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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.


Public sector

Within: Public sector

Hugh James has a longstanding presence in the public sector and provides a range of contentious and non-contentious advice to central government, local authorities and government sponsored bodies. Led by Ioan Prydderch on the construction front and for real estate matters by Caroline O’Flaherty, the firm ‘is particularly strong in property-related matters’. O’Flaherty is advising Cardiff University on the new Centre for Student Life in the Park Place conservation area. The firm is also a leading presence for non-police prosecution work in Wales, where the ‘knowledgeable and thorough’ Martin Jones has ‘an in-depth knowledge of regulatory law’. As well as continuing to handle work for the Care Council of Wales, Jones also recently represented the Welsh Ministers in a regulatory prosecution of egg producers, which was the first to be brought under the Ministers’ powers to enforce the Eggs and Chicks (Wales) Regulations 2010. Other clients include Welsh Walter, Sport Council for Wales and Dyfed Powys Police.

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Wales: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Within: Crime: fraud

Hugh James is noted for its ‘professional, proficient and trustworthy’ service, and for its balanced defence and prosecution workloads. Firm regularly acts for corporate clients on a range of issues, including those relating to directors’ duties, as well as public sector clients including the Welsh government (which the team acts for in bringing enforcement actions against defendants across a range of regulatory criminal mandates). ‘Knowledgeable, thorough and hardworking’ team head Martin Jones is a ‘safe pair of hands’ with ‘in-depth knowledge of regulatory law’. He leads a team with a strong bench of practitioners capable of handling advocacy; key figures include solicitor advocate Justin Davies and in-house barrister Mark Powell QC. The team is also stands out for its ‘solutions-oriented approach’ on VAT fraud matters.

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Within: Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

Within: Licensing

Hugh James has a multi-disciplinary licensing practice with ‘an enviable reputation for providing excellent strategic advice coupled with high levels of client care’. The practice has extensive experience in standalone licensing work, particularly in the context of large-scale events relating to festivals and stadia, as well as on matters where licensing considerations are a core part of a transaction. The merger in November 2016 with MLM Cartwright has significantly strengthened the team’s client roster, particularly in light of Aled Walters’ gambling licensing expertise and entrenched relationships with high-calibre clients including Novomatic and Playtech. Team head Martin Jones handles contentious licensing work, as well as having a niche in advising on music festivals and other large-scale events, where he is able to provide additional value to clients as a result of his broader knowledge of health and environmental regulatory issues. Consultant Mark Perry has experience across a range of licensing issues including gambling licences; he recently successfully secured a licence for longstanding family run business Newbridge Amusements in relation to a former adult gaming centre. Other clients include The Welsh Rugby Union, Welsh Government, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Meridian Restaurants.

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Wales: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

The arrival of associate Justin Davies at the beginning of 2016 has given Hugh James added depth across a range of health and safety issues, as well as niche expertise advising in fire safety matters as a result of Davies’ ‘excellent fire safety knowledge’. Davies regularly receives instructions from South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, for which it handles enforcement matters including an ongoing prosecution of a fire risk assessor in connection with the making of inadequate and insufficient fire risk assessments for professional clients. Martin Jones is overall head of the team and excels at at handling matters at the intersection of environment and health and safety.

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