Hugh Evans is a litigator with 40 years’ experience of advising clients in the financial services sector on a wide range of disputes.
Hugh’s many years of experience enable him to take a strategic approach to disputes allied to a deep understanding of the needs and priorities of his clients and a fine appreciation of the legal issues.
Hugh’s recent work has included conspiracy claims, product mis-selling, derivatives, performance bonds, mortgages, guarantees and professional negligence claims.
- Boyse (International) Limited -v- NatWest Markets PLC (2020): acting for the defendant bank in striking out a LIBOR manipulation claim on limitation grounds. This is believed to be the first case in which the English courts have considered limitation in the context of LIBOR claims.
- Yuanda (UK) Company Limited -v- Multiplex Construction Europe Limited (2020): acting for the London branch of an AsiaPac bank in injunction proceedings to restrain payment under a performance bond for GBP4.4m issued in respect of a major development in London.
- Cunningham -v- Ellis (2018): acting for a bank in striking out a claim for GBP38m based on allegations of fraud arising out of the appointment of administrators to a company.
- Acting for a major bank in defending allegations of unlawful means conspiracy arising out of its relationship with a high profile customer.
- Advising a mortgage lender on a range of litigation issues arising out of the abolition of a cap on its standard variable rate mortgage.
- Advising a bank on a claim for fraud brought by a former customer arising out of an advance to acquire a portfolio of real estate assets.
- Acting for a bank in a GBP6.3m claim against valuers relating to cross collateralised assets in Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow (2017).
- Advising a major UK clearing bank in relation to an injunction restraining payment under a performance bond for EUR18.2m issued in respect of the construction of a biomass plant in the south of France (2018).
- Acting for a bank in a GBP6.6m pound claim against the project monitor of a development of apartments which had been built in a defective manner (2016).
- Ventra Investments Limited -v- Bank of Scotland: acting for the defendant bank in successfully striking out part of an GBP85m claim alleging the sale of a portfolio of real estate assets at an undervalue (2017).
- Crestsign Limited -v- National Westminster Bank Plc (2014): acting for NatWest in the successful defence of a claim for the mis-selling of an interest rate swap. This case became a leading authority on the scope of a bank’s duty when providing information about products to customers.
- Rahman -v- HSBC (2012): acting for HSBC in successfully defending a claim challenging the appointment of receivers to a portfolio of real estate assets.
Hugh has received specific mention in Legal 500 for his litigation skills and has been named as a leader in his field by Chambers UK.
Hugh is described by Legal 500 (2011) as a "very experienced and extremely able litigator." The Chambers directory for 2012 described him as "an astute and efficient litigator with an excellent client service ethos."
- Mass litigation, funding and costs: Ingenious, 6 April 2020
- Coronavirus: How UK mortgage lenders and administrators can comply with FCA guidelines, 1 April 2020
- UBS -v- Rose Ventures – Good Faith and Braganza – Journal of International Banking and Finance Law May 2019
- Mis-selling of interest rate hedging products - public law will not aid private law claims, Journal of International Banking and Finance Law 5 Dec 2018
- The difficulties in challenging a FOS decision by way of judicial review 5 September 2017
- Is there a need for expert evidence in IRHP mis-selling disputes – Journal of International Banking and Finance Law February 2017
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