Lee Hughes

Call To The Bar: 2006

“An excellent and calming manner with clients paired with meticulous preparation and a real practical understanding of the law. Able to articulate complex matters in a way that both Lay clients and the Court can really grasp.” Legal 500, 2021

“[Lee’s] guidance and counsel was second to none”.  Client testimonial

“The communication from Lee Hughes throughout our involvement with him has been impeccable with clear and concise explanations throughout the whole process. …he is highly recommended.” Client testimonial

Lee specialises in regulatory and criminal law, with a focus on health and safety, fire safety, trading standards, road traffic, inquests and professional discipline.

In much of his work he is instructed by insurance practices and national law firms to defend corporate clients and individuals.

Lee also advises and represents clients in general crime, environmental, HMRC and licensing cases.

Lee has been instructed in matters of national significance, including the Manchester Arena Inquiry, the Gosport Independent Panel Review and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

As well as having a solid defence practice Lee also prosecutes. Lee is on prosecution lists for the CPS, including the CPS Specialist Panel Serious Crime Group, as well as the Specialist Regulatory Advocates list for Health and Safety and Environmental Law and the RSPCA’s list of approved counsel.

He is authorised to represent members of the public under the ‘Public Access’ scheme.

Prior to joining the Bar Lee was a solicitor in some of the most highly regarded regulatory crime teams in the country. He was recommended by Legal 500 for his health and safety work. Lee continues to offer corporate support to solicitors who require assistance with due diligence, litigation, document review, witness familiarisation and risk advice.

Notable Cases

Health and Safety and Fire Safety

HSE v MS and CS – secured the acquittal of a director prosecuted by the HSE for breaches of the general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and contravention of a Prohibition Notice.

LA v Q and others – represented a company and a director prosecuted in the Crown Court following a fatal fall from height:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/cannock-quartz-fined-ryan-shenton-3736989

Fire Service v G – represented a former health and safety officer in the Crown Court prosecuted for risk assessment offences spanning a period of 10 years:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/wakefield-grammar-school-foundation-fined-10-000-over-fire-safety-offences-1-10192909

LA v G – represented a children’s nursery in the Magistrates’ Court for sentence after the severing of a child’s fingertip. Secured an exceptionally low fine for the company.

LA v D – successfully represented a Local Authority in an appeal against a Prohibition Notice.

Multinational Company – advised a multinational company regarding its responsibilities for vacant commercial and residential properties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

HSE v H&S consultancy – advised a health and safety consultancy regarding a dispute of a Fee for Intervention invoice and prepared submissions on behalf of the company.

As a solicitor Lee represented acquitted individuals in R v Sterecycle & Others R v Love & Joy Ministries & Others

Inquest and Inquiry work

Manchester Arena Inquiry – instructed by the Solicitor to the Inquiry as part of the junior counsel team, assisting with preparation for the Inquiry.

Gosport Independent Panel – appointed by the Secretary of State for Health, as Junior Counsel to Kate Blackwell QC, in the Gosport Independent Panel. The panel was constituted by the Minister to examine and report on historical events relating to the care, treatment and deaths of patients of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Portsmouth.

Grenfell Public Inquiry – instructed by Government Legal Department to assist the Home Office with the disclosure exercise following the fire that occurred in 2017.

Inquest touching the death of motorcyclist – represented the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with the deceased.

Inquest touching the death of a student – represented a University following the death of a student in student accommodation.

Inquest touching the death of an elderly resident of Council accommodation –represented the Council in an Inquest that explored the Council’s obligations towards an elderly resident.

General Crime

R v B – represented a defendant charged with a s20 wounding after striking a partner with a hammer. The defendant was given a suspended sentence of imprisonment.

R v V – prosecuted a prisoner for escaping from lawful custody after jumping from a moving prison van whilst on a dual carriageway. The defendant was convicted.

R v G – The defendant was accused of robbery. Lee made a successful application to dismiss based on identification evidence.

R v W – The defendant was accused of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order by having history-deleting software on his phone. Lee made a successful application to dismiss the offence based on the Crown’s misunderstanding of the technical evidence.

Lee was led junior for the Crown in Operations Teleut and Quartz:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45681608

https://news.merseyside.police.uk/news/total-of-more-than-60-years-in-prison-for-amphetamine-lab-gang-following-nwrocu-and-nca-investigation-374873)

Disciplinary

GMC v DR – instructed to represent a doctor at a Review Hearing following impairment through misconduct and adverse physical or mental health.

GMC v DR – represented a doctor at a fitness to practise panel at the MPTS following allegations of dishonesty. The tribunal gave weight to the “good mitigation” in the case and suspended the doctor for just one month.

POCA

R v M&S – represented two interested parties from whom over £30,000 had been seized during investigations into a relative’s criminal offending. The interested parties recovered £27,000.

Tax

BF v A – instructed to represent an importer of alcohol at the First Tier Tax Tribunal.

HMRC v R – advised an importer of vehicles regarding restoration of seized goods.

Road Traffic

R v S – represented a driver accused of driving without due care and attention following a collision with a pedestrian. The case was dismissed at the close of the prosecution case.

R v M – represented a driver in a special reasons hearing whose mum forgot to insure his car. Special reasons were found.

R v M – represented a driver in the Magistrates’ Court, charged with driving without due care and attention. After cross examination of the injured person Lee made a successful submission that there was no case to answer.

R v M – represented a driver in the Crown Court in a prosecution for causing death by careless driving.

R v A – successfully defended a driver who failed to respond to two requests for information (section 172 Notice) on the basis that it was not reasonably practicable to respond to a request that was not received.

Trading Standards

R v M & Q – represented a company and director in the Magistrates’ Court for trade mark offences:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/strangeways-trader-found-hundreds-fake-17581217

Environmental

L v Housing Authority – represented a Housing Authority in the Magistrates’ Court in a private prosecution brought by a tenant under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Data Protection

ICO v A & Ors – instructed as junior counsel to Paul Greaney QC. Successfully defended a multinational organisation against a prosecution under data protection legislation

Licensing

LA v HF – represented a Local Authority in an appeal by a taxi driver against a refusal to grant him a licence. Successfully applied to have the case dismissed after the taxi driver’s evidence.

LA v TD – successfully represented a Local Authority in PII proceedings relating to evidence to be used in an appeal against a withdrawal of a licence.