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Hugh James

HODGE HOUSE, 114-116 ST MARY STREET, CARDIFF, CF10 1DY, WALES
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Work 029 2022 4871
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Fax 029 2038 8222
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33000 CARDIFF
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www.hughjames.com
Cardiff, LONDON

Wales

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

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: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales
Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

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). ‚ÄėVery experienced, knowledgeable and practical‚Äė¬†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‚Äôs 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.

Leading individuals

Gerallt Jones - Hugh James

Greg Williams - Hugh James

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Wales: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

Hugh James

At Hugh James , regulatory team head Martin Jones has experience at handling fraud and money laundering matters. Solicitor advocate Justin Davies is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Hugh James¬†has a strong track record advising private and public sector clients across the gamut of alcohol, entertainment and gambling licensing issues, both from a non-contentious and contentious perspective.¬†‚ÄėKnowledgeable and hardworking‚Äô¬†regulatory head Martin Jones¬†is regularly engaged in licensing reviews and breach allegations, as well as handling music festival and other large-scale event licensing, where he combines his licensing knowledge with expertise in other areas including health and safety and environmental regulation. Jones is representing Malta-registered international gambling operator Cyberplay Management on its application for a UK Gambling Commission Operators licence. Commercial head Aled Walters¬†is particularly accomplished at handling corporate and commercial matters for gambling and gaming clients, work which includes¬†reviewing and advising on licensing documentation during acquisition and prospective M&A targets. Consultant Mark Perry¬†has significant experience at handling alcohol licensing matters. Clients include Welsh Rugby Union, Novomatic and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Leading individuals

Martin Jones - Hugh James

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

A ‚Äėmarket leader for high-value and important disputes in Wales and also very highly thought of in England ‚Äė, Hugh James¬†provides a ‚Äėresponsive, commercial and cost-effective‚Äė service to leading regional businesses including Celsa Steel and S.A. Brain & Co, as well as a growing array of national and international businesses including Novomatic and Rockwool. ‚ÄėNo-nonsense‚Äô¬†team head¬†Richard Locke¬†‚Äėconsistently achieves the best results for his clients‚Äė and is representing a local firm in a breach of contract and negligence claim brought against an energy company. Although he recently retired from the partnership, the ‚Äėhugely respected‚Äė¬†¬†Gareth Williams¬†still maintains an active practice in his role as a consultant and is noted for his ‚Äėhuge reservoir of knowledge‚Äė¬†he has built up, particularly in disputes relating to the insurance and sports sectors.¬†Tracey Singlehurst-Ward¬†displays ‚Äėexcellent judgement‚Äė and is¬†noted for her expertise for handling IP, media and defamation disputes. ‚ÄėVery hardworking‚Äė senior associate¬†Abigail Flanagan¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Richard Locke - Hugh James

Tracey Singlehurst-Ward - Hugh James

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

The ‚Äėextremely practical and commercial'¬†two-partner team at Hugh James¬†provides a ‚Äėfantastic service'¬†to an impressive roster of banks and borrowers across a diverse array of lending including in relation to real estate, corporate and energy matters. Team head Dominic Marshall¬†has a ‚Äėstrong reputation'¬†and regularly leads on behalf a primarily lender-focused client base that includes both local entities, including Hodge Bank and Development Bank of Wales, as well as national lenders including Metro Bank and HSBC. The ‚Äėvery intelligent and proactive‚Äė Robert Morgan¬†has more of a borrower-focused bent to his practice and as well as handling the banking and finance work on behalf of the Welsh Rugby Union, also has a particular niche advising registered social lenders on their financing requirements. Senior associate Rowena Downie¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Dominic Marshall - Hugh James

