Firm Profile > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales

Hugh James
HODGE HOUSE
114-116 ST MARY STREET
CARDIFF
CF10 1DY
Wales

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Jointly led by the 'superbMari Rosser and Stephen WebberHugh James' 14-strong team has the critical mass and expertise to handle a huge volume and variety of matters, including those of the utmost severity such as brain and spinal injuries. The team is aided by a Court of Protection service which offers support to clients after an award of compensation has been made. The size of the team has enabled practitioners to develop particular areas of specialism including Sarah Davies, for surgical cases; Katie McCraith, who excels at orthopaedic and gynaecological cases; and Rhian Parsons, for brain and catastrophic spinal injury matters.

Practice head(s):

Mari Rosser; Stephen Webber

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Market-leading.’

‘Overwhelming level of involvement and detail.’

‘Dogged and indefatigable work ethic.’

‘Rhian Parsons provides a high level of professionalism which is tempered by a considerate and personal touch.’

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Leveraging its strong institutional corporate client base, both within the public and private sector, as well as being viewed as a destination practice for standalone work, Hugh James 'consistently has cases in the highest courts' and provides 'accurate and responsive advice' across a wide range of commercial litigation,  in many cases involving overseas jurisdictions and extremely complex legal dimensions. As well as being a qualified mediator, 'brilliant' team head Richard Locke regularly leads on the most significant pieces of litigation handled by the firm, including on complex shareholder and partnership disputes. The 'intellectually excellent' Tracey Singlehurst-Ward is recommended for IP, media and defamation disputes. 'Bright and extremely capable' senior associate Abigail Flanagan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Locke

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Extremely strong and commercial practice

Friendly and approachable

‘Punches miles above its weight and is a great success both in Wales and the UK generally’

‘Richard Locke: a great leader, calm, bright, incisive, no-nonsense and loved by clients’

‘Tracey Singlehurst-Ward: a brilliant lawyer, highly intelligent, commercial, tough and sensible’

 

Key clients

DS Smith

Celtic Manor Resort Limited

S.A Brain & Co

Cycle Solutions

ROCKWOOL Limited

Welsh Government

National Westminster Bank

British Boxing Board of Control

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh

Water)

Welsh Rugby Union

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

One of the few firms in Wales providing a standalone contentious probate offering, Hugh James' 'talented' two-partner team has the 'depth of resources' to provide an 'excellent service' that accommodates both institutional and private client needs. The 'kind of lawyer you would recommend to a true friend in need of help', team head Roman Kubiak 'leads by example' and excels at handling high-value cross-border probate disputes. The 'outstandingMatthew Evans regularly handles litigation within his broad-ranging private client offering; he has a particular focus on handling complex agricultural and proprietary estoppel cases. Associate Vlad MacDonald-Munteanu is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Roman Kubiak

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Evans; Vlad MacDonald-Munteanu; Richard Adams; Eleanor Goodridge

Testimonials

Hugh James has made themselves into the leading firm for this work in south Wales, and with a national presence.

The team consistently delivers an exceptional service

Where possible the team attempts to negotiate constructively

Roman Kubiak’s star continues to ascend. He is clever, knowledgeable, fiercely competitive and disarmingly charming. An exceptionally good ally and an extremely dangerous opponent.

Roman Kubiak is a well known individual who brings a clear and focused approach to the practice and makes a significant contribution to thought leadership in the industry.

The intelligent Richard Adams provides a first-class service

Eleanor Goodridge is an up and coming associate who is doing really well managing her own case load as well as being part of a team that works on the bigger cases.

 

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Headed by the 'experiencedGerallt JonesHugh James' six-partner team has the strength in depth to enable a significant degree of specialisation to both domestic and international clients across an array of corporate and commercial matters. Greg Williams has developed a significant niche in relation to healthcare M&A work, and is a key member of the team that also includes Aled Walters , who is able to parlay his vast media (he was formerly in-house counsel at S4C) and gaming sector knowledge to good effect on corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Gerallt Jones (corporate); Aled Walters (commercial)

Other key lawyers:

Greg Williams; Lowri Walters

Testimonials

A strong practice

Gerallt Jones has good experience and is trusted to deliver the legal support we need.

