As head of the Dispute Resolution team, Hugh 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


  • 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

  • “Hugh Hitchcock is masterful at taking truly challenging negotiations in bitterly fought cases through to completion, while always focused on the client’s best interests. Even tested to the limit he remains cool, collected and in charge, never losing sight of the end goal. He is a partner for the big cases.”

  • “Hugh Hitchcock quickly understands and embraces the most diverse subject matters and his legal knowledge and application of the same, along with personal attention to his clients is unmatched.”

  • “Hugh Hitchcock is very experienced, unflappable and commercial.”

  • “Hugh is extremely effective, results-focused and both commercially and legally astute.”

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