Alan Collins > Hugh James > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hugh James

Work Department

Serious PI and Sexual Abuse Claims


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.

Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse). He was the advocate to the People’s Tribunal which presented its report on sexual abuse to the UK Parliament (in 2016).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

He also specialises in serious personal injury cases including head and spinal injury claims.

Due to Alan’s expertise and experience he is sought after by individuals for high profile and complex cases. These include; seeking compensation for child migrants from the UK sent to Australia and Southern Rhodesia in the 1950’s and 60’s, representing the former residents of Les Chenes secure school for teenagers in Jersey in seeking redress for the abuse they suffered whilst in the schools care, and representing and advising those affected by the widely reported and high profile Windrush scandal.

Alan joined Hugh James as a partner in December 2014 and leads a team of specialist abuse solicitors. He qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and later became a solicitor-advocate allowing him to act for his clients in the higher courts in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He has considerable experience of both criminal and civil litigation. Alan is also a qualified mediator.

Alan is a regular media contributor on serious personal injury and child abuse issues. He has regularly appeared on BBC and ITN news, ABC, CNN, NBC, and Sky News programmes, also BBC Radio 4’s “Today”, and “PM”; Radio 5; BBC and ITV regional television and radio, Australian radio, and US, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Danish television.

Alan is a regular speaker at conferences on legal issues including: APIL; La Trobe University; National Crime Agency; University of Wales; Law Society of Scotland; Strathclyde University; and Dyfed-Powys Police.

Alan is a fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a director for the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL). ACAL is a support group set up by solicitors and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for victims of abuse.


Qualified in 1990 and trained at Dyer Burdett & Co. He has been a partner at Hugh James since 2014.


Alan is a fellow of APIL and a director of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers).


Petersfield School, and University of Wales (Aberystwyth)


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Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

The practice at Hugh James has an ‘excellent reputation‘, particularly when it comes to particular niche areas. The department’s expertise in abuse claims is particularly well known; Alan Collins, who oversees this type of work, is described by one client as a ‘real doyen of the field‘.  The firm also fields an ‘amazing asbestos-related lung injury team‘ and a highly regarded military claims group. Mark Harvey, who leads the specialist PI offering, has recently welcomed several notable arrivals, including ‘respected‘ partner Kevin Grealis from Stewarts Law LLP and ‘exceptionally able‘ senior associate Danielle Vincent from Bolt Burdon Kemp.