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Elena Tsirlina


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Elena has been a solicitor since 2006 and specialises in immigration, nationality, asylum and human rights. Elena joined Charles Douglas Solicitors in January 2018 after merging her existing boutique law firm into the practice. She provides a bespoke service offering representation and advice in respect of complex immigration, nationality, asylum and human rights law matters to globally based English, Russian and Arabic speaking migrants, high net worth individuals and businesses drawn to the UK.

Elena has experience in a variety of human rights, asylum, nationality, and immigration cases, specifically those of an exceptional and high-profile nature. Her particular expertise lies in dealing with Russian-speaking clients from the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States including Ukraine and Kazakhstan. She is a former member of the Russian Speaking Community Council and continues to play an active part in British-Russian community matters in the UK.

Elena has established a loyal client base, drawn by her tailor-made and comprehensive approach to the complex reforms in immigration and nationality law. She has established a foothold within the realm of the Points Based System as a provider of radical administrative and judicial solutions to migrants and sponsors, in particular, in the education sector. Elena closely monitors policy and legislative changes allowing her to constantly adapt her service format to accommodate to the changing needs of clients.

Elena is an author of a book on immigration law, "A Practical Guide to Immigration Law Relating to Students" and has written a number of specialist articles. She also speaks at and attends immigration seminars and conferences in the UK and abroad. She is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and the International Bar Association. Elena has become a leading voice on issues surrounding COVID-19 and immigration, contributing to a number of podcasts and webinars. 

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