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Hugh Derbyshire

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  • London School of Economics and Political Science - LL.B (First Class)
  • Exeter College, Oxford - BCL


  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association

Areas of Work

  • Chancery and Commercial
  • Public Law


Landlord and Tenant

Hugh has a busy court practice in claims for possession of commercial premises based upon forfeiture, including particular knowledge and experience of possession actions relating to licensed premises.

He advises drafts and appears in court in cases concerning the termination and renewal of business tenancies.

Hugh has specific experience of service charges; includes appearing in county court claims and before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

Hugh's advisory practice covers the nature of tenancies and licenses and the construction of leases.

Real Property

Hugh advises and litigates in actions concerning the existence and extent of easements, in particular rights of way and easements of drainage.

He handles trespass and adverse possession claims, including particular experience of boundary disputes and regularly advises and litigates in cases concerning residential and commercial mortgages.


Hugh recently appeared before the President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for the appellant local authority in Liverpool City Council v Anwar Hadi Kassim [2012] J.P.L. 1395, an appeal concerning the Housing Health and Safety Rating System.

Hugh acts for claimants and defendants in anti-social behaviour related possession actions and housing injunctions.

Hugh has experience of appeals under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996.


Hugh's advisory work includes cases concerning highways and other public rights of way over land.


Hugh has experience of premises licensing, including appearing before and advising licensing committees of local authorities.

Hugh has also conducted magistates' court appeals.  He recently appeared for a respondent local authority in a three day appeal concerning a premises licence.

Town and Village Greens

Hugh's advisory work includes cases concerning highways and other public rights of way over land. Has experience of registration of land as a town or village green having recently appeared for an objecting landowner in an application for registration.

Hugh delivered a seminar on Town and Village Greens to Atlantic Chambers' Property Law Conference 2011.

Planning and Compulsory Purchase

Hugh advises on planning matters.

Hugh appeared against Leading Counsel in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Fayle v Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council EWLands ACQ 359 2008 a reference concerning compensation and appropriate comparables.


Hugh advises and litigates in contractual claims concerning the sale of land and other land related contractual claims, including building disputes.



Hugh handles property related torts, including nuisance and negligence of property professionals.

John Benson Chambers UK Bar 2014 Leading Individual
Hugh Derbyshire 2

Year of call: 2004

Inn: Gray's Inn

Area: Chancery and Commercial
Public Law

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