Hugh Rowland

Hugh Rowland

Practice Areas

Criminal Law


I joined Gotelee in 1987 after training in Sussex

My cases cover all aspects of criminal law, but I have a particular expertise in all forms of regulatory enforcement including health & safety, animal welfare, planning, fire safety, highways and statutory nuisance, trading standards, confiscation, cash seizure, road traffic and licensing.

I achieve the best outcomes that can be achieved. Sometimes that can be measured in an acquittal and sometimes in the mitigation of a sentence.

I deal with cases perceptively and sensitively, but I am also clear and forthright in my advice. I do not pull my punches. I am thorough in my approach and I have excellent professional relationships with fellow professionals. I am both well-known and well respected in the criminal justice system regionally and through the many contacts that I have nationally.

I am an accredited criminal law practitioner and higher rights court advocate and I am qualified in health and safety law from the UEA.  I am also the firm’s quality procedures partner and the Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Away from the firm, I was a Committee member of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association and a director of Ipswich CAB for many years.

I have been acknowledged as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Legal 500 publication globally as the definitive guide for those seeking expert legal advice.


I help clients who are on the receiving end of the power of the state – whether it be the police, a government department or agency or a local authority. I represent clients who are arrested or who attend voluntarily for interview. I advise clients on criminal liability following charge or summons and I represent clients at court. My clients are highly delighted with the service they receive and the quality of advice and representation provided and I know that because they tell me so. Clients tell me that I understand their cases and I understand them.


“Hugh Rowland was extremely knowledgeable and well practised in this specific area of the law. He dealt with my case sympathetically and commitment to me.” Legal 500

“Mr Rowland’s calming manner was very reassuring in a very stressful time” CP, Ipswich

“Professional but also understanding” BH, Ipswich

“Hugh Rowland was very supportive and understanding” BPM, Ipswich

“Thank you for your help and support. Wouldn’t hesitate to use if ever required again” TH, Ipswich

“It was appropriate that the Judge took time to commend you for your diligence in preparing the defence without which the outcome could have been so different.  Thank you for your professionalism, advice and humanity. We are so very grateful” Anon

“Mr Rowland was very helpful, professional and cared” DN, Ipswich

“You have been unfailingly kind, honourable, calm, diligent, professional and utterly brilliant. You had my utter trust from the first minute I spoke to you” SB

“The advice given to me was 100% right. Mr Rowland was spot on!” AJ, Ipswich

“Thank you so much for all your help, you were an extremely calming influence on me in those weeks” JM

Other Information

Trustee – Bridgett Collet Educational Foundation
A charity providing grants for the education of young people in the civil parishes of Akenham, Henley, Tuddenham St. Martin, and Witnesham, and the ecclesiastical parish of St. Mary Magdalene Westerfield.

Member of Ipswich Hospital Band. The Ipswich Hospital Band and St Peter’s Band mainly accepts bookings for concerts in aid of health-related charities and other similar worthy causes.

Member of Ipswich and East Suffolk Hockey Club.

Member of Waldringfield Sailing Club.

I look forward to meeting you and being of service.


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