His wide-ranging expertise includes complex frauds, historic sexual offences and murdersLegal 500
Leighton Hughes is a specialist Criminal Advocate and expert in professional regulatory proceedings. Leighton is often the first choice in cases of great sensitivity, with experience of defending and prosecuting legal professionals, police officers and Doctors. He also has 25 years of experience in local authority and health and safety prosecutions.
He is well known for his exhaustive preparation and client handling skills and is recognised for a sensitive yet determined approach.
As a criminal advocate he is regularly instructed in cases of the utmost gravity, including charges of murder, manslaughter, historic rape, drug conspiracies and complex frauds.
Leighton habitually appears before the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and whilst he has significant experience being led he is often instructed as a leading junior. He has been a CPS Grade IV prosecutor for over 20 years.
His regulatory background means that Leighton is now an established and highly regarded legal advisor to regulatory and disciplinary tribunals. He is a legal assessor and adviser to the General Medical Council; the Nursing and Midwifery Council; the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; the General Dental Council; the General Chiropractic Council; and is legal Chair to Police Disciplinary Panels.
Leighton also re-drafts procedural rules and guidance for the key regulators as well as providing advice to regulators on the interpretation of their existing procedural rules. He also lectures widely on regulatory law, practice, and procedure.
Recent examples illustrating the breadth of Leighton’s work in this area include:
R v Mullender (2016)
Prosecution Counsel. Murder, shaken baby syndrome.
Operation Moccasin (2015)
Defence Leading Junior in Eastern Region Complex Casework prosecution of a major paedophile ring. Secured acquittal of key defendant.
R v Watkins (2014)
Prosecution Counsel. Historic child sex abuse. 30 years determinate sentence imposed.
Operation Olympia (2013)
Prosecution Counsel Wales Complex Casework prosecution, multi-handed large scale trafficking of cocaine into Wales.
R v Bower (2012)
Defence Counsel. Murder in the course of robbery.
Operation Ribble (2012)
Prosecution Counsel. 3 defendant drug-related killing.
R v S & M (2011)
Prosecution Counsel. First prosecution of care workers under the Mental Capacity Act.
R v Harrison (2011)
Prosecution Counsel. Solicitor perverting the course of public justice following allegation of gross negligence manslaughter.
R v Deda & Others (2011)
Complex Crime Unit prosecution. Prosecution Counsel. 9 defendant conspiracy to defraud a major building society.
R v Lipski (2010)
Defence Counsel. Murder, identical twins, disputed DNA evidence.
R v Dunne (2010)
Defence Counsel. Gross negligence manslaughter by employer.
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Leighton is listed as a leading junior for crime in the Legal 500.
‘Experienced in cases of serious sexual abuse.’