Criminal Department

Key people

Our approach

Hughmans has built a formidable reputation in the area of criminal defence. Hughmans’ client base has expanded solely through the feedback of its clientele. The firm is known for its proactive defence of clients facing prosecution by a wide variety of bodies, including the CPS, SFO, NCA, FCA, and local authorities.

Hughmans is a member of the Serious Fraud Panel. A large proportion of Hughmans’ work involves advising clients on appeals against conviction and sentence. Although a number of cases have attracted media attention, it is not Hughmans’ practice to court celebrities as clients or publicity in general.

About the firm

Hughmans has been consistently ranked in Chambers and Partners as one of the leading criminal law firms.

“This ‘superb outfit’ is known for its discreet handling of heavyweight criminal cases, with a significant proportion of its work generated by recommendation. It defends clients facing prosecution by a wide range of bodies, such as the CPS, SFO and local authorities. The firm’s relatively small size enables it to provide clients with a personal service and it is praised for its ‘considerable tactical expertise.’ Peter Hughman is the guiding light at the firm, lauded for his unerring knowledge and confident and direct manner.”

“Despite its relatively compact size, this continually developing litigation boutique impresses sources with its handling of prominent cases, including murder and fraud. Peter Hughman is a supervisor member of the Serious Fraud Panel and is said to be “devastatingly good.” He maintains an excellent reputation amongst peers.”

The Legal 500 ranks Hughmans as a leading London criminal law firm and recommends Peter Hughman and Lee Adams as individuals.

“‘Proactive’ and ‘reliable’, Hughmans is a boutique firm led by the ‘charismatic’ and ‘intelligent’ Peter Hughman. The ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘driven’ Lee Adams is recommended for his ‘outstanding client care’.”

“At Hughmans, Peter Hughman’s team includes the ‘brilliantly focused’ Lee Adams, who is ‘a joy to work with’. The firm is regularly instructed on investigations.”