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). 


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

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 an Accredited Casework Assistant under the Law Society’s Accreditation scheme. She is assisting senior caseworkers and solicitors with their caseload both in immigration and asylum matters. Eleta is a highly experienced administrator and her organisational capabilities, communication skills and pro active approach to problem solving have proved invaluable in progressing matters and achieving positive results on behalf of clients. 

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.

Philippa Roffey


Philippa was admitted as a solicitor in 2007, having previously been called to the Bar.  She has over 14 years post qualification experience in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law, as well as experience in private client (wills and probate).  She is accredited by the Law Society as a Senior (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) caseworker. She recently took time away from the practice of law to obtain a master’s degree in Legal Translation (Spanish/English) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and is keen to pursue translation in her spare time. 

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