hugh full - Hugh Cornford

Hugh Cornford

Family Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 1994

Family Law

‘ Hugh is a talent beyond measure. When you instruct Hugh you have absolute confidence that he will handle the case with skill, care and compassion. He is more than a safe pair of hands, he is a skilled advocate who is able to tackle difficult issues head on whilst treating lay clients with empathy and kindness in abundance. Whenever Hugh is involved in a case, either instructed by you or as an opposition, you can have confidence that there will be a sensible and calm approach taken, even when the issues are complex and contentious. ’



Public Law


Hugh has extensive experience acting for Local Authorities, parents, grandparents, Guardians and proposed special guardians in care proceedings, including representing young and vulnerable parents, clients with learning difficulties and clients with chronic health conditions.

Private Law


Hugh regularly acts for parents, grandparents and Guardians in Private Law Matters. He is familiar with the problems that parents, grandparents and their children have in this difficult litigation. In particular Hugh has experience of cases where one parent is seeking to alienate the children from the other.

Financial Remedy

Hugh has experience of all aspects of these proceedings and regularly deals with case involving Military, NHS and Police pensions.

Inheritance Act and TOLATA

Civil Law


Hugh has represented a range clients including Local Authorities, RSL’s, SMEs and private individuals in broad spectrum of cases. He has been part of a team of juniors in litigation involving the Channel tunnel and the Coal Authority. Cases have also included actions for misrepresentation against Banks and sellers of property, personal injury and costs.

Housing and Property Disputes

Hugh acts for Social and Private Landlords and tenants dealing with possession, anti-social behaviour and disrepair cases. He has also conducted Homelessness cases for and against Local Authorities

Land and Property

Recent work has included easements, land registration, boundary disputes and disputed conveyances.

Biographical and Other Information

  • Judge
  • Appointed Deputy District Judge 2003. Private and Public Law Tickets
  • Chancery
  • Chancery Bar Association, Family Law Bar Association, Western Circuit
  • NHS
  • Provider of training to Local Authorities and NHS
  • Psychotherapy
  • London School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Mediator 1999.
  • Exeter
  • Exeter University and Inns of Court School of Law.

Civil Law team members