The government has now announced details of how it will be assisting an estimated 3 million Hong Kong citizens to come and live in the UK. The new visa category is available to those who hold or have the right to hold BN(O) passports.

BN(O) status is a form of British nationality created for people from Hong Kong so they could retain a form of British nationality and connection to the UK after the handover to China in 1997 in line with the Sino-British Joint Declaration. BN(O) citizens can hold a British passport and get consular assistance and protection from UK diplomatic posts but they remain subject to immigration controls and do not have a right of abode in the UK.

The new visa will allow BN(O) citizens to live, work and study in the UK, with a potential pathway to settlement ( also known as indefinite leave to remain).

Currently BN(O) citizens can come to the UK as visitors for up to 6 months without a visa and are subject to immigration control meaning they cannot live, work or take up long term study in the UK without acquiring the appropriate visa first.

The new Hong Kong BN(O) Visa will be open for BN(O) citizens and their close family members from January 2021. BN(O) citizens will be able to apply from the outside or inside the UK through a digital application process.

From next year, BN(O) citizens will be able to apply to enter or remain in the UK for an initial period of 30 months, extendable by a further 30 months  or alternatively apply for 5 years leave from the outset. The new Hong Kong BN(O) Visa will allow BN(O) citizens to work and study in the UK but they will not be able to access public funds such as social welfare benefits.

    To be eligible for the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa, applicants will need to show that they: 

  • have BN(O) status;
  • normally live in Hong Kong (which includes those who may be temporarily in the UK);
  • can accommodate and support themselves financially in the UK for at least 6 months;
  • have a commitment to learn English (there will be no English language requirement on entry but applicants will require a good knowledge of the English language if they choose later to make a future application for indefinite leave to remain);
  • have obtained a suitable TB test certificate from a clinic approved by the Home Office;
  • have no serious criminal convictions or other character issues that would ordinarily lead to refusal of a visa   

 BN(O) citizens will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge until acquiring indefinite leave to remain and will be required to pay application fees when applying for leave to enter or remain. Those fees have yet to be set.

Holding a valid BN(O) passport is not necessary to apply for the new visa so long as applicants can demonstrate their right to BN(O) status. BN(O) citizens will not, therefore, need to renew their BN(O) passports or apply for a passport in the meantime.

BN(O) citizens will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain once they have lived in the UK for 5 years and will need to meet the usual requirements for indefinite leave to remain at the time they apply. Those with indefinite leave to remain can go on to acquire British Citizenship, usually within 12 months.

BN(O) citizens already in the UK on another form of leave will be able to apply and switch to the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa from January 2021. BN(O) citizens already in the UK whose leave is due to expire before the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa is available, should look to extend their leave and then apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa next year.

In situations where the family members of BN(O) citizens need to travel to the UK before the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa is operational, Border Force Officers will be able to consider granting Leave Outside the Rules for a period of six months at the UK border if they do not satisfy Border Force that they are eligible for entry via another immigration route.  

 For those Hong Kong nationals who are not eligible for the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa then the existing youth mobility scheme is still open to Hong Kong nationals aged between 18 and 30 years, with 1000 places currently available each year. Individuals from Hong Kong will also be able to apply to come to the UK under the terms of the UK’s Points Based System, which will enable individuals to come to the UK in a wider range of professions and at a lower general salary threshold than in the past.  

The recent epidemic of COVID-19 has dominated the news, as countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This response includes travel and border restrictions with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advising British nationals against all but essential international travel. As of the 24th March, the UK has implemented lockdown measures to combat the pandemic. In light of these restrictions the government has introduced new immigration policy measures to ensure that “nobody will be punished for circumstances outside of their control”.

Unable to return home

If your UK visa expires between 24th January 2020 and 31st May 2020 this will be extended to 31 May 2020, if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or have had to self-isolate. In order for your visa to be extended you will need to contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team at the UKVI (please find the contact details at the end of the article) to update your records.

The details you will need to provide are as follows:

  1. Full name (include any middle names)
  2. Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  3. Nationality
  4. Previous visa reference number
  5. The reason you cannot return to your home country e.g. the borders have closed     

Once you have informed the Coronavirus Immigration Team you will receive an acknowledgement of receiving the request and will be further informed when your visa has been extended. However, having made this contact with the UKVI, your immigration status will be safeguarded.

