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One year on – two new team members

01 Feb 2013

Azarmi & Co – celebrates first anniversary welcoming two new team members.

Azarmi & Co, the niche law firm formed by Sally Azarmi just twelve months ago to focus on Immigration, Shipping and International Trade and Middle Eastern work, celebrated its first anniversary with two new additions to the team.

Barrister Joanne Rothwell, a specialist in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law and European law relating to free movement of people, business immigration and deportation, is to work alongside Sally Azarmi as an independent consultant. She is a member of No5 Chambers, the largest set in the country with offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leicester. This consultancy arrangement, which is one of the first of its kind, is non-exclusive and begins with immediate effect.

As Sally explains, “The liberalisation of the business structures of law firms means that we are no longer constrained by tradition but can now shape firms to best match client needs. Jo has acted successfully as the barrister on many of my client’s cases and her extensive knowledge and expertise have been invaluable to me in the last year. We work well together and it just seemed to make sense to make the relationship more formal. As well as advising and acting for clients, I look forward to Jo playing a significant role in further developing our Immigration practice.”

Jo Rothwell agrees: “There may be the two branches of the legal profession in England and Wales – solicitors and barristers – but there is no reason why, when the relationship is there, that a solicitor and a barrister cannot work more closely. The independent nature of the Bar particularly lends itself to affiliations such as that which I now have with Azarmi & Co. I am very excited about being at the forefront of such developments and believe that working more closely with Sally will also benefit my work and my relationship with other solicitors.”

The second new member of the team is Sam Meymand. Sam is a qualified lawyer (LLB) admitted to the roll of Barristers and Solicitors of the High Court of New Zealand. He has experience of working in both the UK and the Middle East. Sam speaks fluent Farsi and will assist Sally Azarmi in all the core practice areas of the firm but with a particular interest in Shipping and International Trade. Sam will be based in the Bishopsgate office.

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