Next generation lawyers

Rowena Downie - Hugh James

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff
Employment: Cardiff - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James¬†provides an ‚Äėexcellent level of service‚Äô to standalone clients as well as existing corporate clients of the firm across a range of issues including advice on collective labour law, equal pay, TUPE and pensions. Team head¬†Emma Burns¬†has a strong reputation in the market for both contentious and non-contentious matters. She continues to handle a raft of ongoing work for Natural Resources Wales including helping it to achieve a collective agreement agreeing a new pay structure for all of its staff, as well as day-to-day HR case work which includes representation in tribunal cases. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Louise Price¬†provides an ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô across a range of non-contentious matters including pensions and employee benefits advice; she recently advised independent television production and media company, Avanti Media, through a high-profile TUPE transfer involving the transfer of the Songs of Praise staff from the BBC to Avanti and Nine Lives. Not withstanding her relatively junior standing, associate¬†Rhiannon Dale¬†is already picking up some high-quality work for clients including Braces Bakery and is appreciated for her ‚Äėattention-to-detail and excellent customer service‚Äô. Other clients include Rockwool, Celtic Manor Resort and The Walters Company.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James¬†provides a ‚Äėflexible and accessible service‚Äô, both on the prosecution and defence side, as well as for non-contentious work including highly effective training courses run, in particular, for the boards of many of the housing associations in Wales on health and safety issues. Team head Martin Jones¬†has vast experience across the gamut of health and safety matters and recently acted for the HSE regarding its investigation into a fatal accident on a working farm in west Wales. The firm also has ‚Äėmarket-leading expertise advising on fire safety matters‚Äô, generated primarily as a result of associate Justin Davies¬†who has ‚Äėvaluable and extensive experience in the fire safety arena and regularly displays an excellent knowledge of the law‚Äô when representing core client South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. Benefiting from higher rights of audience in criminal proceedings, Davies also regularly handles the advocacy, a factor that is appreciated by clients ‚Äėas it allows continuity throughout the lifetime of a case‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Justin Davies - Hugh James

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Led on the non-contentious front by Louise Price, and for contentious matters by Richard Locke, Hugh James is 'making a name for itself in the area' and is successfully 'building up its pensions work' on behalf of private and public sector clients including Monmouthshire County Council, Business Wales and Tenneco Automotive UK. The 'bright, thorough and commercial' Price is 'excellent with clients', and as well as providing pensions support to corporate matters handled by the firm, also handles discrete pensions mandates including on issues such as changing benefits, termination of accrual and auto enrolment. 'Exceptional at dealing with the other side', senior associate Abigail Flanagan is 'bright and extremely capable' on pensions litigation. A consultant within the firm's claimant litigation division, Malcolm Evans continues to  handle over 300 cases where investors were advised by independent financial advisers (IFAs) to transfer workplace and/or private pensions into a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) involved in extremely high-risk investments.

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Wales: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

With four partners focused on clinical negligence claimant work and supported by a specialist Court of Protection offering, Hugh James has the critical mass and expertise to handle a wide array of cases including ones of the utmost severity such as brain injury and cerebral palsy claims. 'Class act’ Stephen Webber heads the claimant division at the firm and 'can handle all the pressures of running multimillion-pound claims with aplomb'. 'Combining an extremely relaxed persona with a very agile mind and high level of ability', Webber is regularly at the forefront of high-value and complex claims including his recent representation of a claimant with a long psychiatric history, who having developed a spinal abscess became paraplegic following her refusal to undergo an operation. The case revolved around the failure to identify that the claimant had significant psychiatric symptoms and therefore lacked capacity to reject surgery. 'The thoughtful and unflappable’ Mari Rosser heads the firm's clinical negligence team and has particular specialism advising on both child and adult brain injury cases, and fatal accident claims. Other recommended practitioners include Sarah Davies , who has a special interest in surgical cases, especially those involving injuries to the bowel; Rhian Parsons , who excels at handling wrongful birth claims; and Katie McCraith, who is currently involved in a specialised investigation into the inappropriate prescription of anticonvulsant medication to pregnant women and the effects of the medication on babies in utero and the significant care requirements needed by children born with mental and physical disabilities. Senior associate Elin Davies  is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Mari Rosser - Hugh James

Stephen Webber - Hugh James

Next generation lawyers

Katie McCraith - Hugh James

Sarah Davies - Hugh James

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

'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 Sowden-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.

