Ignatius Hughes QC

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LLB (Hons)
Year of call and Inn: 
1986; Middle Temple
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit; South Eastern Circuit; CBA
QC 2009; Recorder 2005 (Crown Court)
Public Access Areas: 
Practice Overview: 

Ignatius Hughes is specialist crime and regulatory practitioner.

Ignatius’s practice has covered a spectrum of the most serious and complex cases whilst in Silk: multi-handed murders; rape; drugs and firearm conspiracies and fraud.

He also has longstanding experience of Courts Martial in the UK and abroad.

Door Tenancies:

9 Bedford Row, the Chambers of Steven Kay QC. Ignatius practised in London for 15 years, and continues to do so from the West Country.

Public Access:

Ignatius Hughes is licensed to accept work under the Direct Access rules. Click here for further details about the Public Access scheme.


"Noted for his expertise in homicide cases involving missing bodies."
Legal 500 2019

"Very experienced in Court Martial cases."
Legal 500 2017

"Recommended for all serious criminal cases"
Legal 500 2016

“His extensive expertise includes fraud, sexual offences and large-scale drugs conspiracy cases.”
Legal 500 2015

“Has a broad criminal practice focused on the most serious and complex cases, such as multi-handed murders, serious sexual offences, and drugs and firearms conspiracies.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“A highly regarded jury advocate.”
Legal 500 2014

”He is a natural advocate; if I had my back to the wall, he’s the guy I’d instruct.”
Chambers and Partners 2014

“has significant records in serious crime cases”
Legal 500 2013

“incredibly gifted”
praised for his “economic use of language and questions” and “precise deployment of his advocacy skills.”
an ideal choice for cases concerning rape, murder and other serious crimes
Chambers and Partners 2013

“Continues to impress on Circuit”
Legal 500 2012

“good tactician and advocate”
Chambers and Partners 2012

“has a great courtroom presence and an excellent way with the client – a star in the making”
Legal 500 2010

“Positively thriving in the West Country as both a defender and prosecutor. Many have fallen foul of his polished performances”
“well-prepared and persuasive advocacy”
“A man of purpose”
Chambers and Partners

Areas of Practice