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Hugh Evans

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and Regulatory.


Hugh has over 30 years' experience of litigation in the Financial Services sector. He has acted in a wide range of disputes including product mis-selling, the taking of security, professional negligence, insolvency disputes, fraud, and high value recoveries in relation to retail, corporate and investment banking. His clients include banks, building societies, real estate financiers and asset based lenders. His recent experience includes acting in numerous disputes involving allegations of derivatives mis-selling including a leading case on the application of basis clauses to transactions involving SMEs.


Edge & Ellison (now Squire Patton Boggs) Birmingham, qualified 1982. Made partner at DLA Piper 1991.


Association of Pensions Lawyers; Law Society.


St. Illtyds College Cardiff; University of Birmingham, College of Law: LLB (Hons) 1979.


Welsh rugby; Huddersfield Town football club.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Hugh Evans - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Banking litigation

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘superb’ practice fields ‘first-class, London-quality lawyers’ who are ‘exceptionally friendly, strong commercially and hugely experienced’. Department head Adam Ibrahim has ‘an enormous amount of expertise that makes him highly dependable’; he handles financial product disputes, cybercrime and fraud issues, insolvency work and retail banking matters. Hugh Evans and Ben Johnson are also names to note; Evans has ‘great instincts’ and Johnson ‘consistently achieves excellent results’. Evans recently defended RBS in an issue relating to the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and Johnson acts for banks, payment service providers and asset-based lending clients. Other practitioners to receive praise from clients include legal director Sharon Duncan, who is ‘a friendly, client-facing lawyer’; legal director Chris Harvey, who is ‘extremely hardworking’; ‘highly knowledgeable’ senior associate Sohail Ali, and senior associate Claire Clayton-Stead, whose ‘hands-on approach makes her excellent with clients’. Aviva, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Clydesdale Bank and Standard Chartered Banks are clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant

Within: Professional negligence: claimant

The 'excellent' practice at DLA Piper UK LLP has experience acting for claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims. The department is spread across the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices and is jointly led by Hugh Evans - who has expertise in the banking sector - and head of the litigation and regulatory team +Adam Ibrahim. In a recent highlight, David Young led advice to Goodwood Estate Company and Goodwood Estate Pensions in claims against two of the companies' former law firms for alleged negligent advice. Other key names to note include legal directors Chris Harvey  and Sheffield-based Paul McNamee. Clients include the RBS group, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland and GE Capital. The team has also represented high profile individuals.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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