Bio of Hugh Davey
Hugh Davey (sometimes referred to as Mr Adverse Possession due to the amount of work he does in that area) has been a litigation solicitor for over 30 years. He trained with City of London firm, Bird & Bird and worked in the City for many years, finally as a Partner of Druces & Attlee (now Druces). In 1992 he moved his litigation practice to the regional heavyweight, Foot Anstey. Subsequently, for a number of years he was a Partner and then Head of the Litigation team at the Taunton office of Clarke Willmott.
In 2018, Hugh was runner up as Lawyer of the Year in the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society annual awards.
Hugh is founder and Managing Partner of, Fleet Law, a niche specialist Litigation and Dispute Resolution law firm which he launched in 2006. In the following years the business has grown with offices in Gloucester, Bristol and London. He has a varied practice which includes Property Litigation and in particular applications to the Land Registry for title under Adverse Possession, Professional Negligence, Insurance Litigation and Contesting Wills. He has been recognised in Chambers and Partners as one of the country's leading lawyers. Over the years he has had a number of reported cases both in the High Court and County Court. Unusually, he has always had a wide client base from individuals through to large international insurance companies.
In his professional negligence work he has brought claims against the full spectrum of professionals including insurance brokers, surveyors, architects, accountants, financial advisers and other firms of solicitors and barristers.
As well as dealing with cases in the County Court and High Court and Arbitrations, many of his cases are resolved by Mediation. Hugh is an accredited Mediator. He has given evidence in court on behalf of clients and has acted as an expert witness for HMRC.
Hugh has written for professional publications and newspapers. He has sat on various Court Users Committees and the Litigation Committee of the Devon and Exeter Law Society ( now the Devon & Somerset Law Society). He is a member of the Law Society, the Devon & Somerset Law Society, the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society, the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association and the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists.
Hugh has lectured on litigation (particularly costs recovery) and management of legal firms. This includes internal seminars to clients and their staff, and externally. He has lectured on the presentation of evidence in court and expert witness training for the well known expert witness trainers, Bond Solon (now part of CLT).