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Hugh James

Work 029 2022 4871
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Cardiff, LONDON

Ioan Prydderch

Work 029 2019 3774
Hugh James

Work Department

Construction, energy and projects team.


Head of the construction, energy and projects team. Has extensive experience advising clients in the construction and engineering sector on dispute resolution, whether through negotiation, adjudication, arbitration or litigation. Acts for a range of high profile clients ranging from government and public authorities to banks, developers and contractors. Has acted in a number of often high value and complicated disputes. Recently acted in a substantial adjudication over an extension of time and loss and expense claim involving a national contractor. Also advises clients on procurement and the contractual documents involved in construction and engineering projects, including PPP and PFI deals and renewable energy projects. Currently advising a client on a wind farm project and recently advised Gwalia Housing Association on the 40m University of Wales, Bangor PFI project. Clients also include the Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff county council, Cowlin Construction and Watkin Jones & Son.


Trained at Hugh James, Cardiff. After qualifying specialised in commercial and property litigation for two years. Left for Laytons in Bristol in 2001 to specialise in construction law. Made an associate in 2003. Joined Clarke Willmott’s construction team as a senior associate in 2005 when the construction team moved there from Laytons. Returned to Hugh James in 2006 as a partner in its construction and projects team.


Welsh; French (conversational).


Chartered Institute of Directors; Society of Construction Law; Adjudication Society.


Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Gowerton; Swansea; University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1994 LLB Honours), MSc (Econ), International Politics (1995).


Golf, rugby.


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: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Hugh James 's multi-disciplinary environment team provides transactional, regulatory and litigation expertise to a range of stakeholders, including investors, contractors and financiers, involved in a variety of UK-based projects. Iwan Jenkins heads the firm's non-contentious construction practice, and provides 'very commercial and practical advice' to public and private sector clients engaged in projects relating to infrastructure, student accommodation, care homes, housing and renewables. Jenkins continues to represent Tidal Lagoon Power in respect of the construction of its turbine manufacturing and pre-assembly plant at Swansea Bay and also regularly handles development and renewables deals for Hodge Bank, including advising it on the refinance of a single wind turbine in north Wales. Construction partner Ioan Prydderch and commercial property partner Peter Hurn are also recommended. Clients include Metro Bank, Natural Resources Wales and Rockwool.

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Wales: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Ioan Prydderch - Hugh James

Within: Construction

The 'experienced' six-partner team at Hugh James provides a 'responsive and value-for-money service' to a varied array of stakeholders including contractors (Mabey Group), public sector entities (Welsh government), developers (Ely Mill Development Company) and lenders (Metro Bank and Hodge Bank) in many of the most significant construction projects in Wales. Iwan Jenkins has a focus on non-contentious matters and as well as his work for Tidal Lagoon Power on the gestated Swansea tidal lagoon, is also involved in other landmark domestic projects including advising the International Convention Centre Wales on the construction of an £80m convention centre at the Celtic Manor Resort site in Newport. 'Knowledgeable and helpful' team head Ioan Prydderch handles both contentious and non-contentious work and as well as handling local Welsh work has also begun to pick up an increased flow of external work including his representation of Celsa UK on the £120m contract for the supply of steel for the construction of the new nuclear facility at Hinckley Point. 'Calm, considered and professional' senior associate Matthew Stevens has a particularly strong following for construction work within the social housing sector.

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