hugh full - Hugh Cornford

Hugh Cornford

Family Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 1994

Family Law

‘Hugh is insightful and level headed. He does not inflame matters, rather he stays focused on the issue at hand and looks to solve problems rather than create them. He is a robust and eloquent advocate.’ Legal 500 2024 – Band 2

Hugh is unflappable, confident and sensible. He demonstrates mastery of the brief and of the court bundle, and has the ear of the court. A robust advocate who is not afraid to fight when needed.’ Legal 500 2023 – Band 2

‘ 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. ’ Legal 500 2022

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.


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.

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