James Firman and Emma Okenyi

Paragon Law appoints two new directors

At Paragon Law we are delighted to announce that James Firman and Emma Okenyi have been made directors. Read more about this milestone.

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We are delighted to announce that we have promoted two senior members of staff to director level.

James Firman, who joined the company over 15 years ago, has been promoted to operations director.

James Firman initially joined Paragon Law as a general administration apprentice and has since held a variety of finance, general operations, IT and HR roles. In 2021, James was named as Nottinghamshire Law Society’s Practice Manager of the Year.

Senior solicitor Emma Okenyi has been promoted to legal director. In September, Emma Okenyi celebrated her tenth year at Paragon Law by becoming head of its Personal and Family immigration team.

This is what James Firman had to say about his new title: “Having joined Paragon Law after my A-Levels I have grown around the business for all my working life. I have gone from helping stamp envelopes to managing Paragon Law through difficult periods such as Covid and major IT projects giving us the capability to work remotely for our clients. I enjoy the challenges that my work presents and the entrepreneurial environment.”

Reflecting on her new title, Emma Okenyi said:  “I initially came to the UK as an international student from Kenya to study law at the University of Hull and I subsequently qualified as a solicitor at Paragon Law. I have enjoyed the opportunities that have been presented to me and now particularly enjoy training and developing new lawyers that join my team.”

Paragon Law’s director and co-founder, Thal Vasishta, has said that: “These promotions reflect the hard work, dedication, and talent shown by these individuals. Both James Firman and Emma Okenyi have been at Paragon Law for over 10 years and have since established themselves as amongst the best at what they do.

“Paragon Law continues to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Emma is an example to all international graduates in the UK that you can reach the top of your field of work. 67% of our senior leadership are women and 67% are from a BAME background.”

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