Meet Our Lawyers
Westkin are leading immigration lawyers in London.
We are incredibly proud of our team of both associates and junior immigration lawyers. A full list of staff can be requested upon application. Only our associate level immigration lawyers are detailed, junior lawyers are not included. All are regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner.
If you wish to contact any of our lawyers directly, please give us a call or email at your convenience. If you are unsure which immigration lawyer is right for you – call in or use the enquiry box on the right, and we will ensure you speak to the right expert.
Our team of specialist immigration lawyers is headed by Mr. Amir Zaidi.
Amir specialises in Immigration in all catagories, with a focus on the needs of private clients, including High Net Worth Individuals, Business Leaders and international dignitaries. Aside from undertaking all aspects of immigration work, Amir can advise on all aspects of relocating to the United Kingdom and UK business generally.
Prior to heading up the immigration team at Westkin Associates, Amir practiced as an Immigration barrister at 1 Mitre Court Buildings. He was called to the Bar in 1999 and specialised in immigration (personal and business), nationality and human rights law for a period of 18 years.
Amir built up a strong reputation amongst immigration solicitors as a leading practitioner within all areas of personal and business immigration law. He is well known for his unshakeable commitment in achieving outstanding results for all his immigration clients. Amir has conducted well over a thousand immigration appeals before the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) and has advised an equal number of clients on a wide range of immigration matters to a successful conclusion.
Amir holds Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) accreditation at the highest level. Amir is also a panel member of OISC, an invitation only position.
Amir is registered as a Funding Review Adjudicator for the Legal Services Commission and has published articles in Immigration & Nationality Law and Practice, Independent Lawyer magazine and has been profiled in The Times newspaper for his work in immigration law. Amir also writes on Immigration matters for London Chamber of Commerce and comments regularly in the UK and international media.
Amir provides immigration law training and undertakes immigration accreditation marking for Central Law Training on the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) Immigration Accreditation Scheme. He also trains immigration lawyers, solicitors and caseworkers in a number of areas of immigration law for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and teaches courses for OISC accreditation for Immigration-Training.co.uk.
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Houman joined Westkin Associates in June 2011 and has become head of the Business Immigration department. He is regulated at the highest level by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
Houman specialises in Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor) and all forms of Tier 2 under the Points-based System. Houman regularly assist individuals whom wish to establish a business in the UK via the Tier 1 categories, as well as advising numerous multi-national companies on obtaining a Tier 2 sponsorship licences.
Having had half a decade of practical experience in Immigration law, he has become adept at providing expert legal solutions and advice to assist not only in Point Based applications but also all other Immigration categories such as appeals and family based applications.
After graduating from the University of Northampton with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree, he went on to achieve a Commendation for his Post-Graduate Diploma in Law at the prestigious London University of Law. Houman was an active member of the respective student unions and other organisations.
Houman regularly contributes to national and international press as a UK immigration expert.
Houman is renowned for his great attention to detail and commitment to understanding the Finance, business, political and cultural context of every visa application. Furthermore he has an acute awareness of cultural differences in business having lived in three different countries and being able to speak five different languages: English, Swedish, Farsi, Norwegian and Dari.
What our Client’s say:
“Houman kept me fully up to date before and after my application was submitted, he is very well read on the immigration rule and regulation and always gave me fair and professional advice each time we communicated”
“I have been in regular contact with Houman, who has really been very supportive, answering all queries on time. Moreover, he has been very honest with me, and therefore made everything clear to me. This combination of efficiency, honesty, fairness and professionalism are keys to Westkin’s success. I thank them all for helping me and I am very delighted with the high service they provide”
“very professionally providing a very high service”
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Hassan Mehdi Padhani
Hassan Mehdi Padhani read law at Queen Mary University of London graduating with a 2;1 with Honours.
He also holds a Post Graduate Qualification from the prestigious College of Law in London where he attained his Legal Practice Certificate with Commendation all at first sitting.
Hassan deals with all forms of immigration with particular experience, ranging from Visitors Visa, Discretionary Leave applications, all Family and Relationship applications, Long Residence applications, EEA applications, and Post Study Work.
Hassan believes every case has a chance of success if dealt with in the right manner and professionalism.
He is renowned for his professionalism, efficiency with each case and attention to detail; with the belief that the client is always priority.
What some of our clients say:
‘’My case is still up for a decision from the Judge, but whatever the outcome, I know that I have had the best practitioners in London looking after my case…To Hassan, thank you for your kindness. To Westkin Associates, you are second to none, you have got on board a young and very professional and dedicated team with a huge potential, and needless to say that I will be highly recommending your services to anyone seeking professional advice.’’
