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Joseph Hughes

Joseph Hughes

Joseph C Hughes was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and established J C Hughes in 1986.  He is a graduate of Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. Joseph is a Solicitor Advocate (Criminal 2004) and obtained an Msc in Criminal Justice in 2006.
He was appointed to the Board of The Scottish Childrens' Reporter in 2010. He previously was a Board Member of The Scottish Legal Aid Board for almost 6 years.  He was also Vice Chair of two major charities, Turning Point Scotland and Action for Children.
Joseph has been appointed to sit on a number of jurisdictions : Mental Health Tribunal, Additional Support Needs Tribunal, Pensions Appeals Tribunal, Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal, NHS Tribunal for Scotland, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Discipline Tribunal and Police Appeals Tribunal.
He has been appointed to sit on the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel, the Doctors and Dentists Disciplinary Appeals Panel and the Scottish Football Association Judicial Panel.

Appointed in August 2015 as the sole Legal Representative for Scotland to the Tribunal Procedure Committee by the Lord President in consultation with the Lord Chancellor's Office.

In March 2016, Joseph was appointed as Legal Chair to the Private Rented Housing Panel and the Home Owner Housing Panel.

Joseph was appointed as an Independent Member of Scottish Housing Regulator Appeals in April 2016.

Joseph was appointed in April 2014 as a Governor at St Aloysius' College, Glasgow and is the Chair of the Audit Risk and Governance Committee. He was appointed to the Board of Management of City of Glasgow College in May 2016. Joseph was appointed to the Audit and Finance Committee of SCIAF in July 2016.

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.

Deirdre Hanlon


Deirdre worked in the voluntary legal sector  at a law centre in Glasgow for 17 years where she trained as a solicitor in civil practice with a particular interest in mental health and incapacity law. She was appointed as HM Legal Commissioner to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland where she served two terms ( 2006-2011).  Deirdre sits as a legal member at the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and the Health and Education Chamber.  She also sits as chair on the board of trustees for “Just Right Scotland”, a charitable legal centre of excellence established by a group of human rights lawyers. She has also recently contributed to the Mental Welfare Commission’s good practice guidance published in 2019 on alcohol related brain damage.  Deirdre is on the list of Safeguarders at Glasgow Sheriff Court and is appointed by the court to adults with incapacity involved in proceedings under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

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