Hugh Norbury KC > Serle Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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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.


Currently Hugh is co-leading for the claimant in Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & ors, a claim for in excess of US$800m arising out of alleged bribery of the former Director General of the Kuwaiti State Pension and Social Security Fund. He is also leading a defence team in Jinxin v Aser Media Pte Limited & ors, a US$660m claim for rescission or damages arising out of alleged deceit in the purchase by a Chinese fund of a controlling interest in a leading sports media rights group. He has been involved in many of the larger multi-party fraud cases in recent years, including Vale v Steinmetz & ors (ongoing); ArcelorMittal v Essar Steel (during 2019) and BTA Bank v Ablyazov, which culminated in 14 week trial in the Commercial Court reported at [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm).

He also acted until settlement in late 2018 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: acting for Charles Saatchi in proceedings against a former fiduciary in relation to misappropriations relating to Mr Saatchi’s famous art collection; one part of the Shlosberg litigation; a bribery claim brought by Fiat Chrysler Australia; a £100m+ company dispute relating to Malaysian infrastructure assets.


Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR.


Studied PPE at Oxford, CPE at City University, LLM at King’s College London. Called 1995. QC 2012 (now KC).


Married with two sons. An enthusiastic tennis player and skier.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Hugh Norbury KCSerle CourtHugh is consistently excellent in virtually all aspects of his work. He is incredibly bright, has an unparalleled command of detail, fantastic rapport with clients, quickly cuts through complex issues and consistently commercial and pragmatic in his approach.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Hugh Norbury KCSerle Court ‘A go to choice for civil fraud cases. Great judgement. Delightful to work with. Polished and very effective advocate. Never shies away from the difficult calls.’

Second to none for civil fraud‘, Serle Court is noted for its ‘superb silks and even better juniors‘. The set’s top-notch reputation for offshore and Chancery matters feeds into its market-leading commercial fraud practice. Members have been involved in several of the largest cases to hit the courts, including Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Ors, a US$800m fraud claim involving bribery allegations linked to the banking and investments of the state pension fund of Kuwait, with Hugh Norbury KC co-leading for the claimant and Jonathan Adkin KC, Philip Marshall KC, Simon Hattan  and Charlotte Beynon  among those acting for defendants. Senior juniors are often top choices for silks outside of chambers, as demonstrated by James Weale‘s role on the claimant team in the long-running oligarch dispute Chernukhin v Deripaska, including a two-day Court of Appeal hearing in 2021.