Westkin Associates – Q&A – With Legal Director Amir Zaidi.
In this Blog we have a Q&A with the boss of the firm Mr Amir Zaidi, to help understand a little bit more about him, why he started the company and what his vision is for the future.
Could you tell us a little bit of your background?
I began my journey in law at University College London where I did my Master’s in Law, I later went on to train as a Barrister and I was called to the Bar in 1999 at 1 Mitre Court Building.
So you were a Barrister at first?
Yes, but I still specialised in Immigration, I noticed that there were not many barristers whom specialised in Immigration, even more so in specific visa categorises at the time, this helped me become an expert and create a niche for myself as I was building my experience.
That niche kept me going for eleven years, so it was a good choice in hindsight.
Apart from all of that I was always passionate about Immigration because I soon realised the positive impact that could have, not just for your client but for generations after.
What made you start Westkin Associates?
Well after having been a Barrister for all those years I got a little tired to the lifestyle, I was always moving around and the experience of a Barrister is a solitary one, as quite a sociable person I missed the experience of working with others.
So in 2008 I decided to start my own firm. I started in a small one man office in Marble Arch and inside 10 years we grew to become one of the best and most respected Immigration firms in London. It fills me with pride to know how far we have come.
How did you do that?
Well there was few key principles that I tried to stick to at all times, firstly Westkin had to be fast-moving. As Immigration law changes so much I did not ever want to be left behind, so I ensured that we always strived to improve our process, knowledge and client experience.
Secondly it was hiring the right people. I found the best results to be a mix of experienced staff whom had a can-do attitude, with a portion of young and dynamic people that we could train from the ground up and make it to world class Immigration staff, much like a sports academy.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like playing football and watching my beloved Spurs, I can’t run as fast as I used to but I would have a friendly race with any lawyer over the age of 35 to see whom is the fastest in London.
I also have three children and an amazing wife whom I all love very much and I tend to spend most of my spare time with them.
You can contact Westkin and Amir via telephone, email or via our website.
5th Floor, Maddox House,
1 Maddox Street
0207 118 4546