Public & Administrative Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Media Law & Information Law

Outside of these key areas of law, Farah Stehrenberger is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Farah direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.

Fees and Feedback


Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link:  http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514


Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register

Complaints information

If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).

The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
Web: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Privacy Notice

1.              This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).

2.              The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.

3.              I, Farah Stehrenberger, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

4.              It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

·   Advise on the prospects of litigation;

·   Advise on the value of your claim;

·   Representation at a court hearing;

·   Representation at trial;

·   Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5.              Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.              The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7.              If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8.              If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.              I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)                  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii)                Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii)               Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv)               Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v)                Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi)               Education and examining bodies; and

(vii)             Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.          In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11.          This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12.          I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13.          How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14.          Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i)                  The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii)                To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii)               For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv)               To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17.          Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18.          Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19.          You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20.          You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21.          You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22.          Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23.          You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i)                  The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii)                You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii)               Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv)               The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v)                The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24.          You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25.          Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26.          I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by Clerksroom are ISO27001 compliant.

Complaints or Queries

27.          If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: Farah.Stehrenberger@clerksroom.com, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.

28.          I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29.          You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/



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