Mrs Deirdre Sheahan > Paragon Law > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Paragon Law

Work Department

Asylum & Human Rights Law


Deirdre Sheahan is a Director at Paragon Law where she is head of the Asylum and Human Rights team. Deirdre specialises in asylum and human rights claims, in particular those relating to very vulnerable migrant groups. These include the asylum claims of unaccompanied children, LGBTI claimants and women who have suffered gender based violence as a form of persecution. Deirdre’s legal work has led to changes in law at both national and European law level. LQ (Age: immutable characteristics) Afghanistan [2008] changed the UK approach to orphaned children under the Refugee Convention. HJ (Iran) UKSC 2009/0054 at the UK Supreme Court changed the test applied to LGBTI claims. R (MA, BT, DA) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 1446 was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union and led to changes at EU level regarding responsibility for deciding the asylum claims of children in the EU. Deirdre also provides training and workshops on her areas of speciality for a wide range of organisations.


Deirdre holds a Masters in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham and completed her LPC at Nottingham Law School where she was also awarded inaugral Alimni of the year. She trained at Paragon Law where she qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and became a Director in 2017.




Law Society, Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme, Immigration Law Practitioners Association.


National University of Ireland Galway (BA 2002 Hons) (LLB 2003 Hons); University of Nottingham (Masters in Public International Law 2005); Nottingham Law School Trent University (LPC 2005)

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Employment > Immigration

Paragon Law is a niche law firm specialising in immigration law matters. The firm is divided into three departments covering all aspects of immigration law; Kirin Abbas and Thalej Vasishta ‘work seamlessly together’ and jointly head the business and workers department, advising corporate clients on immigration issues regarding their workforce. Nigel Smith heads the personal and family visas department, while the asylum & human rights team is headed by ‘extremely well respectedDeirdre Sheahan. The firm has a niche specialism in advising clients from the higher education sector, acting for several universities.