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Hugh James

HODGE HOUSE, 114-116 ST MARY STREET, CARDIFF, CF10 1DY, WALES
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Work 029 2022 4871
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Fax 029 2038 8222
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33000 CARDIFF
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Web:
www.hughjames.com
Cardiff, LONDON

Wales

Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Headed by the 'experienced' Gerallt Jones,  Hugh James'six-partner team has the strength in depth to enable a significant degree of specialisation to both domestic and international clients across an array of corporate and commercial matters. Greg Williams has developed a significant niche in relation to healthcare M&A work, and is a key member of the team that also includes Aled Walters , who is able to parlay his vast media (he was formerly in-house counsel at S4C) and gaming sector knowledge to good effect on corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):Gerallt Jones (corporate); Aled Walters (commercial)

Other key lawyers:Greg Williams; Lowri Walters

Testimonials

'A strong practice'

'Gerallt Jones has good experience and is trusted to deliver the legal support we need.'

'Aled Walters is excellent at advising on commercial matters in the gaming sector'

Key Clients

Princes Gate Spring Water

Novomatic

DS Smith

Avanti

Welsh Rugby Union

Vista Retail

Celtic Manor Resort

S.A. Brain & Company

Walters Group

Amelco

Work highlights

  • Advised the owners of Princes Gate Spring Water on the sale of the business to Nestlé Waters.
  • Advised Avanti Media on the sale of a majority shareholding to Sky Plc and the securing of the Songs of Praise contract from the BBC.
  • Advising DS Smith on commercial agreements with customers and suppliers.
  • The firm advised Cardiff University on the creation of a new body via a corporate vehicle.
  • Advised Walters Group on the sale of Ffos Las racecourse.
Leading individuals

Aled Walters - Hugh James

Gerallt Jones - Hugh James

Greg Williams  - Hugh James

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Benefiting from numerous practitioners with significant core public law expertise and also able to leverage the resources of practitioners from across the firm's full-service offering, Hugh James handles a range of work for local authorities, government bodies, education authorities and housing associations. As well as handling a significant amount of domestic work, partially by virtue of its appointment to the National Procurement Service, the firm is increasingly visible in public sector work across England following its recent appointment to the Crown Commercial Services panel.

Practice head(s):Ioan Prydderch and Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:Caroline O'Flaherty; Emily Powell

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Natural Resources Wales

City Of Cardiff Council

The Crown Estate

Social Care Wales

Cardiff University

Monmouthshire Council

Natural England

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Torfaen County Borough Council

City and County of Swansea

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh Ministers on the determination of ordinary residence of a vulnerable adult.
  • Acting for a Local Authority on a range of Child Protection matters, including complex cases involving Equality duties arising from gypsy and traveller families.
  • The firm is the sole provider of legal advisers to the Fitness to Practise Committees of Social Care Wales, the regulator of the social care workforce in Wales.
  • Advising Coleg Gwent on the £60m Newport Knowledge Quarter Campus development, funded by the successor to PFI in Wales: Mutual Investment Model.
  • Advising Cardiff University on the transfer of over 300 staff and 3,000 separate training courses from the University to a newly created body, Health Education and Improvement Wales.

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Wales: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

Hugh James

As well as handling ad-hoc defence work for corporate and commercial clients of the firm, Hugh James is also sometimes brought in to conduct internal investigations where there are allegations made relating to bribery and/or fraud. Led by the experienced Martin Jones, the team also has considerable experience on the prosecution front, both with regard to more general crime, as well as fraud matters.

Practice head(s):Martin Jones

Key Clients

Welsh Government

British Broadcasting Corporation

Capita Business Services

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Welsh Ministers in a successful prosecution of a company and its director for carrying on (in the case of the company) and managing (in the case of the director) an unregistered medical agency.
  • Represented the Welsh Government (instructed by the Counsel General for Wales) in a prosecution of a commercial fishing operator and the Masters of the vessels in question, in respect of a number of fisheries-related offences.
Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Hugh James

Somewhat of an anomaly in the ranking, although Hugh James does handle some defence work for corporate and private clients of the firm, it is best-known for its prosecution work for central and local government and various non-police prosecution agencies. 'Tenacious and determined' solicitor-advocate Justin Davies regularly takes the lead on enforcement actions initiated by the Welsh government and is also noted for his fire safety work where he regularly represents the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service on its prosecution work. Team head Martin Jones has a focus on business crime and health and safety defence work.

Practice head(s):Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:Justin Davies

Testimonials

Justin Davies has valuable and extensive experience in the fire safety arena, and regularly displays an excellent knowledge of this area of law.

