Paul has been ranked in every edition of Chambers and Partners for Costs & Litigation Funding since 2008.
He currently is one of just six juniors in Band One.
“Paul Hughes is able to explain very different terms in his area simply to clients.” “He is very knowledgeable in costs, has good technical understanding of the rules and is a very efficient advocate.” Chambers UK 2023
“Paul is a very thorough individual who is totally on top of his area of specialism with regards to costs. This is often a very technical area now for solicitors and it is always useful to know that Paul is readily available to provide reassurance and a degree of expertise with regard to these issues. He is very good on paper and a strong advocate. Paul is a first port of call, and is keen, sharp and perceptive.” Legal 500 2023
Very affable and cuts through the noise.” “He always has a total grasp of all costs matters.” Chambers UK 2022
“Very approachable and knows the case law. He’s always on point because he’s seen so much; it’s very rare that he doesn’t have experience of a situation.” “Good at handling mediations as he’s calm, relaxed and in control all at the same time.” Chambers UK 2021
“A very able and experienced costs lawyer.” Legal 500, 2020
Chambers UK 2020 said “Always happy to help and point practitioners in the right direction on costs issues.” “He presents his cases well and secures excellent outcomes.”
Chambers UK 2019 described Paul as “a forward thinking practitioner with gravitas beyond his years.” Clients are “equally impressed with his abilities in technical matters and on his feet”, praising him for his “strong opinions and advice” and “good grasp of technical issues.”
Previously, Chambers UK 2018 said “Paul has a wealth of technical knowledge and is an articulate and very persuasive advocate who can think on his feet and deal with any costs matter, no matter how large or technical.”
In the Legal 500 2018 Paul is said to be ‘Fiercely intelligent and a very robust advocate.’
Paul was described in Chambers UK 2015 as: “… an exceptional advocate, always very well organised and prepared, and very persuasive.”
In Chambers UK 2017, Paul is said to be “very knowledgeable in respect of the costs arena.”
In Chambers UK 2016, Paul was described as “robust and eﬀective. He knows when to make the right points, when to push and when to stop talking, which is a skill” and having “great expertise and knowledge regarding costs law and a great way of putting costs arguments.”