Our People

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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.

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 City Centre and Rutherglen offices.

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.

Catherine Barile

Catherine BarileAn Honours graduate from the University of Dundee, Catherine joined J C Hughes in February 2009. 

Catherine specialises in Mental Health and understands its complex and, at times, sensitive nature. 

In 2010 she was appointed as Curator by the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.  She is also a Notary Public.

Isobel Black

Isobel BlackIsobel graduated from Strathclyde University in 2005 and trained in business law at CCW LLP in Edinburgh before qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 and joining J C Hughes. 

Isobel specialises in criminal court work and all aspects of Civil and Mental Health Law.  She also co-ordinates the in-house Continued Professional Development programme. 

Isobel is based at the Parkhead branch office.

Pauline Greene

Pauline GreenePauline is a Qualified Assistant and studied law whilst working as a manager in the National Health Service. 

She went on to study for a Masters in Human Rights Law which she completed in 2004, before joining J C Hughes in 2006.  Pauline specialises in Mental Health Law and is also a Curator for the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. 

She is based in the Tollcross office.

Alan Cox

Alan CoxAlan has worked in various jurisdictions as a civil court lawyer during his 25-year career. 

He joined J C Hughes in 2009 and deals, in particular, with family/matrimonial cases and Mental Health Law. 

He was formerly an independent Bar Reporter for disputed contact/residence and adoption cases at Hamilton Sheriff Court and is currently on the panel of Curators for the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. 

He is based at the Parkhead branch office.

Marco Buonaccorsi

Marco BuonaccorsiMarco joined J C Hughes in 2009 and specialises in Criminal Law at District Court, Sheriff Court, and Sheriff and Jury levels, and in the preparation of cases and instruction of counsel at the High Court. 

Having initially worked for a national charity for a number of years after graduating, he returned to Strathclyde University and obtained his law degree and a Diploma in Legal Practice in 2003. 

Marco is also a registered Notary Public and is based at the City Centre office.

Kevin Brady

Kevin BradyKevin began his legal career at J C Hughes having gained his LLB at the University of Glasgow, and Diploma in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. 

He is an experienced criminal court solicitor and appears daily in the Justice of the Peace, Sheriff and High Courts in every jurisdiction across Scotland. 

Kevin is based at the City Centre office.

Claire Donoghue

Clair DonoghueClaire is an Associate at J C Hughes working mainly from the Ruthereglen office.

She enjoys a varied case load extending to both criminal and civil cases.

Claire is an experienced and respected court practitioner.

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