Key Clients

Welsh Government

British Broadcasting Corporation

Capita Business Services

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Welsh Ministers in a successful prosecution of a company and its director for carrying on (in the case of the company) and managing (in the case of the Director) an unregistered medical agency.
  • Represented the Welsh Government (instructed by the Counsel General for Wales) in a prosecution of a commercial fishing operator and the Masters of the vessels in question, in respect of a number of fisheries-related offences.
  • Instructed by Capita Business Services to provide Welsh-language advocacy services in criminal proceedings taken by the TV Licensing authority in Wales against a Welsh-language activist refusing to pay his TV Licence
Rising stars

Justin Davies - Hugh James

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Under the guidance of the 'knowledgeable and able' Martin Jones, Hugh James has vast licensing experience for both private and public sector entities. The firm is equally well-placed to handle large-scale alcohol licensing (for festivals and stadia), as it is for licensing due diligence matters on behalf of the firm's sizeable roster of gambling sector corporates. On the contentious front, the team is often instructed to deal with prosecutions for breach of licensing conditions.

Practice head(s):Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:Aled Walters; Mark Perry

Key Clients

The Welsh Rugby Union

Novomatic

Welsh Government

Partis Solutions

S.A. Brain and Co

Depot Warehouse

Croeso Pubs Limited

Double Diamond Gaming

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Jovo Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Raffle House, which is the largest UK provider of property sales through prize competition
  • Handling licensing applications for a pub and nightclub chain
  • Handling licensing applications for a hotel chain
  • Advising Partis Solutions, an international gaming advisor,  on its financial regulation compliance.
  • Application to obtain an alcohol premises license for a large-scale event space.
Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Leveraging its strong institutional corporate client base, both within the public and private sector, as well as being viewed as a destination practice for standalone work, Hugh James 'consistently has cases in the highest courts' and provides 'accurate and responsive advice' across a wide range of commercial litigation,  in many cases involving overseas jurisdictions and extremely complex legal dimensions. As well as being a qualified mediator, 'brilliant' team head Richard Locke regularly leads on the most significant pieces of litigation handled by the firm, including on complex shareholder and partnership disputes. The 'intellectually excellent' Tracey Singlehurst-Ward is recommended for IP, media and defamation disputes. 'Bright and extremely capable' senior associate Abigail Flanagan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Locke

Other key lawyers:Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; Robert Phillips; Abigail Flanagan

Testimonials

Extremely strong and commercial practice

Friendly and approachable

'Punches miles above its weight and is a great success both in Wales and the UK generally'

'Richard Locke: a great leader, calm, bright, incisive, no-nonsense and loved by clients'

'Tracey Singlehurst-Ward: a brilliant lawyer, highly intelligent, commercial, tough and sensible'

 

Key Clients

DS Smith

Celtic Manor Resort Limited

S.A Brain & Co

Cycle Solutions

ROCKWOOL Limited

Welsh Government

National Westminster Bank

British Boxing Board of Control

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh

Water)

Welsh Rugby Union

Work highlights

  • Defending a high court injunctive proceedings alleging breach of copyright, database rights and breach of confidence for a south Wales based company specialising in environmental test chambers and test systems.
  • Acting for a property leasing company to pursue a claim for breach of contract and negligence against national renewable energy company
  • Acting for a south Wales based SME that had been a victim of fraud
  • Advising a private individual who was one of three defendants to a claim brought by Double Negative Limited, one of the world's four leading computer generated images providers, in a high profile case.
  • Represented a private individual and former employee a large private sector healthcare provider in his capacity as former director and CEO, as well as shareholder, in a breach of contract claim.
Leading individuals

Gareth Williams - Hugh James

Richard Locke - Hugh James

Next Generation Partners

Tracey Singlehurst-Ward - Hugh James

Rising stars

Abigail Flanagan  - Hugh James

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Headed by the 'practical and responsive' Dominic Marshall, Hugh James' eight-strong team has an excellent track record for borrowers and lenders across a range of corporate, real estate and energy financings. As well as having strong relationships with numerous established financial institutions, the firm has also developed strong ties with a growing number of challenger banks, while on the borrower front it excels at handling large, often politically sensitive public sector financings, and is also noted for its advice to registered social landlords seeking loan and bond facilities. The 'excellent' Rowena Downie has a growing reputation in the market and often takes the lead on work for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):Dominic Marshall

Other key lawyers:Robert Morgan; Rowena Downie

Testimonials

Responsive and knowledgeable

Proactive and commercially pragmatic in their approach

Excellent banking lawyer Dominic Marshall is highly experienced and adept at solving issues

Key Clients

Metro Bank

Santander UK

The Welsh Government

Development Bank of Wales

HSBC Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

NatWest

Welsh Rugby Union

Hodge Bank

Celtic Manor Resort

Work highlights

  • Advising a commercial lender on a £85m revolving credit facility.
  • Advising a leading luxury resort on a senior sterling term and revolving facilities agreement provided by a club of lenders.
  • Advising a commercial lender on a particularly complex transaction that involved various stages that required careful co-ordination.
  • Advising a Registered Social Landlord on its banking facilities.
  • Advising Metro Bank on its facilities to refinance existing debt and provide additional finance for working capital and development works (including term loans, revolving credit facilities and overdraft) to a significant 'KFC' and 'Costa' franchisee.
Leading individuals

