Hugh is Joint Head of the Manchester Office and Head of the Personal lnjury team here at Potter Rees Dolan. Throughout his career, Hugh has acted on behalf of clients with brain and spinal cord injuries of the utmost severity, as well as having experience handing professional negligence cases, achieving record settlements with a reputation recognised nationally.
Education & career
Hugh studied law at Nottingham University - graduating in 1985 - and qualified as a solicitor in 1988. When asked what inspired his career in law, Hugh says he developed an interest in serious injuries while working as a nurse during university holidays at a neurological hospital. He comments:
"It sounds trite, but I wanted to support those who were seriously disadvantaged."
Hugh went on to establish Hugh Potter & Company on 1st May 1998, providing legal services to those who have sustained devastating injuries. As the firm expanded, Hugh Potter & Co became Potter Rees Serious Injury Solicitors in 2004 and finally Potter Rees Dolan in April of 2014. Having acted as a managing partner of the firm for the last 25 years, Hugh is now Joint Head of the Manchester Office and Head of the Personal lnjury team at Potter Rees Dolan (a Hugh James Business). Hugh says his favourite aspect of his role at Potter Rees Dolan is:
"...the people I am lucky enough to interact with!"
Hugh acted for the Claimant in Wilkinson v Churchill referred by the Court of Appeal to the ECJ and has achieved several record settlements, including the case of MM with settlement on full liability basis of £25 million and the case of TTT where damages of £30 million were secured.
Professional memberships & accreditations
Hugh's memberships and accolades include: Accredited Brain Injury Specialist & Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Secretary of Forum of Complex Injury Lawyers (FOCIS). Hugh is also recognised as a Top Ranked Lawyer by Chambers, and is listed as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500.
Chambers 2023 says:
"Hugh Potter is lauded as a leading practitioner for personal injury matters, with a particular focus on complex claims connected with severe brain and spinal cord injuries."
Legal 500 says:
The ‘diligent and approachable’ Hugh Potter is an ‘excellent communicator’.
Outside of work...
With a love for the outdoors, in his spare time Hugh enjoys cycling, mountain biking and hikes around the fells of the Lake District.
Hugh's Latest Blogs
I would just like to highlight my sincere thanks to all at PotterReesDolan who worked so diligently and considerately through what was an extremely harrowing time for myself and our family. I am very grateful to Hugh for his handling of our case, and for his kind support and help through the legal process and during such a traumatic time for us
Mr B, Manchester
I do not know what the outcome would have been if I had used another Solicitor, the only thing I do know is that they couldn’t have looked after me any better than Helen did and that the first time I met Hugh Potter, I knew I had chosen the right solicitors.
Mr O, Blackburn
Personable service - flexibly delivered and done with discretion. In particular, the interplay between my needs as a parent and my son's needs for confidentiality were handled well by Hugh Potter. Thanks.
Mr S, Manchester
I always received a clear, comprehensive and - more importantly – approachable service with all employees at PotterReesDolan. The support and advice was excellent by Hugh Potter and team. After a traumatic accident, it took 5/6 months to make me smile. Hugh managed to help me realised how much I’d recovered and was extremely bright in his outlook which was infectious
Mrs H, Warrington
My husband was severely hurt after a cycling accident and Hugh was so kind and empathetic giving me very practical advice. Later, when my husband was better, he came to the house to give us an update and he kindly gathered lots of information that was very useful.
Mrs T, Stockport
Hugh, I really appreciate your opinion on the points I have raised. Many thanks again for the support you gave me and the children we will never forget everyone’s kindness
Mrs H, Salford
The level of service is the best that is can be. We have always found staff very friendly and warm which puts everyone at ease which makes things so much easier in difficult and upsetting situations. We have passed on your details to numerous people as recommendations.
Mr and Mrs R, Lancashire