Deirdre Sheahan

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. 

Deirdre Sheahan’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.