Hugh Hugh

Barrister: Hugh Rimmer


BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Nottingham PgDip Law (CPE), College of Law (Guildford) PgDip Legal Practice (BVC), Inns of Court (London)


Hugh specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, and costs.

In cases involving a fatality, Hugh is experienced in providing representation at inquests on behalf of families and other interested parties.

Before joining 9 Gough Chambers was deputy head of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Group at his previous set.

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Clinical Negligence 

Hugh’s clinical negligence practice involves cases from a wide range of medical specialisms, and includes cases arising from:

  • Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
  • Unnecessary/inappropriate treatment
  • Surgical negligence
  • Pharmaceutical negligence
  • Failure to obtain informed consent

In cases involving a fatality, Hugh is experienced in providing representation at inquests on behalf of families and other interested parties.

Misdiagnosis/ Delayed Diagnoses

  • Fatal delay in diagnosis of cancer of the ureter after the Defendant hospital identified prostate cancer and failed to investigate other symptoms not linked to that disease.
  • Misdiagnosis of a brain tumour as an infection, leading to the incorrect treatment being provided and a delay in treating the ultimately fatal tumour.
  • Acting in a case of a GPs failure to diagnose a premature ovarian failure, leading to early menopause.
  • Advising and representing a claimant whose post-fracture femoral length was misreported, leading to a leg-length discrepancy which was unidentified for over a year.

Surgical Negligence/ Inappropriate Treatment

  • Advising in a case of negligently performed heart bypass surgery, where nerves in the Claimant’s leg were damaged while the donor vein for the bypass was being removed. The Claimant developed a complete foot drop following the surgery and serious mobility problems.
  • Representing the Claimant following a failure to appropriately treat a ruptured Achilles tendon, leading to re-rupture and the development of chronic regional pain syndrome and substantial future losses.
  • Representing the Claimant at trial in a case involving an unnecessary cholecystectomy.
  • Advising in a case of a negligently performed cesarean section, resulting in a significant bladder injury and psychological sequelae.


  • A patient with pre-existing respiratory problems was not informed about potential damage to the respiratory function that could occur during an elective cardiac procedure. The damage caused by surgery resulted in permanent paralysis of the diaphragm.

Personal Injury 

Hugh regularly advises and provides representation for both Claimants and Defendants in high-value personal injury claims, arising from a broad range of incidents including accidents at work, road traffic accidents and motorcycle/bicycle accidents, public liability claims and accidents abroad or at sea.

His cases include a range of complex claims and injuries such as:

  • Serious and disabling orthopaedic injuries
  • Head injuries and Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Ophthalmic injuries
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes
  • Fatal accidents

Hugh also provides representation in high value appeals to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Panel.

Recent Cases:

Road Traffic

  • Advising on and settling the claim for an HGV driver who sustained a brain injury after being knocked down by a car driving into the layby across which he was walking.
  • Advising and negotiating a settlement for a young woman who developed alopecia universalis (loss of all body hair) as a result of the psychological stress of a road traffic accident.
  • Representing a Claimant who suffered serious and permanent lower limb injuries in a road traffic accident, prevented from pursuing a career in the armed forces and restricting his future working capacity.
  • Pleading and advising on the claim of a cyclist killed by a vehicle while crossing a traffic-light controlled junction in London.

Public Liability

  • Representing and advising the estate and dependents of a rescuer who drowned while unsuccessfully attempting to save his brother from drowning. Also representing and advising the rescuer's father, who suffered nervous shock as a secondary victim observing the failed rescue from shores of the lake.
  • Advising the family of a driver killed by a falling tree, which had been negligently missed from an inspection regime.

Employer's Liability

  • Representing a skilled joiner who suffered disabling injuries to his dominant arm and wrist in a workplace accident, requiring fusion of the wrist and leaving a permanent and disabling reduction in function of the hand and arm, causing significant loss of future earning capacity.
  • Successfully representing a Defendant employer in a workplace claim, establishing that they did not have sufficient control over the workplace to be liable for the incident.

Accidents at Sea & Abroad

  • Advising and representing a marine engineer who suffered a fractured spine while attending a ship at sea in the UAE, resulting in a psychological condition which prevented him from carrying out his usual work, and restricting him to working on vessels docked at a port.
  • Advising on settlement in a claim by a holidaymaker in South America who sustained a head injury when falling from an ATV on an excursion.


Hugh has a busy costs practice and regularly appears in courts and the SCCO to argue points of principle on costs law, including issues about:

  • Retainers and CFAs
  • CPR part 36
  • Costs budgeting
  • Premature issue and other conduct matters
  • Fixed Costs

In addition, Hugh provides representation at detailed assessment hearings, solicitor/own client assessments and costs budgeting hearings.

Recent cases:

  • Representing the paying party in a detailed assessment and successfully establishing that the receiving party's CFA was defective through a failure to comply with the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer's Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008. Entering into a retrospective CFA could not remedy the defective retainer to change the paying party's costs liability in the circumstances. The bill was assessed at nil.
  • Appeal on the question of whether it was 'just' in the circumstances to impose the costs sanctions for accepting a part 36 offer significantly out of time.
  • Successful appeal on the question of whether a disposal hearing, under the CPR rules prior to the implementation of fixed fast track costs regime, constituted a trial.
  • Successfully establishing that liability and quantum of a claim had each been individually compromised by acceptance a part 36 offer and a non-part 36 offer respectively, and could not be now amended to include a further loss, but that the counterclaim had not been compromised by the same agreement. Accordingly, the counter-claimant was not bound by the liability compromise and could continue their claim.


Hugh regularly attends inquests on behalf of families and other interested parties. This work is often closely linked with his clinical negligence and personal injury practice, and he is able to provide ongoing advice and representation in any civil claim arising from fatalities.

Recent cases:

  • Representing the family of the deceased at a jury inquest into the death of an employee of an engineering company, who was crushed by a fork-lift truck following numerous breaches of health and safety regulations.
  • Representing the family of a cyclist killed at by a car a traffic light controlled junction in south London where both entered the junction on an amber light.

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