Mary Hughes


Specialist in

Dispute ResolutionDirect Access


‘A robust advocate against often the most difficult opponents.’

‘Well done, Mary. You took an unwinnable position and slowly but surely turned it around.’

Dr Mary Hughes [BA(Hons.), MPhil., PhD], came to the Bar after a career in Education and Research, where she published extensively in women’s issues. She made a conscious decision not to work for local authorities, having worked for them in adult and community education before retraining for the Bar.  She practices largely in care proceedings acting predominantly for parents and guardians. She also has a free standing practice in education and community care as well as being instructed in care proceedings where the complex area of education, community care and leaving care regulations are an issue.

What the directories say

2017 Legal 500
Cited as a leading junior in Children law (including public and private law):
“Highly regarded for care proceedings’

2015 Legal 500
Cited as a leading family junior described as “highly knowledgeable particularly in relation to public law cases with education elements”.


BA(Hons.), MPhil., Phd.,

Professional Memberships

Education Law Association


Rudimentary French

MF v LB of Brent & others [2013] EWHC 1838

LJ Ryder sitting as a high court judge made what is believed to be the first s8 contact order alongside an adoption order where the proposed adopter opposed the making of the same.

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M (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 1035

Interim care orders in relation to 3 children so that they could be told their father had sexually abused his 2 older daughters. This was a single issue case.

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