Aled Walters is excellent at advising on commercial matters in the gaming sector

Key clients

Princes Gate Spring Water

Novomatic

DS Smith

Avanti

Welsh Rugby Union

Vista Retail

Celtic Manor Resort

S.A. Brain & Company

Walters Group

Amelco

Family Tier 1

Hugh James has 'an excellent reputation within Cardiff', and although it has recently seen the departure of a number of high-profile members of the team, including the retirement in December 2018 of Malcolm Stevens, it remains a popular choice for clients across a range of family law matters. Now headed by 'frighteningly bright' senior associate Adrienne Donneky ,following her arrival in March 2018 from the Bristol office of Lyons Davidson, as well as regular involvement in high-value financial proceedings, the firm also has expertise across a range of other areas including childcare matters - where specialist advocate Mark Powell QC has particular expertise. Associate Lucy Williams  is developing a strong reputation and is appreciated for her 'compassionate approach'.

Practice head(s):

Adrienne Donneky

Other key lawyers:

Mark Powell QC; Lucy Williams

Testimonials

A well organised, highly conscientious and capable family team

Able to cut through the most complex set of facts to resolve the issue

A leader in her field, Adrienne Donneky displays impeccable judgement and is the type of lawyer you definitely want on your side.

Lucy Williams has excellent judgement and is very calm under pressure

Licensing Tier 1

Under the guidance of the 'knowledgeable and ableMartin JonesHugh James has vast licensing experience for both private and public sector entities. The firm is equally well-placed to handle large-scale alcohol licensing (for festivals and stadia), as it is for licensing due diligence matters on behalf of the firm's sizeable roster of gambling sector corporates. On the contentious front, the team is often instructed to deal with prosecutions for breach of licensing conditions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Aled Walters; Mark Perry

Key clients

The Welsh Rugby Union

Novomatic

Welsh Government

Partis Solutions

S.A. Brain and Co

Depot Warehouse

Croeso Pubs Limited

Double Diamond Gaming

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Jovo Investments Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Hugh James' merger with MLM Cartwright in 2016 enhanced the firm's visibility in the creative industries sector, given that firm's strong connections with numerous media and entertainment clients. Corporate and commercial partner Aled Walters  has significant experience in the media and entertainment field gleaned from many years' experience in private practice and in his previous role in-house at S4C. As well as advising on broadcasting and rights commercialisation matters, the firm is also regularly involved in corporate and financing transactions in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Aled Walters

Other key lawyers:

Lowri Walters

Testimonials

The firm is knowledgeable in corporate and media specifically – which gives them a head start to other firms.

Aled Walters has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the media industry in Wales, and business in Wales in general.

Lowri Walters is thorough, meticulous and personable

Key clients

Avanti Media

Cwmni Da

TAC (Teledwyr Annibynol Cymru)

Welsh Government –Media Investment fund

Pensions Tier 1

Resourcing expertise primarily from lawyers within the employment and dispute resolution practices, Hugh James provides a 'helpful and responsive' service to private and public sector clients across a range of standalone issues (including on auto-enrolment, pension scheme mergers and changing benefits), litigation and corporate support. Employment partner Louise Price leads on the non-contentious front, while senior associate Abigail Flanagan provides a 'very proactive and thorough service' to clients engaged in pensions disputes.

Practice head(s):

Louise Price

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Flanagan; Richard Locke

Testimonials

‘Exceptional value-for-money.’

‘Louise Price’s advice is always timely, enabling us to make practical decisions with full confidence.’

‘Abigail Flanagan provides proactive and thorough advice.’

