Dr Hughes is a principal in the firm's Litigation and Commercialisation practice. He is a renowned expert in the area of intellectual property commercialisation, information technology law, eCommerce, and data protection. Dr Hughes is a former president of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Law Council of Australia and LAWASIA, a former chair of the Law Council's International Law Section, and current chair of the South Pacific Lawyers’ Association and LAWASIA's Business Law Section. He is also a qualified arbitrator and part-time member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Dr Hughes has authored and co-authored eight legal texts, including ‘Data Protection in Australia’ and ‘Computer Contracts: Principles and Precedents’, and is the update editor of Robert Dean's 'Trade Secrets and Privacy.' He has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Law Awards in 2004 and various honorary life memberships of Australian and international professional associations. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2011.
In 2017, Dr Hughes was awarded an Order of Australia “for significant service to the law, to professional organisations and to international affairs and legal practice in the Asia-Pacific region”.