Dominic Marshall - Hugh James

Next Generation Partners

Rowena Downie - Hugh James

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Wales: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Headed by Emma Burns , Hugh James' three-partner team provides a 'prompt and thorough service' to domestic private and public sector clients on ongoing HR training and advisory work, including acting on larger projects, such as TUPE and redundancy considerations in relation to business reorganisations/closures. Additionally, the firm handles a significant amount of work in grievances, disciplinary issues and exit strategies. Andrea Thomas has a thriving contentious practice and regularly represents clients across the spectrum of Employment Tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):Emma Burns

Other key lawyers:Andrea Thomas; Rhiannon Dale

Testimonials

'Emma Burns is very personable and capable.'

Key Clients

Cardiff International Airport

Keolis Amey trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services

Cardiff Council

S.A Brain Limited

Natural Resources Wales

Celtic Manor Resort

Rehau Limited

Motonovo Finance (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited (London Branch)

Braces Bakery

Tellermate Limited

Chepstow Plant International

Walters Group

PF Concept International

Opus International Consultants (UK)

Wales Co-operative Training and Development Centre (the Wales Co-op)

City and County of Swansea

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Meritor HVBS Limited and Meritor Aftermarket Switzerland

Alcumus Holdings

Nu-Pro

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of the sale of Ffos Las racecourse and the sales of a Land Rover dealership, both owned by Walters Group.
  • Advising PF Concept International on various employment matters including advice on employment status and employment contracts.
  • The firm continues to be the sole provider of employment advice to Natural Resources Wales, the largest Welsh Government sponsored body.
  • The provision of day to day HR advice to The Celtic Manor Resort.
  • The provision of day to day advice on HR matters for Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited, including a TUPE transfer.
Leading individuals

Emma Burns - Hugh James

Next Generation Partners

Andrea Thomas   - Hugh James

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James provides a 'professional and responsive service' on the prosecution and defence side. Non-contentious work includes running highly effective training courses for the boards of many Welsh housing associations on health and safety issues. Team head Martin Jones has vast experience across criminal health and safety issues, and also regularly appears in coroner's inquests where health and safety issues are often at the heart of the matter. Associate Justin Davies excels at fire safety matters and regularly undertakes the advocacy on prosecutions in this area.

Practice head(s):Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:Justin Davies

Key Clients

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

O’Connor Utilities Group

Instalcom Limited

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

Work highlights

  • Represented South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority in criminal proceedings before the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
  • Represented South Wales Fire & Rescue Authority in criminal proceedings alleging a breach of a Prohibition Notice issued under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
  • Engaged by the O’Connor Utilities Group to provide training to its board of directors and senior managers on health and safety compliance.
  • Sole providers of training to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency’s Traffic and Vehicle Examiners in relation to road safety, transport and haulage law.
Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Rising stars

Justin Davies - Hugh James

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Resourcing expertise primarily from lawyers within the employment and dispute resolution practices, Hugh James provides a 'helpful and responsive' service to private and public sector clients across a range of standalone issues (including on auto-enrolment, pension scheme mergers and changing benefits), litigation and corporate support. Employment partner Louise Price leads on the non-contentious front, while senior associate Abigail Flanagan provides a 'very proactive and thorough service' to clients engaged in pensions disputes.

Practice head(s):Louise Price

Other key lawyers:Abigail Flanagan; Richard Locke

Testimonials

'Exceptional value-for-money.'

'Louise Price's advice is always timely, enabling us to make practical decisions with full confidence.'

'Abigail Flanagan provides proactive and thorough advice.'

Key Clients

Monmouthshire County Council

Cardiff County Council

Cardiff University

Business Wales

Avanti Media

Coastal Housing Group

Hendre Group

Baptist Union of Wales

Rockwool Limited

Work highlights

  • The team advised Cardiff University on a large-scale TUPE transfer which involved complex provisions, meeting tight timescales and significant numbers of staff.
  • The team regularly provides a range of financial advice on pension schemes to various clients.  
  • Representing hundreds of pension investors in relation to claims against independent financial advisors and pension fund operator.
Rising stars

Abigail Flanagan - Hugh James

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Wales: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Jointly led by the 'superb' Mari Rosser and Stephen Webber, Hugh James' 14-strong team has the critical mass and expertise to handle a huge volume and variety of matters, including those of the utmost severity such as brain and spinal injuries. The team is aided by a Court of Protection service which offers support to clients after an award of compensation has been made. The size of the team has enabled practitioners to develop particular areas of specialism including Sarah Davies, for surgical cases; Katie McCraith, who excels at orthopaedic and gynaecological cases; and Rhian Parsons, for brain and catastrophic spinal injury matters.