Key clients

Monmouthshire County Council

Cardiff County Council

Cardiff University

Business Wales

Avanti Media

Coastal Housing Group

Hendre Group

Baptist Union of Wales

Rockwool Limited

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

With seven partners focused on personal injury claimant work, Hugh James has the critical mass and experience in the market to be able to resource matters using true specialists in areas including industrial disease, environmental, military litigation and sexual abuse. The firm is perhaps best-known for its industrial disease offering and has a national reputation in bringing group action claims on behalf of former miners. The 'vastly experiencedMark Harvey and Andrew Harding lead the overall claimant personal injury team, which also includes the 'empathetic and knowledgeableRichard Green - who is 'a leader in his speciality' of asbestos-related matters.  Other recommended practitioners include Alan Collins for his work on behalf of sexual abuse victims; Kevin McCarthy, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims; and associate Lucy Strong, who has a focus on asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harvey; Andrew Harding

Other key lawyers:

Richard Green; Alan Collins; Kevin McCarthy; Iain Scott; Gwen Evans; Cari-Sowden-Taylor; Lucy Strong; Ciaran McCabe

Testimonials

‘The Industrial Disease team at Hugh James work tirelessly to advocate and prioritise their clients needs.’

‘Attentive and tactful at a time that is distressing given the palliative nature of their asbestos-related malignancy.’

‘Able to progress challenging cases that others have declined and successfully achieving compensation for clients.’

‘Richard Green is a gentleman when in contact with patients/clients and attentive to their individual circumstance.’

‘Ciaran McCabe is diligent, intelligent drives a hard bargain. I’d want him on my side in a negotiation.’

‘Ciaran McCabe is a top division player who has gravitas as a litigator.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

With over 30 fee-earners providing wealth management services, Hugh James provides the largest private client offering in Wales and is consequently able to provide comprehensive contentious and non-contentious services to both private individuals and fiduciary clients, including a volume will writing offering. Sarah Cash provides a 'high level of service' to high-net-worth individuals on their tax planning, as well as the administration of their estates. Eleanor Evans is also recommended and specialises in estates and trusts administration on behalf of financial institution and trust corporation clients.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Evans and Roman Kubiak

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Cash; Eleanor Evans; Alun Jones; Andrew Jones; Gareth Wisdom

Testimonials

The team makes us feel like a valued client with regular contact and engagement to keep us updated every step of the way with their estate administration service.

Consistently reliable, with a broad range of services and a proven ability to deliver the personal touch on volume.

Alun Jones and Sarah Cash fully appreciate how the markets work and we have in-depth discussions regarding the underlying investments.

Eleanor Evans is excellent and admirably open to feedback

Gareth Wisdom has become a trusted source for solutions, opinion, and market insight

Property litigation Tier 1

Hugh James handles a plethora of property litigation matters for the firm's impressive roster of public/third sector clients, including local authorities and registered social landlords. The development sector is another fertile source of work, with the team regularly advising house builders and the development arms of social housing clients on matters ranging from breach of covenants to adverse possession claims. Team head Robert Phillips has developed niche expertise defending the rights of landowners in disputes involving mineral rights.

Practice head(s):

Robert Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Jo Brown

Testimonials

The personable and knowledgeable Robert Phillips grasps complicated issues very quickly.

Key clients

Welsh Government

Natural Resources Wales

The Crown Estate

Monmouthshire County Council

Curo Housing Association

Trivallis Housing Association

Tai Calon

Barratt Homes

AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

Shaw Healthcare

Social housing Tier 1

Benefiting from practitioners with extensive knowledge across core issues impacting on the sector (including advice on acquisitions and redevelopment projects and housing management issues), as well as being able to resource matters utilising the expertise of lawyers from across other complementary practice areas - including commercial property and employment - Hugh James provides a 'client-oriented service' for many of the country's most prominent housing associations.  Commercial property partner Richard Macphail provides 'very knowledgeable and helpful' advice to housing associations on development work. Bethan Gladwyn heads up the housing management team and has particular expertise at handling anti-social behaviour matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Macphail

Other key lawyers:

Bethan Gladwyn; Caroline O’Flaherty; David Roberts; Iwan Jenkins; Matthew Stevens

