Leighton Hughes

His wide-ranging expertise includes complex frauds, historic sexual offences and murders

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Leighton Hughes

  • Called in 1989

Crime

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.

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Notable Cases


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.

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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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If you would like to instruct Leighton Hughes or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Pupil Supervisor
  • Tribunals Judge
  • Valuation Tribunal Judge
  • Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council
  • Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Legal Adviser to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council
  • Legal Adviser to the General Chiropractic Council
  • Legal Chair to Police Disciplinary Panels

Directory Quotes


Leighton is listed as a leading junior for crime in the Legal 500.

‘Experienced in cases of serious sexual abuse.’
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