Practice head(s):Mari Rosser; Stephen Webber

Other key lawyers:Sarah Davies; Katie McCraith; Rhian Parsons: Elin Davies

Testimonials

'Market-leading.'

'Overwhelming level of involvement and detail.'

'Dogged and indefatigable work ethic.'

'Rhian Parsons provides a high level of professionalism which is tempered by a considerate and personal touch.'

Leading individuals

Mari Rosser - Hugh James

Stephen Webber - Hugh James

Next Generation Partners

Katie McCraith - Hugh James

Rhian Parsons - Hugh James

Sarah Davies - Hugh James

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

With seven partners focused on personal injury claimant work, Hugh James has the critical mass and experience in the market to be able to resource matters using true specialists in areas including industrial disease, environmental, military litigation and sexual abuse. The firm is perhaps best-known for its industrial disease offering and has a national reputation in bringing group action claims on behalf of former miners. The 'vastly experienced' Mark Harvey and Andrew Harding lead the overall claimant personal injury team, which also includes the 'empathetic and knowledgeable' Richard Green - who is 'a leader in his speciality' of asbestos-related matters.  Other recommended practitioners include Alan Collins for his work on behalf of sexual abuse victims; Kevin McCarthy, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims; and associate Lucy Strong, who has a focus on asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Harvey; Andrew Harding

Other key lawyers:Richard Green; Alan Collins; Kevin McCarthy; Iain Scott; Gwen Evans; Cari-Sowden-Taylor; Lucy Strong

Testimonials

'The Industrial Disease team at Hugh James work tirelessly to advocate and prioritise their clients needs.'

'Attentive and tactful at a time that is distressing given the palliative nature of their asbestos-related malignancy.'

'Able to progress challenging cases that others have declined and successfully achieving compensation for clients.'

'Richard Green is a gentleman when in contact with patients/clients and attentive to their individual circumstance.'

 

Work highlights

  • The firm represented clients who were sexually abused by Douglas Slade in successful compensation claim.
  • The firm is representing the former residents of the Les Chenes children’s home in Jersey in their claim for damages arising from unlawful imprisonment.
  • The firm is representing various claimants sent to Australia and Southern Rhodesia between 1950 and 1970 in case against the UK government.
  • The firm is representing various claimants waiting for their retrospective NHS Continuing Healthcare cases to be considered.
  • Representing claimant in complex and on-going living mesothelioma claim.
Leading individuals

Alan Collins - Hugh James

Andrew Harding - Hugh James

Mark Harvey - Hugh James

Richard Green - Hugh James

Next Generation Partners

Kevin McCarthy - Hugh James

Rising stars

Lucy Strong - Hugh James

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Although it is best-known for its excellent claimant offering, Hugh James has a considerable capability for defendant work on behalf of insurers, as well as its corporate and public sector client base. Work ranges from low-value cases, to those of utmost severity - including industrial disease.

Practice head(s):Alun Tobias and Stephanie Eedy

Key Clients

Calsonic Kansei UK

Work highlights

  • The firm successfully secured a significantly reduced settlement figure for the defendant in a personal injury claim brought against it for a work-related upper limb disorder.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James represents private individuals and corporates as claimants in cases brought against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers. Litigation team head Richard Locke provides 'incisive and no-nonsense advice' and is particularly active handling cases brought against solicitors. Senior associate Abigail Flanagan has developed a strong professional negligence practice in claims against solicitors and finance professionals, including in relation to pension  matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Locke

Other key lawyers:Rob Phillips; Gareth Williams; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; Abigail Flanagan

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of various claimants against a solicitors firm that mishandled hearing loss claims.
  • Acting on behalf of seven claimants in a claim against their solicitor for failing to serve the Particulars of Claim within the relevant 14-day period.
  • Representing a midwife in relation to a claim against her former solicitor and barrister arising out of the negligent conduct of her employment tribunal claim, which resulted in the claim being under-settled.
Leading individuals

Richard Locke - Hugh James

Rising stars

Abigail Flanagan - Hugh James

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Wales: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

With numerous lawyers able to conduct business through the medium of Welsh and also benefiting from significant expertise across core areas of concern impacting the agricultural community (including as it relates to property issues and estates planning), Hugh James is well-placed to provide a 'very effective service' to high-net-worth landowners, as well as public sector entities. As head of the firm's overarching wealth management offering, Matthew Evans regularly handles agriculture-related matters, specifically relating to succession planning and contentious probate, including as it relates to farming proprietary estoppel cases.

