About Hugh Strickland
Hugh joined Aaron & Partners in June 2014 as a corporate finance partner, advising on buying and selling companies (often with a cross-border element), financing businesses (both debt and equity), joint venture/shareholder agreements, share option schemes, group re-organisations and general company law.
Hugh leads much of the firm’s banking and finance work and acts for a number of Banks and financial institutions/investors, as well as assisting borrowers with their loan facility and security documents and on receiving investments.
Hugh grew up on the Shropshire/Cheshire border, and served with the Shropshire & Staffordshire Yeomanry TA. After studying engineering at Exeter University, Hugh began his law career with several periods of work experience with Aaron & Partners. He studied law at Staffordshire University, and then spent many years working in a large firm in the East Midlands.
Hereditary deafness runs through the family – Hugh is partially deaf in both ears and is a long-term wearer of hearing aids, as is one of his daughters. Hugh has been very involved in fund-raising for the main UK charity for the deaf, Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID). Given his deafness, Hugh prefers advising his clients face to face or via email, rather than telephone.
Hugh is a trustee and Chairman of the Shropshire RCC – a charity helping mitigate the effects of rural isolation and rural poverty across Shropshire.
I run a private family office in Europe looking after both public and private market investments and was looking for some help with a UK-based lending deal we were putting together. Hugh was recommended to us by a colleague who had worked with him previously. In this type of transaction, a good contract is key to its success; there’s a lot of due diligence that needs to be undertaken to understand how it all fits together.
Hugh was brought in to put together the loan agreement and other documentation relating to the security package, which is potentially a very complicated process due to the underlying structure and numerous corporate entities involved.
Hugh made it all very simple and straightforward. He responded quickly and efficiently to emails and made it very clear what needed to be done by whom and by when, what parts would be his responsibility and what else needed to happen. There was no waffle or ambiguity – no cracks – which I really valued. Previously I have been used to working with internal departments in large organisations and the speed at which this project was completed, thanks to Hugh, was remarkable and something I might normally expect to take weeks was completed within a few days.
I’ve learned a lot from the way Hugh works and have mimicked his approach to communication. We’ve something in the pipeline for which we’ll definitely be engaging Hugh again.