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Dr Hughes’ predominant practice is in public law children. She acts primarily for parents and relatives. She does not act for local authorities, which many solicitors (and clients) see as positive. Mary also has a freestanding practice in education and community care and is regarded as an expert in this field. These issues are technical and often come up in public law and are rarely understood by practitioners. Again she is instructed in these cases. Mary is also experienced in wardship and false marriage cases and is presently acting for parents in a High Court case which has received publicity in relation to children thought to be at risk of joining ISIS ([2015] EWHC 869 (Fam)). She appears in county courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal. Dr Hughes taught in adult and further education before training for the Bar.


Year of call 1994

Deputy district judge since 2005 (civil, including ancillary relief proceedings); previously on editorial board of Counsel Magazine and wrote regularly for the same and other journals e.g. New Law Journal; pupil supervisor; until recently was employment officer for chambers; was active in Kurdish Human Rights Project and undertook trial observations in Turkey. Publications of note: prior to coming to the Bar, Mary did a Phd in women’s issues and wrote two books and numerous articles on women’s education and equal rights.


FLBA; Education Law Association; Bar Human Rights Group.


North Kesteven Grammar School; Hull University (Joint Honours Drama/English); University of Nottingham (M.Phil); University of South Bank (PhD); Middlesex University (1992 Common Professional Exam with merit); Inns of Court School of Law (1993 Commendation, outstanding in Advocacy, in top 15 students in year).


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Mary HughesOne Pump CourtGreat manner with vulnerable clients.