Practice head(s):Matthew Evans

Other key lawyers:Eleanor Evans; Sarah Cash; Roman Kubiak

Work highlights

  • The firm is representing Natural Resources Wales in the defence of a claim made to ownership of mineral rights beneath the surface of several large forestry areas in Wales.
  • The firm is continuing to act in defence of an application to register a Town and Village Green at Miskin, South Wales.
  • Finalising the administration of a Life Interest Trust on the death of a life tenant; the Trust holds a farm house, multiple titles of farmland, grazing land and commercial woodland all valued at £1.8m.
  • The firm is advising members of a North Walian agricultural farming business in relation to claims for a beneficial interest in the underlying assets by reason of a proprietary estoppel and claims to set aside the deceased business owner’s will.
Leading individuals

Matthew Evans - Hugh James

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James remains a popular choice for local and national charities, which appreciate its ability to provide a full-service offering that is underpinned by a strong knowledge of the regulatory and governance issues inherent in the sector. Spearheaded respectively by Emma Burns  and Caroline O'Flaherty, property and employment law remain the principal areas of expertise for clients in the charity sector, with both education and social housing prominent sub-specialisms.

Practice head(s):Emma Burns

Other key lawyers:Louise Price; Caroline O'Flaherty; Richard Macphail

Key Clients

Cae’r Las

The Wallich

Breast Cancer Care

Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Rubicon Dance

Representative Body of the Church in Wales

YMCA

Coastal Housing

Linc Cymru

Wales Cooperative Centre

Work highlights

  • Advised Pobl Group on an extensive phased development of affordable homes using innovative funding schemes and procurement arrangements.
  • Advised the client regarding the legal basis for making payments to board members - this work  involved a review of Schedule 1 Housing Act 1996, the permitted payments and benefits circulars and Welsh Government correspondence which has changed the position in relation to payment of board members.
  • Advised Cardiff University on the transfer of its education services relating to professional training for those employed in the health sector.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

One of the few firms in Wales providing a standalone contentious probate offering, Hugh James' 'talented' two-partner team has the 'depth of resources' to provide an 'excellent service' that accommodates both institutional and private client needs. The 'kind of lawyer you would recommend to a true friend in need of help', team head Roman Kubiak 'leads by example' and excels at handling high-value cross-border probate disputes. The 'outstanding' Matthew Evans regularly handles litigation within his broad-ranging private client offering; he has a particular focus on handling complex agricultural and proprietary estoppel cases. Associate Vlad MacDonald-Munteanu is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Roman Kubiak

Other key lawyers:Matthew Evans; Vlad MacDonald-Munteanu; Richard Adams; Eleanor Goodridge

Testimonials

Hugh James has made themselves into the leading firm for this work in south Wales, and with a national presence.

The team consistently delivers an exceptional service

Where possible the team attempts to negotiate constructively

Roman Kubiak's star continues to ascend. He is clever, knowledgeable, fiercely competitive and disarmingly charming. An exceptionally good ally and an extremely dangerous opponent.

Roman Kubiak is a well known individual who brings a clear and focused approach to the practice and makes a significant contribution to thought leadership in the industry.

The intelligent Richard Adams provides a first-class service

Eleanor Goodridge is an up and coming associate who is doing really well managing her own case load as well as being part of a team that works on the bigger cases.

 

Work highlights

  • The firm is advising a cohabitee in relation to an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim, interim relief and proving a lost will in an estate.
  • The firm is representing the spouse and director in relation to cross-jurisdictional trust and estate dispute.
  • Advising charitable beneficiaries regarding the construction of a conditional charitable legacy, specifically as to their right of alienation.
  • Representing adult child in claim for reasonable financial provision and on the basis of a proprietary estoppel in relation to a £500,000 bond.
  • Representing the husband of deceased in claims for reasonable financial provision and to set aside will against estate with assets in Jersey, France, Switzerland and Austria.
Leading individuals

Matthew Evans - Hugh James

Roman Kubiak - Hugh James

Next Generation Partners

Vlad MacDonald-Munteanu - Hugh James

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Hugh James has 'an excellent reputation within Cardiff', and although it has recently seen the departure of a number of high-profile members of the team, including the retirement in December 2018 of Malcolm Stevens, it remains a popular choice for clients across a range of family law matters. Now headed by 'frighteningly bright' senior associate Adrienne Donneky ,following her arrival in March 2018 from the Bristol office of Lyons Davidson, as well as regular involvement in high-value financial proceedings, the firm also has expertise across a range of other areas including childcare matters - where specialist advocate Mark Powell QC has particular expertise. Associate Lucy Williams  is developing a strong reputation and is appreciated for her 'compassionate approach'.

Practice head(s):Adrienne Donneky

Other key lawyers:Mark Powell QC; Lucy Williams

Testimonials

A well organised, highly conscientious and capable family team

Able to cut through the most complex set of facts to resolve the issue

A leader in her field, Adrienne Donneky displays impeccable judgement and is the type of lawyer you definitely want on your side.