Leading individuals

Andrew Harding - Hugh James

Gareth Morgan - Hugh James

Mark Harvey - Hugh James

Next generation lawyers

Kevin McCarthy - Hugh James

Richard Green - Hugh James

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Although it is better known for its claimant work, under the leadership of Stephanie Eedy,  Hugh James also provides an 'excellent service'  for blue-chip corporates, public sector entities and insurers across a range of defendant personal injury work including industrial disease and public liability. Eedy has a particular focus on employers' liability and recently successfully secured a settlement of approximately half the initial claim for Calsonic Kansei UK following an action brought by an employee following a serious accident at work. Senior associate Leon Lloyd 'has vast experience in the field' and is praised for his 'clear eye for detail and commercial advice' on behalf government funded public bodies and private individuals.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Sitting within the firm's broader commercial litigation practice, which is recognised for its 'very high quality of work', Hugh James handles claimant-side cases for private individuals and corporates brought against a range of professionals including solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers. The 'extremely bright, personable and very technical' Chris Mayers  specialises in professional negligence work and is representing numerous individuals in claims brought against their solicitor for failing to serve the Particulars of Claim within the relevant 14-day period and thereby enabling the defendants in the underlying case to strike out the claim. Praised for his 'outstanding client skills', commercial litigation team head Richard Locke  is 'very tough but also very fair' and regularly handles high-value professional negligence work, as do the 'capable and technically proficient' Robert Phillips, who handles professional negligence as an offshoot of his property litigation practice; the 'very bright and hardworking' Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; and 'extremely experienced' consultant Gareth Williams . At associate level, Abigail Flanagan  and Gareth Roberts  are also recommended.

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Wales: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Leveraging the firm's overarching expertise at wealth management, private client, property and contentious probate matters, the 'reliable and highly efficient' multi-disciplinary team at Hugh James provides a 'very strong and comprehensive service' to a wide range of farming clients including high-net-worth landowners and farmers, as well as numerous public sector entities. The 'hugely respected' Matthew Evans regularly handles work for agricultural clients as part of his broad-ranging wealth management practice. Particularly accomplished at dealing with agricultural estates, Evans' recent success in the high-profile "Cowshed Cinderella" litigation has generated numerous new agricultural and proprietary estoppel instructions, including acting on a new proprietary estoppel dispute whose assets exceed £7m. The 'very tenacious' Roman Kubiak regularly handles contentious probate matters for farming clients and has 'developed an excellent reputation as someone who really understands his clients and their complex problems, and is able to deliver an effective strategy which they understand'. Property litigator Robert Phillips  has niche expertise advising on development-phase property disputes, including all aspects of agricultural tenancy law. Sarah Cash 'provides a high level of service' to high-net-worth clients including those in the farming industry on estate planning and in administering high-value estates usually involving a diversity of assets such as family company shares, farming partnerships, horses and foreign property.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Hugh James

Headed by Emma Burns, Hugh James is particularly accomplished at handling employment law matters for third sector clients. Burns continues to provide employment law advice to Wales Council for Voluntary Action and for its members; recent work has included advice on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. Under the guidance of the 'considered and calm' Caroline O'Flaherty, the firm also handles a raft of property matters for not-for-profit clients; she is advising Cardiff University in relation to the new Centre for Student Life in the conservation area of Park Place, Cardiff. O'Flaherty also has vast experience advising registered social landlords. Other clients include Community Housing Cymru, Hafan Cymru, Cardiff Community Housing Association and Taff Housing Association.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

'Arguably the best Welsh firm for contentious trusts and probate matters', Hugh James continues to pick up a significant volume of work, 'including taking on, and excelling at, high-net-worth and cross border matters'. 'A natural and dynamic leader', team head Roman Kubiak 'really understands his clients and their complex problems, and is able to deliver effective strategies which they understand'. The 'very tenacious' Kubiak excels at handling high-value cross border matters and recently represented a director and wife of the settlor in relation to trusts based in Isle of Man and British Virgin Islands with underlying companies registered in Montenegro. The 'hugely respected' Matthew Evans heads the firm's wealth management team and has a particular focus on handling complex agricultural and proprietary estoppel cases. In spite of his relatively junior status, solicitor Vlad MacDonald-Munteanu  has already developed significant courtroom experience both on his own and also assisting Evans on high-value proprietary estoppel cases including the recent much publicised Davies v Davies case. The team was also bolstered in September 2017 by the arrival of senior associate Richard Adams  from Swansea based firm Goldstones.

