Shirin is a solicitor 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 challenges relating to immigration, national security and data protection.
Shirin is experienced in bringing judicial review and civil claims against the State (including the Home Office, the FCDO and the Ministry of Defence). She has represented victims of trafficking, torture and rendition, individuals deprived of their British citizenship and those subject to restrictive counter-terrorism measures such as Temporary Exclusion Orders.
Shirin is also experienced in challenging 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. She has been recognised in the Legal 500 for her experience in international law and data protection.
She is instructed by both individual clients and NGOs.
Education and career
- Shirin graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature and Language (BA Hons) in 2012.
- She compelted the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP in 2014, and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in 2015.
- She worked at two prestigious solicitors firms in London between 2016 – 2020, before joining Bindmans in February 2021.
Shirin’s cases include:
- Challenging the Government’s allocation of funding as part of its Levelling Up Fund, on behalf of the Good Law Project.
- Judicial review challenge of the Government’s failure to lawfully consult on its proposed National Strategy for disabled people.
- Securing the release of asylum seekers detained at Napier Barracks during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Challenge to the police’s inclusion of an environmental activist on the domestic extremism database.
- Successfully challenging Kent North East Coroner’s refusal to allow a journalist to attend an inquest remotely during the pandemic.
- Securing a successful settlement against a local authority on behalf of a family whose personal details were disclosed by the local authority to the birth mother of their adopted child, in breach of the Data Protection Act 2018.
- Successful claim for damages regarding the UK government’s role in the extraordinary rendition and detention of a Pakistani national for ten years during the Iraq war.
- Successful appeal against the deprivation of citizenship of a British national who had travelled to Syria.
Legal 500 2023
- “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.”
Legal 500 2020
- Shirin has been recognised in the Legal 500 for her experience in international law and data protection.
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association
- Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights