Hugo Groves


Year of Call 1980



General Profile


Hugo has many years experience of dealing with insolvency related matters including those with an American and cross border element. He also deals with a broad range of company, partnership and commercial matters. Hugo previously worked as a solicitor in a City firm which has given him an insight into the demands and expectations of business clients. Hugo’s approach to problem solving is both practical and commercial, which has given him the reputation of being both user friendly and responsive to client demands. Hugo is recommended as a leading junior in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. 

 

The Directories

 

"He's very practical, down to earth and has presence in court." "Extremely pleasant to deal with and nothing is too much trouble. His practical knowledge is peerless."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"He really knows his way around insolvency." "He's an accomplished and knowledgeable barrister who always seems to get the right result. He's very easy to deal with and great with clients." "He's very knowledgeable, easy to work with and excellent in court."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"He provides first-class advice both in contentious and non-contentious matters." "He is direct, straightforward and tenacious."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"A true leader in his field.”

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"He provides straightforward, first-class advice both in contentious and non-contentious matters." "A very thorough advocate, who turns up in court very well prepared and knows the law inside out."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

‘An excellent advocate with gravitas.’
(Legal 500 2017)

 

‘He is accessible, knowledgeable, solicitor-friendly and commercial in his overall approach.’
(Legal 500 2017)

 

“He is very knowledgeable and easy to work with, in addition to being excellent in court”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“Hugo is one of the leading cross-border insolvency barristers in the UK”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“He is very commercial and very pragmatic”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“An accomplished and knowledgeable barrister who always seems to get to the right result, and great with clients”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“Extremely pleasant to deal with and nothing is too much trouble. His practical knowledge is peerless”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“He is very reliable and competent, inspires confidence in both solicitors and clients, and provides sound leadership”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

"He is a tenacious, knowledgeable, pragmatic team player who is focused on the outcome of the case."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"He is very easy to get on with. He is approachable and has a collegiate approach to working with solicitors." 
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"He gives down-to-earth, pragmatic, commercial advice."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

“Very bright and articulate, and good with clients”
(Legal 500 2015)


“He has unrivalled expertise in contentious insolvency, unfair prejudice and shareholder disputes”
(Legal 500 2015)

 

"He is unpretentious, quick to respond, knows his stuff and is very calm at all times."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"If you want somebody to fight your corner on his feet there are none better than Hugo."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"He is an expert insolvency lawyer who is acutely aware of the commercial realities."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"He is very bright, pragmatic and commercial."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

“His advice was spot-on.  His style is very straightforward; he is unflappable, not pompous and very pragmatic.  He very much becomes a part of the team to get the job done.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

“He is very thorough, very down to earth and really gets stuck in.”

(Chambers UK 2013)

 

Publications

 

Co-author of ‘Corporate Insolvency – Law and Practice’ (2014) published by LexisNexis 

 

Areas of Emphasis

 

Insolvency - All aspects, corporate and individual, including all stages of the winding up and bankruptcy process, disputed debts and insolvency appeals. Also EC Regulation cases and Chapter II cases

 

Company/Partnership - Including directors duties, directors’ disqualification and shareholder litigation; and partnership disputes

 

Commercial - Litigation for and against banks involving securities, mortgages and guarantees. Breach of share sale and asset sale agreements

 

Career & Associations

 

University of Leicester, LLB, 1976-1979
Called to the Bar 1980
University College London, LLM, 1980-1981
New York State Bar 1989
Previously worked as a solicitor in the corporate department of a City law firm specialising in company and insolvency
Qualified as a New York Attorney

 

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