Hugh is the Head
of the Government Legal Service for Northern Ireland, and
Departmental Solicitor for the Northern Ireland Executive.
Since 3 July 2017 he has been appointed temporarily to the position
of Permanent Secretary to the Department of Finance for Northern
He has 17 years of
experience in parliamentary services and government legal services.
Prior to joining the Northern Ireland Executive, Hugh was Director
of Legal and Governance Services for the Northern Ireland Assembly.
He has previously worked in research, as a barrister in private
practice and as an in-house lawyer in a leading financial services
provider. He has also worked in the Scottish Parliament’s
legal office, and on discrimination law in the Office of the First
Minister and deputy First Minister. Hugh is a barrister and member
of the Bar of Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland.
Hugh has been a member
of the Assembly Commission’s Audit and Risk Assurance
Committee (ACARAC) since November 2012.