Jocelyn Hughes

Year of Call: 2015


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 has a multi-disciplinary practice in civil and commercial law. She has recently started a practice as a Court of Protection practitioner.

Jocelyn is qualified to take instructions directly from members of the public.

Prior to practicing as a barrister, Jocelyn had 5 years of practice as a solicitor, working at leading Legal 100 firms. In 2014 Jocelyn qualified as a solicitor advocate and she was called to the Bar in March 2015.
 

COMMERCIAL LAW

 
Jocelyn’s commercial practice covers matters of landlord and tenant, possession claims and forfeiture, trespass, social housing, wills and trusts, contentious probate, professional negligence, injunctions, freezing orders and disputes relating to contracts, partnerships and agency. Jocelyn is also experienced in dealing with bankruptcy and insolvency hearings, as well as general debt claims.

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

Jocelyn’s housing law practice includes dealing with anti-social behaviour orders, evictions and issues arising from tenants with mental health difficulties, including hoarding.

Jocelyn’s probate experience includes representing clients who have not been named in a will and who have claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; as well as general probate disputes.

Jocelyn also has experience in representing clients at contempt of court hearings, where they have faced potential imprisonment.
 

CIVIL LAW

 
Personal injury
 
Jocelyn has a broad personal injury practice, including repeat instructions in matters of clinical negligence, serious injury, occupational disease, historic sexual abuse, employers/public liability, fraud and RTAs. Jocelyn has obtained findings of fundamental dishonesty and has successfully defended ‘FD’ claims.

Jocelyn’s clinical negligence experience includes matters relating to negligent prescriptions, mistreatment of complex fractures and missed diagnoses.

Jocelyn is happy to take instructions to attend inquests, both via solicitors and directly from members of the public.

Jocelyn’s disease experience includes NIHL trials, numerous limitation trials and interim hearings; as well as advising on conditions such as vibration white finger.
 
General civil law
 
Jocelyn has extensive experience in employment law and attending tribunals, generally. This experience includes an 8 day whistle blowing case in the employment tribunal; advising on an alleged failure to pay the minimum wage; and numerous multi-day discrimination/unfair dismissal claims.

Discrimination and harassment are two particular areas of Jocelyn’s expertise. As well as dealing with discrimination in the field of employment law, Jocelyn has represented claimants in a wide range of successful discrimination claims, in the county court. Discrimination matters Jocelyn has worked on include claims against colleges and universities, local authorities and transport networks. These cases typically require lengthy and complex pleadings, with in-depth advice from the outset. A particular notable success was in a disability discrimination claim relating to the ‘bedroom tax’. Harassment claims Jocelyn have dealt with include obtaining injunctions and successfully raising harassment in counterclaims.
 
Court of Protection
 
Jocelyn is just starting out with her Court of Protection practice. She intends to practice in matters of both welfare and property & affairs. Jocelyn’s broad experience lends itself well to both areas of work.
 
OUTSIDE OF LAW
 
Jocelyn has a passion for the arts, particularly literature. She volunteers with ‘The Reader’ organisation, reading with a child in care. Jocelyn plays the clarinet, saxophone and piano and loves to watch live music, as well as live comedy, theatre and cinema.

Jocelyn’s other interests include cycling and travelling. Jocelyn particularly loved her time visiting the (very different!) countries of Japan and Iceland.

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