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Hugh James

Work 029 2022 4871
Fax 029 2038 8222
Cardiff, LONDON

Richard Locke

Work 029 2039 1055
Hugh James

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Partner and group head of the ever expanding dispute resolution team at Hugh James. Conducts major commercial disputes frequently with an international flavour including commercial claims, mining disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious IT disputes, injunctive relief and insolvency. Recent cases include; multimillion-pound international commercial contract dispute, advised on a complex multimillion-pound government agency IT dispute, recently successfully settled a commercial contract dispute for a waste management company against a local authority LAWDAC, regularly obtains interlocutory injunctive relief for, amongst others, Welsh Water and headed a recent claim against a well known boxing promoter on behalf of the Millennium Stadium Plc.


Trained Hugh James; qualified 2000; partner 2007.




Accredited mediator.


Cardiff University (2(1) Hons); Cardiff Law School (LPC).


Salmon fishing, cricket and rugby.

Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Locke - Hugh James

Within: Commercial litigation

A ‘market leader for high-value and important disputes in Wales and also very highly thought of in England ‘, Hugh James provides a ‘responsive, commercial and cost-effective‘ service to leading regional businesses including Celsa Steel and S.A. Brain & Co, as well as a growing array of national and international businesses including Novomatic and Rockwool. ‘No-nonsense’ team head Richard Locke ‘consistently achieves the best results for his clients‘ and is representing a local firm in a breach of contract and negligence claim brought against an energy company. Although he recently retired from the partnership, the ‘hugely respected‘  Gareth Williams still maintains an active practice in his role as a consultant and is noted for his ‘huge reservoir of knowledge‘ he has built up, particularly in disputes relating to the insurance and sports sectors. Tracey Singlehurst-Ward displays ‘excellent judgement‘ and is noted for her expertise for handling IP, media and defamation disputes. ‘Very hardworking‘ senior associate Abigail Flanagan is also recommended.

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Wales: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Led on the non-contentious front by Louise Price, and for contentious matters by Richard Locke, Hugh James is 'making a name for itself in the area' and is successfully 'building up its pensions work' on behalf of private and public sector clients including Monmouthshire County Council, Business Wales and Tenneco Automotive UK. The 'bright, thorough and commercial' Price is 'excellent with clients', and as well as providing pensions support to corporate matters handled by the firm, also handles discrete pensions mandates including on issues such as changing benefits, termination of accrual and auto enrolment. 'Exceptional at dealing with the other side', senior associate Abigail Flanagan is 'bright and extremely capable' on pensions litigation. A consultant within the firm's claimant litigation division, Malcolm Evans continues to  handle over 300 cases where investors were advised by independent financial advisers (IFAs) to transfer workplace and/or private pensions into a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) involved in extremely high-risk investments.

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Wales: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Sitting within the firm's broader commercial litigation practice, which is recognised for its 'very high quality of work', Hugh James handles claimant-side cases for private individuals and corporates brought against a range of professionals including solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers. The 'extremely bright, personable and very technical' Chris Mayers  specialises in professional negligence work and is representing numerous individuals in claims brought against their solicitor for failing to serve the Particulars of Claim within the relevant 14-day period and thereby enabling the defendants in the underlying case to strike out the claim. Praised for his 'outstanding client skills', commercial litigation team head Richard Locke  is 'very tough but also very fair' and regularly handles high-value professional negligence work, as do the 'capable and technically proficient' Robert Phillips, who handles professional negligence as an offshoot of his property litigation practice; the 'very bright and hardworking' Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; and 'extremely experienced' consultant Gareth Williams . At associate level, Abigail Flanagan  and Gareth Roberts  are also recommended.

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