Hugh Jory QC


Year of Call 1992
Year of Silk 2014


General Profile


Taking silk has enabled Hugh to bring his financial knowledge gained in his previous career in a merchant bank in the City and his tenacity as an advocate with an eye for detail to higher levels and international clients. Amongst his current work has been acting in a substantial fraud trial involving the export of sunflower oil from Ukraine for Ukrainian clients, acting in the Commercial Court in relation to the multi-million dollar valuation of high yield illiquid bonds for a client in Monte Carlo, and acting in a multi-million dollar fraud claim by liquidators in Cayman and Bermuda for a company based in the UAE and its director in the UK.

 

As well as covering commercial work including contract disputes banking and finance matters and claims for breach or warrant in share/asset purchase agreements as well as  civil fraud and breach of trust, his practice includes an emphasis on insolvency where he is currently acting in a claim defending former directors of a PLC in an action against them by a liquidator for tens of millions of pounds, and has recently defended two accountant directors in directors’ disqualification proceedings which were dismissed against them .

 

His practice includes particular emphasis on company law where he is currently engaged in advising on several substantial unfair prejudice petitions, and is accustomed to act for a full range of clients from substantial private equity investors to founding shareholder directors in smaller companies. He is particularly familiar with claims in respect of breaches of directors’ duties, breaches of restrictive covenants in service agreements and breaches of confidence in relation to confidential information.

 

Hugh’s practice also includes partnership law, often involving the removal of partners and issues of breach of duty and good faith and the taking of accounts. He also has particular experience of common intention constructive trusts especially in the context of family assets held according to the traditions of particular communities.

 

 

The Directories

 

"His banking background, easy manner and authoritative advice make heavyweight corporate insolvency and banking work a breeze." "He's a calm, unflappable person. If you've got something complicated, he's a very good lawyer to go to." "He is immensely popular with clients and easy to get along with."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"He is 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."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"Immensely popular with clients.”

(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 in court, he is fantastic. He never embarrasses instructing solicitors, but looks after them and protects them, fighting his case in a wonderfully charming and very proficient way."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

‘A highly intelligent advocate; judges respect him.’

(Legal 500 2017)

 

“ a superb silk”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“His banking background, easy manner and authoritative advice makes heavyweight corporate insolvency and banking work a breeze”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“His advocacy was exceptional and he was fantastic with the client, making difficult points seem simple”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“He is good on his feet, excellent in cross-examination and very good tactically, thinking several moves ahead”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“He is very bright, very good tactically at trial and he also understands the commercial needs of the client”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“Provides extremely technical advice, delivered in a client-friendly manner”

 (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 knowledgeable and approachable and has a good rapport with judges. He is extremely thorough with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law."

(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"He knows finance and complex commercial disputes backwards."

(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"He is a fantastically knowledgeable barrister with great court presence."

(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"He's excellent. He's the shining star of Enterprise Chambers because clients adore him. He's always pragmatic and he rolls up his sleeves."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"He's good with clients, and is not fazed by anything. He's experienced, and gives you confidence that you are in good hands."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"He's excellent at cross-examining, particularly with experts."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"He is very confident and very self-assured but only because he is brilliant."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"I have seen him completely demolish people both inside and outside court. I would be very concerned if I was on the other side."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

“He is an absolute star – he simply wipes the floor with other advocates.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

“He is extremely sharp, and very impressive in the courtroom.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

“He is very affable, and has a fantastic brain.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

 

Career & Associations

 

BA (History) University of Cambridge

Diploma in Law (City University)

Awarded a Wolfson Scholarship by Lincoln's Inn

Called to the Bar 1992

Queens's Counsel 2014

Qualified as an Associate members of the Society of Investment Analysts

Members of the Chancery bar Association