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Shirin Marker


Public Law and Human Rights

Shirin is an Associate in our Public Law and Human Rights team. She represents clients in a wide range of public and international law matters, with a particular interest in migrant rights, national security and data protection.

Shirin is experienced in bringing judicial review and civil claims on a range of domestic and international law matters. She acts for a range of clients from unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in age assessment disputes to victims of trafficking, false imprisonment, arbitrary detention, torture and extraordinary rendition. She also specialises in bringing appeals before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), on behalf of individuals deprived of their British citizenship.

She has participated in roundtable meetings in relation to Syrian returnees and in 2023, provided written evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry on the State Handling of Hostage Situations.

Shirin also challenges decisions by the police and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) concerning disclosure of information, police record deletion requests, appeals before the Information Tribunal and civil claims for data protection breaches.

Education and career
  • Shirin graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature and Language (BA Hons) in 2012
  • She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2011 and the Legal Practice Course at BPP in 2015
  • She worked at two solicitors firms in London between 2016 – 2020, before joining Bindmans in February 2021

Shirin’s notable cases include:

  • Challenging the UK government’s decision to suspend funding to UNRWA (the UN Relief Agency for Palestinians)
  • Representing clients in successful appeals against the deprivation of their British citizenship
  • Acting for numerous Afghan prosecutors in successful judicial review challenges to delays in their relocation to the UK under the ARAP scheme
  • Representing the family of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the pro-Biafran independence movement, in relation to his torture, extraordinary rendition and arbitrary detention in Nigeria – (R (Kanu) v Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
  • Judicial review of the government’s failure to lawfully consult on its proposed National Disability Strategy, in R(Binder & Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Providing written evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry into State Handling of Hostage Situations and making representations to the FCDO on behalf of British nationals mistreated abroad
  • Securing the release of asylum seeker clients detained at Napier Barracks during the Covid-19 outbreak and successful civil claims on their behalf
Chambers and Partners UK 2024
  • Shirin is ranked ‘Associate to Watch’ in Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant.
  • Feedback says, ‘She has been very impressive in the handling of my case.’
  • “Shirin is absolutely excellent at thinking creatively about legal issues. Not only is she a brilliant solicitor, but she is a fantastic written advocate too.”
  • ‘She fights really hard and handles amazing public law work on behalf of disabled claimants.’
  • “Shirin is really bright and really knows what she is doing; she is absolutely on top of everything to do with cases.”
  • Shirin is also ranked ‘Associate to Watch’ in Civil Liberties & Human Rights.
  • Clients note, ‘Shirin is a brilliant solicitor – she is fantastically committed and keeps cases moving along. She is really up to speed with the law and is excellent at writing letters that clearly set out the legal and factual issues.’
  • “Shirin Marker is experienced in bringing civil claims on behalf of a range of clients, spanning both domestic and international law cases. She has strong expertise in handling matters that involve issues of gender-based violence.”
  • “Shirin is a fantastic lawyer who will go very far.”
  • “She is excellent at handling sensitive cases and is someone to go to for cases involving deprivation and national security. She is very calm and effective at handling cases despite the cases being really difficult and stressful.”
Legal 500 2024
  • Shirin has been ranked as a ‘Rising Star’ in Administrative & Public Law.
  • A client shares, ‘I have particularly noticed Shirin Marker, who is highly efficient and a pleasure to work with.’
  • Shirin has also been ranked as a ‘Rising Star’ in Civil Liberties & Human Rights.
  • Feedback says, ‘Shirin Marker really is one to watch. Her style is understated but she is extremely intelligent and has the strategic nous of a practitioner with many more years of experience.’
  • ‘Shirin Marker was incredibly knowledgable, while also being straight forward and clear in a way that gave me total confidence in her ability.’
  • ‘Shirin Marker is a real one to watch – bright, efficient, excellent client rapport and can get to grips with the most complex of cases, quickly. Particular expertise with vulnerable female clients, and cases involving closed material/ secret evidence.’
Professional memberships

  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association
  • Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights