Michael Hughes



Michael Hughes has over 20 years’ experience of corporate and commercial law and has focused on data protection and privacy since 2018.

Michael was a partner for 20 years at McLay Murray & Spens a top Scottish commercial law firm.

Since 2019, Michael has worked on a variety of interim assignments as a senior lawyer, or interim head of legal, and predominantly with a focus on data protection and privacy.

In Michael’s own words:

‘I really enjoy data protection and privacy work -I am very aware that much of it is new and often seems overly complicated and a barrier to doing things which are commercially necessary-I enjoy the challenge of guiding clients through the challenge and helping them to achieve their commercial goals.’


  • LLB Glasgow University
  • Diploma in legal practice


  • High personal ranking in Legal 500 and Chambers in private practice from 2005 onwards
  • Band one ranking 2011 to 2013 
  • Elected Board Member of Law Firm
  • Member of the board of trustees of the Beacon Theatre Company

Other Interests

  • Reading
  • Dog walking
  • Cooking
  • Spin classes