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Paragon Law brings together a talented team of immigration solicitors and caseworkers who all share the same core values of excellent service and a passion for success. Our talented team of lawyers, commercial advisors, and country experts are distributed across several continents meaning that location is not a barrier to our service.

Not only do we value excellent service and success, but we are also committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We are proud that our employees are as diverse as the clients in which we represent. Our emphasis on diversity has been recognised by our peers: having been awarded ‘Best Employer’ by the Law Society at the National Solicitors Race Awards. In order to monitor ourselves and evaluate our progress we regularly conduct diversity surveys which are in line with the SRA's requirements. You can download the latest results (July 2021) here.

Thalej Vasishta

Director and Solicitor

Corporate Immigration

Kirin Abbas

Director and Solicitor

Corporate Immigration

Deirdre Sheahan

Director and Solicitor

Asylum and Human Rights

Nigel Smith

Associate Solicitor

Personal and Family Immigration

Emma Okenyi

Solicitor

Personal and Family Immigration

Saniya Hussain

Solicitor

Asylum and Human Rights

Khadijah Maqsood

Solicitor

Asylum and Human Rights

Karen Halliwell

Solicitor

Asylum and Human Rights

Shehzad Babar

Solicitor

Corporate/Personal Immigration

George Hanvere

Trainee Solicitor

Personal and Family Immigration

Rory Shanahan

Senior Caseworker

Asylum and Human Rights

Maaria Mahmood

Senior Caseworker

Asylum and Human Rights

Rebecca Kogan

Senior Caseworker

Asylum and Human Rights

Julia Crellin

Senior Caseworker

Asylum and Human Rights

Elliott Dipper

Senior Caseworker

Personal and Family Immigration

Sanat Roye

Solicitor

Asylum and Human Rights

Tendaishe Rushwaya

Trainee Paralegal

Corporate Immigration 

Sana Bukhsh

PA

Corporate Immigration

Natalya Baker

Case Administrator

Asylum and Human Rights

James Firman

Practice Manager

        Operations                  

Kusam Vasishta

Finance Manager

        Operations                  

Libby Birt

HR and Operation Executive

Operations

Emma Robinson

Marketing Executive

        Operations                  

Wendy Cracknell

Reception and Client Care 

 

Whitney Phippard

Business Administrator

        

Holly Costema

Finance Executive

        Operations                  

Vanesa Rulle

Business Administrator

 

 

What People Say About Us

“The committed and passionate team handles a range of work….they are a dedicated bunch of lawyers who are always thinking one step ahead.” (Chambers and Partners)

PF (2017) recently had this to say about us:

  • “Paragon are able to take risks that some other firms will not.”
  • “Once you have taken up a case you stick with it, no matter how long.”
  • “You take time and care to build an accurate history and double check evidence so that it is solid.”
  • “You appeal bad judgements immediately, if you think there are grounds to do so.”
  • “You harness expertise, whether psychological or country based.”
  • “You are realistic about difficulty and do not build false optimism.”
  • “You instruct excellent counsel.”
  • “You win cases!"