Called to the New South Wales Bar: 1995,

Appointed to Senior Counsel: 2006

Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York 1997

Associate to the Honourable Justice Gaudron, High Court of Australia 1994

LL.M. Yale Law School 1997

B.A. (Hons I) 1990, LL.B. (Hons I) 1992 University of Sydney

Richard McHugh is a versatile silk with a leading commercial and appellate practice. His clients range from banks and accountants (such as Macquarie, RBS, Westpac, PwC, KPMG and Deloitte) to broadcasters and comedians (such as the ABC and the Chaser) to senior religious figures. An experienced jury trial advocate, Richard has also argued many appeals in the intermediate courts of appeal (on questions as diverse as constitutional law, fraud, real property, directors’ duties, the selection of athletes for the Australian Olympic team and the admissibility of coincidence evidence in a criminal prosecution) and several appeals in the High Court of Australia (on questions ranging from the scope of the Supreme Court’s powers to the defamation defence of qualified privilege and the nature of preference shares). He often advises and appears in matters interstate.

Core Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial
  • Commissions of Inquiry
  • Corporations
  • Defamation
  • Equity/Property
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Law
  • Representative Proceedings


Inquiries to Banco’s clerk can be emailed to Alternatively, please call (02) 8239 0201.


Level 5, 65 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: 8239 0268
Fax: 9210 0647


Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.