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Hugh James

Work 029 2022 4871
Fax 029 2038 8222
Cardiff, LONDON

Gerallt Jones

Work 029 2039 1095
Hugh James

Work Department



Gerallt is head of the corporate department at Hugh James and deals with all aspects of corporate law including public and private mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts and buyins, joint ventures, listings, restructurings and general company advice. Since joining Hugh James in 2005, Gerallt has led the transformation of the corporate department into a leading market player, advising clients including the Welsh Government/Finance Wales, RBS and the Welsh Rugby Union. He now leads a thriving practice that has attracted high-calibre local, national and international clients and has recruited quality lawyers from City and rival local firms, and which continues to go from strength to strength.


Trainee solicitor and solicitor Slaughter and May, London 1993-96; solicitor Hong Kong 1996-98, including secondment to Credit Suisse First Boston 1997; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, associate, Hong Kong 1998-2002 and senior associate, London 2002-2005; partner and head of corporate department Hugh James 2005 to date.


Fluent Welsh.


Law Society.


Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, Cardiff; Jesus College Oxford and The College of Law Chester (1991 BA Jurisprudence).


Rugby, cycling, skiing, scuba diving and opera.

Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

Within: Leading individuals

Gerallt Jones - Hugh James 

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

With seven partners focused on handling corporate and commercial work within its ranks, Hugh James  has the strength-in-depth to handle a significant volume and variety of work for Welsh clients (Welsh Rugby Union, S.A. Brain & Co) and international corporates (Novomatic and Tenneco Group). ‘Very experienced, knowledgeable and practical‘ team head Gerallt Jones  regularly leads on the highest-profile mandates handled by the team, including his advice to the Welsh government on the £83.7m International Convention Centre Wales joint venture with Celtic Manor and his representation of the management team of Vista Retail Support on a £28.5m buyout by LDC.  Aled Walters   has an excellent reputation within the gaming and media industries and recently advised Avanti Media in relation to Sky plc’s acquisition of a majority stake in the Cardiff-based production company. Greg Williams is noted for his work within the healthcare sector and recently advised the Development Bank of Wales on the Creo Medical plc flotation. Mike Baggott  and Jon Fernandez Lewis are also recommended.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Now headed by corporate and commercial partner Gerallt Jones, following Gareth Williams' retirement from the partnership (he remains a consultant of the firm), Hugh James handles the full spectrum of sport-related legal work, from disciplinary and doping hearings to the construction of sports stadia, major contractual agreements, funding requirements and the governance of sporting bodies. Jones handles a raft of work for marquee client, The Welsh Rugby Union, including on its borrowings, and loans and guarantee facilities to the Welsh regions and member clubs. On the contentious front, Tracey Singlehurst-Ward has handled numerous matters for the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) including recently successfully securing summary judgment against a former boxing manager and promoter following his attempt to set aside the BBBofC's decision to withdraw his licence for conduct contrary to its disciplinary rules. Other clients include Welsh Gymnastics, Celtic Manor Resort and UK Sport Framework.

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