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Anna Hughes

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+44 (0)20 7822 1200

“extremely bright and able”

Chambers UK

“very impressive”

Chambers UK

"...a real rising star"

Chambers UK 2017

"Formidable on every level."

Legal 500 2017

Practice Overview

Anna is a very experienced advocate who regularly advises on complex and high value matters arising from clinical negligence and personal injury disputes. She also has considerable experience in the fields of travel and foreign claims, private international law, professional negligence, insurance and property damage.

She is recommended by Chambers UK 2017 and the Legal 500 for Clinical Negligence, where she is described as “very impressive” and “very, very bright”. Anna is also recommended by Chambers UK 2017 in the fields of Personal Injury and Travel: International Personal Injury and is praised as “a real rising star” and commended for her “robust and forensic” approach to cases.

Prior to joining Chambers, Anna obtained a First Class degree in Law from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, following which she undertook the BVC at BPP College London.

Clinical Negligence

Anna’s in depth knowledge and experience of a vast array of clinical negligence claims, both as a junior and in her own right, means that she is often instructed in very high value cases. She regularly appears in Court on clinical negligence matters and has experience of drafting pleadings and advising in relation to a wide variety of medical claims. In particular, her detailed approach and excellent understanding of quantum issues mean that she is often instructed to assist leading counsel to produce counter schedules in multi-million pound disputes.


Chambers UK 2017: “She’s personable, good to deal with, professional, well organised and generally very impressive.” “She’s pragmatic and very, very bright.”

Legal 500 2016: “She has the ability to cut through the issues and see the bigger picture.”

Chambers UK 2016: Anna is described as “obviously extremely bright and able” but with “the additional benefit of possessing excellent interpersonal skills and being able to manage client relationships.” Anna is also praised for her “very clear pragmatic advice” and her “very approachable” manner.


Notable Cases:


  • Cawley v Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust (2017) Central London County Court.
    The Claimant alleged that the Defendant had failed to properly treat his detached retina resulting in on-going difficulties with the sight in his right eye. Not only did the Judge reject the Claim in its entirety, but she was very critical of the evidence given by the Claimant’s expert. Anna acted for the Defendant.
  • Clayton v St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (2016) Liverpool County Court.
    Anna successfully represented the Defendant in a claim where the Claimant alleged that the treatment provided following a hip fracture was negligent.
  • Stucken v East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust[2016] EWHC 1057 (QB), High Court, Queen’s Bench Division.
    Anna successfully represented the Defendant in a claim where it was alleged that the Defendant’s surgeons had undertaken an inappropriate form of surgery to repair the Claimant’s detached retina.
  • E v University Hospitals at Morecombe Bay NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 366 (QB), High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, led by Sarah Vaughan Jones QC.
    This was a quantum only trial relating to accommodation, holidays, transport and the provision of a hydrotherapy pool. Anna was instructed as junior counsel on behalf of the Defendant.
  • Earl Casey v Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust (2016) Birmingham County Court.
    The Claimant alleged that sinus surgery had been performed negligently leading to permanent symptoms of discomfort and issues with mucus. The Judge held found that the surgery had been performed in an entirely competent manner and dismissed the Claim. Anna acted for the Defendant.
  • Alexander v NHS Commissioning Board (2015), Nottingham County Court.
    The Claimant alleged that podiatric surgery had been performed in a negligent manner and had caused various issues, including exacerbation of a previous spinal condition. The Judge found that the operation had been performed in competent manner and dismissed the Claim. Anna acted for the Defendant.
  • Howard v Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (2015) Exeter County Court.
    The Claimant alleged that there had been a negligent failure to diagnose a tendon rupture when she attended A&E. The Claim was dismissed on the grounds that the tendon had not fully ruptured and the assessment in A&E was entirely competent. Anna acted for the Defendant.
  • Ferguson v Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2014), Nottingham County Court.
    The Claimant alleged that there had been a negligent delay in referring him to a vitreo-retinal surgeon following the development of a suprachoroidal haemorrhage during routine cataract surgery. The Judge accepted that the complication had been dealt with in an appropriate manner and that earlier referral would not have affected the outcome in any event. Anna acted for the Defendant.
  • P v NCU NHS Trust (2014), Cumbria County Court.
    The Claimant alleged that there had been a failure to obtain consent for a lumbar puncture and that there had been negligent performance of the same so as to cause permanent nerve damage. The matter was listed for a four day Trial, but the Claimant discontinued mid-way through cross examination on day one.
  • Reeve v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (2011), High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, led by Sarah Vaughan Jones QC.
    The Claimant alleged that the appearances of the CTG in the two hours prior to his birth ought to have been brought to the attention of the Consultant on-call prior to the Registrar going into theatre with another patient. The Claimant’s claim was dismissed. It was held that the Registrar and the midwives on duty were correct in their assessment that the CTG was satisfactory.
  • Goncalves v Newham University Hospital NHS Trust (2010), High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, led by Michael de Navarro QC.
    Case regarding the alleged negligent management of the delivery of a second twin.
  • She has also appeared in the Coroner’s Court in cases with clinical negligence issues.
  • Anna regularly provides seminars on clinical negligence issues such as causation and limitation. Recently she has delivered a seminar addressing the issue of wrongful birth claims.
Personal Injury