Testimonials

Very proactive and knowledgeable about the sector

Provides a first-class service

Very client-oriented and capable

Richard Macphail and Matthew Stevens are personable and a pleasure to deal with

Key clients

Pobl Group (Seren)

Charter Housing

Stonewater Limited

Hafod/Hendre Group

Coastal Housing Group

Newport City Homes

Trivallis

Cadwyn

Monmouthshire Housing Association

Linc Cymru Housing Association

Sport Tier 1

Hugh James 's multi-disciplinary team handles the full spectrum of sport-related legal work, from disciplinary and doping hearings to the construction of sports stadia, major contractual agreements, and the governance of sporting bodies. Team head Gerallt Jones regularly handles work for marquee client, the Welsh Rugby Union.

Practice head(s):

Gerallt Jones

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Williams; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; Robert Morgan

Key clients

Welsh Rugby Union

British Boxing Board of Control

Welsh Gymnastics

UK Sport Framework (inc Sport Wales, UK Sport, Sport Northern Ireland and the Sport & Recreation Alliance)

Cardiff Blues

Ffos Las Racecourse

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

With numerous lawyers able to conduct business through the medium of Welsh and also benefiting from significant expertise across core areas of concern impacting the agricultural community (including as it relates to property issues and estates planning), Hugh James is well-placed to provide a 'very effective service' to high-net-worth landowners, as well as public sector entities. As head of the firm's overarching wealth management offering, Matthew Evans regularly handles agriculture-related matters, specifically relating to succession planning and contentious probate, including as it relates to farming proprietary estoppel cases.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Evans

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Evans; Sarah Cash; Roman Kubiak

Banking and finance Tier 2

Headed by the 'practical and responsiveDominic MarshallHugh James' eight-strong team has an excellent track record for borrowers and lenders across a range of corporate, real estate and energy financings. As well as having strong relationships with numerous established financial institutions, the firm has also developed strong ties with a growing number of challenger banks, while on the borrower front it excels at handling large, often politically sensitive public sector financings, and is also noted for its advice to registered social landlords seeking loan and bond facilities. The 'excellentRowena Downie has a growing reputation in the market and often takes the lead on work for lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Marshall

Other key lawyers:

Robert Morgan; Rowena Downie

Testimonials

Responsive and knowledgeable

Proactive and commercially pragmatic in their approach

Excellent banking lawyer Dominic Marshall is highly experienced and adept at solving issues

Key clients

Metro Bank

Santander UK

The Welsh Government

Development Bank of Wales

HSBC Bank

Lloyds Banking Group

NatWest

Welsh Rugby Union

Hodge Bank

Celtic Manor Resort

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Hugh James remains a popular choice for local and national charities, which appreciate its ability to provide a full-service offering that is underpinned by a strong knowledge of the regulatory and governance issues inherent in the sector. Spearheaded respectively by Emma Burns  and Caroline O'Flaherty, property and employment law remain the principal areas of expertise for clients in the charity sector, with both education and social housing prominent sub-specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Emma Burns

Other key lawyers:

Louise Price; Caroline O’Flaherty; Richard Macphail

Key clients

Cae’r Las

The Wallich

Breast Cancer Care

Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Rubicon Dance

Representative Body of the Church in Wales

YMCA

Coastal Housing

Linc Cymru

Wales Cooperative Centre

Commercial property Tier 2

Hugh James provides a 'very strong service' to a dynamic mix of local authorities, housebuilders, housing associations and developers. Team head Peter Hurn is 'very easy to work with', and as well as his market-leading practice on behalf of numerous national housebuilders, is also responsible for overseeing the property requirements of numerous major institutional clients of the firm. Caroline O'Flaherty is particularly strong in relation to local and affordable housing, higher education and investment portfolio management matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hurn

Other key lawyers:

Caroline O’Flaherty; David King; Dan Morgan; Shelley Ikram

Testimonials

‘The team is very proactive and knowledgeable about the sector in which they operate to ensure a first class service is provided.’

