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Hugh Southey has led at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court as well as in the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In particular he has led in 20 hearings before the Supreme Court. These hearings have covered topics as diverse and important as European Union citizenship, the system of disclosure of criminal convictions and the extent of the common law right to a fair hearing.

Hugh specialises in public law in a wide range of fields including human rights, immigration, crime, extradition, mental health, terrorism (including TPIMs and the Special Immigration Appeals Commission), inquests, discrimination and elections. Hugh litigates public law and human rights arguments both in judicial review proceedings and civil claims. Hugh also appears in criminal appeals and Court of Protection matters. Hugh’s human rights practice has expanded so that it includes a number of cases regarding privacy.

Hugh advises a range of clients including national institutions, corporate clients, trades unions and individuals.

Hugh has litigated in a number of jurisdictions outside England and Wales including Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos.

Hugh is an A-Panel member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Preferred Counsel.

Hugh is a Deputy High Court Judge and a Recorder who sits in the Crown Court. He is also an Acting Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Hugh is called in Northern Ireland.

Hugh is an author of Judicial Review: A Practical Guide (Jordans) as well as founding editor of the United Kingdom Human Rights Reports.

Privacy Notice

Hugh is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to my clients, including advice and representation services, Hugh needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Hugh’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Hugh is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards. Hugh is registered for direct access.


Hugh is listed as a leading practitioner in both Chambers and Partners (in which he is listed in 4 areas) and Legal 500 (in which he is also listed in 4 areas).

Legal 500 states that Hugh “has phenomenal advocacy skills, especially in the Supreme Court.”

Chambers and Partners Directory states that Hugh is ” very sharp, responsive and always on top of his brief.” It also states Hugh “[v]ery impressive and very hard-working, he’s clever with time and knows how to do things quickly.”