Zeenat Karim

Head of Legal Aid


Place of birth: Blantyre, Malawi
Job Role: Senior Supervising Immigration Case Worker
Start Date with Kalsi Solicitors: Aug 07, 2020
Office based in: Leicester
Languages spoken: English, Urdu, Gujerati, Hindi, Katchi, Basic German and Basic Arabic
Favourite sports team (if any!): Chelsea
Favourite movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Best concert / live performance you have ever been to: Michael Jackson BAD
Last 3 holiday locations you have been to: Malaysia, New York, Jerusalem
Dream holiday location you have yet to have travelled to: Peru
A fun fact about you!: I love cupcakes
What made you want to practice law: I didn’t really want to practice law however I fell in love with immigration and this has become a huger part of my life


Academic Education: Bachelors Degree
University for Bachelors Degree: De Montfort University
Subject/Course for Bachelors Degree: Law, German and Psychology of Human Communication
Grade for Bachelor Degree: 2:1
Institution for Other: Birmingham University
Subject/Course for Other: Legal Practice Course
Grade for Other: Pass
Professional Qualifications: Law Society Immigration & Asylum – Supervisor Accreditation


Background: I started off working in private practice and then moved to a charitable oganisation where i spent most of my early career, preparing and presenting asylum and human rights appeals at the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
I am accredited as a Supervisor and Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, which means I have demonstrated the required level of competence and knowledge in immigration and asylum law.
Over the years I have dealt with a wide range of immigration cases, from EEA applications and appeals, nationality law and applications for entry clearance and in country, both within the immigration rules and based on human rights. I also have experience of advocacy, bail and detention work, having worked with firms running Detained Asylum Casework contracts.
Immigration work at this level involves a great deal of independent work and, requires initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills.
I also have several years of experience supervising and training teams of immigration caseworkers
Expertise: I have been working in this field since 1997 and have a wealth of experience to offer both in terms of asylum and detained work as well as immigration applications and detention and appeal cases. I am passionate about helping others with their immigration issues and have an excellent success rate.

  • Zeenat Karim

    Head of Legal Aid

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