Hugo is a senior advocate of more than 24 years standing with expertise in commercial and regulatory litigation. Hugo’s practice focuses on the full range of corporate, commercial, financial services and regulatory matters. He has a particular expertise in the work of the DIFC’s new Digital Economy Court.

Hugo has represented and acted for public and private entities (including banks, funds and investment managers) across a broad spectrum of commercial disputes and regulated activity. He has significant experience in multi-jurisdiction regulatory investigations and litigation, in appellate cases, and in supervisory and enforcement matters. Hugo has appeared as an advocate in disputes before London’s Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court, the Upper Tribunal Tax and Chancery Chamber, and the Administrative Court (King’s Bench Division of the High Court).

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Recent Experience

  • DIFC Bank Branch, Acting for defendant bank in respect of an alleged breach of contract. Case involves detailed argument in re: underlying financial services regulation.
  • Financial Conduct Authority v CEO UK Retail Bank Advised in respect of FCA tribunal proceedings (RDC) in re: international investigation of attempt to trace a whistle-blower and alleged beaches of UK FSMA
  • In Re:Online Gaming Sites Defending potential civil and criminal litigation in re: off-shore internet gaming sites. Comparative law aspects of ‘double criminality’ and defending against US and UK law enforcement and regulators.
  • Janes v Janes (Upper Tribunal Tax and Chancery) UK property litigation, including appeal point on application of equitable doctrine of presumption of advancement and resulting trusts


  • English


  • 1996 – Master of Laws, Cambridge University


  • 1998 – Barrister, England & Wales
  • 2019 – Attorney, Cayman Islands