Described as “a star to watch for the future”, Hugh specialises in commercial chancery matters, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation, complex civil fraud, insolvency, company law and contentious trust litigation. He has significant experience of asset tracing claims, and his work often includes offshore or other international elements. He is in high demand both as sole Counsel and as junior on significant pieces of litigation, including disputes being resolved at arbitration. He is frequently instructed in relation to urgent and ex parte applications.
Hugh is recommended as a leading junior across his primary areas of practice, being ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar (2020) for Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chancery: Commercial and Insolvency, and by Legal 500 (2020) for Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud, Company & Partnership and Insolvency. He is “considered a rising star in the commercial chancery market” who “excels across a broad spectrum of shareholder disputes, trusts work, property litigation and civil fraud matters.” Hugh has been praised as being a “terrific advocate” with “immaculate written work” and as being able to “combine a robust style with considerable expertise and brain-power”.
Hugh is renowned both for his technical skill as well as for his robust advocacy in the court room and his straightforward and astute advice. He is described as being “incredibly bright and very pragmatic”, “very clever, very capable” and “very down to earth, highly knowledgeable” as well as being “an effective and persuasive advocate” who “gives clear advice”. Clients have also described him as having “excellent judgement and a most incisive and agile mind”.
Hugh’s commercial and collaborative approach has also been the subject of praise from his extremely loyal client base. Solicitors say he is “extremely commercial and good at understanding the big picture” and “very supportive of both solicitors and clients, highly collaborative and good at making himself available. He is more than willing to chat through the challenges in a case”.
He has also been described as “a pleasure to work with and a charming practitioner who provides quality advice and always offers a clear litigation strategy” and well as being a “prodigiously hard worker” who “turns around big pieces of work in the blink of an eye.”
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Areas of experience
Chambers and Partners (2020)
“Considered a rising star in the commercial chancery market, born out of his impressive roles in a number of significant recent commercial matters. He excels across a broad spectrum of shareholder disputes, trusts work, property litigation and civil fraud matters.”
“He is incredibly bright and very pragmatic. He’s very down to earth, highly knowledgeable on insolvency and gives clear advice.”
“What I appreciated was that from the beginning we were able to have an open and direct conversation and to discuss the strategic direction of proceedings. He was able to tackle procedural hurdles and he was very supportive of us and the client. He was good at being available, collaborative, and able to chat through challenges.”
“He is a pleasure to work with and a charming practitioner who provides quality advice and always offers a clear litigation strategy.”
“He is an effective and persuasive advocate.”
“Extremely commercial and good at understanding the big picture.”
“Very supportive of both solicitors and clients, highly collaborative and good at making himself available. He is more than willing to chat through the challenges in a case.”
“A well-regarded junior with a broad insolvency and restructuring practice spanning both contentious and non-contentious work. He is particularly adept at advising on cross-border matters and foreign insolvencies. He also offers expertise in asset recovery after bankruptcy or liquidation, claims involving antecedent transactions and misfeasance, IVAs and CVAs and winding-up proceedings.”
Legal 500 (2020)
“He manages to combine a robust style with considerable expertise and brain-power, and is a star to watch for the future.”
“Terrific advocate, immaculate written work.”
“A prodigiously hard worker, he turns around big pieces of work in the blink of an eye.”
“He has excellent judgement and a most incisive and agile mind.”
Legal 500 (2019)
”Very clever, very capable.”
- Lincoln’s Inn (Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Buchanan Prize, Hardwicke Entrance Award)
- MA (Hons) Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (Choral Scholarship, Academic Scholarship, Tapp Postgraduate Scholarship, 3 Verulam Buildings Prize for Trusts and Equity in University Finals)
- BVC at BBP Law School (Outstanding, joint-highest mark in year)
- Chancery Bar Association
- Commercial Bar Association
- Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
- Contentious Trusts Association (ConTrA)
- Volunteer for the Personal Insolvency Lawyers Advice and Representation Scheme (PILARS)
- Denning Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Lecture and Seminars
Hugh is regularly asked to deliver lecture and seminars to clients and professional associations on issues arising across his practice areas. Details of upcoming events, topics and Hugh’s availability can be obtained from the practice management team at firstname.lastname@example.org.