Lucy Williams has excellent judgement and is very calm under pressure

Rising stars

Adrienne Donneky - Hugh James

Lucy Williams - Hugh James

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

With over 30 fee-earners providing wealth management services, Hugh James provides the largest private client offering in Wales and is consequently able to provide comprehensive contentious and non-contentious services to both private individuals and fiduciary clients, including a volume will writing offering. Sarah Cash provides a 'high level of service' to high-net-worth individuals on their tax planning, as well as the administration of their estates. Eleanor Evans is also recommended and specialises in estates and trusts administration on behalf of financial institution and trust corporation clients.

Practice head(s):Matthew Evans and Roman Kubiak

Other key lawyers:Sarah Cash; Eleanor Evans; Alun Jones; Andrew Jones; Gareth Wisdom

Testimonials

The team makes us feel like a valued client with regular contact and engagement to keep us updated every step of the way with their estate administration service.

Consistently reliable, with a broad range of services and a proven ability to deliver the personal touch on volume.

Alun Jones and Sarah Cash fully appreciate how the markets work and we have in-depth discussions regarding the underlying investments.

Eleanor Evans is excellent and admirably open to feedback

Gareth Wisdom has become a trusted source for solutions, opinion, and market insight

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a major high street bank on the administration of a £2m estate comprising of a large garage complex, two properties and farm land.
  • Acting on behalf of a major high street bank on the administration of an estate across multiple jurisdictions.
Leading individuals

Eleanor Evans - Hugh James

Sarah Cash - Hugh James

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Tapping into the expertise of corporate, finance, real estate/construction and litigation lawyers, Hugh James' multi-disciplinary team regularly advises public and private sector stakeholders, including investors, contractors and financiers, across a variety of UK-based projects. Iwan Jenkins  has particular expertise in framework agreements and collaborative construction contracts; he has also been at the forefront of the firm's work for clients utilising the Welsh Government's Mutual Investment Model to finance public infrastructure developed in Wales.

Practice head(s):Iwan Jenkins

Other key lawyers:Ioan Prydderch; Peter Hurn; Dominic Marshall; Caroline O’Flaherty

Key Clients

Pobl

Coastal

Ely Bridge Development Company

SA Brain & Co

Cenin Renewables

The International Convention Centre Wales

Coleg Gwent

Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board

Work highlights

  • Advising on the acquisition of new headquarters for SA Brain, Wales’ biggest brewer and hospitality company, a joint venture scheme and regeneration project that will substantially impact the city.
  • Advised Coleg Gwent on a complex development involving innovative funding mechanisms and lease arrangements, developing an area that will substantially alter the city of Newport
  • The firm continues to act for Ely Mill on a £100m project to remediate and develop a 53 acre brownfield ‘The Mill’ site in Cardiff.
  • Advising a new entrant into the property development market on a mixed use development in Cardiff city centre.
  • Advising the borrower on the term and revolving facilities put in place to fund the ongoing development of the hotel and resort group
Leading individuals

Iwan Jenkins - Hugh James

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James provides a 'very strong service' to a dynamic mix of local authorities, housebuilders, housing associations and developers. Team head Peter Hurn is 'very easy to work with', and as well as his market-leading practice on behalf of numerous national housebuilders, is also responsible for overseeing the property requirements of numerous major institutional clients of the firm. Caroline O'Flaherty is particularly strong in relation to local and affordable housing, higher education and investment portfolio management matters.

Practice head(s):Peter Hurn

Other key lawyers:Caroline O'Flaherty; David King; Dan Morgan; Shelley Ikram

Testimonials

'The team is very proactive and knowledgeable about the sector in which they operate to ensure a first class service is provided.'

Key Clients

Walters Group

The International Convention Centre Wales

Cardiff University

S.A. Brain & Company Limited – Brewery Quarter

Coleg Gwent DCC

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

Draycott Group

Tirion Group

S.A. Brain & Company Limited – Coffee #1

Work highlights

  • The firm has acted for this group of companies in a combined asset and share sale of Ffos Las racecourse as well as advising on numerous wind farm and solar projects, among others.
  • Advising across practice areas in the acquisition of the site for the new international convention centre for Wales as well as supporting infrastructure.
  • Advised on the £50m centre for Student Life, substantial regeneration projects using lottery funding and a variety of eco schemes.
  • Advising on the acquisition of new headquarters for S.A.Brain, Wales’ biggest brewer and hospitality company, a joint venture scheme and regeneration project that will substantially impact the city.
  • Advised Coleg Gwent on a complex development involving innovative funding mechanisms and lease arrangements, developing an area that will substantially alter the city of Newport.
Leading individuals

Caroline O'Flaherty - Hugh James

Peter Hurn - Hugh James

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Active on local and UK-wide mandates, Hugh James provides a balanced offering across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters for developers, contractors and lenders. Instructed by both private sector and public sector entities, the team has witnessed significant growth in relation to social housing-related work, as well as work generated by local authorities. Team head Ioan Prydderch is particularly strong on public sector work and is regularly instructed by the Welsh Government to advise on the most politically sensitive, high-value construction and transport projects. Senior associate Matthew Stevens  has a flourishing reputation on the claimant and defendant side of adjudications/disputes on behalf of developers and contractors.

