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Hugh Norbury QC

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Serle Court (Chambers of Alan Boyle QC)


Hugh has a broad commercial and chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on cases involving fraud or breach of fiduciary duty.  His practice extends to insolvency, company, trusts (onshore and offshore in all of these areas) and even occasionally ancillary relief in the Family Division.


In 2018 he acted primarily on a £100m+ conspiracy claim brought by a credit hire company against a number of firms of solicitors and experts they instructed (Accident Exchange v Autofocus and others). 

Other recent cases include: a multi-jurisdictional undue influence case; a contractual dispute between a private equity firm and its former corporate finance advisor; one part of the Shlosberg litigation; a bribery claim brought by Fiat Chrysler Australia; a £100m+ company dispute relating to Malaysian infrastructure assets.

Previously, Hugh was heavily involved in the BTA Bank v Ablyazov litigation, culminating in leading his client's defence in a 14 week trial in the Commercial Court reported at [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm)).


Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR.


Studied PPE at Oxford, CPE at City University, LLM at King's College London. Called 1995. QC, 2012.


Married with two sons. Keen on running, tennis, skiing.

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court ‘ Great to work with, quick response rate at all hours, very bright and persuasive in court. ’

Within: Commercial litigation

A favoured destination for many of the city's leading litigation departments, Serle Court is particularly noted for its strong grounding in offshore and fraud-related matters, which inevitably cross over heavily into the broader commercial litigation sphere. Most recently, Hugh Norbury QC led a team of four members for Keoghs LLP, one of the law firm defendants in Accident Exchange v McLean and others. Other key cases include Yukos Finance BV v Lynch & Others in which Jonathan Adkin QC was involved, and Glenn v Watson, where Elizabeth Jones QC has led a team of six juniors, including Justin Higgo, on behalf of the claimant. 

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court ‘ 'A very user-friendly silk who commands the confidence of the court. ’

Within: Fraud: civil

Stacked with highly experienced silks and juniors, Serle Court has long been one of the leading sets when it comes to civil fraud disputes. Crossover strengths into trusts and offshore claims add to the chambers' offering. Major recent cases include Glenn v Watson, which involved five members including Elizabeth Jones QC and Justin Higgo. In Accident Exchange v McLean and others, a £127m dispute, Hugh Norbury QC and Dan McCourt Fritz represented Keoghs LLP, one of the solicitor defendants.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court ‘ Very able and excellent to deal with. ’

Within: Professional negligence

Serle Court has an 'array of talented barristers' for professional negligence disputes and is regularly involved in complex cases; Philip Jones QC acted for corporate service providers in the Isle of Man in Axiom Legal Financing Fund v Turnstone & Peacock, which examined the management of funds. Elsewhere, Hugh Norbury QC acted for Keoghs LLP, one of three groups of solicitor defendants, in Accident Exchange v McLean, a £127m claim regarding an alleged conspiracy arising out of the conduct of cases involving credit hire insurance claims. Ruth den Besten joined Essex Court Chambers in 2018.

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