Irene Sriharan

Call: 2016

Practice areas

Public access

Irene works across the fields of Asylum, Immigration, Human Rights, Family law and Extradition Law with a specialism in refugee and asylum claims. She has undertaken a wealth of work from the First Tier to the Court of Appeal.

Irene has gained a reputation for being a fearless and formidable advocate whose impressive people and legal skills aid her in being able to handle the most complex of cases, witnesses and Judges.

Before joining the Bar, Irene worked for a Solicitor’s firm and handled a vast caseload in both Family and Immigration matters. This cultivated her natural instinct as an advocate but also exceptional client care skills, in particular sensitivity with vulnerable clients.

During her degree, Irene took part in an exchange programme with Harvard Divinity School where her focus was in Philosophical Theology and the role of Religion in Politics.

After reading Theology at Kings, Irene followed her interest in socio-political issues to the TransAfrica Forum; a research, education and advocacy centre in Washington, D.C. for activism focusing on social economic and political conditions in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America and other parts of the African Diaspora. Irene therefore has accumulated 10 years of experience advocating on a broad spectrum of social justice issues.


Irene is instructed in the First-Tier, Upper Tribunal and High Court on Asylum and Public law cases, with a particular focus on claims involving victims of torture and trafficking.


Irene has developed a strong practice in Extradition having started as a prosecutor in the Extradition unit dealing with both Part 1 and Part 2 matters.

Family Law

Irene is experienced in Family Law and takes instructions on contact cases and financial remedies, and has a particular focus on the representation of parents in care proceedings.


President of the Middle Temple Students Association

Human Rights Lawyers Association

Immigration Law Practitioners Association

Association of Sri Lankan Lawyers in the UK