Hugh is an experienced commercial litigator having qualified at West End media firm, Frere Cholmeley. Having acted on many complex claims for high profile individuals and businesses, he has developed an enviable reputation for successfully handling all manner of commercial disputes.

He brings over 25 years of business litigation experience and has a strong track record for securing highly successful outcomes for his clients.

  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Director and shareholder disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Contentious insolvency and antecedent transaction claims
  • Defamation, privacy and reputation management
  • All types of injunction proceedings
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Acting for Loches Capital Limited in a substantial pre-action disclosure application against Goldman Sachs International
  • Acting for private equity funds and individual corporate shareholders on boardroom disputes, hostile takeovers and defending and commencing Section 994 claims
  • Advising and successfully pursuing a global steel company on a complex patent infringement claim all the way from letter of claim through to the Court of Appeal
  • Advising several celebrities including a major internationally renowned recording artist, on issues of defamation and malicious falsehood against the Sun and Daily Mirror
  • Advising an international investment fund on its claims in a minority shareholder dispute arising from a billion-dollar high-profile merger
  • Advising a national haulier and logistics group on a multi-million cartel and unfair competition claim
  • Advising a number of UK funds, charities and property development businesses in relation to the miss-selling of multi-million pound hedging products
  • Advising on a multi-million dollar dispute with an international mining company over various overseas contracts
  • Advising a number of local authorities in relation to procurement related claims in excess of £20 million


  • 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.

Words from our clients

  • 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.