5 Essex Court

Sarah Dobbie

Call 2020

Sarah practises across 5 Essex Court’s core areas, including human rights, public, inquest, inquiries, police, and data protection law. She also has a growing practice in asylum/immigration law and public international law.

Sarah regularly appears in a wide range of courts and tribunals, including in the High, Crown, County, and Magistrates’ Courts (on civil matters).  

Notable recent instructions include:

  • acting for Asylum Aid (led by Charlotte Kilroy QC) in a challenge of the Secretary of State’s policy of removing asylum-seekers to Rwanda (ongoing) (R (AAA) v SSHD [2022] EWHC 1922 (Admin) and R (Asylum Aid) v SSHD [2022] EWHC 1980 (Admin))
  • acting for Freedom from Torture (led by Raza Husain QC) in a challenge to the Secretary of State’s policy of “pushing back” small migrant vessels
  • acting for the defendant Council (led by Fiona Barton QC) in a three-week High Court trial of a civil claim arising out of regulatory investigations into and subsequent execution of search warrants at a commercial energy company (BES v Cheshire West and Chester Council [2022] EWHC 2162 (QB))
  • advising the Good Law Project (with Raza Husain QC and Alasdair Mackenzie) on the routes by which individuals fleeing from Ukraine can claim asylum in the UK and the impact of the Nationality and Borders Bill (Joint Opinion)
  • advising Freedom from Torture (with Raza Husain QC, Jason Pobjoy, and Eleanor Mitchell) on the consistency of various aspects of the Nationality and Borders Bill with international human rights law, international refugee law, and common law (Joint Opinion)
  • instructed in the Grenfell Inquiry and Infected Blood Inquiry (as part of  the Government’s “Junior Junior” Scheme).

Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah worked as a Refugee Legal Advisor in Egypt and Greece, and as Graduate Lawyer at Allens in Australia. 

Sarah holds a BCL (Dist.) and MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Dist.) from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University.

Sarah is admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Australia).