Hugh Jory QC

Year of Call 1992
Year of Silk 2014

General Profile

Hugh’s practice focuses on commercial litigation for domestic and international clients and includes company and insolvency law disputes, partnership actions, banking, guarantees, civil fraud, and contract disputes.


When Hugh took silk in 2014 the directories said “He is an absolute star – he simply wipes the floor with other advocates” (Chambers and Partners 2014) and “He is extremely sharp and very impressive in the court room” (Chambers and Partners 2014). His successful practice as a junior has continued in silk where he is described in the directories as  “A superb silk” (Chambers & Partners 2017) and (Chambers & Partners 2018) :

Simply excellent, he is great at playing devil’s advocate and never misses a thing. Day or night, he is always available to assist. When on his feet, he is fantastic…

A highly intelligent advocate; judges respect him

unflappable, reliable and knows the law inside out  

Very pragmatic and hard-working as well as immensely popular with clients and easy to get along with. A top chancery barrister


Recent cases for international clients include acting for a Ukrainian company in respect of a fraud perpetrated on it in relation to banking transactions in the course of exporting sunflower oil, and acting for an investor based in Monaco in respect of a multi-million dollar action arising from breach of contract in respect of the purchase of high yield un-listed corporate bonds. He has also been acting for a UAE company and its director in defending a multi-million dollar claim brought against them by Cayman and Bermuda based liquidators, as well as acting for various overseas companies forming part a worldwide foreign exchange group and for their directors in litigation concerning the control of an FCA regulated UK company and claims against a former director.


For domestic clients, in insolvency related cases Hugh acted for insolvency practitioners in one of the first Special Administrations  (in respect of a stockbroking company), and acts regularly for insolvency practitioners in claims against former directors and others, and in complex disputes which require directions to office holders from the court (in one recent case the directions sought by joint administrators of a substantial farming partnership to determine the entitlements of different creditors which involved the application of principles of marshalling in the context of agricultural charges, and of subrogation in respect of claims made by trustees in bankruptcy of the former partners). Hugh is also regularly instructed for directors in claims against them brought by office holders (in one recent case in relation to distribution of a £21m dividend, and in another relating to a dividend in specie of £380m). He also acts for directors in disqualification proceedings and he recently defended two accountants at a trial which saw the Secretary of State’s case against them dismissed.


In company law related cases, Hugh is regularly instructed in substantial shareholder disputes and derivative claims. He has acted for and against private equity investors in shareholder disputes as well as for shareholders in family companies, and for shareholders who formed companies together as business partners. His previous career at an investment bank in the City gave him particular familiarity with share valuation which is of specific relevance to shareholders’ unfair prejudice petitions and claims for breach of warranty arising from share sale agreements. He also acts in claims for breaches of directors’ duties, including claims relating to distributions of dividends, as well as in proceedings (including injunctive proceedings) relating to breaches of restrictive covenants in share sale and employment contracts as well as claims relating to confidential information.


Hugh is regularly instructed in partnership disputes (including arbitrations) particularly those involving solicitors firms (including LLPs) and other professional partnerships as well as disputes concerning franchise and business sale agreements.



Quotes from directories about Hugh in the last few years include:


Simply excellent, he is great at playing devil’s advocate and never misses a thing. Day or night, he is always available to assist. When on his feet, he is fantastic. He never embarrasses instructing solicitors, but looks after and protects them, fighting his case in a wonderfully charming and very proficient way” (Chambers & Partners 2018)


Immensely popular with clients”   “A highly intelligent advocate; judges respect him” (Chambers & Partners 2018)


He is unflappable, reliable and knows the law inside out. (Chambers & Partners 2018)


Very pragmatic and hard-working as well as immensely popular with clients and easy to get along with. A top chancery barrister” (Chambers & Partners 2018)


He’s a calm, unflappable person. If you’ve got something complicated he’s a very good lawyer to go to.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)


A superb silk” (Chambers & Partners 2017)


A highly intelligent advocate; judges respect him (Legal 500 2017)


He is very bright, very good tactically at trial and he also understands the commercial needs of the client” (Chambers & Partners 2017)


He is very good on his feet, excellent in cross examination and very good tactically, thinking several moves ahead” (Chambers & Partners 2017)


His advocacy was exceptional and he was fantastic with the client, making difficult points seem simple” (Chambers & Partners 2017)


His banking background, easy manner and authoritative advice makes heavyweight corporate insolvency and banking work a breeze” (Chambers & Partners 2017)


He is a fearless, highly effective advocate. He is confidence-inspiring and a pleasure to work with” (Chambers & Partners 2016)


He is a fantastically knowledgeable barrister with great court presence.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)


He is knowledgeable and approachable and has a good rapport with judges. He is extremely thorough with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law” (Chambers & Partners 2016)



Career & Associations


BA (History) University of Cambridge

Investment analyst at Schroders where he qualified as an Associate member of the Society of Investment Analysts

Diploma in Law (City University)

Awarded a Wolfson Scholarship by Lincoln's Inn

Called to the Bar 1992

Queen's Counsel 2014

Committee Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Committee Member of the Northern Chancery Bar Association