Anna’s practice combines advisory work, drafting and advocacy in a broad range of personal injury cases in both the High Court and the County Courts. Not only is she well versed in employers liability, occupiers liability and highway claims, but she also has considerable experience of disease claims. Anna is regularly instructed to act in road traffic claims involving serious allegations of fraud and she has particular expertise in low velocity impact claims. She has successfully represented insurers in committal proceedings relating to fraudulent claims.

Experience in Fatal Accidents Act claims has meant that, in addition to Court work, Anna is often instructed to appear at Inquests in personal injury matters.


Chambers UK 2017: “She’s my preferred counsel when I need someone robust and forensic. She can deconstruct a claimant’s claim without getting flustered in the face of resistance.”


Notable Cases:

  • RSA v Fahad
    (2015) and [2014] EWHC 4480 (QB), High Court, Queen’s Bench Division.
    Anna successfully represented the Applicant insurance company in committal proceedings brought against the Respondent, who was found to be in contempt of court as a result of staging a road traffic accident with his then partner. The Respondent was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Anna represented the Insurer at both the permission stage and the final hearing.
  • Anna has delivered a number of seminars, both in Chambers and in-house for solicitors, in relation to personal injury law. Topics include:
  • “Child’s Play? New Goalposts in Children Claims”
  • “Capacity’s Not There”: Procedural Aspects of Capacity”
  • “Vicarious Liability: Intentional Acts”
  • “Observation Under Scrutiny: Surveillance”
  • “Employers Liability and Violence in the Workplace”

Travel and Foreign Claims and Private International Law

Anna’s expertise in this area encompasses not only Package Holiday claims, but also claims involving foreign law and jurisdictional disputes. As well as being instructed in her own right in a range of advisory, drafting and court work in this area, Anna was led by Howard Palmer QC and Marie Louise Kinsler in Bacon v Nacional Suiza Cia Seguros Y Reseguros SA [2010] EWHC 2017 (QB), which was the first case in English law where the Courts considered the question of the temporal scope of Rome II.


Chambers UK 2017: “Anna is very good; a real rising star.” “I’m impressed by her approachability, familiarity with papers and firm grasp of the key issues in a case.”

Anna has published a “Practical Guide to Claims Under the Package Travel Regulations” and has given seminars on this topic. She has also given seminars on “Practical Considerations in Cross-Border Claims” and jurisdiction in the English Courts.

Professional Negligence

Anna is an experienced advocate who accepts instructions from both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of claims involving professional negligence. Her particular area of interest lies in claims involving allegations of negligence against lawyers. Anna was involved in a high value claim with Charles Dougherty which concerned alleged negligence by solicitors in respect of a property transaction.

Insurance & Reinsurance

In addition to advising and appearing in Court in relation to insurance matters generally, her experience in the field of private international law makes Anna the ideal choice for insurance claims involving motor insurance directives.

Product Liability

Anna’s strong background in clinical negligence, personal injury and travel and jurisdiction render her ideally placed to deal with product liability cases that fall within any of those areas. Her particular interest lies in claims involving liability in respect of medical products and medicines. In addition, she has experience in dealing with claims arising from fire damage.