As head of the Dispute Resolution team, Hugh Hitchcock oversees Acuity’s work in Swansea, Cardiff, and London, working with both UK-based and international clients on a wide range of commercial litigation cases. Prior to joining Acuity, Hugh was a partner/director at DJM Law Ltd for over 20 years, initially returning to South Wales in 1995 after an eight-year stint in the media litigation department at Frere Cholmeley where clients included Elton John, Sting and Apple, The Beatles’ record label.
Hugh has a proven track record and vast experience in high-value contractual claims against large national firms, recovery claims, and minority shareholder claims and has developed a particular specialty in the area of defamation, gaining notable successes against a number of national newspapers. It is these successes that continue to attract and retain a number of key clients.
Hugh’s key clients include:
Hugh has consistently been noted in the Legal 500 as a tenacious litigator with successful (reported) results against national and international firms and prior to joining the firm his reported work highlights included:
Aside from several successful Section 994 claims, by far Hugh’s notable work highlight over the last 12 months was a success in a long-running complex and contentious pre-action disclosure claim against Goldman Sachs represented by Freshfields which concerns the takeover in 2006 of Arcelor by Mittals and the largest merger the steel industry has ever seen. A copy of the judgement can be found here.
Hugh is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500.
Hugh is ranked Band 3 by Chambers & Partners.
The Litigation Team is ranked Tier 2 in The Legal 500.
The Litigation Team is ranked Band 3 in Chambers & Partners.
Clients say Hugh has a ‘superb instinct for a winning point’ and has generated some ‘high-quality mandates that would be the envy of many London firms‘.
Hugh Hitchcock is very experienced, unflappable and commercial.
Hugh Hitchcock has a very pragmatic approach and is very committed, always available and approachable. He is reasonable and understands the perspective of the client.
A brilliant litigator who is very commercial and a value-add for clients.