Gwydion Hughes

Gwydion Hughes

Year of Call: 1994
Clerk: Michael Lieberman

Gwydion specialises in commercial, chancery and public law work. He was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) on 1st November 2015 for a period of five years.

He is recommended for his Chancery work by Chambers UK 2017 which reports that "He is very impressive, very reasonable, clever and a smooth operator.” “An excellent advocate, he is very bright and gives very clear advice.” The 2016 edition describes him as "a leading chancery practitioner who is particularly acclaimed for handling property and contentious trusts cases. He is also an expert in partnership disputes." Amongst his strengths is that  "intellectually he is very sharp and his written advice is always very accurate and to the point. He is excellent in court, and has very good cross-examination skills." "He is prompt when dealing with matters and he has a great ability to deal with clients. He pays attention to detail whilst at the same time sees the wider picture." 

He is also recommended by Chambers UK 2017 for his Commercial Dispute Resolution work which says he is "Super, he is a very balanced and coherent advocate who takes good points." The 2016 edition explained that he "has a broad commercial practice which covers professional negligence claims and contractual disputes concerning the supply of goods and services. He receives instructions from a range of clients including major corporations and local government authorities." It recommends him as being "a stellar practitioner; an effective opponent with a patient, strategic mind."  The 2015 edition reports that  "he's a quite formidable jury advocate,"

The Legal 500 2016 reports that he is "experienced in Chancery cases involving contentious trusts and probate" whilst the 2015 edition confirms that "his expertise spans company and partnership disputes, insolvency, trusts and probate." The 2014 edition reports that he is "an extremely able commercial and Chancery practitioner, knowledgeable in private client, insolvency and company law."

His practice includes company law and insolvency, land law, probate and trusts, inheritance and family provision, local government, planning, landlord and tenant and professional negligence as well as public inquiries. He handles advisory and advocacy work for the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

His public law work includes advising and representing local authorities in local government vires matters concerning the consultation and legality of decision making as well as social care obligations and continuing care. 

His recent reported cases include:

Edwards v Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC [2015] J.P.L. 237 - appellate jurisdiction of the Upper Tribunal (Land Chamber) regarding Certificates of Alternative Development in the context of compulsory purchase

Heesom v Public Services Ombudsman for Wales [2014] All E.R. 269 - compatibility of Welsh devolved standards in public life regime with Article 10 rights 

Evans v Lloyd [2013] 2 P. & C.R. DG21 - applicability of the doctrine of unconscionable bargain to gifts

R (Calver) v The Adjudication Panel for Wales [2012] EWHC 1172 - compatibility of Welsh devolved standards in public life regime with Article 10 rights 

Gwydion’s Commercial and Business Disputes caseload includes: 

  • Commercial property including dilapidations and rent review
  • Common law contractual disputes
  • Company law including directors’ duties and shareholders agreements
  • Insolvency
  • Partnership
  • Professional negligence
  • Residential property including landlord and tenant and leasehold enfranchisement

Gwydion’s Chancery caseload includes

Land 

  • Adverse possession
  • Boundaries
  • Easements
  • Land Registration
  • Map Rectification
  • Planning
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sales and Trust of Land 

Trusts & Probate 

  • Administration of estates
  • Contentious Probate
  • Implied, constructive and resulting Trusts
  • Inheritance Act
  • Wills 

Gwydion is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, Treasurer of the Wales Commercial Law Association and Secretary of the Wales & Chester Circuit Specialist Court Bar Association. He was educated at Llanidloes High School before going on to study law at University College Cardiff and for the Bar at the Inns of Court School of Law. He accepts instructions under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.