Hugh is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and a founding member of the barristers’ chambers known as Matrix Chambers. He specializes in media and information law, including data protection, defamation, confidence, privacy and in human rights law.
He has been practicing law at the English Bar for more than 30 years. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2002.
He is a Master of the Bench at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. He is a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
He is the author of a number of legal textbooks, including the leading text, The Law of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2nd Edn, 2009).
He is one of leading privacy lawyers in England and Wales and has regularly represented claimants in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in privacy cases. He was lead counsel for the claimants in the News of the World “phone hacking” litigation. He also regularly involved in data protection cases including the “MPs expenses” case.
He is an active blogger, editing the “Inforrm” media and law blog. He is also a founder member and the Chair of “Hacked Off”, a campaign for independent press regulation in the United Kingdom.