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Ayan Yalchin , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , City of London

Ayan Yalchin

Director & Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

Awards and Recommendations for Ayan Yalchin
Legal 500

"Ayan Yalchin is head of business/private immigration in the firm's Dalston office; he works with companies on sponsorship licences and renewals and also advises high net worth individuals from a variety of international jurisdictions."

Legal 500 2022 Edition.
Civil Liberties and Human Rights; Immigration / London

Ayan is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2021 Edition.
Immigration / London

Ayan is a Recommended Lawyer in 2020 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Immigrations: Human Rights, appeals & overstay / London

Ayan is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Business Immigration / London

Ayan is recommended by Legal 500 for his advice on Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 applications

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Business Immigration / London

The team advises Clients recommend Ayan Yalchin for his advice to SMEs on compliance and sponsorship licence applications under the PBS.

Legal 500 2016 Edition.
Business Immigration / London
I am a Director and Head of Business/Private Immigration at Duncan Lewis. I supervise and work with a large team of Solicitors, trainees and paralegals who specialise in Business and Private Immigration.

I have extensive experience in all UK immigration matters and I specialise in Tier 1 (investor and entrepreneur) and all aspects of Tier 2 under the points based system. I am particularly adept at assisting companies and educational institutions with sponsorship licences including renewals and advising on strategy, process and compliance. This would include undertaking compliance audits and drafting detailed reports outlining the best way for companies to be fully compliant with the Immigration rules. In addition, I assist companies when faced with a downgrade/revocation of a sponsorship licence or with criminal and civil proceedings regarding illegal working.

Having provided bespoke immigration solutions to a wide range of industries including but not limited to fashion, food and beverage, precious stones, finance, insurance, media, IT, energy, healthcare, education and sports, which would include Fortune 100 Companies and household names I am able to advise on all Tier 2 and Tier 5 matters.

I have represented a large volume of high net-worth individuals particularly from Russia, Turkey, China and the Middle East and am instructed regularly by leading accountants and commercial lawyers to provide immigration solutions for potential investors and entrepreneurs. Moreover, my practice also encompasses private Immigration matters including all European Economic Area (EEA) applications such as Permanent Residence, Residence Cards, Family Permits and ECAA (in particular Ankara Agreement applications). I am highly experienced with applications for entry clearance or further leave to remain as a spouse, fiancé, unmarried partner, dependant relative and student. I regularly advise and assist with Citizenship, Nationality and all types of Visas to the UK. I regularly represent clients at the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and have substantial experience with challenging the Home Office by way of Judicial Review on behalf of points based system applicants. Due to my extensive experience and knowledge I have been ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in Legal 500 2019 and 2017 editions and I am accredited by the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme as a senior Caseworker and Supervisor which means I have demonstrated the required level of competence and knowledge in Immigration and Asylum law as defined by the Society.

As part of my role I consistently deal with the media including writing press releases, corresponding with journalists and writing articles for the local press. I am a confident public speaker and I regularly address staff and pupils at Universities up and down the country. I am also fluent in Turkish.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) – Commendation
  • LLB Honours – Southbank University


  • Director at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2007-present
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2006-present
  • Fragomen 2005–2006
  • Own practice 2003–2005
  • Admitted as a Solicitor 2001


  • "...very supportive, knowledgeable and professional..." - Client: Richard, 2017

  • "Great service, honest, helpful, highly experienced and professional..." - Client: Elsa, 2016


  • Recommended Lawyer - The Legal 500, 2022 - 2019 and 2017 editions

Membership & Accreditations

  • Accredited by the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme as a senior Caseworker and Supervisor
  • ILPA
  • Turkish British Legal Society (former executive member)
  • Former legal column writer for local newspapers
  • Former London Turkish Radio presenter
  • Presented a variety of talks on immigration to Universities, businesses and community based organisations.


  • Playing tennis
  • Football
  • Cooking
  • Travelling


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