Irene is a Level 2 Senior Caseworker accredited under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. She represents clients in a variety of matters, including asylum, appeals, applications for leave to remain in the UK and Judicial Review. Irene’s experience includes assisting vulnerable clients, such as unaccompanied children and victims of torture and domestic violence. She also assists many victims of trafficking and has successfully challenged negative NRM decisions. Irene regularly receives referrals from the Medaille Trust, UKLGIG, Hestia and Rights of Women amongst others.
As a child, Irene was forced to leave the Soviet Union with her family and they were granted refugee status in the United States. Irene initially trained as a teacher of English as an Additional Language (EAL), as she wanted to help other children fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. She was inspired to pursue law whilst teaching at a secondary school in South London. Having completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Irene went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in law. She is currently working towards qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.
Irene is a former refugee and knows first-hand how stressful the immigration system can be. She is passionate about providing a high-quality service and achieving the very best results for her clients.