Jocelyn Hughes

Year of Call: 2015 (Solicitor: 2010)


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  • "Jocelyn Hughes is a technically strong, procedurally astute and hugely empathetic barrister. As counsel on a long, complex and emotive case, she has won every application and helped to guide me through the rules whilst been incredibly supportive. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

    Client
  • “Jocelyn Hughes was amazing on Friday with her detailed analysis of the case and submissions to the Bench. Very impressive!”

    Expert Interpreter
  • "Ms Hughes is a pleasure to work with, being insightful and sensitive to our bereaved family's feelings in such a sad case. She quickly got a grasp of both the factual and medico-legal complexities."

    Client
  • "Ms Hughes demonstrated a remarkable grasp of the adversarial legal mindset and patterns of arguments.
    The efforts of Ms Hughes very much helped us to subsequently secure notoriously scarce legal aid. We believe that Ms Hughes' formidable intellectual skills and medico-legal experience would likewise be valuable after an inquest."

    Client
  • "I am writing to thank you for all your help, advice and support at my hearing. Your research, knowledge and awareness of the details of my case was first class and your attention to detail in your points made, questions asked and questions answered was faultless."

    Client
  • "Your clear, no nonsense, professional style and manner made a very positive impact on everyone present in the room and, in my opinion, is the main reason why we had the correct outcome."

    Client
  • “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.”

    Client
  • “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.”

    Client
  • (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’!”

    Instructing Solicitor
  • “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.”

    Client

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


  • "Jocelyn Hughes is a technically strong, procedurally astute and hugely empathetic barrister. As counsel on a long, complex and emotive case, she has won every application and helped to guide me through the rules whilst been incredibly supportive. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

    Client
  • “Jocelyn Hughes was amazing on Friday with her detailed analysis of the case and submissions to the Bench. Very impressive!”

    Expert Interpreter
  • "Ms Hughes is a pleasure to work with, being insightful and sensitive to our bereaved family's feelings in such a sad case. She quickly got a grasp of both the factual and medico-legal complexities."

    Client
  • "Ms Hughes demonstrated a remarkable grasp of the adversarial legal mindset and patterns of arguments.
    The efforts of Ms Hughes very much helped us to subsequently secure notoriously scarce legal aid. We believe that Ms Hughes' formidable intellectual skills and medico-legal experience would likewise be valuable after an inquest."

    Client
  • "I am writing to thank you for all your help, advice and support at my hearing. Your research, knowledge and awareness of the details of my case was first class and your attention to detail in your points made, questions asked and questions answered was faultless."

    Client
  • "Your clear, no nonsense, professional style and manner made a very positive impact on everyone present in the room and, in my opinion, is the main reason why we had the correct outcome."

    Client
  • “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.”

    Client
  • “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.”

    Client
  • (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’!”

    Instructing Solicitor
  • “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.”

    Client

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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