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”.