A First Rate Team of Immigration Lawyers
We are incredibly proud of our team of both associates and junior lawyers. A full list of staff can be requested upon application. Only our associate level immigration lawyers are detailed. Meet our expert lawyers below.
Our team of specialist immigration lawyers is headed by Amir Zaidi.
Prior to heading up the immigration team at Westkin Immigration Associates, Amir practiced as a 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 10 years.
Amir has a strong reputation amongst immigration lawyers as a leading practitioner within all areas of personal and business immigration law. He is well known for his unshakeable commitment to 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 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 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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Hateem has a breadth of experience acting for clients in various industry sectors including financial institutions and services, pharmaceutical companies, engineering and oil and gas companies, retail businesses and other law firms.
Hateem also advises on the full range of applications covered by the Immigration Rules including visitors, students, sole representatives, family members, indefinite leave to remain applications and applications submitted under European Law.
Hateem specialises in investor applications, acting for both clients of private banks and high net worth individuals worldwide, with a particular profile in the Middle East and North Africa.
Hateem originally qualified as a solicitor in 2007 at another well-known London firm. Hateem joined the Business Immigration Team at Westkin Associates in September 2009 and is an accredited Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) advisor.
Hateem has spoken on UK immigration law issues both in the UK and overseas.
What our clients say:
“Hateem was very helpful throughout the whole process, making sure I had all the right documentation and we even met up on the weekend before the application date to go through one last check! I truly appreciate all the help that I have from Hateem and Westkin.”
“I was in the process of applying for a Tier 1 and the main concern I had was the waiting time as I needed my passport back before the new year. Called up several solicitors and Hateem from Westkin gave the best advice in terms of time-line, process and what they can do to help. Hateem was very helpful throughout the whole process, making sure I had all the right documentations and we even met up on the weekend before the application date to go through one last check! And the amazing thing is it took less than a month from me calling Westkin up to getting a Tier 1 Visa approved! I truly appreciate all the help that I have from Hateem and Westkin.”
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Maha Sardar is the Head of Advocacy specialising in all aspects of immigration and asylum.
Having read Law at UCL, she was called to the Bar in 2002. She is currently a member of Lincoln’s Inn.
She went on to gain a distinction in her MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies at SOAS in 2006.
In 2010 she was admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors.
Maha has worked for a number of years in the voluntary human rights sector with charities such as Liberty and Reprieve, researching and providing advice to clients on human rights issues.
Maha has several years experience in immigration, asylum and human rights. Most recently she worked as an advocate preparing and presenting appeals for the charity Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ). During her time with RMJ she had a high appeal success rate.
Maha is accredited at Level 2: Immigration and Asylum Accreditation scheme and has recently passed the re-accreditation exams in August 2010. She is able to provide specialist immigration and asylum advice and representation at the Tribunals at all levels.
Maha has even received praise from judge’s in their official legal decisions:
“The preparation of this case has been extremely good. The appellant’s bundle had been well put together and I am grateful to Miss Sardar for all the help she has given the Tribunal in this particular case. I allow the appeal.”
Immigration Judge A R Williams.
What Maha’s other clients say:
“Maha Sardar represented us in court, she gave me a 45 minute prep talk prior to the hearing which prepared me for the intimidating courtroom….to my amazement she blew the goverment’s case for refusal wide open after only 15 minutes into the hearing. It took the Judge 30 minutes to allow the appeal and my wife will be joining me here soon in the UK. I would recommend Westkin to friends and family in need of immigration advice in the future.”
D.J – from London
“On the day of the hearing Maha was excellent. She came in early to make sure that I am prepared for the hearing and prepared me for the worst possible hearing. She has shown tremendous level of professionalism and due care. Maha also had briefed me prior to the hearing on what to expect and she also had made sure that the court had all the relevant paperwork sent to them in advance. Her skeleton argument which she had prepared was on its own sufficient to have won the hearing for me! Westkin’s level of expertise and competence equated to one of the shortest possible hearing Maha had attended! I am extremely pleased with their service and will turn to them again without any hesitation. Highly recommended!”
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharan Birring is our Head of Human Rights Team.
Sharan’s undertakes a wide variety of Immigration work, usually with a focus on Human Rights. She is acknowledged as a leading caseworker and advocate in Immigration cases.
Sharan is the an upper second class Degree from King’s College, London
She also holds a Post Graduate Qualifications from the prestigious College of Law in London. Sharan also holds qualification as a barrister and is a member of the Historical Society of the Middle Temple.
Sharan holds a unique perspective in immigration case law, being one of the only immigration lawyers to have been offered work at the Immigration Courts.
Prior to working at Westkin, Sharan was a leading caseworker at RMJ where she had considerable success in variety of appeals.
Sharan is known as a tenacious advocate in court, where her calm and detailed approach makes her a feared adversary of the Home Office.
What our clients say:
“First of all i would like to say thank you very much for your very kind support, when we won the case. Please say big thanks, most importantly to Sharan. She was brilliant in the court room ! She spoke in court, nonstop for more than two hours for me!”
-Tariq from Slough
Sharan can be contacted directly on email@example.com
Shareena, our Immigration Adviser, has a Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of the West of England, Bristol.
She is a junior in immigration with significant experience in Points Based System applications and Nationality.
She is known for her devotion to client care, attention to detail and efficient dealing with cases.
She is currently accredited at Level 1 OISC qualification.
Prior to joining Westkin, Shareena experience in corporate law during her internship period with an International Law Firm in Asia.
She was also actively involved with the student union and she was the president of the Malaysian Society.
What our clients say:
“Friendly, efficient and knowledgable. Shareena saved me thousands of pounds and many many hours on my immigration endeavours, and to her, I owe the world! Now I can happily say I am a British citizen, and have the passport to prove it. Many thanks to Westkin Associates, their positive attitude, and a business they’ve clearly worked hard to absolutely master.”
“I would highly recommend using Westkin Associates due to the good quality service that they provide. My application was handled Shareena Rahman and supervised by Hateem Ali. They were both very professional and helpful and only needed one appointment to go through all the relevant documents and to discuss the application procedure. Shareena was extremely helpful in ensuring that the right documents are obtained and that they are presented accurately through the application’s cover letter. I thought the cover letter was very well written and clearly laid out. Both the cover letter and application form was scanned to me prior to the application date for me to review and communication was excellent as I was always informed of any updates / news with regards to my application. Any queries I had were also answered within the same day which made me feel fully supported all throughout my application. Therefore, I would highly recommend Westkin Associates”.
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One Week experience at Westkin. Truly an amazing experience in which i learned a significant amount from every individual in the team about the ins and outs of immigration law. Wish to be back soon and hopefully in the future. Thank you for the amazing opportunity.