Nuhu Gobir

Nuhu Gobir

Year of Call: 1998
Clerk: Nigel East

Nuhu specialises in general crime, regulatory crime as well as immigration and nationality and is instructed to prosecute and defend. In 2019 he was appointed to List A of the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. This panel of specialist Counsel is administered on behalf of a number of different bodies including Natural Resources Wales, Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Care Quality Commission, Office for Rail and Road and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. He is a Crown Prosecution Service Grade 3 Prosecutor and is recommended in The Legal 500 2018 as a Leading Junior for his Public Law work, being noted as "a safe pair of hands for immigration matters." Previous editions commented that he was "noted for immigration and nationality law cases" (2017) and that he was an expert in immigration matters" (2016).

A member of the Criminal Bar Association, Nuhu was appointed to the Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates in 2006. He regularly prosecutes for Local Authorities and Government Departments, including numerous cases for the Deprtment for Work and Pensions and insolvency cases for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. 

Nuhu has been instructed to prosecute high profile cases involving fatal accidents. He was involved in HSE v R.P. Management Limited where he prosecuted on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive following an incident in which a traffic management operative was killed on the M4 motorway. In 2014 he was junior prosecuting counsel in R v Fyfield and MNS Mining Ltd; a gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter case following the Gleision Colliery disaster in which four miners died. In 2015 Nuhu prosecuted the case of R v Andrew Smith on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs - a £273,000 VAT fraud.

Some of his defence work includes R v Diana Jones where Nuhu was a led junior for the defence in a case involving the management of brothels in Cardiff and Swindon with Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings totalling over £4 million and he recently successfully defended a care assistant accused of stealing £65,000 from an elderly patient in a care home.

Reported cases that Nuhu has worked on include resisting two appeals against conviction in the Court of Appeal in R v Yaman & Yaman [2012] Crim. L. R. 896 (CA(Crim Div)); where an appellant was appealing a conviction for wounding with intent and his mother, a conviction for perverting the course of justice. The appeals were based on bad character evidence and self-defence but were dismissed. A further such reported case includes R v Craig Lewis and Shane Thomas [2006] EWCA Crim 2895 where he resisted an appeal against conviction in the Court of Appeal based on identification and multiple breaches of Code D of PACE. Nuhu also handled TD v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] Imm. A.R. 569, an appeal involving the issue of ‘sole responsibility’ within the Immigration Rules in relation to children, entry clearance and family reunification.

Nuhu was educated at Cheltenham College before going on to study at Cardiff University, Warwick University and Nottingham Law School. He spent two years working for the human rights organisation ‘Liberty’ before coming to the Bar. Nuhu is a Formula 1 motor-racing and rugby union fan. He played for Cardiff RFC under 19s and under 21s.