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Hugh Potter

Hugh is Joint Head of the Manchester Office and Head of the Personal injury team in Manchester. Throughout his career, Hugh has acted on behalf of clients with brain and spinal cord injuries of the utmost severity, achieving record settlements with a reputation recognised nationally.

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 injury team at Potter Rees Dolan (a Hugh James Business).

Notable cases include: Wilkinson v Churchill which was 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.

Hugh is also recognised as a ranked in Band 1 in Chambers and is listed as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500.

Career and education history

  • Nottingham University, Law: 1985
  • Qualified: 1988
  • Partner at Pannone: 1990
  • Partner at Perkins & Co: 1994
  • Founded Hugh Potter & Company: 1998
  • Director of Potter Rees: 2004
  • Director of Potter Rees Dolan: 2014
  • Joint Head of Manchester Hugh James: 2023


  • Fellow of APIL
  • Accredited Brain Injury Specialist of APIL
  • Headway Solicitor Panel Member
  • Vice Chair of the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors (FOCIS)

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

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

I would just like to highlight my sincere thanks 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

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

Of the people I met, how friendly and easy to talk to. Making matters of the law laid down very easy. Perfect manners and correspondence. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect gentleman.

Mr S

We honestly can’t fault the firm and would give them 1000 out of 10! We wouldn’t be where we are now without the help of Hugh and his team and we can’t thank him enough. We would definitely recommend Hugh to anyone else in our position – in fact we have and Hugh is already dealing with a case due to our recommendations!

Mr & Mrs J