I qualified as a solicitor in 1994, originally specialising in commercial litigation and in particular shipping and international trade. In dealing with international clients, I was approached on many occasions on immigration issues, and as a result, developed an interest and reputation in this area of law. I continue to practice both areas of law.
My client base is predominantly founded on client referrals from existing clients throughout the world. Having been in practice 25 years, I have also gained a vast network of contacts in the UK and internationally, across a broad range of disciplines ranging from the law, to banks, accountancy firms, expert witnesses, insurance companies and so on.
After 18 years of practising in large law firms either as an assistant or a partner, I decided to set up Azarmi & Co, to provide through my own expertise and that of my network of professional contacts, a service for clients which is of the highest standard and which always strives to find the best, most effective solution for our clients. I believed passionately that a boutique practice could provide a viable alternative to the multidisciplinary firms, not compromised by the need to make internal referrals but free to choose to introduce my clients to those I believed were best suited to both the client and the expertise required.
Azarmi & Co has now been operating since 2012 and I am proud to have developed both a team and a client base which reflect my initial strategic vision and operating ethos.
I have been able to share my experience and my ethos with other similarly-sized businesses through my involvement with the Law Society and its “Small Firms Division”. I have been a member of the division since its inaugural year and was proud to be Vice-Chair and subsequently Chair of the Law Society’s Small Firms Committee between 2016 – 2018. One of my strongest beliefs and the mainstay of my campaigning as Chair was to strongly encourage the provision of access to justice and to promote and support small firms across the country. In 2019, this work has been recognised and I was invited to attend one of the Buckingham Palace garden parties for my “exceptional contribution to the legal profession”
Law Society’s Small Firms Division
Immigration Law Practitioners Association
1986-1989 University of Essex – English and History, BA (Hons) Upper Second
1990-1991 CPE (conversion course to law) City University, London (sponsored by Lovell White Durrant)
1991-1992 Solicitor’s Finals – College of Law, Store Street, London
1992-1997 Lovell White Durrant, London – trainee solicitor; qualified into Shipping litigation team
1997-1999 Birkett Long, Colchester – solicitor, general litigation
2001-2005 Holman Fenwick Willan, London – solicitor specialising in international trade and energy
2005-2006 Ellisons, Colchester – Partner, litigation
2006-2012 Birketts LLP, Ipswich – Partner, Shipping and Logistics and head of Corporate Immigration department
2012 – present Azarmi & Co
Farsi; French to university level