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Hugh James

Work 029 2022 4871
Fax 029 2038 8222
Cardiff, LONDON

Mark Harvey

Work 029 2039 1174
Hugh James

Work Department

Product liability/specialist personal injury.


Head of the litigation division, as well as the partner in charge of the specialist personal injury group in Hugh James in Cardiff. He has obtained compensation for many individual victims of common but defective consumer products, as well as victims of accidents overseas and arising out of travel, sport and leisure generally. He is the lead solicitor in the PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation Order in the High Court in London and a member of the steering committees for the DePuy Pinnacle and Zimmer Durom Cup GLOs. He is currently representing over 200 claimants from Britain and continental Europe in actions concerning the DePuy ASR and other so-called metal-on-metal hip prostheses. In the past he negotiated a settlement protocol for patients who alleged visual problems from their cataract remedial intraocular lenses. He has obtained compensation for one individual who suffered injury from a piece of aircraft furniture in a first class cabin and obtained substantial damages in Euros from companies in three different countries for several foreign workers killed and injured in an explosion at sea in Germany, as well as the family of a foreign national killed in an air display accident. Mark successfully represented the first rugby player to win compensation following an incident during a rugby international and has represented other victims of sporting injuries both professional and amateur, including recently recovering very substantial compensation for a first-class rugby player blinded during a game.


Qualified 1990; partner Hugh James 2001. Publications of note: Jordans’ APIL Guide to Conditional Fees (1st and 2nd edition); co-editor of the APIL Guide to Costs and Funding; the chapters on Product Liability and Group Actions to the APIL Personal Injury looseleaf; the chapter on Marketing in the Law Society Civil Litigation Handbook. Member of the editorial boards of Thomson Sweet & Maxwell’s the Journal of Personal Injury Law and Kemp and Kemp on Quantum.




Fellow of APIL; UK governor (one of two) American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA); Wales’ first member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Law (PEOPIL); immediate past member of the Civil Justice Council.


Gunnersbury RC School for Boys; Guildford College of Law.


Golf, skiing, five-a-side football, wine appreciation and cookery; Cottrell Park GC.

London: Insurance

Product liability: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Harvey - Hugh James

Within: Product liability: claimant

Based in Cardiff, Hugh James’ Mark Harvey is β€˜a legend’, who β€˜heads an extremely well-oiled team that is absolutely superb’ in group litigation. Claims relating to defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs are the practice’s forte, having represented 1000 claimants as the court appointed lead solicitor in the PIP breast implants litigation. The firm is also part of several metal-on-metal hip actions, including a multi-party claim brought against DePuy Synthes for the early failure and revision of the Pinnacle hip prostheses and, in addition to this, the firm is the lead solicitor in the Wright Medical Conserve hip replacement group litigation order. Acting for a claimant in a dispute with a well-known manufacturer of a dental product, which allegedly caused serious neurological injuries, was another highlight for the team, which includes Chartered Legal Executive Pauline Roberts.

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London: Transport


Within: Travel

Hugh James is developing a practice in the field of travel litigation, with individuals that are well known in the travel industry for representing claimants in travel litigation. Specialist personal injury team head Mark Harvey is experienced in group litigation, and in claims with an international element arising out of defective products; he is β€˜not daunted by taking on really difficult claims and facing up to very difficult and aggressive opponents’. Katherine Allen (aβ€˜class act’) joined in 2016 from Slater and Gordon and heads the travel litigation team; she is a β€˜great travel and cross-border lawyer’, is β€˜very good with clients, and has excellent judgement’.

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Wales: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Harvey - Hugh James

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Clients of Hugh James’s β€˜very conscientious and absolutely committed’ team feel it β€˜stands way above the crowd’. With 19 partners dedicated to this area, the team has the strength-in-depth to be able to provide an β€˜absolutely first-class service to claimants’ and coverage across the gamut of claims, including multi-party actions and matters involving industrial disease and sexual abuse. Team head Mark Harvey is β€˜especially good on international claims’, an area which was recently bolstered by the arrival in September 2016 of the β€˜excellent’ Katherine Allen from Slater and Gordon – Allen is recognised as β€˜one of the most established practitioners for claimants in the field of foreign accident claims’. Gareth Morgan is a market leader for mining compensation claims as a result of numerous successes against the Coal Board for a number of conditions including deafness, respiratory disease and vibration white finger. The β€˜absolutely brilliant’ Alan Collins has a focus on sexual abuse claims and is representing victims in the Jersey abuse inquiry, as well as advising the United Kingdom Child Sex Abuse People’s Tribunal. The β€˜fantastic’ Andrew Harding specialises in brain and spinal cord injuries, and is able to provide an all-encompassing service to clients and their families by virtue of his Court of Protection expertise. β€˜Very skilled’ consultant Sian Warren is an β€˜expert in catastrophic injuries’ and rated for her β€˜assiduous case preparation’. Other key figures include Cari Sowden-Taylor, who is also β€˜very well versed in catastrophic injuries’, particularly relating to traumatic brain and spinal injuries; Gwen Evans, who heads the firm’s environmental practice and often works alongside Neil Stockdale, whose β€˜very effective and experienced partnership dominates the Welsh market for group litigation’; and Iain Scott, who is an β€˜expert in catastrophic injuries and high-end personal injuries’ and is praised for his β€˜ability to fight his corner’. The team is rounded out by Simon Ellis, Kevin McCarthy and Kathryn Singh, who are all praised for their ability to β€˜tackle difficult group litigation with aplomb’.

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