Hugh Cumber

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Hugh joined Chambers in October 2014 after successfully completing pupillage. During pupillage he gained experience in a wide variety of Chambers' areas of practice, including proprietary estoppel claims, partnership disputes, contentious probate claims, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, and a wide variety of work in the Court of Protection. His pupil supervisors were Miranda Allardice, Barbara Rich, Leon Sartin and David Rees.

Following pupillage, Hugh acted as Judicial Assistant to Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He was involved in a wide variety of cases, including Bank of Cyprus v Menelaou (tracing and claims for subrogation following unjust enrichment), Crociani v Crociani (interpretation of trust instrument in context of offshore trust), John Mander Pension Trustees Ltd v HMRC (taxation of approved pension schemes) and Anson v HMRC (approach to foreign company structure for purposes of double taxation relief). He took part in an exchange to the Supreme Court of the United States in April 2015.



Hugh read English Literature and English Language at Magdalen College, Oxford where he obtained a first class degree. He undertook a master’s degree in English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford and was awarded the Lady Margaret Thatcher scholarship by the University of Oxford.

Hugh achieved the grade of  "Outstanding" in the Bar Profession Training Course at City Law School, where he also undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law. He received the Everhard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize from City Law School. He was awarded the Lord Bowen scholarship and the Lord Denning scholarship by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, as well as the Hardwicke Entrance award.


Professional Memberships

Hugh is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and a member of Lord Denning Society at Lincoln’s Inn.



Hugh regularly contributes casenotes to the Elder Law Journal and has contributed headnotes to the Wills and Trusts Law Reports. Recent articles include:

“Where there’s a will there’s a way: Marley v Rawlings” Kings Law Journal, 2014

“Berger v Berger- How Late is Too Late?” Private Client Business, 2014, 1

“Simon v Byford in the Court of Appeal: Banks v Goodfellow revisited” Private Client Business, 2014, 3