The extension has been put in place to give individuals peace of mind that they will not be penalised for overstaying their visa for a situation which is outside their control due to COVID-19.  The UKVI has been confirmed that the situation will be kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed.

It is expected that those who are granted an extension on their visa will return to their home country as soon as possible, once flight and border restrictions are lifted.

Applying for long-term Visa from within the UK

For those who want to apply for a visa in the UK long term the UK has temporarily expanded the in country switching provisions, including applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.

If you are applying for a long-term visa you will still need to meet the visa requirements and pay the associated fees for the application and book a biometric appointment. Once your application has been submitted your current immigration status will be automatically extended until the UKVI make a decision on the new application.

The Home Office have also confirmed that in light of the current advice on self-isolation and social distancing they have waived some of the requirements for student and worker visas.

Students in the UK

  • Tier 4 students are now permitted to distance learn and it will not be considered a breach of sponsorship duties to offer distance learning to those students in the UK or overseas. Sponsors do not need to withdraw sponsorship where distance learning has been undertaken. In the circumstance where a student withdraws or defers their studies, usual reporting requirements apply; and
  • New international students who have been issued a Tier 4 visa but have been unable to travel to the UK are permitted to undertake distance learning. In this circumstance sponsorship does not need to be withdrawn; and
  • New international students who have not yet applied for a visa but wish to start a course by distance learning do not need to travel to the UK and therefore do not require sponsorship under Tier 4.

Workers in the UK

  • Sponsors of Tier 2 and tier 5 colleagues who are now working from home, rather than their normal workplace do not need to notify the home office of the change in circumstances as long as the reason the employee is working from home is directly related to the pandemic; and
  • All other changes of circumstances must still be reported

However, we are seeking further clarification from the UKVI on the following points:

  • Whether in the current circumstances an exception will be made that a sponsored worker can only be unpaid for a maximum of 28 days in a colander year; and
  • If an employer wanted to benefit from the Government Job Retention Scheme and thus reduce the salary to 80% or £2500 (whichever is higher) would this be an exception to the minimum salary requirements; and
  • Is there now an exception to the requirement that a migrant must be able to continue to carry out their duties as listed on their CoS if now required to work from home.

As soon as we have clarification on this we will update you.   

If you have made an application and are outside the UK  

At present many Visa Application Centres are closed or offering a limited service. In order to check what service your Visa Application Centre is currently offering you will need to look on the below websites

Where you have an appointment and your Visa Application Centre is closed you will be contacted to be told when your appointment will not take place.

For those who are due to take an IELTS test you should check whether your testing centre has been affected as many centres have suspended tests. For full information on your test centres current service please visit .

Getting your documents

If you have already paid for a courier to return of your passport from a Visa Application Centre it will be returned, subject to courier routes remaining open. 

If your passport is currently held in a Visa Application Centre and you would like it to be returned by courier, you should contact the TLS or VFS if you have not already paid for courier return.

British nationals abroad who need to apply for a passport

If you are British national abroad who needs to apply for a passport because you need to travel urgently and your Visa Application Centre is currently closed, you can apply for an emergency travel document if all of the following apply:

  • you’re a British national
  • you’re outside the UK
  • your passport has been lost, stolen, damaged, is full, has recently expired or is with HM Passport Office or a foreign embassy
  • you do not have time to renew or replace your passport before you travel
  • you can provide proof of your travel plans, for example booking confirmations (or detailed written travel plans if you cannot book ahead)

Once you are issued with an emergency travel document you can use to travel to a destination through a maximum of 5 countries.

Court system procedures

As of the 25th March 2020 there is to be no face to face hearing in the Immigration and Asylum Chambers for both the First Tier and Upper Tribunal. The Courts will now determine whether a hearing needs to proceed, and if so whether it would be appropriate to use audio or video technology. The courts will also consider whether alternatives are appropriate such as adjournments or whether a decision can be made on the papers without a hearing.

The decision on the determination will be made on a case by case basis. The Courts will update those of any changes to individual hearings, this will be communicated directly to those affected in the usual way, by email and/or phone.

