Hugh Elder


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After training and working with two leading firms in Westminster and the City, I joined Gordon Dadds in 1980 in order to set up and run a litigation department which I headed until 2008. I was the firm’s managing partner from 2003 to 2013, and I was President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association from 1998 – 2000 (at the time of the Woolf Reforms). I have very broad experience of dispute resolution, particularly in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration, competition, contentious trust and probate, professional negligence and property. I am a CEDR accredited mediator and CMC registered mediator. I am also responsible for the firm’s knowledge management.

My interests outside of work include choral singing, golf and walking, as well as spending time with my wife, our two grown up children and two grandchildren.

What is your best legal anecdote?

Having my opinion on a client’s prospects of success upheld by Lord Denning, England’s most famous 20th century judge, in his last case (and then by the House of Lords). The case in question was George Mitchell (Chesterhall) Ltd v Finney Lock Seeds Ltd. The client had disagreed with my prognosis and changed solicitors prior to the litigation!

What is your most interesting legal experience?

Leading a team in the successful transfer of a collection of antiquarian artefacts to an overseas national museum.

Cameron Kemm Nordon (now CMS Cameron McKenna)

Radcliffes & Co (now Radcliffes Le Brasseur)

Bristol Polytechnic (now UWE), Law Society Exams Parts 1 and 2

Edinburgh University LL.B.

I have been recommended in previous editions of Legal 500 and Chambers' directories.

'Good with clients. You can pit him against the best.'

Law Society

London Solicitors Litigation Association

Globalaw - Dispute Resolution Section

Society for Computers & Law

London Solicitors Golfing Society

Civil Mediation Council

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7518 0235


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