Anthony Hughes

Chief Operating Officer


Anthony initially joined Simpson Millar in 2017 as a Consultant, bringing with him many years’ legal experience, including several as a Partner, and nearly two decades as a Managing Partner. His role as COO gives him responsibility for operational performance and improvement within Simpson Millar as well as merger and acquisition activity.

He previously practised in the litigation sector, and specialised in insurance disputes.

Anthony succeeded Peter Rickson in 2001 as Managing Partner of what became Ricksons, and took its annual fee income from £5 million to £14 million within five years, and then agreed a merger of the firm with DWF.

After two years as a member of the DWF board, Anthony was invited to become Chief Executive Officer of Horwich Farrelly, and took the post in May 2009. In the following years, he oversaw large-scale change which included growth of the business’s turnover from c. £18 million to over £23 million.

In January 2014, Anthony formed Jackson Hughes Consulting, offering strategic consultancy advice to the legal, insurance and claims sectors.

He has been involved in a number of projects since including specific merger and acquisition activity. Anthony also had a portfolio of Non-Executive Director positions and is still Non-executive Chairman of ATE insurer Financial & Legal Insurance Limited.

Interests outside of work

Anthony is an avid football fan, and a Non-Executive Director at Preston North End Football Club

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