Hugh Southey QC

Barrister, Working at Matrix Chambers

Hugh Southey has led at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court as well as in the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In particular in the last two years he has led in 9 hearings before the Supreme Court. These hearings have covered topics as diverse and important as EU citizenship, the system of disclosure of criminal convictions and the extent of the common law right to a fair hearing.

Hugh specialises in public law in a wide range of fields including human rights, prison law, inquests, crime, extradition, mental health, terrorism (including TPIMs and the Special Immigration Appeals Commission), immigration, discrimination and elections. Hugh litigates public law and human rights arguments both in judicial review proceedings and civil claims. Hugh also appears regularly in criminal appeals and Court of Protection matters. Hugh’s human rights practice has expanded so that it includes a number of cases regarding privacy.

Hugh is listed as a leading practitioner in both Chambers and Partners (in which he is listed in 4 areas) and Legal 500 (in which he is listed in 3 areas).

Legal 500 states that Hugh is “A brilliant silk with exceptional attention to detail”.

Chambers and Partners Directory states that Hugh has “an absolute command of the principles of public law, and is able to approach both cases and clients' situations in a way that solutions are found readily”. It also states Hugh “is a fantastic public law barrister, who is really committed to the causes he is instructed to fight on. He drafts beautifully, is extremely thorough, and takes a very collaborative approach with solicitors - he is a general delight work with”.

Hugh is an author of Judicial Review: A Practical Guide (Jordans) as well as founding editor of the United Kingdom Human Rights Reports.

Hugh is also called in Northern Ireland.

Hugh accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.


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