Hugh Norbury QC


Year of Call: 1995 Year of Silk: 2012

Has a fierce attention to detail, I would hate to be cross-examined by him.”

Legal 500, 2019 (Fraud: Civil)

Practice Overview

Hugh has a broad commercial and chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on cases involving fraud or breach of fiduciary duty. He is recommended by the leading directories in all his principal practice areas.

In 2018 he acted primarily 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). This settled shortly before a scheduled 14-week trial from October 2018.  Other cases this year include: an undue influence case involving the setting aside of a settlement agreement involving an Isle of Man company holding various properties in London derived from a significant Malawian enterprise; a contractual dispute between a private equity firm and its former corporate finance advisor and a claim arising out of the alleged attempt by a Russian oligarch to divest himself of assets prior to an adverse High Court judgment and bankruptcy; a bribery claim brought by Fiat Chrysler Australia against a former webpage designer; a contractual dispute involving the online gambling industry.

Recent cases have involved: A breach of confidence dispute between two private equity firms over control of a massive infrastructure investment; - issues relating to a Malaysian company's ownership of English company through which Malaysian infrastructure assets with a value of over €100 million were held; a dispute relating to the participation of Guernsey companies and trusts in investing in the London property market (Newmarket v Confiance and others); - the German law of promissory notes; - the terms and effect of the standard licences granted by racecourses to on-course bookmakers; - the ownership of the bulk of the remaining Welsh coal fields; - the operation of a commission agreement relating to on-line payment systems; - a company dispute relating to a well-known restaurant chain. From 2011 to 2013, Hugh was principally involved in the BTA Bank v Ablyazov litigation, culminating in leading his client's defence in a 14 week trial in the Commercial Court reported at [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm)).

Hugh's offshore caseload spans insolvency and breach of director’s duties (Isle of Man), trusts and banking (Jersey and Guernsey) in recent years.

News & Events

  • News

    Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2018

    The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar has now been published and we are delighted... Read More

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    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Serle Court hosted another very successful International Trusts and Commercial Litigation conference, this year taking place at the InterContinental New... Read More

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    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More

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    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The Peninsula New York Hotel, New York Read More

  • “Extremely clever, commanding and tenacious in court; he knows how to win fraud cases.”

    Legal 500 2017 (Fraud: Civil)
  • “Hugely impressive technically and has a supreme ability to engage with clients. Hugh cuts straight through issues and provides very practical and focused advice.” “He’s got a very calm, unflappable style in court.”

    Chambers & Partners 2018 (Chancery: Commercial)

Education & Qualifications

BA, Worcester College, Oxford

Dip. Law (Distinction), City University, London

LLM, Corporate & Commercial Law (Distinction), Kings College, London

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association

Chancery Bar Association

Languages

Basic Spanish and French

BSB Registration

Hugh Norbury appears on the BSB reigster as Hugh Robert Norbury.

VAT Number

701587936

Awards

Chambers UK

Ranked - Leading Barrister

The Legal 500

Leading Individual

Who's Who Legal

Recognised

News & Events

  • News

    Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar 2018

    The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar has now been published and we are delighted... Read More

    News

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Serle Court hosted another very successful International Trusts and Commercial Litigation conference, this year taking place at the InterContinental New... Read More

  • Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, New York Read More

    Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The Peninsula New York Hotel, New York Read More