Hugh joined the Housing and Social Care team on 1 September 2017, having joined Osbornes in 2013 and started his training contract with the firm in 2015. Hugh specialises in all aspects of housing including homelessness, possession, unlawful eviction, disrepair, anti-social behaviour injunctions and other landlord and tenant disputes, together with community care and other public law matters including challenges to local authority decision making in relation to housing allocations, duties owed to children leaving care and care charges paid by vulnerable adults.
Recent work has included judicial review challenges of Local Authority age assessments and failure to support age-disputed young persons pending age assessments and Hugh is looking to develop his age assessment practice further.
Hugh read English at St John’s College, Oxford, graduating in 2008 and moved to London to complete an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies at King’s College in 2009. He then completed the GDL at City Law School in 2011 and the LPC at the College of Law in 2013.
Outside work Hugh enjoys walking, watching cycling and playing bridge.
Homelessness client’s support worker:
“I just wanted to thank Hugh for conducting such a lovely meeting under difficult circumstances- he was well-informed, sensitive and kind and I was really appreciative of his manner and efficient, can-do attitude. I couldn’t think of anyone who could better look after my client in a period of intense distress for her.”
Tessa Buchanan, Garden Court Chambers:
“Hugh is an extremely talented solicitor with an impressive attention to detail. I have worked with Hugh on a range of housing and community care cases and have been consistently impressed by his intelligence, his thoroughness, and the polite but determined way in which he achieves the best for his clients.”