Caroline O'Flaherty > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Hugh James
Two Central Square
CF10 1FS

Work Department

Commercial Property/Real Estate


As a Partner in the Commercial Property team, Caroline O’Flaherty, specialises in acquisitions, disposals, property development and finance.

Working across a variety of sectors, from office, retail, and industrial to leisure, Caroline has particular expertise in property portfolio management and leasing work.

Highly experienced in all aspects of commercial property and development, Caroline frequently advises on complex, high value acquisitions. A significant player in the housing association sector, she advises clients such as Stonewater Ltd, Pobl Group, Linc Cymru Housing Association and Curo Group on urban regeneration, extra care and mixed use developments. She has recently been recognised for her outstanding work in the sector, winning the title of ‘Consultant of the Year’ at the National Women in Housing Awards, in October 2018.

Caroline regularly advises educational institutions and has advised Cardiff University, since 2000, on its estate portfolio. More recently this included advising on the landmark re-development of the University’s Centre for Student Life. She works closely with Coleg Gwent and is heavily involved in their new Newport Information Quarter and Torfaen Learning Zone.

Other notable projects include the Wales Millennium Centre, a major regeneration site at Old Town Dock Newport and Mulberry Park – a multi-million pound redevelopment of a former MOD site in Bath.

Caroline also frequently speaks at Community Housing Cymru (CHC) conferences.


Trained: Geldards LLP Cardiff; Qualified 1998; Partner at Hugh James: 2012


Steering Committee of the Cardiff Capital Region Business Organisation


Queen’s University of Belfast (LLB); College of Law, York

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Real estate > Social housing

(Leading individuals)

Caroline O’FlahertyHugh James

Social housing work is one of the core strands of Hugh James‘ business services offering and work for a huge number of Wales and England-based RSLs permeates throughout different practice areas within the firm, including commercial property, construction and employment. Team head Richard Macphail  specialises in development matters and continues to represent key client Pobl in relation to an innovative mixed use development, providing affordable new homes and workspace alongside a community urban farm. Caroline O’Flaherty is also a key member of the team and advises a number of high profile multimillion-pound regeneration schemes within the sector. Associate Bethan Gladwyn heads up the firm’s housing management team and is particularly well-versed in assisting RSLs and local authorities in measures to combat nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Wales > Real estate > Commercial property

(Leading individuals)

Caroline O’FlahertyHugh James

Hugh James‘ ten-partner team has the strength-in-depth and bandwidth to handle a tremendous range and volume of mandates for public/third sector and private sector clients, including a number of longstanding institutional clients of the firm such as Celtic Manor Resorts and WRU. As well as his niche expertise on renewables-related property work, experienced team head Peter Hurn  continues to be extremely active in the residential development space as a result of his strong ties with a number of well-established housebuilders. In the third sector, social housing remains a core strength of the practice with a large roster of RSLs continuing to rely on the practice for all of their property needs, including on disposals, acquisitions and city regeneration schemes. Notably this side of the practice has also enhanced the residential development work with notable influx of home builders which have been spun out of the social housing sector. Caroline O’Flaherty  remains instrumental to work in the social housing space, work which she combines with a particularly strong offering in the education sector.