The Team

The Team

Meet the team members of our law firm

Halabi & Associés law firm provides a team of specialists guided by a common motivation: to provide you with the best support in your projects in immigration and family law. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be pleased to welcome you.

Our lawyers

Emmanuelle Halabi

 

Founder – Lawyer at the Brussels Bar in Foreigners and Family law

“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.” (Oprah Winfrey)

Her motivation :

Of Lebanese origin, the Lawyer Halabi has always taken an interest to the immigration matters and the difficulties faced by those you wish to come to Belgium.

She infuses her energy and her personality into the Firm. Constantly developing, caring for others, always higher and always better. Her favourite challenge: to be creative in her work in order to find solutions for the client, despite of a restricted legal framework.

Experience :

  • Lawyer at the Brussels Bar for almost 20 years and specialized in immigration and foreigners law
  • Degree in Law and in Political Science from l’ULB
  • Master’s in international public law from l’ULB
  • Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit (The lawyer Halabi also manages several professional projects) she also holds a degree in Business Creation and Growth from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Spoken languages :

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Passive knowledge in Flemish and Arabic

Anne Sophie Palsterman

Lawyer at the Brussels Bar

“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.” (Michelle Obama)

Her motivation :

« Thanks to my Greek maternal origins, I have always been aware of the challenges of immigration and I wanted to help people in their migratory project. I am therefore delighted to have been able to specialize mainly in this matter »

International oriented and intercultural, Anne Sophie Palsterman is open-minded and curious. The difference for her is a source of wealth and it is thanks to this open-mindedness that she deals with each case …

Experience :

  • Master’s degree in law at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
  • Bachelor’s in law at the University of Saint-Louis – Brussels (Belgique)
  • Intern at the social affairs committee, health and sustainable development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France)
  • Intern in charge of project analysis at the international house Shalom in Kigali (Rwanda)
  • Legal assistant to the notarial office of Nizier GROOTERS (Brussels)
  • Equality Unit of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumer Affairs
  •  Internship as Assistant to the Department of International Studies of the Faculty of Law of the National and Capodistrian University of Athens
  •  Trainee at the law firm EOR-Law with Sandrine Hublau, attorney at the Brussels bar
  • Internship with the examining magistrate Sabine Kheris in Paris.

Spoken languages :

  • French
  • English
  • Greek
  • Flemish

Areas of expertise :

Immigration Law, with a special fondness for medical (9ter) and humanitarian reasons (9bis), asylum and family reunification.

 


Sabrina Boufares

 

Lawyer at the Brussels Bar in Foreigners and Family law

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Her motivation :

Helping and driving people during important moments of their lifetime

On the strength of her atypical background and based of a triple specialization in Law, she has in-depth knowledge of the different legal systems.

Driven by a curiosity and by the need to explore, Sabrina Boufares continues to develop her skills in Foreign and Family law and plans to train as a family mediator. 

She is also deeply concerned about the animal rights and the protection of the environment.

Experience :

  • Master’s degree in Private Law at the University of Paris XII in France
  • Complementary master’s degree in European and international Law, speciality Common Law at the University of Paris XII in France
  • Complementary master’s degree in civil and Penal Justice at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium
  • Cambridge English First Qualification (FCE)
  • Internship at the Juvenile Court of Créteil (Paris/France)
  • Graduate assistant in History of Law at the University of Paris XII
  • Various collaborations in different Law Firm in Paris and London before to start her career as a Lawyer at the Brussels Bar

Spoken languages :

  • French
  • English
  • Italian
  • Passive knowledge in Flemish and Arabic

Areas of expertise :

  • Foreigners Law
  • Family Law
  • Tenancy Law
  • Traffic Law
  • Civil liability
  • Human rights 


Our office manager

Lena Kelmendi

Secretary and a precious source of kindness and positivity

« Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward. » (Nelson Mandela)

Her motivation :

« What I like about this job is the contact with the clients and my colleagues as well as the opportunity to help them. Especially, in a Law Firm when the clients arrive a little lost and in need to be reassured and to feel confident. That is the moment where I feel that I have a genuine role to play.»

At the front desk and also responsible for the management of the clients and the administration, Léna Kelmendi is essential to our operation. She is the one you will first meet since she is responsible for scheduling appointments as well as welcoming the clients during consultations. She provides a welcome that represents the Firm: positive, attentive and respectful.

Experience :

  • CESS diploma « management of the client »
  • Various internships including UNICEF
  • Since 2010, secretary and receptionist in different Law Firm specialized in various areas of Law

Spoken languages :

Holding a CESS diploma « management of the client, secretariat and office functions in 2009, she speaks :

  • Albanian (mother tongue)
  • French (second language)
  • Flemish
  • English (Good basic knowledge)
  • Spanish (currently in training)