Last week saw the legal publications announce their rankings of the best law firms in the UK. Paragon Law was recognised as the leader in the field of immigration law in all of them:


  1. In their inaugural list of the 200 Best Law Firms in England and Wales The Times newspaper commended Paragon as one of the 11 best immigration law firms and in particular recognising the strength of the firm’s lawyers in specialising in different areas of immigration law. Thalej Vasishta was recognised for his work in corporate immigration law, Kirin Abbas was highlighted for her work with Universities and Mark Lilley-Tams was mentioned for his personal immigration law know-how. We are delighted to be included in this list which is based on peer review of over 20,000 lawyers. The rankings can be viewed here


  1. We also continue to maintain Top Tier status in the Legal 500 publication with particular recognition in our work for acting for both individuals and businesses, “with a particularly strong track record in advising on corporate immigration compliance and on immigration aspects of establishing new businesses in the UK”. In addition to Thalej Vasishta and Mark Lilley-Tams, fellow director Deirdre Sheahan and senior associate Aldijana Hoad are also recognised. The rankings can be viewed here


  1. We also continue to maintain our Band 1 status in the Chambers and Partners. Our ranking can be viewed here

Thal Vasishta said “I am delighted with these rankings particularly as it demonstrates the hard work of the lawyers at Paragon Law, our strength in depth and the individual niche specialisms that the solicitors have within our immigration law practice. What also makes our inclusion special is that we must be the only firm that does not submit profiles or references to the legal directories but still continue to be recognised for our work”.


The latest addition of the Chambers and Partners Directory rankings of the legal profession once again places Paragon Law as a regional heavyweight in immigration law, with 4 of their solicitors listed as leading individuals, with only 3 other firms (Bindmans LLP, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP and Wilson Solicitors LLP) based in London having the same number of ranked lawyers.


Paragon Law is particularly recognised for their “impressive expertise” for their work for corporate clients with regards to Tier 2 personnel, international students, educational institutions and personal immigration matters.


Legal Services Director, Kirin Abbas, who heads the teams that work for HR personnel and educational institutions is described as a “standout lawyer” who “is very commercial and has a good team around her”.



Kirin Abbas, Legal Services Director


Thalej Vasishta, the firm’s Managing Director, who works predominantly on inward investment projects and advising large corporations who employ foreign migrants on their HR systems and procedures, has been recognised for his work with international companies that are setting up in the UK and transferring skilled employees.  He is also praised for his outbound advice to businesses that are setting up in India and China.



Thalej Vasishta, Managing Director


Star Associate, Deirdre Sheahan, heads up the firm’s Asylum and Human Rights Department and is recognised for her work on “some of the ground-breaking civil liberties and refugee-related immigration cases of the past few years”.  Deirdre’s team act for a number of Local Authorities who have responsibility for asylum seeking children and consequently her case in the European Court of Human Rights, MA, BT and DA v Secretary of State for the home Department added value to this vulnerable group by confirming that unaccompanied children seeking asylum should have their claims dealt with in the country that they are currently in.


Deirdre Sheahan, Associate


Rising star and Associate, Mark Lilley-Tams, is the firm’s joint head of the personal immigration department who has been recognised as “an experienced and talented practitioner who has been involved in several key cases before the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights”.  A particular case of Mark’s that is recognised is R (Rostami) v Secretary of State for the Home Department which was a test case challenging the limitation by which asylum seekers can only work in jobs on the “Shortage Occupation List”. 



Mark Lilley-Tams, Associate


Thalej Vasishta said, “We have established a national and increasingly international reputation for our immigration law work.  I am extremely proud of the lawyers who have been recognised as they are all home grown talent that have been with Paragon Law since they left law school.  However, I am equally proud of the teams that they have head up and in my view we could easily have 2 or 3 of our other lawyers ranked amongst the best in the UK”


Mr Vasishta went on to say, “with 16 lawyers we are one of the largest immigration law teams in the country.  Each of our lawyers specialises in specific areas of immigration law which results in a deeper level of knowledge and ultimately service to our clients.  Ultimately, we are only as good as our clients and the intermediaries that we work with.  It is to them that I would like to ultimately thank for having faith in us and supporting our work over the last decade since we have been in business”