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Hugh James

Work 029 2022 4871
Fax 029 2038 8222
Cardiff, LONDON

Martin Jones

Work 029 2039 1176
Hugh James

Work Department



Specialist areas are regulatory crime and enforcement, coronial law, licensing. Martin advises on a wide range of regulatory compliance issues for public sector clients and plc’s. He relishes advocacy in particular. His key area is criminal health and safety litigation but he deals regularly with a range of other regulatory crime matters including Environmental Protection Act prosecutions; animal welfare and transport matters; road traffic and vehicle condition issues pertaining to fleets. He has substantial coronial law experience appearing in Inquests throughout the UK. In addition to his defence work, Martin also regularly undertakes enforcement action on behalf of regulators including non-police prosecutors. Martin defends all appeals against decisions made by the Security Industry Authority in South East Wales. Notable cases include: R v Peter Tongue – Defending a multiple fatality manslaughter arising out of domestic carbon monoxide poisoning; R v AE Ltd – Instructions to defend a corporate client in one of the first investigations under the new Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007; HSE v CPI Plc – advising a corporate defendant in relation to alleged breaches of the Quarry Regulations.


Qualified 1996; Bawtree and Sons for five years; Hugh James senior associate and then a partner. He also provides training regularly. Currently offering training on corporate manslaughter and the Proceeds of Crime Act.




  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Children’s Panel member
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (associate member)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association


Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest; Keele University (1993 Law & English Literature 2(1)); College of Law, Chester (1994 LPC).


A keen runner (distance), cyclist and hill-walker. Enjoys Welsh rugby and English cricket.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting

Within: Gaming and betting

Hugh James' gaming practice is headed by Aled Walters and Martin Jones, who also heads the regulatory practice. Its recent highlights include advising ioSport Group throughout its successful application to the Gambling Commission for a remote betting operating licence and a gambling software licence; advising Cyberplay Management on the adaptation of its existing policies and systems so as to meet the requirements of the Commission’s Operating Conditions, Codes of Practice and Gambling Software Technical Standards; and drafting and negotiating the licence of Amelco’s sports betting platform to Intralot, the Greek lottery.

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Public sector

Within: Public sector

Strengthened by the recent arrival of procurement expert Emily Powell from the Ministry of Defence and property law practitioner Richard Macphail from Blake Morgan LLP, Hugh James has increased the resources and enhanced the bandwidth with which it is able to service its impressive array of public sector clients which include local authorities, government bodies, education authorities and housing associations. Powell is acting for Natural Resources of Wales to ensure its contracts are compliant with the impending GDPR legislation. Regulatory head Martin Jones is acting for various local authorities in contentious public law matters relating to their safeguarding responsibilities for children and older people. Caroline O'Flaherty and Ioan Prydderch also regularly handle real estate and construction public sector work, respectively. Clients include the Welsh government, Welsh Water, Crown Estate and Sport Council for Wales.

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Wales: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Within: Crime: fraud

At Hugh James , regulatory team head Martin Jones has experience at handling fraud and money laundering matters. Solicitor advocate Justin Davies is also recommended.

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Within: Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Within: Licensing

Hugh James¬†has a strong track record advising private and public sector clients across the gamut of alcohol, entertainment and gambling licensing issues, both from a non-contentious and contentious perspective.¬†‚ÄėKnowledgeable and hardworking‚Äô¬†regulatory head Martin Jones¬†is regularly engaged in licensing reviews and breach allegations, as well as handling music festival and other large-scale event licensing, where he combines his licensing knowledge with expertise in other areas including health and safety and environmental regulation. Jones is representing Malta-registered international gambling operator Cyberplay Management on its application for a UK Gambling Commission Operators licence. Commercial head Aled Walters¬†is particularly accomplished at handling corporate and commercial matters for gambling and gaming clients, work which includes¬†reviewing and advising on licensing documentation during acquisition and prospective M&A targets. Consultant Mark Perry¬†has significant experience at handling alcohol licensing matters. Clients include Welsh Rugby Union, Novomatic and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Wales: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Hugh James¬†provides a ‚Äėflexible and accessible service‚Äô, both on the prosecution and defence side, as well as for non-contentious work including highly effective training courses run, in particular, for the boards of many of the housing associations in Wales on health and safety issues. Team head Martin Jones¬†has vast experience across the gamut of health and safety matters and recently acted for the HSE regarding its investigation into a fatal accident on a working farm in west Wales. The firm also has ‚Äėmarket-leading expertise advising on fire safety matters‚Äô, generated primarily as a result of associate Justin Davies¬†who has ‚Äėvaluable and extensive experience in the fire safety arena and regularly displays an excellent knowledge of the law‚Äô when representing core client South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. Benefiting from higher rights of audience in criminal proceedings, Davies also regularly handles the advocacy, a factor that is appreciated by clients ‚Äėas it allows continuity throughout the lifetime of a case‚Äô.

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