Closing Thoughts

As a law firm we are defined as key workers required to run the justice system. We are therefore an exception and categorised as essential workers at the current time.  The courts and Home Office are still operating and dealing with cases and decisions so we would like to assure all clients that we too are operating, and are contactable by phone and email.

We also want to assure clients that meetings will go ahead as scheduled but we will now be having these by phone or video conference.

It is important that you continue to comply with the requirements of your reporting duties or your immigration status. If your visa is due to expire, whilst you will benefit from your visa being temporarily extended it is nonetheless important that you continue to work with your legal team to ensure that once your application is ready to be filed it will meet the immigration law requirements.

We are at hand to continue to assist.

If you are a client or you need legal assistance following this briefing please get in touch with your usual Paragon Law contact or contact us at or call us on 0115 9644 123.  Coronavirus Immigration Team contact details Email: Your email must be in English or telephone: 0800 678 1767 open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (calls are free of charge)  

See also our COVID-19 Statement

COVID-19, For Clients & Partners

Following the Government escalation over the past week we would like to update you of our business procedures during these unprecedented times. You can be assured that our top priorities are to take care of our people whilst continuing to support our clients.

Our senior leadership team are meeting regularly to assess, identify and reduce risks.  We continue to monitor the Guidance from the Government and as such we are adapting our working patterns, restricting travel of our people and cancelling events.  We will be offering online training and seminars that have been cancelled through video conferencing.

Continued Client Support & Advice

We are adapting to the environment and business continues.

Your case, projects and the people that you are caring for are extremely important to us and as such we remain committed to continue to offer our legal services.

Whilst for now we will not be seeing clients in person in the office (except in the most exceptional circumstances) to ensure the safety of our people and clients, we do however have procedures in place should you need to hand deliver documents.  Please email or phone your usual Paragon Law contact if this applies to you.

However, you can be assured that all our teams have full remote working capability and will continue to work on your case securely.  You will be able to continue to contact us by email, telephone and we will be able to set up both telephone and video conferencing.

Should illness affect our firm, our teams are ready to work across departments to prioritise you and your deadlines as efficiently as possible.

As immigration law experts we will continue to monitor Government announcements that will have an impact on the immigration status of your employees, your requirements as a sponsor or on your own immigration situation and we will update you accordingly. We will also update you should Government advice change.

Paragon Law has a first class multi-award winning team, all of whom are dedicated to successfully navigate through the challenges ahead.

Please remain in touch with your usual Paragon Law contact and please also feel free to contact me. 


Best wishes,

Thalej Vasishta

See also our COVID-19 Immigration Law Update

Our Director and Immigration Specialist Kirin Abbas featured in last weeks Nottingham Professional Services Article, ‘Why Nottingham?’

Provided by Nottingham Professional Services

Q1: When Did You Start to Work in Nottingham?

I commenced my legal career in April 2000 with Berryman Solicitors (now Shakespeare Martineau) as an immigration law paralegal. At the time I had just completed my Masters in International Human Rights at the University of Nottingham and was looking to start the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School, where I am now a visiting lecturer in European Law. Following an MBO of the immigration department at Berryman, my co-director Thal and I set up Paragon Law in 2003 which to this day remains a niche immigration law firm.

Q2: What Attracted You to The City?

A number of factors. Two great universities to continue my legal studies, close family members who live here and a close network of friends from university who had also decided to stay. The niche area of law that I wanted to pursue my career in was immigration law and as is the case to some extent even today, the main law firms and NGO’s that work in this area are based in London, a city which for me is a nice place to visit but not work. I had visions of commuting on the yellow line for the rest of my life and therefore I was lucky that the role at Berryman came at the right time. Nottingham for me at that time was very much like London but condensed into a smaller place. Nice restaurants, good destination place for shopping, a vibrant and diverse student city…………..

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Article prepared by Karen Rimmer

The Report

On the 31st December 2019, the House of Commons library published its briefing paper into the deportation of foreign national offenders[1]. The report provides a useful overview of the law relating to deportation and how it has evolved over time. It ends with a paragraph which scrutinises and indeed highlights criticism over the Home Office processes relating to deportations. Specifically, comments on how the Home Affairs Committee has criticised the Home Office’s failure to progress deportations properly.

