Ms Jocelyn Hughes > Chambers of Richard Chapman KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Chapman KC
18 St John Street Chambers
M3 4EA
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Jocelyn was called to the Bar in 2015. Prior to practising as a barrister, Jocelyn had 5 years of practice as a solicitor, working at leading Legal 100 firms. Jocelyn is ‘direct access’ qualified and can take instructions directly from members of the public. Jocelyn’s commercial practice includes regular instructions in the following areas:

Business and Property Law

Landlord and tenant law;

  • Possession claims and forfeiture;
  • Trespass;
  • Bankruptcy/insolvency;
  • Social housing;
  • Wills and contentious probate, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Professional negligence;
  • Injunctions and freezing orders;
  • Contractual disputes and debts;
  • Partnership and agency law.

In 2020 Jocelyn successfully represented a client at the Royal Courts of Justice. She has represented a number of clients at contempt of court hearings, where they faced potential imprisonment. Jocelyn also has experience of assisting clients at successful mediations, in a range of different contexts.

Jocelyn has a successful housing law practice. She regularly deals with anti-social behaviour orders; homelessness; evictions; and complex issues arising from mental health difficulties, including hoarding.

Discrimination and Harassment Discrimination and harassment are two particular areas of Jocelyn’s expertise. Jocelyn has represented claimants in a wide range of successful discrimination and harassment claims in both the County Court and the employment tribunal. This experience includes an 8 day whistleblowing case, and numerous multi-day discrimination/unfair dismissal claims. Jocelyn has appeared at the Employment Appeal Tribunal on two occasions. A particularly notable success came when acting for a claimant in a disability discrimination claim relating to the ‘bedroom tax’, in which Jocelyn appeared opposite Queen’s Counsel.

Inquests This is an area of law which Jocelyn has a particular passion for. Jocelyn has provided representation in multiple inquests, engaging a range of issues, including mental health provision, dual diagnosis and clinical negligence. Jocelyn secured an ‘Article 2’ inquest for one bereaved family. (Article 2 findings are unusual and are heavily contested.)

Court of Protection and Family Law Jocelyn began her practice in 2019, dealing with matters of both welfare, and property & affairs. Jocelyn is a member of ‘CoPPA’. Jocelyn has been instructed in cases involving various capacity issues, and questions of appropriate care, decision making, and deputyship.

In 2020 Jocelyn began practising Family Law, after undertaking a period of training with Chambers’ Family team.

Personal Injury Jocelyn has experience in matters of serious injury, occupational disease, historic sexual abuse, employers/public liability, fraud and RTAs. Jocelyn has been instructed to act in numerous limitation trials. Jocelyn has obtained findings of fundamental dishonesty and has successfully defended ‘FD’ claims.

OUTSIDE OF LAW Jocelyn has a love of the arts, particularly literature. Jocelyn plays the clarinet, saxophone and piano and loves to watch live music, as well as enjoying comedy, theatre and the cinema. Jocelyn volunteers with the ‘Liverpool Cares’ organisation; prior to that, she worked with ‘The Reader’. Jocelyn’s other interests include cycling, travelling and listening to podcasts.