Hassan can be directly contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Jocelyn, originally from Cornwall, began working in Immigration in 2005 in Bristol at Douglas and Partners, following completion of her law degree. Jocelyn passed her immigration senior casework exams in 2006 and after a career break, that involved sailing across the Atlantic, she returned to law to study her Legal Practice Course in 2009 at the College of Law in Bloomsbury, where she received a commendation.
In 2010 Jocelyn commenced a training contract with seats in Immigration, Human Rights and Civil Litigation and qualified as a solicitor in 2012 at Irving and Co Solicitors in North London. Jocelyn remained at Irving & Co as a supervisor until October 2015, when she joined Westkin as a Senior Caseworker. Jocelyn is now regulated by OISC to Level 3 and can undertake all types of casework.
Within Westkin, Jocelyn heads up our in-house training team, she also provides training courses on immigration externally. In addition, Jocelyn undertakes the advocacy for Westkin in the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
Out of the office, Jocelyn enjoys playing netball regularly, with sporadic skiing and sailing, as the weather allows. Jocelyn can be contacted directly via email@example.com
James started his career with Westkin in September 2012 after reading law and achieving an Upper Second Class honours degree. He subsequently finished his postgraduate diploma in legal practice at the University of Law of England and Wales (formerly the College of Law).
He previously worked for a West London law firm during his studied for two years as a paralegal and undertook summer internships and vacation schemes with two of the biggest international city law firms in the UK.
James commenced his training under the supervision of the firm’s Managing Director where he received extensive training in all aspects of immigration law. Now, as one of the firm’s associates, his work is focussed mainly on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Investor). He also has a broad experience in family applications, nationality, applications under the European law and assisted corporate clients under the Tier 2 visa category.
James is a regulated adviser by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner a level 1 and is currently preparing to obtain his regulation at the highest level. James speaks Tagalog, English and a basic of Spanish. In his spare time James enjoys cooking, travelling, reading and watching sports.
James can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimia joined Westkin Associates in July 2013. She initially joined Westkin as a Junior Trainee and was managed by the Managing Director and senior lawyers which helped her gain experience in corporate immigration, family related immigration and human rights cases made outside of the immigration rules.
Kimia has an in-depth knowledge of all types of Immigration particularly family applications including UK spouse visas, fiancée visas and unmarried partner visas. Kimia also has vast experience with Points based visa applications including: Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 2 (licences and visa applications).
Kimia also has experience with applications being made under EEA Regulations including EEA Residence Cards and EEA Family Permits.
Having substantial knowledge of Immigration law, she has become well adapt in undertaking various visa applications. Kimia is well known for her interest in Immigration and attention to detail.
Prior to joining Westkin Associates Kimia studied English and History at Loughborough University. Since joining Westkin she qualified at the highest level (Level 3) by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
As a past time she enjoys coaching gymnastics. Kimia also obtained The Royal Life Saving Society UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. Kimia can be contacted on email@example.com
Amy joined Westkin Associates in January 2013 after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2012. Amy completed her OISC Level 1 exams in June 2013 and is currently working towards obtaining her level 3 regulation in order to undertake all aspects of UK immigration casework.
During her three years of working in UK Immigration, Amy has gained experience in a wide range of areas such as PBS Tiers 1 & 2, family and partner related cases, applications made under the EU regulations, visitor visas and assisting in appeals to the FTT and UT in complex matters.
Despite having a varied case working background, Amy is particularly interested in corporate immigration and has recently taken a lead position in developing and expanding Westkin’s Tier 2 team. She is confident in handling all aspects of Tier 2 cases from initial sponsorship licence to visa application and enjoys building friendly client relationships.
Amy is dedicated to ensuring her client’s best interests are the main priority in her work ethic and her flexible approach to each client’s needs ensures they feel well looked after throughout the entire process. Her dedication to attention to detail ensures no task is completed half-heartedly.
Amy can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Romano joined the firm in 2016 as a Senior associate.
She studied at the Faculty of Law in Milan, Italy. During her studies she worked as a legal assistant where she gained experience in International and family law and medical negligence cases.
When she relocated to the UK in 2009 she started working for ‘Lawrence Lupin’ Solicitors where she expanded her skills and specialised in immigration. She gained extensive experience in all aspects of immigration law, with particular emphasis on asylum, detention, appeals (both 1st and Upper tier tribunals) and personal immigration.
