Henrietta is a personal injury & Clinical Negligence Barrister who represents both claimants and defendants.
She has been instructed in multi-track and fast track claims. Henrietta frequently appears in court on a range of cases including trials as well as interlocutory hearings. This has enabled her to hone her advocacy skills and expose her to the varying judicial attitudes across the country whilst managing an expanding advisory practice. Henrietta provides a comprehensive and prompt performance ensuring solicitors and lay clients receive an all round exemplary level of service. She is noted for her thorough and client focused approach to cases. In addition, she has the ability to balance sensitivity with the need to be robust in certain circumstances.
Henrietta enjoys tennis, dance and running (having completed the London marathon and half marathons). She is also currently learning Hindi.
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Henrietta acts for both claimants and defendants. She appears in court on a daily basis.
She has been instructed to attend an array of hearings (non-exhaustive list):
- Application for relief from sanctions
- Application to rely on expert evidence
- Application for strike out
- Application to set aside default judgment
- Stage 3 hearing
- Infant and/or Protected Party approval hearing
- Trial – small claims and fast track
In relation to trials, Henrietta largely appears in cases involving road traffic accidents. One of her more recent articles examines vicarious liability and collisions. Please click here to read it.
In addition to oral advocacy, Henrietta can be instructed to draft skeletons, pleadings and opinions. Henrietta has advised in cases concerning road traffic accidents, occupiers' liability and employers' liability where injuries range from psychiatric disorders to scarring to serious orthopaedic injuries.
Prior to moving to the self-employed Bar Henrietta was in house counsel at a leading personal injury firm, which specialises in civil claims brought by serving and non-serving military personnel as well as claims brought under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). Her cases of interest include drafting Particulars of Claim in a multi-track case where the claimant suffers Non Freezing Cold Injuries, and appearing at an AFCS appeal securing an increased lump sum thereby triggering a guaranteed income payment.
Furthermore, Henrietta's previous experience includes being legal assistant to a personal injury QC for over 18 months (including during the trial of Nadarajah v Sotnick  EWHC 3389 (QB)) and undertaking paralegal work for other senior members of the Bar who also specialise in the area.
A significant degree of Henrietta's practice is credit hire.
Henrietta has been instructed in many credit hire hearings for both claimants and defendants, regularly appearing on behalf of some of the UK's largest car hire companies and insurers. She has the advantage of being able to anticipate the submissions her opponents are likely to make given she acts for both sides.
She has substantial experience in addressing the common issues such as enforceability, need, duration and rate, and is very familiar with the key authorities in this area of law. Henrietta prides herself on her detailed approach.
She is also able to advise on tactics and settlement in these cases.
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Henrietta accepts instructions in all aspects of Clinical Negligence work, including on a Conditional Fee Basis where appropriate:
- Delayed clinical diagnosis
- Ophthalmic negligence
- Negligent nursing care
- Dental negligence
- Cosmetic Negligence
- BPTC Scholarship: Received Middle Temple’s Luboshez Award
Professional qualifications & appointments
- 2011-2012 - BPP: BPTC - Very Competent
- 2008-2011 - University of Leeds: LLB Law - High 2.1
- Personal Injury Bar Association
Personal Injury update published by 3PB
The Personal Injury team has published its latest update including the latest on the Commons amendments regarding the Civil Liability Bill as considered by the ...Read more
The Risk of Ice: 3PB Personal Injury barrister Henrietta Hughes analyses the appeal case of Cook v Swansea CC
In recent weeks snow and ice have swept across the UK. The appeal case of Mr Ivor Cook v Swansea City Council  EWCA Civ 2142 concerns a claim arising from...Read more