Hugh Sims KC > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers
23 BROAD STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 2HG
England

Work Department

Commercial; professional negligence; banking and finance; company law and partnership; technology and construction; insolvency; sports law.

Position

Hugh is recognised as a star of the UK Bar, with rankings in Chambers UK as a leading barrister across 7 practice areas: Commercial, Professional Negligence, Insolvency, Banking & Finance, Partnership, Chancery and Company.

He is instructed with juniors, and as sole leading counsel, in complex and substantial disputes where his advocacy and forensic skills are highly valued.

Career

Hugh has wide ranging sector knowledge, including experience in the following sectors: accountancy, agriculture, banking, care homes, construction, charities, energy, including electricity generation and power distribution, renewables, insurance, financial services, hotel, hospitality & leisure, marine, pharmaceuticals, software, technology and sports.

Hugh acts in complex and substantial company and personal insolvency disputes, including claims for and against insolvency practitioners. He enjoys working as a team, with clients, solicitors and other junior barristers.

Hugh welcomes instructions in the following areas:

  • Corporate insolvency, including administrations, liquidations and CVAs
  • Claw back and recovery claims
  • Directors and office holder misfeasance claims
  • Directors’ disqualification
  • Personal insolvency, including bankruptcy and IVAs
  • Professional negligence claims involving insolvency practitioners

Memberships

  • Commercial Bar Association (Combar)
  • Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA)
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)
  • Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)
  • Bristol Chancery and Commercial Bar Association (BCCBA)
  • Appointed as Deputy High Court Judge (2019)
  • Appointed to the Attorney General’s Panels of Junior Counsel to the Crown (pre 2014)

Education

  • BVC Western & Wales: Prize for Best Overall Performance
  • Diploma in Law, University of Exeter: Dean’s Commendation
  • Physics BSc, University of Manchester: First Class Honours

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Hugh Sims KCGuildhall ChambersHugh is an excellent tactician. His sharp brain keeps him a step ahead of his opponents and his advocacy skills at trial are fantastic. He is very thorough and he wins clients over.’

At Guildhall Chambers, the ‘exceptionally brightHugh Sims KC has an excellent reputation for representing claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, surveyors, accountants and other professionals. John Virgo has established strength in cases in the financial arena, while Oliver Manley has niche expertise in handling cases involving negligent immigration advice. Jay Jagasia regularly acts for financial institutions in professional negligence matters. James Wibberley is singled out for his solid experience in handling claims brought against solicitors.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Hugh Sims KCGuildhall ChambersHe is a class act.’

Guildhall Chambers ‘offers a strong range of barristers in the field of insolvency‘. Practice head Simon Passfield is ‘the safest of hands for insolvency‘, with an excellent track record in handling a range of high-value contentious insolvency cases. The ‘very impressiveHugh Sims KC has ‘a calm and structured approach that gives the client and the court real confidence.’ Stefan Ramel is sought after for his established strength in cross-border insolvency. Elsewhere in chambers, James Wibberley is representing zoologist and conservationist Dr Jake Veasey in an unfair prejudice claim against the owners and operators of Peak Wildlife Park. In May 2022 Samuel Parsons moved to elite London set Erskine Chambers.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Hugh Sims KCGuildhall ChambersHugh is a comprehensible, thoughtful and timely silk. A pleasure to work with.’

Guildhall Chambers stands out as an ‘excellent go-to chambers for commercial disputes‘ and houses ‘specialists in financial services regulatory litigation‘. In a recent case highlight Hugh Sims KC, who heads up the practice, is leading James Wibberley in URE Energy Limited v Notting Hill Genesis, involving a £4m damages claim regarding the alleged wrongful repudiation of an electricity supply contract. Jay Jagasia provides ‘quick, efficient and commercial advice‘ on a broad range of contentious banking work. In May 2022 Samuel Parsons moved to Erskine Chambers.