She qualified under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme at supervisor level. Since then she has branched into corporate and business migration and has proven herself at Westkin with her directness and being able to manage any application with the upmost professionalism.
She is regulated by the OISC at the highest level and speaks Italian and French fluently.
Nicol is an experienced caseworker with Westkin having been with the firm since 2014.
She studied English and then subsequently her GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) at Bournemouth University.
She started at Westkin in October 2014 as a trainee, under the guidance of the Managing Director and head of the firm Amir Zaidi. She has since built on this experience, passed her regulation with the OISC and is now a Caseworker handling private and business immigration applications.
She reads and speaks Arabic fluently.
She enjoys the gym and reading literature.
Daria is a senior associate at Westkin where she started in 2012.
She studied law at the Russian Academy of Justice prior to relocating to the UK and continuing her legal studies at King’s College London.
She is experienced in all types of immigration applications including family, personal and business migration as well as asylum and humanitarian protection applications. She is personally regulated to undertake immigration work at all levels by the Offices of the Immigration Services Commissioner, including the most complex cases regulated at Level 3.
She is fluent in English and Russian and works with clients residing abroad as well as in the UK.
In her free time Daria enjoys gardening and yoga as well as traveling.
Mauricio studied Politics and development at the University of Sussex and graduated with an Honours degree.
He spent time working abroad in Lima, Peru for the Foundation of the bank ‘BBVA Continental’ assisting in their national literacy programme. Upon his return, always drawn to immigration and related issues, he started at Westkin as a trainee assistant in October 2014.
Mauricio has since grown and now is a key member of the client management team under Hassan Mehdi. He has passed and attained his OISC regulation and has a broad knowledge of all case types including but not limited to family based visa applications, Human Rights, Tier 2, Entrepreneur visas and British nationality applications.
He is one of the first points-of-contact for many clients at Westkin, where his helpful and determined attitude has been cited by numerous clients. He will always think outside the box to provide a solution.
Being of Latin American descent he is fluent in Spanish, likes to box in his free time and wherever possible travel and try new cuisines.
Adel has an Egyptian heritage; he speaks, reads and writes Arabic fluently. Adel started as an intern at Westkin in 2011 he then went away to read Law (LLB (Hons)) at Nottingham Law School from 2012.
Adel gained experience at a Magic Circle law firm as well as having experience within the legal financial sector at international law firms, central and investment banks.
He has been involved in assisting senior lawyers at Westkin with immigration matters for corporations, high-net-worth clients and foreign government officials as well as assisting in other areas of Immigration Law and Business Development.
Originally from Czech Republic, Marta relocated to London 6 years ago to undertake her law degree.
She initially undertook 2 internships at Westkin whilst doing her undergraduate degree and joined the firm permanently in July 2016 as a trainee lawyer. Prior to working for Westkin she has worked as a paralegal at a City immigration practice, where she has dealt with Human Rights cases as well as undertook casework for European clients.
Marta read law at King’s College in London with a 2:1 with Honours and completed her Legal Practice Course from BPP Law School in London in 2015.
She is fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Czech and enjoys running swimming, film and literature in her spare time.
Sandra started working with Westkin Associates in September 2016.
She obtained an Upper Class Honours law degree and was also awarded a Graduate Award from the university. During her time at university, she gained experience at some of the largest corporate law firms in Malaysia.
She went on to study the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP University. While studying the course, she volunteered at the Immigration Tribunal and gained experience in preparing cases for clients who were unrepresented. She further conducted research for the Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2016.
She assists Kimia Sepahzad, who is a Senior Associate at the firm. At Westkin Associates, she has gained knowledge in a range of areas including Points Based System applications, family and partner related cases, applications made under the EU regulations and overseas representative visas. She further engages in several areas of business development within the firm.
Due to her Malaysian background, she is fluent in Malay, Indonesian, intermediate Cantonese and basic Mandarin.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and long distance running.
Ian joined Westkin Associates in September 2016.
He works as an assistant to Rosy Romano, a senior associate at the firm. Working with Ms. Romano, Ian is gaining experience with family and business immigration as well as asylum applications.
Ian studied History at the University of Leicester, graduating with a 2:1 with Honours. Afterwards, he completed his Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in 2015 at BPP University, Waterloo. He then completed his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP University, Holborn in 2016, achieving a distinction.
In his spare time, Ian enjoys playing the guitar and regularly trains in Taekwondo.
Kirstin joined Westkin in July 2016 as an assistant in James Canlas’s team.