The Process

The process of deportation begins once a conviction is received, which attracts a custodial sentence. Where that sentence is over 12 months, for non-EEA nationals the foreign national offender (FNO) is notified that their conviction has triggered automatic deportation proceedings, known as a “one-stop notice”. For sentences of over two years in the case of EEA nationals they are notified that they have become liable to deportation, and, in both cases, they are asked to provide reasons why they should not be deported.

After a written reply is received to that letter, along with evidence of the reasons given, the Home Office then apparently goes on to investigate the claims made and thereafter consider whether the deportation process should proceed. The stark reality for the FNO is that they will likely not then hear any more about it until the last calendar month of their custodial sentence when a (usually negative) decision will be received, either with or without the right of appeal attached to it. It is very rare for the Home Office to ask a non-represented person for further information or explanation.

Immigration practitioners will usually be aware that, in many cases, that period of silence does not result in the investigative processes that are supposed to take place at all. Quite the opposite, and, at the end of this stage of the deportation process, negative decisions that are subsequently received will be full of copy and paste errors, covering everything from the wrong country of origin[2], to the names of children not associated to the case and not known to the FNO, which have been inserted into decisions. This happens in all areas of immigration law, not just in deportations. The Home Office uses standard template letters and it has been known that they have not even taken out the “type text here” field before sending out the decision to the FNO, contrary in some cases to the principles of anxious scrutiny[3].

The Result

It is also clear that the Home Office routinely does not properly consider the evidence sent with the written reply to the one-stop notices as decisions will make findings on a case without the consideration of evidence put before the decision-maker, that evidence directly contradicting the findings made. 

The result of improper consideration of cases, is of course that those decisions subsequently become appealable and, in over half of the cases before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First tier Tribunal, are successful. Such outcomes of course bear an impact on the government’s targets. However, it is important to take note of the fact that not all of those Appellants will have had access to a knowledgeable, fully trained and accredited legal advisor. Perhaps due to the changes to the way in which legal aid is administered, they could not afford access to justice. Those success figures could therefore have been much higher.

Deport First, Appeal Later

The “deport first, appeal later[4] regime is never far away from Home Office decision makers’ thoughts. However, since that practice was largely stopped by the decision of R (on the application of Kiarie) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)  [2017] UKSC 42[5], it is replaced with the temptation of a “make a poor decision first, and justify it at an appeal later” mentality[6].

Major fallouts result from success government failure to monitor its ever-tightening vicelike grip on immigration, and particularly deportation, notwithstanding the consequences for ordinary people.

It is perfectly possible that, once the UK leaves the EU, without the regulatory impact the EU membership brings, further scandals on the scale of Windrush[7] will follow. The foreseeable impact of Brexit is that it is always going to be open to the government to push through yet another Bill for changes to the Immigration Rules on a whim, which might reasonably include enhanced powers for deportation.

FNOs carry a particular type of marginalised political subjectivity. Prison punishes the behaviour, then immigration detention and deportation punishes presence and being.

Because of the political weight it carries, deportation of FNOs will always be top of the political agenda in an effort to vote-boost, and so ever higher target figures are publicised, with the decision-making process being undertaken swiftly to cope with demand. It is that haste that leads to poor decision making and the subsequent barriers to removal by way of immigration appeals.

Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Right

It is important to remind the Home Secretary that two wrongs do not make a right. Human rights are just that: human, and even those people who have committed crimes are still human. They still deserve to experience a basic level of human decency when dealing with their cases, in order to allow them to facilitate whatever changes are needed to live a good, law-abiding life in future.

If you, or a family member are facing the prospect of deportation action, then it is important to act promptly. Obtaining sound legal advice early, as soon as notice of liability to deportation is received, can help to establish key legal arguments that might prevent deportation action being taken at all.



[3] In practice, ;, para 181





Data released last week by the Migration Observatory suggests that decisions on asylum applications are taking “substantially” longer than they were five years ago.

The analysis, which is published in the new Migration Observatory briefing Migration to the UK: Asylum and resettled refugees, shows a sharp decrease in the number of claims decided within 6 months, from a recent peak of 80% in the second quarter of 2014, to just 25% in the last quarter of 2018. 

The change precedes a Home Office decision earlier this year to drop its six-month target to make an initial decision on most claims.