Key clients

Walters Group

The International Convention Centre Wales

Cardiff University

S.A. Brain & Company Limited – Brewery Quarter

Coleg Gwent DCC

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

Draycott Group

Tirion Group

S.A. Brain & Company Limited – Coffee #1

Construction Tier 2

Active on local and UK-wide mandates, Hugh James provides a balanced offering across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters for developers, contractors and lenders. Instructed by both private sector and public sector entities, the team has witnessed significant growth in relation to social housing-related work, as well as work generated by local authorities. Team head Ioan Prydderch is particularly strong on public sector work and is regularly instructed by the Welsh Government to advise on the most politically sensitive, high-value construction and transport projects. Senior associate Matthew Stevens  has a flourishing reputation on the claimant and defendant side of adjudications/disputes on behalf of developers and contractors.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Prydderch

Other key lawyers:

Iwan Jenkins; Alun Tobias; Matthew Stevens

Key clients

Pobl

Coastal

Systems Pipework

Ely Mill

SA Brain & Co

Cenin Renewables

The International Convention Centre Wales

Celsa

Employment Tier 2

Headed by Emma Burns Hugh James' three-partner team provides a 'prompt and thorough service' to domestic private and public sector clients on ongoing HR training and advisory work, including acting on larger projects, such as TUPE and redundancy considerations in relation to business reorganisations/closures. Additionally, the firm handles a significant amount of work in grievances, disciplinary issues and exit strategies. Andrea Thomas has a thriving contentious practice and regularly represents clients across the spectrum of Employment Tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Practice head(s):

Emma Burns

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Thomas; Rhiannon Dale

Testimonials

‘Emma Burns is very personable and capable.’

Key clients

Cardiff International Airport

Keolis Amey trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services

Cardiff Council

S.A Brain Limited

Natural Resources Wales

Celtic Manor Resort

Rehau Limited

Motonovo Finance (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited (London Branch)

Braces Bakery

Tellermate Limited

Chepstow Plant International

Walters Group

PF Concept International

Opus International Consultants (UK)

Wales Co-operative Training and Development Centre (the Wales Co-op)

City and County of Swansea

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Meritor HVBS Limited and Meritor Aftermarket Switzerland

Alcumus Holdings

Nu-Pro

Health and safety Tier 2

Hugh James provides a 'professional and responsive service' on the prosecution and defence side. Non-contentious work includes running highly effective training courses for the boards of many Welsh housing associations on health and safety issues. Team head Martin Jones has vast experience across criminal health and safety issues, and also regularly appears in coroner's inquests where health and safety issues are often at the heart of the matter. Associate Justin Davies excels at fire safety matters and regularly undertakes the advocacy on prosecutions in this area.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

O’Connor Utilities Group

Instalcom Limited

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

Intellectual property Tier 2

Hugh James handles a considerable amount of IP work for the firm's roster of  media and gaming clients. Himself formerly in-house at S4C, Aled Walters regularly advises clients in the sector on the commercialisation of their IPR, including advice on licensing arrangements and on co-production agreements. On the contentious front, commercial litigator Tracey Singlehurst-Ward regularly handles IP disputes, including copyright and trade mark infringement, breach of confidence and passing off cases.

Practice head(s):

Aled Walters; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward

Other key lawyers:

Emily Powell; Lowri Walters

Key clients

Amelco Limited

TCS John Huxley

Rockwool

International Convention Centre Wales

SJJ Service Systems

Celtic Manor

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Although it is best-known for its excellent claimant offering, Hugh James has a considerable capability for defendant work on behalf of insurers, as well as its corporate and public sector client base. Work ranges from low-value cases, to those of utmost severity - including industrial disease.

