Barrister Hugo Daniel Lodge

Hugo Daniel Lodge

Year of call: 1998  


“A fearless advocate in the highest courts.”



Mr Lodge is currently on secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Commercial Complex Fraud Crime Public Law Regulatory & Professional Discipline Sport


Experienced litigating section 23 Partnership Act 1890, in respect of charging orders against business partnership property (in the form of premises, assets and share of profits). Defended contempt and committal to prison of company directors under Part 81 CPR, for breach of freezing orders. Defended solicitors’ firm from allegation of ‘passing off’ under common law doctrine.

In Chancery business, conducting an adverse possession claim in respect of land used for leisure pursuits. Advised internet gaming companies on double criminality and the Extradition Act 2003. Experienced advocate within jurisdiction of Adjudicator to HM Land Registry (at first instance and on appeal).

Commercial / private immigration applications and appeals in respect of high status professionals.

Complex Fraud

Currently writing a Guide to the Criminal Finances Act 2017, to be published by the Law Society.

Undertakes cases concerning malfeasance in public office, civil and criminal fraud, international corruption, money laundering and confiscation. His clients include businesses, high net-worth individuals, politicians and domestic and government agencies. His work often involves an international element and overlapping criminal and civil litigation.

On the Metropolitan Police list of independent counsel and regularly advises on difficult issues surrounding disclosure and legal professional privilege. Whilst special adviser at the Ministry of Justice, advised on the Freedom of Information Act.

Complex Fraud Cases

  • Director of a City Firm accused of systematic fraud against his employer. Trial at the Old Bailey. Defendant was expert in best practice in internal accounting and anti-fraud measures for City firms.
  • Commercial Court [2014], defended Company Director from committal to prison following his breach of a High Court Injunction.
  • Represented CEO of a FTSE 100 Company [2013] who was arrested in a dawn raid by police, acting on flawed financial information. Brought Judicial Review to return his seized property and compel investigators to cease investigation, whilst maintaining the client’s anonymity. This case is now a leading authority in the field of High Court challenge to investigations / bails to return.
  • National Estate Agency [2013] – Accused of systematic fraud against its private and commercial landlords and tenants.
  • Taxi ‘app’ case – Currently advising in criminal prosecution brought by City of Westminster Council. Advocate at first instance trial into systematic breach of trading legislation. Currently advising on High Court challenge to conviction and City of Westminster policy.
  • Experian [2011-2015] and Middlesex College – Court of Appeal case in respect of financial data unlawfully provided (allegedly) by Experian. Expert in arguing ‘Special Procedure Material’ has been obtained in breach of Data Protection regime. Case is at the cutting edge of defending any serious financial investigation in the UK. New approach will result in return of seized material to high profile corporate clients. Advocate at first instance (Crown Court) trials lasting 6 months in London on indictment of Fraudulent Trading worth £10 Million and linked money laundering. ‘Abuse of process’ argument at criminal trials in respect of successful High Court challenge to original search warrant, based on breaches of PACE 1984.
  • Fraudulent trading [2011] – Successfully defended company director (trading nano-technology via London Metal Exchange) allegedly used as a front for money laundering and importation of drugs. Acquitted at jury trial (after three months) involving forensic accountant expert evidence. Case is now a leading authority in Court of Appeal on admissibility of acquittals of busi-ness partners on an allegation of financial conspiracy.


Recent jury advocacy includes murder, large scale drugs importation, people and contraband smuggling, firearms, rape, and serious sexual assault cases. Available for complex cases in the magistrates’ court, including licensing, confiscation, trading standards and extradition.

An experienced High Court advocate in quasi-criminal matters such as extradition and the judicial review of police action (from search warrants, through to unlawful arrest and detention), he has appeared in public law challenges to prison governors and Transport for London. Also instructed in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in complex cases on conviction, sentence, confiscation and Attorney-General’s references.

Available for public access work, especially in appeals and private prosecutions.

Crime Cases

  • R v Kingshott and others, Bristol Crown Court, March 2017. Represented Michael Marsden on his acquittal for manslaughter and corruption in public office case.
  • R v F [2013] EWCA Crim 84 – Groundbreaking case on defendant’s bad character.
  • R v B, A & M (ongoing) – Conspiracy to breach immigration rules in re: five thousand students, appealing with leave on basis of jury irregularity, rolled-up conspiracy count and proven corruption.
  • R v Clarke & Severn – Trial of ‘car ringing’ to Africa, value £5Million.
  • R v T (ongoing) – 3 trials and 2 appeals in re a former postman accused of historic abuse of multiple complainants, alleged collusion and fabrication of evidence.
  • R v Gabbidon & Others – Attempted murder by shooting at Harlseden tube station.

Public Law

Administrative court experience in judicial review of police search warrants, and decisions to arrest and bail to return.

An experienced High Court advocate in quasi-criminal matters such as extradition and the judicial review of police action (from search warrants, through to unlawful arrest and detention), he has appeared in public law challenges to prison governors and Transport for London.

Published author in Covert Policing Review ISSN 1750-0567 on ‘Intercepting Terrorists’ and co-author of Blackstone’s Guide to the Terrorism Act, Oxford University Press.

Public Law Cases

  • R (C) v Chief Constable of A [2006] EWHC 2353 Admin – Challenge to search warrant, bail to return.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Experienced defending against proceedings brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, including allegations of dishonesty.

Instructed to represent before the British Boxing Board of Control, and first instance decision delegated by BBBofC to Sport Resolutions.

Regularly appear in Taxi Licence and Private Hire appeals, especially at Central Criminal Court under section 17(4) Private Vehicles Act 1998.

Experienced in litigating The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006. Instructed to defend prosecutions under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 and Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Appeals in relation to alcohol licensing, and advice on gaming regulation (UK and international / online).


  • Formerly registered with Rugby Football Union as an agent
  • Formerly registered with Welsh Rugby Union as an agent
  • British Association of Sports Lawyers


Coordinator of Sports Law group at 7BR.

Instructed to represent before the British Boxing Board of Control, and first instance complaint delegated to Sport Resolutions for determination.

Representing football and rugby players at all levels. Advised in the case of a public figure as an individual victim in the phone-hacking litigation, in respect of both Operation Weeting and Operation Tuleta.

High Court challenges to police warrants and decisions to ‘bail to return’ in the case of high-profile professionals.


  • British Association for Sport & Law
  • Formerly a registered agent with Rugby Football Union
  • Formerly a registered agent with Welsh Rugby Union
Show footer