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Anna Hughes

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"A smiling assassin with a great brain"

Legal 500 2020

"An exceptionally talented advocate"

Chambers UK 2020

"Extremely bright and able"

Chambers UK 2019

"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, product liability, professional negligence and insurance.

She is recommended by Chambers UK 2020 and the Legal 500 2020 for Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, and Travel Law where she is described as “”a smiling assassin with a great brain”; “an exceptionally talented advocate”; “excellent on her feet”; and “very sharp”.

Prior to joining Chambers, Anna obtained a First Class degree in Law from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

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 2020: “Provides very pragmatic and commercial advice.” “She is excellent in meetings and impresses with her quantum skills.” “An exceptionally talented advocate.”

Legal 500 2020: “A smiling assassin with a great brain”

Legal 500 2018: “She has enthusiasm and energy and good strength in depth.

Chambers UK 2018: A terrific advocate.” “Sensible and pragmatic.

Legal 500 2017: “Formidable on every level.

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:

  • Baillie v Paun (September 2019) Guildford County Court
    Anna successfully represented the Defendant plastic surgeon in a claim concerning consent in rhinoplasty surgery.
  • Gnyla v Thompson (October 2010) High Court
    Anna successfully represented the Defendant in striking out the Claim for wrongful birth, valued on excess of £1m, due to repeated failures on behalf of the Claimant’s solicitors to serve Particulars of Claim.
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust v De Meza [2017] EWCA Civ 1711
    Anna successfully represented the Appellant, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, in its appeal against a decision to extend the limitation period under s 33 Limitation Act 1980.
  • E v Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (April 2018) Winchester County Court
    Anna acted for the Defendant in this matter which arose out of surgery to correct a squint. The case raised interesting issues on causation in consent cases.
  • PQR v Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (November 2017).
    Anna was led by Sarah Vaughan-Jones QC in this multi-million pound quantum dispute arising out of negligent treatment at the time of the Claimant’s birth. The matter settled out of Court.
  • Lewis v Payne (November 2017) Cardiff County Court.
    The Claimant alleged that the Defendant plastic surgeon had been negligent in the performance of three breast augmentations. The Claim was dismissed in its entirety on the grounds that there was no breach of duty. Anna represented the Defendant.
  • Cawley v Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (July 2017) Central London County Court.
    Anna successfully represented the Defendant in relation to allegations regarding alleged mis-management of a detached retina.
  • 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.
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 2020: “Her attention to detail is excellent and she prepares very well. She gives clear, concise advice and builds a strong rapport with clients. She is also excellent on her feet.” 

Legal 500 2020: “She is excellent on paper and in Court.”

Chambers UK 2019: “She is very thorough and tenacious, and takes a very down-to-earth approach with clients.”

Legal 500 2018: “Good strength in depth.”

Chambers 2018: Excellent as an advocate and in conference. Well prepared and able to deliver clear, precise and concise advice. She is reliable and timely in her responses.”

Legal 500 2017: She is very thoughtful, methodical and careful in her analysis of evidence.”

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:

  • Williams v Royal Borough of Greenwich (2019) High Court
    Anna represented the Defendant Council who were being sued in relation to care proceedings involving the Claimant’s children. Anna was successful in having the claim struck out.
  • 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.
Travel & Private International Law

Anna’s expertise in this area encompasses not only Package Holiday claims, but also claims involving foreign law and jurisdictional disputes. She is currently instructed in a number of claims relating to medical treatment provided abroad.


Chambers UK 2020: “She is very practical, knowledgeable and gives clear and realistic advice. She handles matters efficiently and effectively, and leaves you feeling confident in the advice given and that she is in control of matters.” “She is to the point and very sharp – a fantastic junior to bring on board in tricky cross-border matters.”

Legal 500 2020: “She is very incisive and approachable.”

Chambers UK 2019: “Anna is extremely friendly and approachable. Her manner is professional yet welcoming and she is a pleasure to work with.” “She has very good technical knowledge and excellent attention to detail.” 

Chambers UK 2018: She is very good on travel work.” “She is developing a fantastic career.

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.”

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. Most recently Anna was instructed as junior counsel for Corin in the metal-on-metal hip litigation, led by Charles Dougherty QC.

Notable Cases:

  • The Corin Metal on Metal Hip Litigation GLO (QBD)
    Junior counsel acting for a leading manufacturer of metal-on-metal hip prosthesis in a claim brought by patients that received the same.
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 QC 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.