Practice head(s):

Alun Tobias and Stephanie Eedy

Key clients

Calsonic Kansei UK

Planning and environment Tier 2

Leveraging expertise from across the firm's property, construction and litigation teams, Hugh James' multi-disciplinary planning and environment practice handles non-contentious and contentious matters for public and private sector clients. Senior associate Shelley Ikram regularly provides the planning advice (including Section 106 agreements) associated with major projects handled by the firm's real estate and construction teams, and has also been involved in matters with a more contentious element, including as it relates to village green matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hurn

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Welsh Government

Ely Bridge Development Company

Parc Eirin Development

Llanmoor Homes

Bellway Homes

Curo Group

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Barratt Homes

Persimmon Homes

Cenin Renewables

Walters Group

Natural Resources Wales

Professional negligence Tier 2

Hugh James represents private individuals and corporates as claimants in cases brought against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers. Litigation team head Richard Locke provides 'incisive and no-nonsense advice' and is particularly active handling cases brought against solicitors. Senior associate Abigail Flanagan has developed a strong professional negligence practice in claims against solicitors and finance professionals, including in relation to pension  matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Locke

Other key lawyers:

Rob Phillips; Gareth Williams; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; Abigail Flanagan

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Tapping into the expertise of corporate, finance, real estate/construction and litigation lawyers, Hugh James' multi-disciplinary team regularly advises public and private sector stakeholders, including investors, contractors and financiers, across a variety of UK-based projects. Iwan Jenkins  has particular expertise in framework agreements and collaborative construction contracts; he has also been at the forefront of the firm's work for clients utilising the Welsh Government's Mutual Investment Model to finance public infrastructure developed in Wales.

Practice head(s):

Iwan Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Ioan Prydderch; Peter Hurn; Dominic Marshall; Caroline O’Flaherty

Key clients

Pobl

Coastal

Ely Bridge Development Company

SA Brain & Co

Cenin Renewables

The International Convention Centre Wales

Coleg Gwent

Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board

Public sector Tier 2

Benefiting from numerous practitioners with significant core public law expertise and also able to leverage the resources of practitioners from across the firm's full-service offering, Hugh James handles a range of work for local authorities, government bodies, education authorities and housing associations. As well as handling a significant amount of domestic work, partially by virtue of its appointment to the National Procurement Service, the firm is increasingly visible in public sector work across England following its recent appointment to the Crown Commercial Services panel.

Practice head(s):

Ioan Prydderch and Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Caroline O’Flaherty; Emily Powell

Key clients

Welsh Government

Natural Resources Wales

City Of Cardiff Council

The Crown Estate

Social Care Wales

Cardiff University

Monmouthshire Council

Natural England

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Torfaen County Borough Council

City and County of Swansea

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Crime: fraud Tier 3

As well as handling ad-hoc defence work for corporate and commercial clients of the firm, Hugh James is also sometimes brought in to conduct internal investigations where there are allegations made relating to bribery and/or fraud. Led by the experienced Martin Jones, the team also has considerable experience on the prosecution front, both with regard to more general crime, as well as fraud matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones

Key clients

Welsh Government

British Broadcasting Corporation

Capita Business Services

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Crime: general Tier 3

Somewhat of an anomaly in the ranking, although Hugh James does handle some defence work for corporate and private clients of the firm, it is best-known for its prosecution work for central and local government and various non-police prosecution agencies. 'Tenacious and determined' solicitor-advocate Justin Davies regularly takes the lead on enforcement actions initiated by the Welsh government and is also noted for his fire safety work where he regularly represents the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service on its prosecution work. Team head Martin Jones has a focus on business crime and health and safety defence work.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Justin Davies has valuable and extensive experience in the fire safety arena, and regularly displays an excellent knowledge of this area of law.

Key clients

Welsh Government

British Broadcasting Corporation

Capita Business Services

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Product liability: claimant Tier 1

The product liability practice at Hugh James has a strong track record representing claimants, particularly in claims relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. Team head Mark Harvey has an excellent reputation in the industry and is regularly involved in individual or group actions. He acts as the lead solicitor in the PIP breast implant litigation, in which multiple settlements have been reached. Chartered legal executive Pauline Roberts is experienced in multi-party litigation in the life sciences sphere. Senior associate Carlos Land combines criminal law and civil litigation experience. The team is based in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team at Hugh James undertakes work of the utmost complexity in this field. They have the strength-in-depth to be able to take on litigation of any size, from single claims to complex, multi-party medical product litigation‘.

