Hugh joined Capsticks in January 2018 after five years as the Director of Legal Services at the Metropolitan Police Service. In that role Hugh was responsible for the provision of all the Met’s civil law work on behalf of the Commissioner. He was also a member of the Met’s Management Board.
Many of the matters that Hugh dealt with at the Met had the highest public profile. He was involved in complex litigation (for example, the Miranda case), inquests (including the Mark Duggan inquest) and public inquiry work, notably the public inquiry into undercover policing. In addition, Hugh personally advised on sensitive counter terrorism issues.
After qualifying as a solicitor in 1991, and before joining the Met, Hugh worked in the Government Legal Service (GLS) where he gained experience in a number of departments including the Home Office, the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Trade and Industry. For the last four years of his time in the GLS Hugh was head of litigation at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department. During that time Hugh was involved in many of the most important public law challenges that the government faced. He also oversaw the legal support to the government’s witnesses at the Leveson Inquiry and other public inquiries.
Hugh has huge experience of dealing with a wide variety of complex legal issues involving the public sector, frequently in an intense media spotlight. He is experienced in working with the most senior of clients.
At Capsticks Hugh has joined our commercial litigation team. He will also play an important role in the service that we offer to our emergency services clients.
BA (Hons), Nottingham University 1986