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Hugh James

Work 029 2022 4871
Fax 029 2038 8222
Cardiff, LONDON

Martin Jones

Work 033 3016 2222
Hugh James

Work Department



As the Head of the Regulatory Department, Martin acts in a wide-range of regulatory crime and professional regulation matters. Martin has built up over 20 years of experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge.

He leads the firm’s cross-departmental alcohol and gaming licensing teams. Additionally Martin manages the teams providing a range of outsourced services to local authorities, including court representation of local authorities Adult and Children’s Services Departments.

Martin has a wealth of specialist knowledge in the fields of regulatory crime and compliance. With vast experience in fraud, money laundering and financial regulation matters, Martin has dealt with numerous high-value cases, some concerning fraud valued in excess of £100 million.

For six years, Martin worked as a Health and Safety solicitor agent. Having advised in criminal health and safety matters throughout his career, he has worked in cases of the utmost gravity, including those arising from multiple-fatalities and disease outbreak.

In addition to his defence and advisory practice, he prosecutes on behalf of local authorities and the Welsh Government in health and safety related matters. Complementing his health and safety work, Martin has substantial coronial law experience, appearing in inquests throughout England and Wales for individuals, companies, the Welsh Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The firm’s gambling licensing practice has grown considerably over recent years. Within this area, Martin advises operators on licensing issues of all types. This includes assisting clients in obtaining licences from the Gambling Commission and advising operators on compliance with their on-going obligations under Licensing Conditions and Codes of Practice. Within alcohol licensing, Martin specialises in contested matters.

Dealing with Professional Regulation matters on behalf of regulators and regulated individuals, Martin is very familiar with all three roles. That is, advising the regulatory panel or committee, presenting the case for the regulator and presenting the case for the regulated individual. For more than 10 years, Martin has been the lead legal advisor to the regulatory panel of Social Care Wales.


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.

Wales: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Within: Crime: fraud

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.

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Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

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.

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Within: Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Within: Licensing

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.

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Wales: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Within: Health and safety

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.

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