Dr Peter Walsh, a researcher at the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, and author of the briefing said: 

“A few years ago, a solid majority of asylum seekers got an initial decision within 6 months, but now it’s only one in four. This of course is just the first stage of the asylum process, and after you factor in appeals, the whole process can take years for many applicants.

“There is no single explanation for the falling share of decisions taken in 6 months. Factors that could have played a role include changes to policy and management, the complexity of the cases the Home Office receives, and of course budget constraints.”

Dr Sue Conlan, a senior immigration adviser at Paragon law, said: 

 “The delays at the Home Office are unacceptable and place an intolerable burden on people in need of protection in the UK.  The Home Office is not allocating their resources depending upon how long a person has been in the asylum process but instead takes into account their nationality and whether they came through another EU country.  It is difficult for lawyers to explain the discrimination and even harder for people to have any control over their lives”.

Brexit may still dominate the news agenda but there is other controversial legislation out there which impacts many landlords across the UK, it is called, ‘Right To Rent’.

On return from your holidays you may have battled with the ePassport gates a little but ultimately it has improved those dreaded queues significantly.

Well, that improvement of ‘flow’ was in mind for many more people, not just EU citizens, when back on 20th May 2019, visitors from Australian, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States were also able to enter the UK via ePassport gates using biometric passports.

Known as ‘B5JSSK nationals’ they have been automatically granted 6 months’ Leave to Enter as a visitor upon passing through. The scheme was introduced with a view to improving the flow of passengers at busy ports as well as attracting more visitors from these countries.1

Significantly, B5JSSK nationals who use the ePassport gates are granted Leave to Enter without any stamp in their passport or any written confirmation of the date their leave was granted or is due to expire….

The impact on Landlords

Now, for landlords, this has posed significant problems when attempting to conduct right to rent checks on B5JSSK nationals so what DO landlords check to establish a tenant’s right to rent?

The Home Office recently updated its guidance to try and address this issue.

In ‘A short guide on right to rent’, the Home Office advises that landlords can establish a B5JSSK national’s right to rent by checking their passport, together with evidence of the date they last travelled to or entered the UK.

This evidence might be a boarding pass, an airline, rail or boat ticket, a booking confirmation, or ‘any other documentary evidence which establishes the date of arrival in the UK in the last six months.’

The Home Office guidance also confirms that although visitors only have six months’ leave, landlords who have conducted these Right to Rent checks correctly will obtain a statutory excuse against a civil penalty for 12 months from the date of the check.

The Home Office advises that landlords need only conduct a follow up check prior to the end that 12- month period.

The issues for Landlords – a risk worth taking?

The updated guidance leaves plenty of issues unresolved.

One of the most prominent issues for landlords is that the guidance itself ‘has no legal standing’, yet it contradicts the legally-binding Code of Practice.

The Code of Practice lists the documents that can be relied upon in establishing a right to rent, but boarding passes, flight confirmations, or the suggested alternatives are NOT on the list.

Therefore, landlords who accept boarding passes or alternatives are having to rely on non-binding guidance to conduct checks that are unlawful under the current Code of Practice.

The RLA, which represents Residential landlords, argues that the guidance cannot give ‘any legal cover for landlords’ without updating the Code of Practice too.

Meanwhile, the updated guidance assures landlords that the Home Office will NOT pursue a civil penalty against any landlord that has conducted a check on a B5JSSK national correctly.

However, given the harsh penalties in place for landlords who fail to conduct right to rent checks property, it is clear that this is a risk many will not wish to take.

It is worth noting that the updated guidance does mention that the Home Office is seeking to update secondary legislation and the Code of Practice to reflect the changes relating to B5JSSK nationals as soon as possible.

However, given the months of planning that went into expanding the use of ePassport gates and the precarious situation that tenants and landlords now find themselves in, many would argue that ‘as soon as possible’ is not soon enough.

If you would like more information and advice on this visit our dedicated website or email our resident expert Rachel Whickman here

Nottingham-based Immigration Law specialist Paragon Law has again been recognised once again as a Tier 1 firm by industry bible The Legal 500.

For 32 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market.

The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions and this year’s results are in!

