Hugh divides his time between the firm’s Hull and York offices.
Hugh has over 25 years’ experience working with all forms of contractual and commercial disputes that businesses both large and small encounter, resolving problems that may be initially seen as intractable. Hugh specialises in negligence claims against professional services and has worked extensively in a wide range of sectors, most notably food, having been a founder member of England and Wales’ Food Law Group. Hugh is also an experienced mediator.
"Quick to respond with well thought out solutions."
“Very good technically… his incredibly impressive memory for the details of a case.”
"Hugh Smith of Andrew Jackson is equally comfortable dealing with contentious or non-contentious matters, and is recognised by clients for his unyielding commitment to their interests."
"Hugh Smith is an "established name" who is rated widely by market commentators. Sources say he is a "main player" in the North Yorkshire market. Though seen as a tough litigator, his commercial sensibility is also praised. He has expertise in a wide spate of corporate and commercial matters including injunctions and restrictive covenants. He is also an expert on trading standards and food law."
"Hugh is renowned for his "razor-sharp mind" and "ability to untangle the small print"."
"The "incredibly sharp" Hugh Smith strikes the right balance of being "conciliatory in his approach", yet having a "steely spine" should people not co-operate or try to take him for a ride."
"...Commercial, thoughtful and has a very hands-on approach to litigation."
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Anyone following the Depp v Heard case or - and in the absence of court cameras - the so-called "Wagatha Christie" trial, would be forgiven for believing that only the rich and famous can defend their reputations in court. Whilst this is not the case, you would, however, be right to …More
When is it wise to look a gift horse in the mouth?
Beware a candidate bearing gifts of their current employer's business… There is a substantial movement of talent between companies at present. The ability to work flexible hours at work or at home, which developed during the pandemic, has led to many employees looking elsewhere for better terms and conditions. …More
Covid-19: Top Questions 09.07.2020
In these challenging times, our teams have been receiving a high volume of queries from clients on civil mediation and how it works in the current climate. To help our clients, Hugh Smith, head of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has collated some of his most frequently asked questions …More