Firm Profile > Paragon Law > Nottingham, England

Paragon Law

Immigration Tier 1

Niche immigration firm Paragon Law is strong in corporate immigration compliance and the immigration-related aspects of establishing a new business in the UK. Equally adept in advising individuals and businesses, the team also handles outward immigration work, human rights and asylum matters. Managing director and founder Thalej Vasishta is the key name.

This global mobility and immigration law firm are known for both its expertise in advising businesses on employing skilled migrants and overseas companies on setting up offices in the UK. The firm is known in equal measures for its ground-breaking work in asylum and human rights. With associate offices in the US and Nigeria together with a large international network, the firm actively manages global mobility programmes for multinationals.

The firm: Established in 2003, the firm has built a reputation for helping individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses to make successful applications to visit, work, live, study, invest and trade in the UK.

The firm’s recent projects in corporate immigration have included advising on the de-merger of a multinational energy company ensuring that skilled migrants were properly transferred between the two businesses, advising a large multi-site business employing over 90,000 staff on its HR systems and processes to remain compliant with UKVI sponsorship duties and the merger of one of the UK’s largest high-street retailers with a US business and the subsequent transfer of senior executives between the US/UK.

The firm is an active supporter of the government’s agenda for inward investment and is playing an active role in London and regional development. The firm actively works with organisations such as the Midlands Engine, The Chamber and Nottingham City Council on projects involving businesses setting up in the UK.

The firm continues to be active after the Brexit referendum in advisory work to EU nationals and in particular businesses that employ a large volume of EU nationals. This ongoing work includes assisting organisations and educational institutions on making representations to the government in order to influence policy, training/seminars, providing surgery sessions and making applications on behalf of individuals to safeguard their immigration status under the EU Settled Status Scheme. The firm has been appointed to the panel for the teaching union NASUWT to support foreign national teachers with immigration-related queries. The practice has won a number of national awards for its service and diversity.

Types of work undertaken: As a niche firm, the practice has the expertise to handle any project or problem that has a UK immigration law and policy angle to it. Services include advising large and small businesses on making sponsor licence applications, advising businesses on setting up HR systems and processes to be compliant with UKVI sponsorship duties, training HR people to become immigration experts and advising on and preparing applications for organisations to sponsor skilled people under the Tier 2 criteria. For setting up businesses in the UK, expertise includes business visitor applications, visas for sole representatives of overseas companies, Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, Tier 1 (Investor) visas and transferring key staff from overseas to the UK business. The firm also has an active team advising educational institutions and their international students. The firm has six universities among its clients.

The firm also has an active team in advising individuals who wish to enter or remain in the UK as a dependent family member, international students who wish to remain in the UK after studies and those seeking British citizenship. Human rights expertise includes claiming asylum in the UK, advice for children seeking asylum, family reunion applications and appeals at all stages including the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Paragon Law can pursue judicial review applications to the High Court and obtain emergency injunctions.

Other offices:

Department Name Email Telephone
Investing & Business moves to the UK Thalej Vasishta
Sponsor Licence applications & Employing Overseas Staff Kirin Abbas
Personal immigration & Citizenship Nigel Smith
Asylum and human rights Dierdre Sheahan
EU Settled Status Scheme Lydia Watkinson
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Kirin Abbas  photo Ms Kirin Abbas
Mrs Deirdre Sheahan  photo Mrs Deirdre Sheahan
Mr Nigel Smith  photo Mr Nigel Smith
Mr Thalej Vasishta photo Mr Thalej Vasishta
Number of UK Directors : 3
Number of other Lawyers : 18

This “Immigration Law Powerhouse” is known, in equal measures, for their corporate immigration law know-how and their ground-breaking asylum and human rights work.  The firm is highly regarded by clients and peers for handling complex and high profile cases.

As a niche immigration law firm, we offer the full range of services to companies and individuals.  Our client based is varied and includes large public companies, local authorities, charities, start-ups, universities, owner-managed businesses and individuals, a number of which are well known in sports and entertainment.  Our clients are both UK based and an international community of clients that are looking to locate either themselves, their family or business in the UK.  The firm acts for significant families from regions such as Asia, West Africa and the Middle East.

The Firm:

Paragon Law is one of the largest immigration law teams in the UK.  The team would be a sizeable department in a multi-service firm.

