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Hugh has a wide-ranging practice in both private and public law. He is a noted specialist in media and information law including defamation, confidence, privacy and data protection. His practice also includes advisory work and litigation in the freedom of information field.

He is joint author of the leading practitioner texts on the law of human rights and on civil actions against the police. Hugh is highly rated by the directories in libel and civil liberties. He is a regular participant in Council of Europe human rights judicial training seminars.

In addition to his media and human rights work, Hugh is regularly instructed in substantial commercial, professional negligence and construction disputes. He acts as an ICC arbitrator and is an accredited mediator.

Publications include

‘Implications for the Private Sector’ in P Carey and M Turle eds, Freedom of Information Handbook (2nd Edn, Law Society, 2008)
Civil Actions Against the Police, with R Clayton (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd Edition, 2004)
The Law of Human Rights, with R Clayton, (Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, 2009).
The Law of Personal Privacy (Hart Publishing, forthcoming).
Lenders Claim, with T Grant (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010)


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Hugh is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his 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 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.


“He is the fount of all knowledge when it comes to information law, and fun to work with.”

“He is a heavyweight in the field of information law.”

“He is one of the go-to media silks for claimants and is one of the most influential lawyers in this area.”

“He is authoritative, yet realistic. He is innovative and at the top of his game.”

Chambers & Partners 2016