Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7149

Personal Profile

Hugo is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department. He is a commercial litigator experienced in managing complex international litigation, internal investigations, fraud and asset recovery cases.

He has considerable expertise in 'big ticket' litigation particularly involving clients from Russia and the CIS.

He specialises in the law of employee competition, covenants, and confidentiality. He has developed strategies for combating e-crime, data theft and insider fraud across various sectors. He is regularly invited to contribute to print and online media on these topics and is currently working with government agencies and the private sector to improve cyber security.

He is a member of the International Fraud Group, the Fraud Lawyers Association and the London Solicitors Litigation Association. Hugo recently lectured at the Annual Conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners on the topic of extradition and a member state's ability to restrain the proceeds of crime within Europe. He was delighted to have the opportunity to present the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Recruitment International Awards Dinner 2013.

key experience

  • Acted for a high-profile banker who faced criminal investigations in other EU member states, extradition from the UK, as well as criminal restraint proceedings and large-scale commercial litigation in the civil courts.
  • Acted for an investor in a property development joint venture, against well-known UK property developers for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty on the basis of diversion of funds and opportunities belonging to the joint venture.
  • Investigation into a major gang of counterfeiters on behalf of a global US software manufacturer leading to multi-million dollar recoveries, following wide-ranging civil search, freezing and disclosure orders.
  • Successfully represented a number of top recruitment businesses in injunctive proceedings to recover the client and candidate database and applications for pre-action disclosure, including for the first time in reported legal history an application on behalf of Hays for pre-action disclosure of documents held in a LinkedIn account as reported in the Telegraph.
  • Acted for a hedge fund in an investigation into two former senior employees who allegedly downloaded financial secrets and complex trading software to set up in competition.
  • Acted pro bono for a well-known charity in recovering the proceeds of a "fresh air" invoicing fraud perpetrated by a project manager in the property services division.
  • Defended two businessmen associated in a multi-million dollar claim and worldwide asset freezing injunction brought against them by a British Virgin Island company owned and controlled by a Russian oligarch. The claim arose in connection with a loan agreement, personal guarantees and indemnities.
  • Acted for the leading independent supplier of petrol and diesel products in the UK in a claim against a former employee who stole confidential information and sought to use it to his advantage in a competitive tender bid to win business from national supermarkets.
  • Acted for a supplier of mobile phone and other telecom accessories based in the Middle East and Africa in a global investigation and subsequent multi-jurisdictional fraud claim against two former board directors and various corporate nominees.
  • Acted for Pimlico Plumbers in the case reported in the Evening Standard and Daily Mail
  • Successfully represented leading London estate agents Foxtons in a number of injunctions and applications for search orders, including the high profile case reported by the Evening Standard.
  • Defended a claim brought by a film financing agent against a former director for wrongfully procuring a company to be put into liquidation and diverting business opportunities in breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acted for a leading fashion brand owner in a contractual claim and jurisdiction race against an Italian distributor who failed to pay royalties, and deliver a well-known underwear range on time.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Qualified, Mishcon de Reya
Trainee Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
The University of Birmingham, BA (Hons) French and Spanish