Olga Belov


Olga holds a degree in Law from South Bank University. She joined Elder Rahimi in April 2009 in an administrative role. Since October 2010 she has been a full-time caseworker. She works primarily with Annette Elder. Olga is an accredited Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme and works on a general immigration caseload. She is dealing with applications for entry clearance, extensions of stay and settlement and nationality applications. Olga is also fluent in Russian.

Mehran Taghvaipour

Mehran is the firm's Practice Manager. He is responsible for business development and strategic planning as well as all administrative and support services at our London and Folkestone offices. He has been with the firm since its inception in 2001 and has since been co-ordinating and supervising all financial, IT, and personnel matters. He holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics (Essex 2005) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (since 1999). He enjoys reading World Literature and trying his hand at literary translation and criticism. His publications include a collection of short stories under the title Perceived Differently (2014) and a novel entitled From the Devil, Learned and Burned (2017). 


Jolita Strasunskiene


Jolita is the receptionist at Elder Rahimi. She joined the company in October 2014. Her regular routine is made up of organizational duties and legal correspondence. Jolita is responsible for greeting clients, answering phone calls, responding to e-mail messages and handling all incoming and outgoing mail. 

Keith Gayle

Keith is one of our freelance advocates and accredited as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker. He read Politics at Warwick University and then worked in the private sector. After deciding on a career change, Keith was called to the Bar in 2000. Initially, he worked in Criminal, Family and Housing Law, before settling on Immigration and Asylum as his specialism. Keith was admitted to the Solicitors Roll in 2005

Mozhgan Mohammadpour


Mozhgan is the Administrative Assistant at Elder Rahimi. She has been with the firm since 2013 and is currently responsible for all day-to-day and fianancial administrative duties in the office. Mozhgan has studied English Literature and Art in the past and is currently doing her degree in Interior Design at London Metropolitan University. She writes poetry and paints in her spare time. 

Tod Hodson

As Director of Hodson Advocates Ltd, Tod provides a full range of advocacy services in the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals. Now an accredited Level 2 (Senior) Caseworker, he was called to the Bar in 2002. He previously taught at the University of Southern California, Birkbeck College and Kings College London.

Eleta Manarkiene


Eleta is one of the Elder Rahimi receptionists. Acting as the first point of contact, answering phone calls and greeting clients in the office, handling incoming and outgoing post, as well as assisting solicitors and case workers with their daily tasks. Eleta holds a Legal Secretaries Diploma and is passionate about her work in a legal sphere.

Amir Rahimi

Amir primarily assists Ali Rahimi with various aspects of the management and administration of his caseload. He has been working for Elder Rahimi since October 2004 and has gained considerable experience in the fields of immigration and asylum during this period. Amir holds a PhD degree from Essex University, a Masters degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of London.

Alexa Sidor 

Alexa completed a B.A in Music at the University of Bristol before transitioning into the field of law. After graduating, she worked for C.A.R.A.S (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers), running a drop-in for destitute migrants as well as overseeing their women's projects. Alexa has also volunteered as a caseworker with Haringey Migrant Support Centre, and with Right to Remain, providing information, resources, training and assistance to support people to challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system.


Alexa became a Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme in 2017 and is now a Trainee Solicitor at Elder Rahimi, supervised by Annette Elder.

Rebecca Wehner

Rebecca is an assistant Solicitor and Level 2 Supervisor under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme with 10 years’ experience working in the Human Rights field. Rebecca previously worked as a caseworker and then a Trainee Solicitor at Luqmani Thompson & Partners. She was admitted as a solicitor in August 2015, when she joined the team at Elder Rahimi.


Rebecca has conduct of a varied case load, including; EU Community Law; nationality issues; Entry Clearance applications, Human Rights and protection claims. Routinely working with vulnerable individuals including, trafficking and domestic violence matters.


She has extensive experience in complicated cases before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber up to the Supreme Court. Regularly engaged in civil litigation matters. Issuing proceedings in both the Administrative Court and Upper Tribunal in respect of a range of issues.

Rebecca has expertise in advising individuals, businesses, NGO’s and Local Authorities.

Joanna van Molendorff

Joanna is a Senior Immigration Caseworker with over 10 years legal experience and is accredited to Level 2 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She has been working for Elder Rahimi since December 2006. She specialises in providing advice and assistance in lodging Immigration matters including PBS, Nationality, EEA and Entry Clearance applications. She has vast expertise in the preparation of appeals to the Immigration Tribunals. She speaks Polish and basic French. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and outdoor activities.


You can reach Joanna directly on 07920 74 74 75.

Juliane Heider

Juliane has worked in the field of migration in different capacities since 2004, primarily in the UK but also in India, Lebanon and more recently Northern France and Greece. She has a background in anthropology and human rights law, and became accredited as Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme in 2014.


Juliane has experience in asylum and immigration-related initial applications, appeals and judicial review work. She has particular expertise in working with vulnerable clients and regularly acts for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, victims of trafficking and victims of human rights abuses.