HG Lorriman

Hugh-Guy Lorriman

Year of Call: 2014
Email Address: hugh-guy.lorriman@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Hugh-Guy’s expertise as a junior commercial barrister is greatly assisted by his background and former career in business and as an analyst in the financial services industry before coming to the Bar. This has given him a unique understanding of the needs and priorities of business executives/directors and the financial services industry.

Hugh-Guy also has a keen interest in topical commercial law issues: see his article on the Civil Procedure Rule 6.15. (Barton v. Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12).

Notable recent cases include:

  • successfully opposing an application to set-aside default judgment.
  • successfully opposing an application to stay proceedings on behalf of the Claimant on the basis that the purported contract in which there was an arbitration clause, was void for lack of certainty
  • success in a claim for repayment of a training bond; and
  • successfully defending a claim of breach of fiduciary duty, when the Defendant director was alleged to have taken funds from the business to fund another business in which she was a stakeholder.

A fluent French speaker, Hugh Guy is a barrister who has assisted UK and French nationals with advice and translation support to resolve commercial and contractual disputes. Hugh-Guy can assist any French-speaking business-owners and executives as well as expatriates living in the UK with advice on court proceedings or legal problems in England and Wales.

Clients said:

‘I appreciated you taking the time to discuss the case with me before the hearing. I felt that you grasped the salient points of the brief very quickly and fully understood the client’s aims. The quick feedback after the hearing was also appreciated.’ Solicitor

‘Counsel was very re-assuring and had come fully prepared. He understood the nuances of the case and had read everything I had sent and put the case positively and effectively in Court. He was very professional and courteous and tried to put me at my ease. He was also very good with [the litigant in person Defendant]. He was very good in presenting the case and not being condescending to [the Defendant], which could have put the Judge on her side. Excellent all round and got the best result possible.’ Lay client.

I recently instructed Hugh-Guy for the Defendant opposing an application contesting jurisdiction. The Client and I were impressed by his advocacy at the hearing as he provided additional arguments upon which the application was dismissed. He also raised his concerns regarding a weak point in our claim. This was also a good result in successfully arguing on our costs. Instructing Solicitor.

Mr Lorriman was most inventive and resourceful in furnishing a diagram to drive home the lay client's case. The judge in fact called it unanswerable. Mr Lorriman's communication with me was timely, efficient and friendly. I would happily instruct him again. Instructing Solicitor.

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Academic qualifications

  • Sorbonne Paris IV Diplôme
  • St. Andrews university (MA Honours, Classics)
  • City University, London (Graduate Diploma in Law)
  • Cambridge University (PhD student)


  • Economic and Social Research Council 2014 PhD research grant
  • Nominated for top Officer Cadet of the U.K. Armed Services University Officer Training Corps

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • BSB - Forensic Accountancy Course (BPP) 2020
  • Bar Practitioner Training Course (City University) 2014
  • Civil Mediator (ADR group) 2014
  • Chartered Financial Analyst 2005