Leading individuals

Matthew Evans - Hugh James

Roman Kubiak - Hugh James

Next generation lawyers

Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu - Hugh James

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Family: Cardiff
Family: Cardiff - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

The 'efficient, effective and dependable' team at Hugh James provides a 'responsive service' to a range of clients - including many high-net-worth individuals - across the gamut of family law, including contact cases, where the team is praised for its 'considerate handling of sensitive and difficult issues'. 'Extremely supportive and efficient' team head Malcolm Stevens provides an 'exceptional service which is based on years' of experience and a thorough understanding of his field'. Praised for his 'astute advice that is geared towards achieving as constructive an outcome as possible', Stevens is often involved in complex and sensitive family issues including Children Act matters, prenuptial agreements and the dissolution of civil partnerships. Despite the recent departure of Charlotte Leyshon - who set up her own firm - 'efficient, utterly dependable and supportive' solicitor Lucy Williams has begun to assume a more senior role within the team and is increasingly handling her own caseload, where she provides 'clear, structured and well-informed advice' across a broad spectrum of family matters, often involving vulnerable clients. Childcare expert Mark Powell rounds out the team.

Leading individuals

Malcolm Stevens - Hugh James

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

'Rightly recognised as the heavyweight firm in Wales for estates, trusts and probate', Hugh James six-partner team includes numerous 'talented practitioners and the depth of resources to take on substantial work'. Matthew Evans has a 'genuine commitment to excellence'; he heads the firm's overarching wealth management group and is predominantly focused on handling contentious matters including proprietary estoppel cases, an area which he has developed a leading reputation as a result of handling some landmark cases - including most notably acting for the claimant in the much vaunted Davies v Davies litigation. 'A natural and dynamic leader', the 'very impressive' Roman Kubiak heads the firm's contested wills, trusts and estates team and is noted for his 'deep knowledge of estates and trusts law'. On the non-contentious front, Sarah Cash 'provides a high level of service' to an impressive client base that includes many high-net-worth individuals, who she advises on their tax planning, including establishing lifetime trusts and will preparation, as well as on the administration of estates. Eleanor Evans manages a team dealing with estates and trusts administration on behalf of financial institution and trust corporation clients. Evans regularly handles multimillion-pound estates including her ongoing work administering a complex estate worth in excess of £5m, consisting of significant shareholdings, business interests and international assets. 'Communicative and knowledgeable'  managing partner Alun Jones was integral to the development of the firm's volume-based wealth management services, which it provides to major UK high street financial services brands. Senior associate Andrew Jones is also recommended, particularly for handling tax and estate planning matters for high-net-worth international clients.

Leading individuals

Sarah Cash - Hugh James

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

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

Commercial property: Cardiff
Commercial property: Cardiff - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Led by Peter Hurn, Hugh James continues to be a prominent presence in the local real estate market, both on the private and public sector front. Hurn is particularly well regarded within the residential development space and continues to represent Bellway Homes on its acquisitions throughout south Wales and the south west of England. Daniel Morgan has a focus on advising leisure, betting and gaming industry clients on property issues and continues to represent S.A.Brain on all aspects of the joint venture with Rightacres for the redevelopment scheme of their Cardiff Brewery site in the city centre. Caroline O'Flaherty has developed a particular niche advising education sector clients on their property requirements, including Cardiff University which she has acted for on its estate portfolio since 2000 and is currently advising on the development of the new Centre for Student Life in the conservation area of Park Place, Cardiff. The firm's position on the NPS' real estate panel has also provided a fertile source of public sector instructions and has underscored its already strong presence in the sector for clients including Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales. The recent arrival of Richard Macphail from Blake Morgan LLP further enhances the firm's capabilities on the public sector front and strengthens a team that also includes highly regarded senior associates Shelley Ikram and Gareth Fortey.

