Our People

John McLaughlin

John is an Honours graduate of Strathclyde University. He qualified as a solicitor in 1989. John is the firm’s Managing Director. John is a highly experienced and skilled criminal defence lawyer who has acted in a number of high profile criminal cases. John also regularly represents clients in the family courts and in Children's Panel cases. He brings a wealth of experience and a robust and rigorous approach to the advice and representation he provides to clients.

Mark Connolly

Mark is an honours graduate of Glasgow University. He qualified as a solicitor in 1998. Mark is a partner of the Firm who heads up our team at our Rutherglen office. Mark has extensive experience in both Criminal and Family courts. He regularly advises and represents clients in Childrens’ Panel cases. Mark also has a special interest in representing clients in proceedings before the Parole Board. Mark has over 20 years experience of providing representation to clients before the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

Ian McClelland

Ian joined the firm in 1999. He has been a Partner of the firm since the early 2000s. He specialises in Criminal Law and has over 25 years experience representing clients in criminal courts throughout Scotland. Ian also has extensive experience in Mental Health Law and has extensive experience representing clients in hearings before the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. Ian is based at our Tollcross office.

Stephen Hotchkiss

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1994. He has headed up the Family Law Team at JC Hughes since 1996. He is an associate of the Firm. Stephen specialises in Divorce, Family Law and Childrens Panel cases. He also has extensive experience of conducting Personal Injury cases. Stephen brings an eye for detail and meticulous preparation to his work. He has an approachable, friendly manner and provides a high level of advice and representation to his clients.

Clare Kerr

Clare is a trainee solicitor who joined us in March 2022. Clare has gained considerable experience regularly appearing in both the criminal and family courts. Clare also regularly represents clients in Children's Panel hearings and also in cases before the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. Clare is based at our Rutherglen office.

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