Mark Harvey is a complete master in the field; he combines legal knowledge, sound tactical skills and good judgement‘.

Mark Harvey is excellent and the person you would want running your product case‘.

Pauline Roberts is hardworking and very knowledgeable. She has superb client skills and the talent to find ‘the something’ that can make the difference in the mass of disclosure that often accompanies major litigation in this field‘.

Court of protection Tier 2

Hugh James has a unique offering with a multifaceted team consisting of brain injury lawyers, a qualified social worker as well as an accountant. The professional deputyship team deals with high-value complex cases arising from damages claims. The work that the team does extends to overseeing the direct employment of care teams, the purchase of property through to other issues such as the investment of funds to provide care during a client’s lifetime. It currently manages the affairs of 173 individuals with total assets exceeding £175m. Head of team Andrew Harding is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harding

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hurling; Kate Coles; Joy Davies

Testimonials

The team has a thorough knowledge of its clients and the difficulties they encounter, involving them in financial decisions whenever possible whilst ensuring their affairs are carefully managed‘.

The team is one of the leaders in the field of brain injury COP work on the financial side‘.

Hugh James was like a breath of fresh air and always answered my questions straight away or rang me back with the answer in a timely fashion‘.

Andrew Harding is knowledgeable and takes a very fair view about costs. He understands the special nature of the work and the fact that clients in this area of work are vulnerable. He cares‘.

Andrew Harding continues to be a stand-out deputy with exceptional support from Kate Coles‘.

Robert Hurling is approachable and very quick to respond to queries’.

Joy Davies is very responsive and shows excellent attention to detail’.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Hugh James has developed a solid clinical negligence department in London, which covers a broad spectrum of high value claims, including those arising from obstetric negligence, surgical errors, fatal accidents and missed diagnosis. Led by the 'simply brilliant' Grainne Barton, the practice has witnessed a growth in inquest representation alongside the usual medical negligence litigation. Lynda Reynolds leads on inquest work and subsequent civil claims, while still offering assistance to Barton in multi-million pound cases. The team is also active advising on matters involving stillbirth claims, cauda equina syndrome as well as cerebral palsy.

Practice head(s):

Grainne Barton

Other key lawyers:

Lynda Reynolds; Helen Neville; Sophie Jones

Testimonials

‘Hugh James is a highly professional firm inspiring confidence to attract clients to use their services. Navigating a clinical negligence claim requires sensitivity, competence and professionalism which Hugh James provided for us to make informed decisions.’

‘Extremely cohesive team with experienced practitioners and a real ‘down to earth’ approach.’

‘The team in London led by Grainne Barton are hard-working, exceptionally compassionate and caring with their clients. They are not motivated by lining their own pockets but getting the best results for their clients.’

‘Grainne Barton is an extremely caring and compassionate lawyer. While she is technically very able she is also very sensible and pragmatic and looks to get the best results for her clients.’

‘Lynda Reynolds continues to shine. She is a highly effective litigator and absolutely tireless on her clients’ behalf. She is highly skilled and energetic and clients benefit also from the knowledge she has from her previous experience in intensive care nursing.’

‘Sophie Jones is incredibly professional, compassionate and proactive in her approach dealing with cases.’

Gaming and betting Tier 3

Hugh James handles both online and land-based gambling matters, with a particular technical expertise within sports betting and licensing. The firm also advises on anti-money laundering measures and dispute resolution, as well as regulations concerning software development and IT protection. Cardiff-based practice head Aled Walters has experience in advising high-profile gaming companies on corporate and commercial issues such as M&A transactions and on IP licensing.

