Alex McHugh



Family & Divorce Law

Alex is a paralegal in the Family department, returning to the firm having previously worked in Crime, Housing, Civil and Property Litigation. This eclectic range of practical experience has allowed Alex to form a well-rounded view of the law, something which undoubtedly assists him when helping clients.

Alex also has extensive court experience, from clerking, mini-pupillages and advocating as a solicitor’s agent. In that final regard, he has built up an impressive portfolio of cases, having advocated on many applications for non-molestation and occupation orders. Under the observation of his supervising solicitor, Alex is happy to represent clients who need to restrain their ex-partners from subjecting them to domestic abuse.

Similarly, having passed the Bar, Alex has an in-depth knowledge of procedure and is able to explain to clients what they can expect from proceedings. Cognisant of the fact that most people find court hearings a daunting prospect, he utilises his expertise to minimise clients’ anxiety over what they are about to face.

Alex often works alongside clients who have suffered domestic abuse, with public funding being available to victims whose finances do not place them above the threshold for legal aid. Alex is also involved in a large number of private cases, including complex matters concerning child contact and the division of assets. Whilst fighting tirelessly for their best interests, Alex deals with all clients with great patience and understanding.

A recent interesting case Alex has worked on involves a Leave to Remove application, where the opposing party sought to to take the children to a remote location off the continent. The premise of the claim was that London is too dangerous for the children to live in and lacks adequate housing. The matter demanded a considerable amount of research, as well as a deft touch in dealing with a case with such high stakes.

Another delicate case  in which Alex had a significant amount of involvement  concerned physical, emotional and sexual abuse. This demanded a particularly mindful bedside manner which Alex provided with great care and consideration.

Alex read Sociology at the University of Leeds, earning an upper second Bachelor of Arts degree. He went on to complete his Graduate Diploma in Law, earning a grade of Commendation, before passing the Bar of England and Wales with a grade of Very Competent.


In his spare time, Alex enjoys engaging in local politics, cooking, reading and playing football.

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