The firm’s founders have a strong commitment to human rights and “building bridges and not walls”.  This is demonstrated in the choice of our niche practice area.  We are proud to be a multi-award-winning firm and in particular to be recognised for being as diverse as the clients that we represent.

Types of Work Undertaken:

The firm has the expertise to handle any project or problem that has a UK immigration law or policy angle to it.  The practice is divided into 3 core areas.

Corporate Immigration and Business Services

Our work includes UK sponsor licence applications (across all Tiers), sponsor licence management for key clients, immigration law training and audits of HR processes.  The firm has particular expertise in advising clients who are multisite or are part of a group of companies with sister offices overseas.  The firm also has successful experience of overturning sponsor licence revocations and successfully challenging civil penalty notices.  We are retained by a number of HR teams to ensure that systems and processes are maintained and compliant with UKVI sponsorship duties.

For setting up businesses in the UK our expertise includes business visitor applications, advising representatives of overseas companies, transferring key staff from overseas sister companies, Tier 1 (Investor) visas and the Innovator, Start-Up and Exceptional Talent visa routes.

The firm is also active in advising educational institutions and their international students.  The firm has 6 universities as clients.

Brexit ServicesThe corporate immigration team together with support from other teams are actively advising clients in Brexit contingency planning, advising EU nationals on Brexit implications and applications under the settled status scheme.  The firm remains active providing training to businesses, trade organisations, universities and business representative groups on Brexit, workers and the future of UK immigration law.

Personal Immigration

We advise individuals and families in the entire immigration process.  This includes visa applications, extension applications, Indefinite Leave to Remain and British citizenship.  The immigration team are able to handle difficult and complex cases which quite often require legal arguments under the Human Rights Act.  We have obtained a number of exceptional decisions where the UKVI have exercised their discretion.

Asylum and Human Rights

Human Rights expertise includes claiming asylum in the UK, advice for children seeking asylum, family reunion applications and appeals at all stages including the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.  The team are also able to pursue Judicial Review applications to the High Court and obtain emergency injunctions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Director, Corporate & Business Services Thalej Vasishta ++44 (0)115 9644117
Director, Corporate & Business Services Kirin Abbas ++44 (0)115 9644110
Director, Asylum & Human Rights Deirdre Sheahan ++44 (0)115 9644125
Senior Associate, Personal Immigration Nigel Smith ++44 (0)115 9644132
All main business languages
Hindi (and several Indian regional languages)
A well-established international network of foreign associates



The firm has continued to advise a number of large businesses over the last 12 months around Brexit, immigration and people strategy. Clients have included one of the largest car manufactures which has 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 recently acquired Samworth Brothers Limited as a client to support their transition to a new set of Immigration Rules in anticipation of Free movement of people ending. A further client win has been the University of Birmingham.

The firm has also been active advising business associations and groups on immigration law and policy particularly through providing training seminars to associations in the manufacturing, logistics, engineering and food & drink sectors. Paragon Law is working closely with the East Midlands Chamber in formulating advice to businesses in the Region on immigration law and Brexit.

Paragon Law remains active advising clients on applications for sponsor licences to employ migrants under Tier 2 visas. Most noticeably the firm advised Mitchells & Butlers PLC across all their brands and sites. In readiness for their sponsor licence application the work included the implementation of HR systems and processes to monitor migrant activity and processes for right to work checks across all sites. The firm continues to be retained by businesses to provide support and advice to HR teams on the recruitment of overseas nationals. In the last 12 months this work has included advising the HR team of an energy company on the sale of two group companies ensuring that the business complies with UKVI requirements related to the transfer of Tier 2 staff as part of the sale.

Despite the uncertainty in the UK economy in the preceding 12 months Paragon Law has advised overseas companies on setting up business in the UK. Such businesses have included a property investment business from Thailand, a fintech recruitment company from India and a paper manufacturer from Dubai.

The Personal Immigration department after recent restructuring is now headed-up by Nigel Smith. His team remains busy across the board on immigration applications related to individuals. Paragon Law is one of a handful of firms that are partnering with the charity Here for Good to provide vital services to vulnerable EU nationals that need assistance with settled status applications.

The firm’s nationally renowned asylum and human rights team remain active working 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.