Practice head(s):

Aled Walters

Key clients

Amelco

Big Wave Gaming

Pentasia

Raffle House

iosport

Double Diamond Gaming

Rock ‘N Rolla Management

iBet Group

Guess the time

Superbet

Depot Warehouse

Eclipse Competitions

Travel

Based across its London and Cardiff offices, Hugh James' overseas accidents team represents claimants in travel litigation.  Katherine Allen is a 'well respected and likeable practitioner in the field of travel law and international injury' and handles a range of matters including package holiday claims, aviation accidents and cruise ship accidents. Allen is also noted for her expertise in serious brain and spinal injury claims and is experienced in jurisdiction and applicable law issues. Senior associate Rebecca Gilmore is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Allen

Other key lawyers:

Mark Harvey; Rebecca Gilmore

Testimonials

Responses are always speedy.

Katherine Allen is prepared to go the extra mile.

Firm overview
Hugh James is a top 100 UK law firm, employing more than 700 staff from its headquarters in Cardiff (Two Central Square) and London office (99 Gresham Street).

Hugh James has been established for more than 60 years and has built its success on offering expert advice through a personal and friendly service to its clients. A highly innovative firm, it creates a competitive advantage through a blend of excellence in client service, bespoke technical systems and the expertise of its people.

The firm handles the full range of services across a variety of industries. Business sectors where the firm has particular expertise including banking and finance, property and construction, technology, media and telecommunications, energy and sustainability, creative industries, leisure and hospitality, agriculture, insurance and health care.

In the public and not for profit sectors, the firm acts for the Welsh Government and is on the legal panels of most of the local authorities in Wales as well as a number in England. It carries out the full range of public sector work for these authorities, including child care and inquests. The firm is also well known for its work in social housing and acts for a large number of registered social landlords and registered providers.

In addition to its transactional work, the firm has a strong commercial litigation practice which handles disputes across all areas, including commercial disputes, professional negligence, intellectual property, copyright, trademarks and passing off, defamation, landlords and tenant and contentious probate.

Unusually for a firm with a comprehensive commercial offering, Hugh James also has a highly rated private client department which advises on the whole spectrum of personal matters, including matrimonial legal advice, will writing and probate, inheritance disputes, and estate, finance and tax planning. The firm also has its own team of independent financial advisors.

Another area in which the firm excels is claimant litigation. It has nationally renowned practices in clinical negligence, catastrophic and general injury claims, as well as expertise in running large group actions for industrial disease, product liability and environmental claims.

The firm also has its specialist legal process operation, Hugh James Involegal LLP which launched in 2010. Hugh James Involegal LLP handles outsourced volume work for banks, insurance companies, retailers and other businesses.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Alun Jones
Head of Individual Client Services Stephen Webber
Head of Business Services Ioan Prydderch
Hugh James Involegal LLP Matthew Tossell
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 Andrew Davies  photo Andrew Davies
 Adrienne Donneky  photo Adrienne Donneky
 Matthew Evans  photo Matthew Evans
 Bethan  Gladwyn  photo Bethan  Gladwyn
 Richard Green  photo Richard Green
 Andrew Harding  photo Andrew Harding
 Mark Harvey  photo Mark Harvey
 Peter Hurn  photo Peter Hurn
 Martin Jones  photo Martin Jones
 Gerallt Jones  photo Gerallt Jones
 Alun Jones  photo Alun Jones
 Roman Kubiak  photo Roman Kubiak
 Richard Locke  photo Richard Locke
 Richard Macphail  photo Richard Macphail
 Dominic Marshall  photo Dominic Marshall
 Robert Morgan  photo Robert Morgan
 Gwen Morgan-Evans  photo Gwen Morgan-Evans
 Caroline O’Flaherty  photo Caroline O’Flaherty
 Robert  Phillips  photo Robert  Phillips
 Louise  Price  photo Louise  Price
 Ioan Prydderch  photo Ioan Prydderch
 Mari Rosser  photo Mari Rosser
 Cari Sowden-Taylor  photo Cari Sowden-Taylor
 Neil Stockdale  photo Neil Stockdale
 Matthew Tossell  photo Matthew Tossell
 Aled  Walters  photo Aled  Walters
 Stephen Webber  photo Stephen Webber
Number of UK partners : 63
Number of other UK fee-earners : 366
Total staff : 686