Paul Hughes

Solicitor & Commercial Mediator

Mediation Accreditation

8th October 1997 qualified in San Francisco.
Accredited by ADR Group in the UK.

Mediation Experience

  • Mediation experience includes over 40 mediations to date. Cases mediated are mainly, but not exclusively, personal injury cases. Examples of mediations include:

    • Infant fatality with claim for PTSD by mother. Liability and quantum issues. Mediation lead to settlement after a hidden issue was discovered and dealt with by the parties
    • Stress at work case by teacher.
    • EL claim involving fatal accident. Major issues on both liability and quantum, involving particularly sensitive issues impacting upon dependency claim.
    • Claim for assault, wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution by litigant in person against police force. Claim discontinued at mediation.
    • Personal injury claim with significant quantum issues including suspected fraud / surveillance evidence.
    • Professional negligence action against solicitor and surveyor.
    • Partnership dispute.
    • Landlord and tenant dispute.
    • Acted for one of the parties in the landmark Court of appeal case of Halsey v Milton Keynes NHS Trust / Steel v Joy.
    • 2006: involved in recording Law Society ADR training video for lawyers

Career History

  • Admitted in 1988
  • Solicitor, Marrons 1988
  • Solicitor, Crutes 1989
  • Partner at Crutes since 1995
  • Partner, Insurance DWF 2012
  • Director, Bond Dickinson LLP 2014
  • Consultant, Ward Hadaway 2016
  • Solicitor, Thomas Miller Law May 18

Other Information

  • Member: Law Society
  • Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)
  • North East regional representative for FOIL special interest group in ADR since 2000
  • Member of Law Society ADR Committee
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