Hugh Preston QC
Hugh Preston QC is ranked as a leading silk by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, in the fields of clinical negligence and product liability (in which he is currently ranked as one of the top three Claimant silks). He was awarded the title “Barrister of the Year” at the PI Awards 2013 and was shortlisted for Barrister of the Year at The Lawyer awards in 2017.
Hugh is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme, and he also has the “Right to Conduct Litigation”. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him in respect of all issues arising in any civil dispute. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.
What my clients say
Since taking silk in 2012 at 18 years’ call, the directories have referred to him as follows: “Very talented … leading claimant barrister” “Very dynamic and a great advocate, he has a real flair for putting complex arguments across and is a really easy person to work with” “He is quite innovative but not frightened to take on novel points”. “He has the ear of the court and is intellectually very able” (C&P 2017) “He is absolutely fantastic. He has the ability to get the ear of the court; judges always listen to him. It’s very impressive… He is innovative in the approach he takes to cases. He is an excellent advocate with a sharp eye for bad points. A lateral thinker.” (C&P 2016), as “He is frighteningly intelligent and able to dig into anything complicated with ease” (Legal 500 2015), “insightful, adventurous and daring” (Legal 500 2013), “an outstanding advocate” (Legal 500 2012), “a massive presence in the product liability field” (C&P 2013), “an excellent, absolutely outstanding silk” (C&P 2014), “one of the best claimant barristers for product liability issues currently practising… a smooth, understated performer” (C&P 2015), “a fantastic advocate with great attention to detail … approachable, kind and genuinely concerned about his clients’ predicament” (C&P 2015).