Described as “a star in the making”, Hugh specialises in commercial chancery matters, with a particular emphasis on complex civil fraud, commercial litigation, 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 (2022) for Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chancery: Commercial and Insolvency, and by Legal 500 (2022) for Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud, Company & Partnership and Insolvency. Praised as being “just brilliant” and as having “the Midas touch“, 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 “superb strategic judgment” and “immaculate written work” and as being able to “combine a robust style with considerable expertise and brain-power”. He is recommended as being “really top notch“, “Super bright, down to earth and approachable” and “brilliant – incredibly intelligent but also personable and good to work with.”
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” whose “grasp of the detail is terrific” and who “gives clear advice”. Clients have also described him as having “excellent judgement and a most incisive and agile mind” and that “He distils complicated concepts into easy to understand language.”
Hugh’s commercial and collaborative approach has also been the subject of praise from his extremely loyal client base. Solicitors say “He is just brilliant; he explains things in a pragmatic way and he is really good at providing support to the client.” Hugh is also “extremely commercial and good at understanding the big picture”, “very easy to deal with, takes a sensible view and is very good at talking directly without offending the clients” and is “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 is known as being someone who “goes the extra mile to be available”.
He has also been described as an “Excellent junior. Focussed and hard working” and “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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