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Hugh James

Work 029 2022 4871
Fax 029 2038 8222
Cardiff, LONDON

Andrew Harding

Work 029 2039 1031
Hugh James

Work Department

Catastrophic injury department/neurolaw unit.


Partner in charge of catastrophic injury department and neurolaw unit, representing only those who have sustained traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. Represents only claimants and their families, and with multidisciplinary team provides help and support with heavy emphasis on rehabilitation. Unit includes unique specialist Court of Protection team providing professional deputy input to those who have recovered damages following brain injury. Currently personally appointed as deputy to more than 115 individuals who are unable to make financial decisions for themselves following acquired brain injury.


Spent professional career at Hugh James, becoming a partner in 1987. Andrew initially specialised in criminal law and in particular fraud, as well as personal injury work. He later developed a significant strength and expertise in the niche areas of brain injury and court of protection. These areas of work took precedence and in 1998 he established the firm’s multidisciplinary brain injury unit. Appointed Recorder Wales and Chester Circuit in 2002. Current directorships: Director Headway UK, Headway Cardiff (chairman).


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; American Association for Justice; Australian Lawyers Alliance; British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers; Office of the Public Guardian Professional Deputy Panel; Court of Protection Court Users Group.


St Illtyds College Cardiff; University College Cardiff (1981 LLB); Guildford College of Law (1982 solicitors Finals).


Sport – football and rugby (now only as spectator), running, skiing, swimming etc. Member of Cardiff RFC, Cardiff Academicals FC, David Lloyd Club Cardiff. Family takes up great deal of time, as does involvement in charities working in the field of brain injury, serving on boards and attending events.

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Hugh James  has a ‘highly competent and experienced team that provides an exemplary service’. The ‘excellent’ Andrew Harding leads his team ‘efficiently and professionally and really cares about the clients’. The team deals solely with high-value and complex cases arising from damages claims and assists clients with various matters such as overseeing the direct employment of care teams, the purchase of properties and other matters including the management of planning and building applications. The team also helps clients with issues surrounding the investment of funds and the provision of care for the lifetime of the client. It currently manages the affairs of 135 individuals. Senior associate Robert Hurling  is also recommended.

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Wales: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Harding - 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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