Ignatius Hughes QC

Door Tenant


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 has longstanding experience of Courts Martial in the UK and abroad. He also practises from Albion Chambers, Bristol.

Ignatius’ down-to-earth attitude and fearless and purposeful advocacy, underpinned by his excellent judgement, precision of thought and tactical subtlety, win favour with clients and juries.

Background and expertise

Ignatius has particular expertise in the issues which arise in missing body murders, and cases of non-accidental head injury (the ‘baby shaking’ Triad). He is recognised for his mastery of the complex medical evidence involved in the latter, and a corresponding ability to cross examine experts to devastating effect. As a result, Ignatius has also been retained as a leading counsel in Family Division cases involving these issues.

Ignatius has particular experience of the issues arising in cases involving waste management and control, financial services regulation and the FSA, European subsidy regulatory interplay with criminal fraud and industrial/workplace injuries.

Ignatius practised in London for 15 years, before moving to the West Country and becoming a member at Albion Chambers.  He continues to do so as a door tenant at 9 Bedford Row.

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Notable cases

R v Stephens, 2013

Two-handed cut-throat ‘shaken baby syndrome’ death. Highly complex neurosurgical/neuropathological evidence in relation to causation and timing of injury, centred around delayed hypoxic-ischaemic injury triggered other than by intracranial pressure. Defendant of extremely low IQ, intermediary throughout trial, issues of fitness for trial continuing within trial.

R v Taylor, 2013

‘Missing body murder’ involving disappeared wife of undertaker defendant. Much turned on expert evidence re. distribution/causation of blood stains on the marital bed.

R v Dallimore, 2013

Successfully defended in allegation of large-scale fraud related to over-value on-listed shares in a pharmaceutical company, & allegedly bogus South African based film project.

R v Gauntlett

Sucessfully defended international sportsman against allegations of unlawful disposal of waste and operating a waste facility (tyre bales as substrate for riding gallops and other structural use).

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PROFILE: Ignatius Hughes QC

Year called





020 7489 2727


LLB (Hons)


Western Circuit,

South Eastern Circuit,

Criminal Bar Association


QC 2009,

Recorder 2005 (Crown Court)