Helping individuals to claim asylum in the UK

If you are an individual wishing to claim asylum in the UK, or if you are an organisation wishing to help an individual to do so, our asylum and human rights lawyers can support you.

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Highly-regarded in dealing with matters of asylum and human rights

Claiming asylum in the UK or resisting a deportation notice is undoubtedly a stressful time. However, at Paragon Law our team of dedicated asylum and human rights lawyers work tirelessly to help individuals to safely secure their future in the UK. The passion of our asylum solicitors and lawyers has seen our cases be represented in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.

How our asylum and human rights lawyers can help you:

Deportation and Detention

If you have been served a deportation or detention notice and need immediate support, our deportation immigration lawyers can assist you.

Family Reunion Applications

Our asylum and human rights lawyers can assist refugees in the UK to bring their partner and children with them to the UK through the family reunion immigration rules.

Deprivation of British Citizenship Cases

If you have received a decision from the Home Office to deprive you of your British nationality and need immediate assistance, our asylum and human rights lawyers can support you with deprivation of British citizenship cases.

Claiming Asylum and Human Rights Protection

Our asylum and human rights lawyers are able to assist individuals (including unaccompanied minors) to claim asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK.

Extension of Leave Applications

If you are an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, or on limited leave to remain on human rights grounds, our asylum and human rights lawyers can assist you in extending your leave.

Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications

If you have been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection, after five years of being in the UK you can apply for indefinite leave to remain and our asylum and human rights lawyers can assist you.


If you have exhausted your appeal rights, our asylum and human rights lawyers can advise you on further submissions.

Fresh Applications

Our asylum and human rights lawyers can assist individuals looking to make a fresh asylum or human rights application based on new evidence.


Our legal experts can conduct appeals at all stages, including the Immigration and Asylum Chamber First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.

Judicial Review Applications

If you wish to challenge the lawfulness of your asylum claim, our legal experts can help you submit a judicial review for the Upper Tribunal.

Applications Based on Published UK Border Agency Policies

Our asylum and human rights lawyers can deal with a range of other cases relating to UK Border Agency policies.

Supporting individuals and families to migrate to the UK

If you instead wish to join a relative in the UK, then our family immigration lawyers are able to assist individuals with a range of immigration enquiries to enable them to reunite with family members in the UK.

Why choose Paragon Law’s asylum and human rights lawyers?

  • Well connected to other industry experts, our asylum solicitors and lawyers are able to work with external experts to help create the strongest case for our clients.

  • Highly-regarded in the field of Asylum and Human Rights, our immigration team are favourably looked upon by organisations and the third-sector.

  • Experienced in matters relating to Asylum and Human Rights, our immigration lawyers have dealt with a wide range of cases enabling them to understand your needs.

  • Empathetic in our approach, our immigration experts work in a sympathetic manner to build a rapport with their clients in what can be an anxious time.

This immigration law powerhouse is best known for handling complex and high-profile cases. The lawyers are admired for their hard work and dedication to clients. They push and push and never take no for an answer.

Chambers & Partners

Meet Deirdre Sheahan

Deirdre Sheahan

Deirdre Sheahan

Director and Solicitor, Asylum and Human Rights

Deirdre Sheahan is a director at Paragon Law and is one of the UK’s leading asylum and human rights lawyers. Deirdre has been practicing in the area of asylum and human rights for over 15 years. Her contribution to asylum and human rights in the UK has led to changes in law at both a national and European level.

I have known the team at Paragon for a number of years and cannot praise them highly enough. They are always professional, responsive and have successfully turned around some very complex asylum cases for clients I have referred.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to process an asylum claim?

The Home Office tends to usually make a decision within 6-months of submitting an application. However, this time can be shorter or longer depending on the complexity of the case.

What support can I get if I claim asylum?

In the UK, asylum seekers are entitled to accommodation and a cash allowance.

If you ask for accommodation then you won’t be able to choose where you live and as a minimum you will be given £40.85 a week.

Can I work if I am waiting for a decision about my asylum claim?

If you are awaiting a decision on your claim then in most cases you won’t be allowed to work - instead you will be entitled to a cash allowance and accommodation whilst you wait. If you already have a right to work at the time of application then you will be allowed to work in the UK (e.g. you were already in the UK on another visa but have since made an application to claim asylum).

Additionally, if you made a claim for asylum over a year ago and you are still awaiting a decision then you can apply to the Home Office for permission to work in the UK. An application does not have to be granted, rather the Home Office will only grant applications whereby the delay in processing is not the applicant’s fault.

Can I access an interpreter?

Yes, we offer the services of an interpreter for those who require it. If you want an interpreter then please let us know before you attend any appointments.

What happens if you don't take on my case?

Sometimes issues relating to capacity and our apprehension regarding the prospects of an application may result in our immigration lawyers not taking on your case. In these instances, we will advise you on other options and other immigration law firms and services which may be of benefit to you. Matters of immigration can be sensitive and evoke painful emotions which is why we will always do our best to guide you to other services to help and resolve your case.

Do you accept legal aid?

Yes, we do have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency which means that for certain cases we are able to offer free legal advice and assistance. However, not all cases will be eligible for this funding. Therefore, please speak to your immigration lawyer to see if you are eligible for Legal Aid, and if so, we will then assess your case.

Find out more about our fees

The complexities of every case combined with the different types of funding on offer means that our fees differ from client to client. For a tailored quote please consult one of our immigration lawyers.

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