Our People

Click on the names below to see more detail.

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlinAn Honours graduate from Strathclyde University, John joined J C Hughes in 1988 and was made a partner in 1991. 

An experienced trial lawyer, John specialises in Criminal Law and has acted in a number of high profile criminal cases throughout Scotland. 

John is based at the Rutherglen office.

Mark Connolly

Mark Connelly

Mark is an honours graduate of the University of Glasgow.

He is a Partner in charge of our Rutherglen office having trained  with J C Hughes.

Mark is a Notary Public and a Curator Ad Litem appointed by the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.
He is also a highly experienced criminal and civil court practitioner.

Mark has a special interest in prison and parole law.

Ian McClelland

Ian joined J C Hughes in 1996 and specialises in Criminal Defence and Mental Health Law. 

Ian was appointed a criminal peer reviewer in 2009, and holds the office of Curator for the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.


Stephen Hotchkiss

Stephen HotchkissStephen has been based at our Tollcross office since joining the firm in 1999.

He is an Associate and senior civil lawyer.

Stephen specialises in divorce, family, reparation cases and a wide range of other civil matters.

He regularly appears before the Sheriff Court in Glasgow but covers many other jurisdictions throughout Scotland.

Joe Keenan

Nikki Gibbons

Joe is an honours graduate of the University of Durham and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He received his law degree from the University of Glasgow and his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde. He joined J C Hughes from an international commercial law firm in 2016. Joe is based at our Tollcross Office and has a particular interest in criminal and family law.

FREEPHONE 24 hours a day on 0800 279 3090 or email [email protected]