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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:

  • Loches Capital Limited
  • Owens (Road Services) Limited
  • Graig Shipping Plc
  • Portman Healthcare Limited
  • Roxbury Developments Limited
  • Homes of England Limited
  • JB Global Limited

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. 

  • 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

Accolades

  • 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.