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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: Product liability: claimant

Key figures at Hugh James include the Cardiff-based Mark Harvey, who is noted for his ‘sound judgement’ and who is ‘very good at translating the law for the clients’. The firm has strong expertise in medical device claims and continues to represent 1000 claimants as the court-appointed lead solicitor in the PIP breast implants litigation, a matter valued at £10m. The firm is also part of several metal-on-metal hip actions, including a multi-party claim brought against DePuy Synthes concerning the early failure and revision of the Pinnacle hip prostheses; the firm is also acting in the Wright Medical Conserve hip replacement group litigation order, valued at £3.5m. Other notable practitioners include chartered legal executive Pauline Roberts, who is working alongside Harvey on the DePuy Pinnacle group action and Wright Medical claims; and associate Carlos Land.

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London: Transport


Within: Travel

Hugh James has an ‘excellent reputation in the field of international claims’ and the team is ‘not afraid to get their hands dirty and pursue difficult claims with intricate cross border issues’. It represents claimants in travel personal injury cases and represented a claimant who suffered injuries as a result of a motor accident in France. Team head Katherine Allen is a ‘real authority in travel law cases’, and specialist personal injury team head Mark Harvey has ‘stamina and good judgement’ and is experienced in group litigation. Senior associate Rebecca Gilmore, who recently joined from Slater and Gordon, ‘brings a wealth of experience in dealing with the practical aspects of litigation and is very knowledgeable in matters relating to package travel claims’

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Wales: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Harvey - Hugh James

Within: Personal injury: claimant

'At the forefront of personal injury litigation', Hugh James's 16-partner team is 'at the top of the tree not only in Wales but across the UK in this sector', and has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume and variety of cases including major pieces of group litigation. Headed by Mark Harvey, the team benefits from partners with sub specialisms including the 'fantastic' Gwen Evans, who has 'vast experience of handling environmental cases' - particularly group litigation relating to private nuisance claims. Andrew Harding is 'very easy to work with' and heads up the multi-disciplinary neurolaw department which includes a specialist Court of Protection unit providing professional deputy input to those who lack the necessary capacity to manage and administer their own finances. The 'outstanding' Cari Snowden-Taylor has a 'lovely manner with clients' and along with 'thorough and meticulous' consultant Sian Warren  (who 'knows her way around a catastrophic injury case and is unfazed by the litigation process') are also part of the neurolaw team and handle work for claimants with traumatic brain injuries. Alan Collins is the firm's go-to-partner for sexual abuse claims and is 'widely recognised as one of a handful of specialists in this field and has acted in some of the most sensitive and important cases in the UK', including the Jimmy Saville litigation. The 'very experienced' Simon Ellis specialises in noise induced hearing loss and unitary disease work and is praised for his 'superb approach to client care and depth of knowledge'. The 'fantastic' Richard Green is 'excellent at asbestos-related disease work'  and is a key member of the diverse team that also includes the 'pragmatic' Neil Stockdale, who heads up the firm's group actions department; consultant Gareth Morgan, a market leader for mining compensation claims; multi-track specialist Iain Scott; and Kevin McCarthy, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims.

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