Leading individuals

Caroline O'Flaherty - Hugh James

Peter Hurn - Hugh James

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

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.

Leading individuals

Ioan Prydderch - Hugh James

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Stevens - Hugh James

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Able to leverage expertise from across the firm's property, construction and litigation teams, Hugh James's multi-disciplinary planning and environment practice handles non-contentious and contentious matters for public and private sector clients including Bellway Homes, Cardiff University, Crown Estate and Natural Resources Wales. Peter Hurn  has significant planning expertise as part of his broad-ranging commercial property practice and continues to act for Welsh Water on their property and infrastructure portfolio for planning purposes. Hurn also recently advised Llanmoor Development on the planning issues pursuant to the development of more than 600 residential units and the provision of a new primary school in south Wales (notably the work included representing the client in a planning inquiry following a 'call-in' by the Welsh Ministers because of perceived flooding risks). Senior associate Shelley Ikram  is also recommended, particularly in relation to her advice on large-scale residential and commercial development schemes.

Leading individuals

Peter Hurn - Hugh James

Next generation lawyers

Shelley Ikram - Hugh James

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

Led by Robert Phillips, Hugh James 's two-partner team has a particularly strong reputation handling litigation within the development sector, where clients include numerous well-known housebuilders including Barratt Homes and Persimmon Homes. Phillips recently represented Persimmon in the opposition of an adverse possession claim made by a resident on land owned by Persimmon. Jo Brown is recommended for her work within the telecoms and pub sectors; she handles a significant amount of work for S.A.Brain & Co and recently successfully represented it in forcing out squatters who had illegally entered the premises and prevented the effective undertaking of dilapidation works which were required before the expiry of the lease and the return of the property to the landlord. The team is also regularly involved in property litigation affecting public sector clients including the Welsh government and Natural Resource Body for Wales.

Leading individuals

Robert Phillips - Hugh James

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

The only Welsh law firm to be appointed to the Central Housing Investment Consortium framework in England and Wales, the 'very knowledgeable' team at Hugh James provides 'extremely thorough advice with the clients' best interests at heart'. Active across a range of matters for an impressive roster of clients including Cardiff Community Housing Association, Coastal Housing Group and Melin Homes, as well as advising on core issues impacting on the sector (including advice on acquisitions and redevelopment projects, procurement and commercial contract matters, and housing management issues), the firm is also able to tap into the expertise of practitioners from across other complementary practice areas including commercial property and employment to provide a very comprehensive coverage. 'Someone you want in your corner', the 'approachable and client-focused' senior associate Bethan Gladwyn  has 'authoritative knowledge of the regulatory environment' and heads up the housing management practice. She recently advised Cynon Taf Housing Association in the defence of a claim for disrepair brought by an assured tenant of the association. 'Thorough and extremely hardworking' associate Rhodri Thomas  'has a great rapport with clients' and regularly works alongside Gladwyn on housing management matters. The arrival of Richard Macphail , who joined from Blake Morgan LLP in June 2017 adds further weight to a team that also includes 'excellent' consultant David Roberts, who has a 'top reputation' in the market, and Iwan Jenkins, who regularly handles construction matters in the social housing sector.

Leading individuals

Bethan Gladwyn - Hugh James

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Hugh James

At Hugh James, team head Aled Walters has particular expertise advising on IP licensing work within the gaming industry. As well as handling work of this nature for core client, Novomatic, Walters has also recently handled numerous matters for Amelco, including drafting and negotiating its licence of their sports betting platform to Intralot. On the contentious front, Tracey Singlehurst-Ward has expertise advising on copyright and trade mark infringement matters, as well as acting for claimants and defendants in libel proceedings.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James 's Aled Walters has significant credibility advising media and gaming clients across a wide range of IP and commercial matters. As well as regularly acting for Novomatic, Walters has recently handled numerous matters for gaming company, Amelco, including drafting and negotiating Amelco's licence of the IP for their betting platform to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Litigator Tracey Singlehurst Ward regularly handles contentious work in the sector including acting for claimants and defendants in defamation matters.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

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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