Hugh is a consultant in BDB Pitmans’ real estate team, specialising in all forms of commercial property and acting for developers, funds, property companies and occupiers, as well as trusts and syndicates. He has considerable expertise in property development, investment, regeneration, co-ownership and property partnership joint ventures. In addition, Hugh has experience in higher education accommodation projects, public private property partnerships, the telecommunications sector and leaseback transactions. He has also acted on a large number of property investments, acquisitions and lettings.
Hugh has won numerous awards, including for leading the teams on the Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City shopping centre developments, both of which have been the largest shopping centres in Europe and he is ranked as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 and as an Eminent Practitioner in Chambers and Partners UK 2019.
Hugh has been a visiting Professor at the University of Law and has lectured on development and regeneration at the University of the Sorbonne. He was also co-chairman of the European Urban Regeneration Council at the Urban Land Institute and is a judge for the International Property Awards.
Hugh is an elected member of Hampshire County Council, representing the Meon Valley Division; his roles include being the chairman of the River Hamble Harbour Authority Management Committee. He also sits on Winchester City Council as member for the Upper Meon Valley Ward; his roles include shadow cabinet member for the Local Economy and Assets.
Prior to joining BDB Pitmans, Hugh spent almost 30 years at leading international law firm Ashurst LLP. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1992 and became a partner in 2001. He was the firm’s head of global real estate for six years. He is also admitted to practice law in the Republic of Ireland.
- Westfield Stratford City – leading the team responsible for the development, construction, planning, infrastructure, leasing, funding and joint ventures. In addition to the shopping centre, he dealt with the development and disposal of three hotels, a casino, offices, student accommodation, offices and residential.
- Westfield White City – seeing the project through from original site acquisition to development to its opening in October 2008, its subsequent ongoing operation and extension to become the largest shopping centre in Europe.
- Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc – acquisition, development, letting and disposal of buildings in the City and West End, including Mitsui’s own offices.
- Qatari Diar – development of the US Embassy site in Grosvenor Square.
- Lancaster University – PPP with UPP Lancaster Limited for the provision and maintenance of new student residences comprising 4,000+ new study bedrooms.
- Sheffield University – residential accommodation programme comprising the redevelopment and refurbishment of around 4,200 rooms to create a new student village in Sheffield.