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.”

The Legal 500 (Fraud: Civil)

Practice Overview

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

He has been involved in some of the most significant fraud cases of recent years. He has been acting since late 2019 in Vale v Steinmetz, a £1 billion-plus claim relating to a mining joint venture in Guinea. Vale, the Brazilian mining giant, has brought a claim against various directors and controllers within the BSGR group to set aside a joint venture for fraudulent misrepresentation. He is also currently acting in Ballacorey Wheat v Brown & ors, a fraud claim commenced in 2019 in the Isle of Man (relating to asset management) and in Athene v Siddiqui & ors, a claim commenced in Bermuda involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance relating to confidential information in insurance and private equity.

In 2019 and 2020, Hugh represented Charles Saatchi in proceedings against a former trusted advisor in relation to misappropriations relating to Mr Saatchi’s famous art collection. In 2019, Hugh acted for the film and music business Entertainment One in fraud proceedings relating to secret commissions paid to senior employees. Between 2018 and 2019, he was involved in Arcelormittal v Essar Steel, a huge claim arising out of efforts to enforce an underlying arbitration between two steel manufacturing giants. In 2018 he acted in a 3-week bribery trial Motortrak v Fiat Chrysler Australia and in Accident Exchange v McLean & ors, a £127 million conspiracy claim brought by a firm of credit hire providers against experts and solicitors previously involved in litigation against the credit hire providers. This settled shortly before a scheduled 14-week trial from October 2018.

Examples of Hugh’s cases are listed under “Areas of Expertise” below, but to give an idea of the range and depth of his practice, the following is a selection of the issues dealt with in recent cases not already mentioned:

  • A jurisdiction dispute between various Russian nationals relating to a Russian software agreement
  • 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 property 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 contractual dispute involving the online gambling industry;
  • A breach of confidence dispute between two private equity firms over control of a massive infrastructure investment in Spain;
  • 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.

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, fraud and breach of director’s duties (Isle of Man and Bermuda), trusts and banking (Jersey and Guernsey) in recent years.

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

    The Legal 500 (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 and Partners (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

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