"Recommended for her work in civil actions against the police, for which peers describe her as amongst the very best."
Ugo is an associate solicitor who joined Deighton Pierce Glynn in August 2016.
Previously Ugo worked at Leigh Day in their Human Rights Department. Ugo completed her solicitor training at a London based legal aid firm, and worked in their public law department specialising in housing, community care, age disputes and the unlawful detention of children. Before this Ugo worked at a Law Centre in the housing team and education team.
Ugo specialises in public law (particularly judicial review and human rights cases) and in actions against the police.
Ugo represents individuals, groups and organisations and routinely brings challenges against public authorities (such as government bodies, local authorities and agencies), in a range of areas such as detention and deprivation of liberty, discrimination and equality, housing, destitution and social services, international law and corporate accountability.
Significant cases in which Ugo has acted include:
R (Galdikas) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (High Court) – test case about support to victims of trafficking
R (Bokrosova) v Lambeth (High Court) – successful establishing that Lambeth’s removal of refurbishment options during its consultation on the redevelopment of a housing estate was unlawful
R (Carmichael and Rourke) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Supreme Court) – acting on behalf of two disabled clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, to challenge the discriminatory effect of the new housing benefit rules
Manchester Ship Canal Developments v Persons Unknown (High Court) – Represented anti-fracking protesters in possession proceedings; whether occupiers of land can rely on article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
R (Ms C and Mr W) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; Zacchaeus 2000 Trust intervener -acted for the Intervener in this successful challenge to personal independence payment delays
R (Hardy) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (High Court) – acted for the Intervener in a successful challenge to a discretionary housing payment award
R (J) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (High Court) – Successful challenge brought by an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, held in detention. Claimant awarded £10,000 damages
Grow Heathrow – represented Heathrow third runway protestors in possession proceedings; successfully obtaining a reprieve from eviction