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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

Andrew Harding at Hugh James leads β€˜a team of experienced solicitors and other support staff who offer a complete package to clients’; his β€˜knowledge, experience and manner with clients are second to none. He is also very approachable and trusted by the courts as an expert witness’. The β€˜excellent and responsive’ Kate Coles is also recommended. The team, which is notable for its extensive resources in both England and Wales, deals solely with high-value complex cases arising from damages claims.

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Wales: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Harding - 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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