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Farrer & Co | Elena Hinchin, Partner


Practice areas

  • Immigration

Elena advises on all aspects of UK immigration law. She has particular expertise in providing strategic immigration advice to high net worth individuals, professionals and family offices in respect of relocation to the UK, alongside vast experience handling complex immigration matters, including political asylum claims and immigration appeals. She has acted for clients before the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, in Judicial Review applications and in applications to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Elena is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.

Elena advises on a broad range of UK immigration, nationality and human rights matters. Her diverse client base includes high net worth individuals, professionals and family offices.  Elena regularly works with international clients and advisors from multiple jurisdictions. 

In a fast-moving and increasingly complex immigration system, Elena has vast expertise in navigating, interpreting and applying UK immigration laws to clients’ needs and circumstances in a clear and practical manner. Elena combines this with strength in understanding the bigger picture and delivering holistic and strategic advice to her clients. In doing so Elena takes into account her clients’ wider circumstances and incorporates immigration strategy into their overall planning and structuring. She frequently coordinates work with other parts of the firm, for example, working closely with Farrer & Co tax experts so that both immigration and tax concerns are aligned and addressed and any tax requirements – such as day count for the statutory residence test, required investments and UK businesses - can be taken into account and achieved in an immigration-compliant and tax-efficient way. Elena also routinely works with family offices and other advisers, in the UK and globally, to provide the most comprehensive and seamless service.

Elena has significant expertise in dealing with complex immigration matters which fall outside the scope of immigration rules. In addition to pre-arrival planning, she routinely advises clients who, having lived in the UK for some time, find themselves unable to meet the requirements of the immigration rules. With a thorough knowledge of UK immigration laws and a creative approach, she is regularly able to successfully secure alternative options for her clients. 

Elena has particular expertise in political asylum claims, human rights applications and immigration appeals. These are often high-level protection cases involving cross-jurisdictional elements. In this context she frequently works alongside multiple teams of lawyers in the UK and globally, such as extradition and Interpol specialists. She has acted for clients before the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, in Judicial Review applications and in applications to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Much of Elena’s work involves project management and the coordination of large teams of professionals to ensure that matters run smoothly and effectively notwithstanding complicated circumstances and competing priorities in different jurisdictions.  She is able to progress matters quickly and efficiently and while taking on board the complexities of other practice areas and local laws, arriving at practical results. Elena has considerable experience in liaising with foreign advisers and co-ordinating legal advice worldwide, including the Russia and the CIS, Middle East, Switzerland and USA.

Elena qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

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