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Adrian Hughes QC

London, UK Global Guide 2022 Ranked in 2 departments
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Adrian Hughes QC
Adrian Hughes QC is a skilled silk with a robust domestic practice and a particular interest in infrastructure and PFI work, including disputes relating to construction projects in the healthcare sector. His international arbitration offering is notable, and he undertakes significant work in the Middle and Far East. He is also recognised for his experience of acting as an arbitrator in construction and engineering disputes.
Strengths: "He brings experience and expertise to the case." "He is great for very legally complicated cases as he can explain concepts clearly and his advocacy is very good."
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Adrian Hughes QC of 39 Essex Chambers stands out for his mastery - both as counsel and as arbitrator - of construction and engineering-related disputes arising in such areas as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Singapore. Interviewees are quick to emphasise his immersion in regional issues, one noting that "his understanding of Asian culture and Asian clients stands him in extremely good stead," while another calls him "the guy who does the most China-related work," adding that "he puts in a lot of time and effort" in this respect and is "certainly prominent."
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Adrian Hughes QC acts as counsel and arbitrator with a broad international and UK construction and commercial practice. He focuses on complex contract disputes spanning a wide range of sectors, including construction and engineering, energy, international trade, shipbuilding, transport and professional negligence.

Whilst his domestic practice centres on the Technology & Construction Court and the Commercial Court, much of his work involves international arbitration and associated court proceedings. Recent cases have included major international arbitrations arising from power and infrastructure projects in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

He has a leading practice relating to China and regularly conducts advocacy and advisory work for Chinese law firms and clients. He is instructed as expert to the Great Britain China Centre / Foreign Office on UK / China Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, and is on the advisory board of the Oxford University Belt and Road Institute.

He sits as a part time judge, having for a number of years acted as Recorder and Examiner of the Court, and has recently been appointed to the Court of Appeal of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. He has also been a Chairman of the UK Society of Construction Law (SCL).

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