Hugh practises extensively in civil litigation and has appeared in disputes in the High Court, County Court and numerous statutory tribunals. He has particular experience of local authority commercial disputes, often engaging the procurement rules. He is the author the local authority procurement section in the Westlaw Insight encyclopedia.
- Commercial contract disputes. Examples include advising on whether the contractor under a £3 million contract to maintain local authority housing stock was able to extricate itself from the contract.
- Procurement disputes relating to breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Recent work includes advising on a proposed land sale by a local authority imposing works obligations on the purchaser, and assisting the Department of Health in relation to a large scale claim alleging illegality in a tender process.
- Service charge disputes in the County Court, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), acting for both landlords and leaseholders.
- Chancery disputes, including a long-running dispute in the Chancery Division relating to breach of covenant in a lease for a landfill site (junior to James Findlay QC).
- Fast and multi-track contractual claims.
- Interlocutory applications, including before Masters in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the High Court.
Hugh regularly provides written advice and drafts pleadings in relation to the above.
Hugh has also provided advice in relation to commercial disputes in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He is familiar generally with the law and practice of this and other jurisdictions which have rights of appeal to the Privy Council, having gained significant experience of this area of practice whilst working as a judicial assistant in the UK Supreme Court.