OVERVIEW

A driven and dedicated immigration solicitor, with over 14 years’ experience in Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights Law, 6 years’ PQE, and an academic background and previous work experience in Corporate Law, whilst in Karachi, Pakistan. 

 

Having graduated with a 2:1 in the LLB with the University of London in 2006, and subsequently completing the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University, Shehzad commenced his legal career with Paragon Law in 2007, becoming accredited as a supervisor and senior caseworker, and training and qualifying as a solicitor in 2014. Shehzad went on to specialise in Asylum and Human Rights Law, representing clients from the outset of their cases through to appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. 


In 2019, Shehzad left the firm and relocated to London, acquiring in-depth experience in Personal Immigration and dabbling in Business Immigration. More recently, Shehzad has returned to Paragon Law, now based at the firm’s London offices, and this time working in the Personal and Business Immigration teams. 

 

SPECIALISM

Personal Immigration 

  • In-country and entry clearance, partner, family and other applications under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, as well as applications outside the Rules and under Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (that is medical, family and private life cases), and subsequent appeals in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (IAC) and the Court of Appeal.

  • Nationality matters, including applications for naturalization and registration as a British citizen, deprivation of citizenship, cases involving adoption, and British passport applications.

  • Applications for domestic workers in private households.

  • EU related matters, including application under the EU Settlement Scheme.

  • Cost related matters, including compliance with directions on costs and preparation of Statement of Costs in Court of Appeal proceedings, and application for costs in the IAC.

 

Business Immigration 

  • Points Based System applications under the Skilled Worker Route (SWR) and previously Tier 2.

 

Asylum & Human Rights

  • Asylum and Human Rights applications (both initial and fresh applications), and subsequent appeals in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals of the IAC, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as Judicial Review proceedings in the High Court and Tribunal – including having conducted the country guidance case of SM (lone women – ostracism) Pakistan v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKUT 00067 (IAC).

 

WHY SPEAK WITH SHEHZAD?

  • Ability to work under pressure and ensure compliance with tight deadlines amid competing demands, as well as an ability to prioritize time and financial management.

  • Attending clients from the commencement to the conclusion of their cases, all the while ensuring the best standards of ethics and client care.

  • Specifically, preparing, filing and progressing applications and appeals; including preparing bundles, researching case-law and country information, relevant law and Home Office guidance, drafting a range of different types of documents, including witness statements, grounds of claim, grounds of appeal, instructions to interested/ third parties such as counsel and experts, settlements/ consent orders, representations to the Home Office, the Tribunals, the Courts, skeleton arguments and funding applications to the Legal Aid Agency; Ensuring compliance with court and tribunal directions, including relevant regulatory/ statutory regimes, such as the Civil Procedure Rules. 

  • Building and maintaining relationships with the above-mentioned parties and other interested parties, such as counsel, local authorities, medical practitioners, expert witnesses, academics, researchers, and so forth.

  • Conducting Tribunal Case Management Hearings and attending hearings in the higher courts alongside counsel.

  • Supervision - including conducting file reviews and ensuring that case files are managed and progressed in accordance with best practice and relevant rules and regulations, in terms of all legal, procedural and financial aspects.

 

 

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