Practice head(s):Ioan Prydderch

Other key lawyers:Iwan Jenkins; Alun Tobias; Matthew Stevens

Key Clients

Pobl

Coastal

Systems Pipework

Ely Mill

SA Brain & Co

Cenin Renewables

The International Convention Centre Wales

Celsa

Work highlights

  • Advised Pobl Group on all construction aspects of the construction of 250 houses at Herbert Road in Newport.
  • Drafted a Memorandum of Understanding between seven social housing partners, including Coastal Housing Group, for their co-working on the investigation and research on a modular manufacturing base in South/West Wales.
  • Acted for Systems Pipework on its final account dispute with Rotary Buildings.
  • The tender and contract drafting of a building contract for the Welsh Government for the construction of a new multimillion-pound training facility for Airbus in north Wales.
  • The firm continues to act for Ely Mill Development Company Ltd on a £100m project to remediate and develop the 53-acre brownfield ‘The Mill’ site in Cardiff.
Leading individuals

Ioan Prydderch - Hugh James

Rising stars

Matthew Stevens - Hugh James

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Leveraging expertise from across the firm's property, construction and litigation teams, Hugh James' multi-disciplinary planning and environment practice handles non-contentious and contentious matters for public and private sector clients. Senior associate Shelley Ikram regularly provides the planning advice (including Section 106 agreements) associated with major projects handled by the firm's real estate and construction teams, and has also been involved in matters with a more contentious element, including as it relates to village green matters.

Practice head(s):Peter Hurn

Other key lawyers:Shelley Ikram

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Ely Bridge Development Company

Parc Eirin Development

Llanmoor Homes

Bellway Homes

Curo Group

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Barratt Homes

Persimmon Homes

Cenin Renewables

Walters Group

Natural Resources Wales

Work highlights

  • Advising Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) on a proposed hydro electric scheme at Alwen Reservoir in Conwy, north Wales
  • Acts for the Walters group subsidiaries, Pennant Walters and Enersyst, on multiple windfarm, solar and battery storage projects throughout the UK – work which involves some planning and environmental considerations.
  • Advising Walters Automotive on the disposal of an automotive dealership in mid-Wales.
  • The negotiation and drafting of a multimillion-pound wind turbine contract situated at Stormy Down, Bridgend on behalf of Cenin Renewables
  • Advising Natural Resources Wales on multimillion-pound claims made to ownership of mineral rights beneath the surface of several large forestry areas in Wales
Rising stars

Shelley Ikram  - Hugh James

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Hugh James handles a plethora of property litigation matters for the firm's impressive roster of public/third sector clients, including local authorities and registered social landlords. The development sector is another fertile source of work, with the team regularly advising house builders and the development arms of social housing clients on matters ranging from breach of covenants to adverse possession claims. Team head Robert Phillips has developed niche expertise defending the rights of landowners in disputes involving mineral rights.

Practice head(s):Robert Phillips

Other key lawyers:Jo Brown

Testimonials

The personable and knowledgeable Robert Phillips grasps complicated issues very quickly.

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Natural Resources Wales

The Crown Estate

Monmouthshire County Council

Curo Housing Association

Trivallis Housing Association

Tai Calon

Barratt Homes

AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

Shaw Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Representing the Welsh Government Consortium against a local community that claims the land that the public body holds for development purposes is a Town and Village Green.
  • Representing the Natural Resources Body for Wales in the defence of a claim for ownership of mineral rights over several large areas in Wales.
  • Acting for a leading high-street bank in the defence of an adverse possession claim made by several parties for the freehold and leasehold title to a theatre.
  • Advising AP Wireless II (UK) Limited on various access and wayleave issues at its portfolio of properties.
  • Advising Curo on a residential development scheme that faced significant resistance by local residents.
Leading individuals

Robert Phillips - Hugh James

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Benefiting from practitioners with extensive knowledge across core issues impacting on the sector (including advice on acquisitions and redevelopment projects and housing management issues), as well as being able to resource matters utilising the expertise of lawyers from across other complementary practice areas - including commercial property and employment - Hugh James provides a 'client-oriented service' for many of the country's most prominent housing associations.  Commercial property partner Richard Macphail provides 'very knowledgeable and helpful' advice to housing associations on development work. Bethan Gladwyn heads up the housing management team and has particular expertise at handling anti-social behaviour matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Macphail

