Christl Hughes MBE was admitted as a solicitor in 1980  and until 2011 was in High St practice in Leicester city centre specialising in dispute resolution. During that time as she sat dictating late at night at the office she was regularly haunted by the ghost of Richard III whose bones unbeknown to her lay just a few yards away.
In 2010/11 she served as Chair of the National Association of Women Solicitors and joined the AWS London Committee in 2014.
She is a trustee and Chair of the Awards Committee of SBA – The Solicitors’ Charity and on the  Executive Committee of Leicestershire Law Society.
Her other current roles include Legal Consultant and Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society and East Midlands Area Representative on the Law Society Council Membership Committee. She was awarded the MBE in 2020 for her services to Equality & Charity. Her hobbies include walking and reading novels.