Ubah Dirie, is recognised as a tenacious and client focused advocate who specialises in advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation and detention.
Ubah is fluent in Somali and has a particular interest in providing advice and representation in Somali cases. She is regularly instructed in complex asylum appeals, notably soon after the completion of her pupillage she was instructed as junior counsel in the Country Guidance case OO Algeria (CG)  UT UKUT 65. She often appears in the Upper Tribunal and is building an immigration related judicial review practice.
Ubah has developed a reputation as a practitioner who has the ability to explain complex points of law in a simple and straightforward way. Her empathy and manner towards clients mark her out as a clear choice in difficult cases. As such, she is frequently instructed to represent vulnerable individuals including victims of trafficking, unaccompanied asylum seeking children and those with complex mental health issues.
Before coming to the Bar, Ubah worked in a variety of sectors, including hospitality, healthcare and education. She spent a period of time as teaching assistant at a Pupil Referral Unit in Wembley.
Ubah was a client adviser at the Refugee Council and caseworker at Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). At BID she assisted detainees in their applications for bail and assisted in the running of bail workshops at Harmondsworth and Morton Hall IRC's. She continues to represent detainees on behalf of BID on a pro bono basis.
During her studies she was awarded the 2014 Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award by City University for her work at City Law School's General Legal Advice Clinic, which was recognised nationally in the Times Higher Education (THE). She was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering by the University of Sussex for managing and coordinating the volunteer advisor programme at the Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre.
- Immigration, Asylum & Nationality
- Public Law and Human Rights
Appointments & Memberships
- Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
- Human Rights Lawyers' Association (HRLA)
- Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)