Other key lawyers:Bethan Gladwyn; Caroline O'Flaherty; David Roberts; Iwan Jenkins; Matthew Stevens

Testimonials

Very proactive and knowledgeable about the sector

Provides a first-class service

Very client-oriented and capable

Richard Macphail and Matthew Stevens are personable and a pleasure to deal with

Key Clients

Pobl Group (Seren)

Charter Housing

Stonewater Limited

Hafod/Hendre Group

Coastal Housing Group

Newport City Homes

Trivallis

Cadwyn

Monmouthshire Housing Association

Linc Cymru Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Pobl Group on an extensive phased development of affordable homes using innovative funding schemes and procurement arrangements.
  • Advising Linc Cymru Housing Association on wide-ranging aspects of its housing stock and care homes, including representing it on the delivery of a pioneering 'wellness centre' in Bridgend.
  • Representing a registered social landlord on its dispute with a contractor relating to a late completion of works.
  • The team acts for Coastal Housing Group in relation to the Urban Village development in Swansea, which has included a number of acquisitions resulting in multimillion-pound developments spanning retail, residential and social rent units as well as a cutting-edge community hub.      
  • Advising Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd on policy changes in North Wales to consider homelessness duties in Wales which has required an in-depth knowledge of the relevant case law, statutory responsibilities and housing mechanisms.
Next Generation Partners

Bethan Gladwyn  - Hugh James

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James handles a considerable amount of IP work for the firm's roster of  media and gaming clients. Himself formerly in-house at S4C, Aled Walters regularly advises clients in the sector on the commercialisation of their IPR, including advice on licensing arrangements and on co-production agreements. On the contentious front, commercial litigator Tracey Singlehurst-Ward regularly handles IP disputes, including copyright and trade mark infringement, breach of confidence and passing off cases.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward

Other key lawyers:Emily Powell; Lowri Walters

Key Clients

Amelco Limited

TCS John Huxley

Rockwool

International Convention Centre Wales

SJJ Service Systems

Celtic Manor

Work highlights

  • Advising Amelco on the IP licence of their betting platform.
  • Completing a trade mark registration for the International Convention Centre Wales.
  • Representing SJJ Systems Services in a high-value multi-party breach of copyright and breach of confidence claim.
  • Acting for a private individual in a breach of copyright and breach of confidence claim over multiple jurisdictions.
  • Completing a trade mark registration of the Celtic Manor for its name and identity.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Hugh James' merger with MLM Cartwright in 2016 enhanced the firm's visibility in the creative industries sector, given that firm's strong connections with numerous media and entertainment clients. Corporate and commercial partner Aled Walters  has significant experience in the media and entertainment field gleaned from many years' experience in private practice and in his previous role in-house at S4C. As well as advising on broadcasting and rights commercialisation matters, the firm is also regularly involved in corporate and financing transactions in the sector.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters

Other key lawyers:Lowri Walters

Testimonials

The firm is knowledgeable in corporate and media specifically - which gives them a head start to other firms.

Aled Walters has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the media industry in Wales, and business in Wales in general.

Lowri Walters is thorough, meticulous and personable

Key Clients

Avanti Media

Cwmni Da

TAC (Teledwyr Annibynol Cymru)

Welsh Government –Media Investment fund

Work highlights

  • Advised on Avanti Media’s sale to Sky and its appointment to produce Songs of Praise.
  • The team advised Cwmni Da on a multi-party co-production agreement on the successful television three-part series 'Tide' with S4C, BBC Alba, BBC Northern Ireland, Sky Vision, G4 and MAC TV.
  • Sole and exclusive legal adviser to TAC (Teledwyr Annibynol Cymru).
  • Advising the Media Investment Fund (the Welsh government's £30m fund for television and film making in Wales) on its investment into the television series, Doctor Who
Leading individuals

Aled Walters - Hugh James

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Hugh James 's multi-disciplinary team handles the full spectrum of sport-related legal work, from disciplinary and doping hearings to the construction of sports stadia, major contractual agreements, and the governance of sporting bodies. Team head Gerallt Jones regularly handles work for marquee client, the Welsh Rugby Union.

Practice head(s):Gerallt Jones

Other key lawyers:Gareth Williams; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; Robert Morgan

Key Clients

Welsh Rugby Union

British Boxing Board of Control

Welsh Gymnastics

UK Sport Framework (inc Sport Wales, UK Sport, Sport Northern Ireland and the Sport & Recreation Alliance)

Cardiff Blues

Ffos Las Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Represented the Welsh Rugby Union on new multimillion-pound agreements between it and the four Welsh rugby regions dealing with the financial, commercial and rugby elements of the relationship between the five entities
  • Advised the British Boxing Board of Control in several pieces of litigation and disciplinary actions
  • Advised Walters Group on the sale of its racecourse to the UK’s largest racing group, Arc Racing

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