Jocelyn Hughes

Year of Call: 2015 (Solicitor: 2010)


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  • “The service you have provided has been beyond amazing! The advice and direction you have given me is something I cannot thank you enough for. You are a credit to your profession, as well as being a truly lovely, genuine, compassionate person. What you have done to help me is above and beyond what I could ever have expected from a Barrister and I truly cannot put into words how much I appreciate it.”

  • “Ms Hughes dealt with the situation with professionalism, diplomacy and kindness towards my husband and myself. She showed us respect, support and humanity in what, for us, was a very difficult day. We could not ask for more.”

  • (The deceased’s family at an Inquest) “said you were brilliant and understood exactly what they wanted from the process. They said ‘It was beautiful the way you were in court and so perfect’!”

  • “The barrister that was recruited for me by Laveer Legal was also incredible. She was so kind, supportive and considerate, which also made the tribunal process much, much easier for me.”

Education

BA, First Class with Honours,
- University of Liverpool (2003-2006)

LLB, Upper Class with Honours,
- College of Law, Chester (2006-2008)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation),
- College of Law, Chester (2006-2007)

Legal Practice Course Plus (Distinction),
- College of Law, Chester (2007-2008)

Qualified as a Solicitor (2010)

Qualified as a Solicitor Advocate,
- University of Law, London (2014


  • “The service you have provided has been beyond amazing! The advice and direction you have given me is something I cannot thank you enough for. You are a credit to your profession, as well as being a truly lovely, genuine, compassionate person. What you have done to help me is above and beyond what I could ever have expected from a Barrister and I truly cannot put into words how much I appreciate it.”

  • “Ms Hughes dealt with the situation with professionalism, diplomacy and kindness towards my husband and myself. She showed us respect, support and humanity in what, for us, was a very difficult day. We could not ask for more.”

  • (The deceased’s family at an Inquest) “said you were brilliant and understood exactly what they wanted from the process. They said ‘It was beautiful the way you were in court and so perfect’!”

  • “The barrister that was recruited for me by Laveer Legal was also incredible. She was so kind, supportive and considerate, which also made the tribunal process much, much easier for me.”

Jocelyn was called to the Bar in 2015. Prior to practising as a barrister, Jocelyn had 5 years of practice as a solicitor, working at leading Legal 100 firms.

Jocelyn is ‘direct access’ qualified and can take instructions directly from members of the public.

Business and Property Law

Jocelyn’s commercial practice includes regular instructions in the following areas:

  • Landlord and tenant law;
  • Possession claims and forfeiture;
  • Trespass;
  • Bankruptcy/insolvency;
  • Social housing;
  • Wills and contentious probate, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Professional negligence;
  • Injunctions and freezing orders;
  • Contractual disputes and debts;
  • Partnership and agency law.

 

In 2020 Jocelyn successfully represented a client at the Royal Courts of Justice.

She has represented a number of clients at contempt of court hearings, where they faced potential imprisonment.

Jocelyn also has experience of assisting clients at successful mediations, in a range of different contexts.

Jocelyn has a successful housing law practice. She regularly deals with anti-social behaviour orders; homelessness; evictions; and complex issues arising from mental health difficulties, including hoarding.

Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination and harassment are two particular areas of Jocelyn’s expertise. Jocelyn has represented claimants in a wide range of successful discrimination and harassment claims in both the County Court and the employment tribunal. This experience includes an 8 day whistleblowing case, and numerous multi-day discrimination/unfair dismissal claims.

Jocelyn has appeared at the Employment Appeal Tribunal on two occasions.

A particularly notable success came when acting for a claimant in a disability discrimination claim relating to the ‘bedroom tax’, in which Jocelyn appeared opposite Queen’s Counsel.

Inquests

This is an area of law which Jocelyn has a particular passion for.

Jocelyn has provided representation in multiple inquests, engaging a range of issues, including mental health provision, dual diagnosis and clinical negligence. Jocelyn secured an ‘Article 2’ inquest for one bereaved family. (Article 2 findings are unusual and are heavily contested.)

Court of Protection and Family Law

Jocelyn began her practice in 2019, dealing with matters of both welfare, and property & affairs. Jocelyn is a member of ‘CoPPA’.

Jocelyn has been instructed in cases involving various capacity issues, and questions of appropriate care, decision making, and deputyship.

In 2020 Jocelyn began practising Family Law, after undertaking a period of training with Chambers’ Family team.

Personal Injury

Jocelyn has experience in matters of serious injury, occupational disease, historic sexual abuse, employers/public liability, fraud and RTAs. Jocelyn has been instructed to act in numerous limitation trials.

Jocelyn has obtained findings of fundamental dishonesty and has successfully defended ‘FD’ claims.

OUTSIDE OF LAW

Jocelyn has a love of the arts, particularly literature. Jocelyn plays the clarinet, saxophone and piano and loves to watch live music, as well as enjoying comedy, theatre and the cinema. Jocelyn volunteers with the ‘Liverpool Cares’ organisation; prior to that, she worked with ‘The Reader’.

Jocelyn’s other interests include cycling, travelling and listening to podcasts.

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