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Hugh Southey has led at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court as well as in the Privy Council, European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In particular he has led in 25 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, crimeextraditionmental health, terrorism (including TPIMs and the Special Immigration Appeals Commission), inquests, discrimination, privacy 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 advises a range of clients including national institutions, corporate clients, trades unions and individuals.

Hugh has litigated and advised 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 Justice of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Hugh is called in Northern Ireland.

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

  • Publications

    Since being called to the Bar Hugh has written regularly on public law and human rights. He recently wrote (with Amanda Weston, Jude Bunting and Raj Desai) Judicial Review: A Practical Guide (3rd Edition). He also edited (with Lord Justice Fulford) the United Kingdom Human Rights Reports. He wrote (again with Lord Justice Fulford) A Criminal Practitioners Guide to Judicial Review and Case Stated. He wrote chapters in Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime and Judicial Review: Law and Practice.

  • Speaking Events and Training, Seminars

    16 October 2019 – Justice Human Rights Conference – Human Rights and Criminal Justice

    26 September 2019 – IBA Seoul – ‘Stateless children: orphanage tourism’

    8 November 2018 – Matrix – Sports immigration following Brexit

    24 May 2018 – Human Rights Lawyers Association – Immigration detention

    21 March 2017 – Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum – Extradition and Immigration Law

  • Other Relevant Information

    Admitted as a solicitor in 1991 but transferred to the Bar in 1996. As a solicitor Hugh headed the immigration and crime department at Glazer Delmar and assisted the firm to become one of the first firms to obtain a Legal Aid franchise.

  • Memberships and Societies

    ILPA, Association of Prison Lawyers, Administrative Law Bar Association, Mental Health Lawyers Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Legal Action, Liberty, Justice, Amnesty International.

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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 is “[a]n incredibly thorough analyst of material and very clear and precise written work.”

Chambers and Partners Directory states that Hugh is “sharp, responsive and always on top of his brief.” It also states Hugh’s “brilliant; he is such a specialist in what he does, he’s logical in court and he’s fantastic with the clients..”