Kirstin is originally from Canada, where she graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto with an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Sexual Diversity Studies. She later graduated with distinction from the University of Warsaw with a Master’s in International Relations, focusing on EU economic law, international human rights and human trafficking.
Kirstin spent 6 years living in Poland, during which time she ran her own company and completed her Master’s degree. She began as an English language teacher, before becoming Director of Studies and Methodology Consultant of a language school, and eventually starting her own teaching company while completing her Master’s dissertation.
Since moving to London, Kirstin has begun her career in immigration law at Westkin. She applies her own experience as an entrepreneur as well as time spent training professionals in Business English to the preparation of business applications (Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Sole Representative); additionally, her academic training in human rights and EU law towards applications under EU regulations and family visas.
Kirstin speaks Polish in addition to English.
Efrat joined the firm in 2016.
She is a member of the Israel Bar Association in (admitted in 2004) and assists Jocelyn Howorth, who is a senior associate of the firm.
Efrat has extensive legal knowledge and not only in the UK: She studied her LL. B Bachelors in Law (with a minor in Political Science) in Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre, Israel.
She pursued her LL.M Master’s degree in Canada within the Institute of Comparative Law (in which she specialised in international law and human rights) McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Since coming to the UK she has completed her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from the highly respected BPP University in London. Whilst assisting in the applications for our clients at Westkin she continues to study, pursuing her LPC (Legal Practice Course) at BPP.
Efrat continues to hold an interest in Human Rights and gender and LGBT issues but has vast experience in all visa applications wither her more than 15 years’ knowledge in the field.
Efrat is fluent in her native Hebrew and English.
Aisha joined Westkin in June 2016.
She obtained First Class Honours in her Law Degree and has also completed the Legal Practice Course.
She assists Amy Smith who is a Senior Associate of the firm.
At Westkin, she has had significant exposure to various corporate immigration cases particularly Tier 2 cases from the application of a sponsorship licence through to visa applications.
Is a Case Manager at the firm having joined Westkin in October 2014. She graduated with high merit from Kingston University in London, and is currently completing her studies with Charted Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX).
Darina works with Amir Zaidi, the Managing Director. Therefore, she largely assists on Citizenship by Investment Programs and corporate migration.
Prior to joining Westkin, Darina enjoyed a number of assignments within the legal industry and also volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Kingston upon Thames where she provided telephone advice to clients on a range of topics including debt, family matters and landlord and tenant advice.
When not at the office, Darina enjoys travelling and practising her language skills via voluntary and paid translating and interpreting assignments. When time permits Darina also enjoys exercise classes at Yoga and Pilates studios in London.
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Victoria joint Admin Team at Westkin Associates in December 2016. Prior to Westkin she was a Financial Manager in Moscow.
Victoria has worked hard in her education and career to prepare herself to become a well organised administrator and a good specialist in finance.
She received her MSc Finance and Credit (with Honours) at Financial University in Moscow in 2013. During her study she worked as an Accounts Assistant and a Sales Support Specialist.
In 2013 Victoria had a great opportunity to come and study at Queen Mary University in London, where one year later she received her master degree (Msc Law and Finance) with high merit.
In her spare time Victoria undertakes a wide range of activities. She is particularly keen on traveling. She has visited a lot of fascinated places across the UK and abroad. Also she likes reading, cooking and playing tennis.
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My husband and I were very fortunate to deal with Westkin Associate for their professional service and advise,AND Hassan Mehdi in particular was one of the most professional and in same time compassionate Lawyer we've ever met. in the end we pleased to get my husband's visa and most of it goes back to Hassan's relentless hard work. Many thanks Mr. Hassan Mehdi.
My application for a Tier 1 (General) visa extension was refused by the UKBA and I asked Westkin Associates to provide me with their advice to appeal the decision. Shareena Rahman was the lawyer dealing with my case; she was very diligent and helpful and always very supportive. Also the barrister that was allocated by Westkin, to represent me the day of the hearing, was outstanding. I highly recommend Westkin Associates as in my opinion; it is a very reliable and professional firm of immigration lawyers.
My Tier 1 (Post Study work) was refused. I have been in the Uk since 2005 and leaving was not a good option for me.Hateem Ali advice me to leave the uk and make a fresh application from Africa before the window closes in April 2012. It was a difficult thing to do, but he told me all the things I need to put in place before leaving the uk. I can say that through his excellent advice i went to Africa and within 3 months I was back in the uk with my Tier 1 visa, having applied and was granted without stress. Your firm is doing a good Job, please keep it up and God bless.