Between 1995 and 2010 Sir Hugh sat as a High Court Judge in the Family Division where he heard many financial provision cases including Parlour, Sorrell, Norris, Rose, McFarlane, Stark, Crossley, and Mills v McCartney, and appeals from District Judges. He also sat in the Court of Appeal from time to time.
Since retiring he has continued to sit in the Family Division hearing financial cases and was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of Jersey and of Guernsey. Sir Hugh has also conducted many private Financial Dispute Resolution hearings both in England and abroad (Hong Kong). He was very much involved, as a member of the steering group, in setting up the IFLA scheme.