Over the last 12 months, Paragon Law has continued to advise a number of large businesses around Brexit, immigration and people strategy, whilst clients have included one of the largest car manufacturers with plants throughout Europe, two multisite and multinational retailers, both of which are dependent on EU nationals as part of their workforce and clients in the higher education sector.

Paragon Law has also recently acquired Samworth Brothers Limited as a client to support their HR managers with training and support with the  transition to a new set of Immigration Rules in anticipation of Free movement of EU nationals ending. A further client win has been the University of Derby.

With Brexit a key factor for every business in the region, the firm has also been active in advising business associations and groups on immigration law and policy and has recently completed a series of workshops in partnership with the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Mansfield & Ashfield District Council.

Thalej Vasishta, group CEO at Paragon Law said;

‘We are delighted to be recognised once again for our expertise in Immigration Law by this leading legal authority. The last year has been an incredibly stressful one for any business dealing with the complexities around Brexit, of EU recruitment and the retention staff. Where possible we have advised businesses on how best to manage these changes from an immigration law angle.

‘Despite the economic uncertainty, the UK has continued to see high levels of FDI and in recent months we have advised overseas companies on setting up business in the UK, including a property investment business from Thailand, a fintech recruitment company from India and a paper manufacturer from Dubai.

Alongside Paragon Law’s work within the corporate sector, the firm’s nationally renowned asylum and human rights team remain active with a number of Local Authorities in respect of unaccompanied minors and with charities supporting women and children who have been trafficked to the UK, FGM cases and providing training on asylum issues to the third sector.

On 11 September 2019, the UK Government announced the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies. Whilst there was excitement amongst Higher Education colleagues and students that the old Post Study Visa was being resurrected there was still confusion on how this new visa category would be implemented and who will qualify.

The Government have now given further clarification:

It will be introduced in the summer of 2021 and therefore those students who graduate in the summer of 2021 or after will be able to switch status to this new visa category.

The Graduate Immigration Route will only be available to international students who have a valid Tier 4 certificate and have completed a degree-level course or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance.

This means that any student who successfully completes their degree-level course at a qualifying institution in the summer of 2021 or after will be eligible. This includes students who are already studying in the UK. Those whose Tier 4 visas expire before the summer of 2021 will need to benefit from securing a job offer and switching to Tier 2.

Successful applicants on this route will be able to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for a maximum period of two years. Graduates will need to switch into a skilled work visa category prior to their two-year visa expiring.

The graduate immigration route will require a new application. It will include the payment of a visa fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge. The exact fee will be set out in due course. This route will not require sponsorship meaning that universities or an employer will not need to sponsor the student to switch into the graduate immigration route.

The route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to switch into skilled work, which is a route to settlement.

Deirdre Sheahan, Director of Nottingham-based Paragon Law’s Asylum and Human Rights team, will be speaking as part of a distinguished panel of experts on Human Rights and Corporate Law at The Supreme Court in London this October. 

The event is organised by the University of Nottingham and will see Deirdre joined by fellow experts, Professor Robert McCorquodale, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham and Fiona Laurence, an experienced litigator and Legal Director at London firm Mishcon de Reya.

The event is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Sir Rabinder Singh, a Lord Justice of Appeal and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Singh is also formerly a High Court judge of the Queen’s Bench Division, a Queen’s Counsel and barrister, formerly a founding member of Matrix Chambers and a legal academic.

As an immigration lawyer, Deirdre Sheahan has attended conferences with national and international organisations including UNCHR, and led workshops on Human Rights and Asylum for groups such as the British Red Cross and Amnesty International. 

Deirdre has also been at the forefront of notable cases which have changed the law in Refugee and Human Rights claims and has contributed to a range of publications addressing legal aid, refugee children’s rights and asylum practitioner wellbeing. Deidre has also worked closely with organisations such as Business in the Community on modern day slavery, particularly from the standpoint of businesses addressing this in their supply chains and the protection of those that are victims.

Deirdre said “as an Alumni of the University of Nottingham, I am delighted to be representing the city of Nottingham at the Supreme Court event in London. It will be a great opportunity to discuss the importance of human rights in the context of business. Paragon Law’s niche immigration law practice area is very much about the rights of individuals, families, UK trade and investment. Quite often there is a crossover and this is what, I am sure, I and my fellow panel members will highlight”.