Richard Locke > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Hugh James
Two Central Square
CF10 1FS

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Richard is a Partner and an elected partner on the firm’s board of management. He is also Group Head of the ever expanding dispute resolution team at Hugh James. He conducts major commercial disputes frequently with an international flavour including commercial claims, mining disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious IT disputes, injunctive relief and insolvency.

Recent cases include; multi million pound international commercial contract dispute, advised on a complex multi million pound government agency IT dispute, recently successfully settled a commercial contract dispute for a waste management company against a local authority LAWDAC, regularly obtains interlocutory injunctive relief for some clients and headed a recent claim against a well known boxing promoter on behalf of the Millennium Stadium Plc. Richard is also an ADR Group accredited mediator.


Trained Hugh James; qualified 2000; partner 2007.




Accredited mediator.


Cardiff University (2(1) Hons); Cardiff Law School (LPC).


Salmon fishing, cricket and rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

(Leading individuals)

Richard LockeHugh James

Led by the ‘first-rate’ Richard Locke, Hugh James provides ‘really strong commercial advice’ on behalf of regional and national public and private sector clients across the panoply of high-stakes commercial disputes. Locke’s own practice, which frequently transcends disputes specific to the region and regularly includes cross-border facets, is emblematic of the scope of the team’s overarching disputes offering, ranging as it does from shareholder litigation and IT disputes, through to professional negligence and mining disputes. The ‘exceptionally cleverTracey Singlehurst-Wardcombines very strong legal ability and intelligence with an excellent strategic approach‘, particularly in the context of IP, media and sports-related disputes. ‘Hugely bright and incredibly hardworking’ senior associate Abigail Flanagan regularly takes the lead on complex litigation involving injunctive relief and is also noted for her pensions and professional negligence prowess.

Wales > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Led by corporate partner Gerallt Jones  and drawing upon the expertise of lawyers from across a number of the firm’s business services practice areas, Hugh James‘ multidisciplinary team handles a range of work for professional bodies and sports clubs. Jones is the relationship partner for longstanding client Welsh Rugby Union, with recent work including advice to it on  its collaboration with Celtic Manor on the Parkgate Cardiff, the city’s premier luxury hotel which opened in November 2021. Litigation head Richard Locke is adept at handling sports-related disputes including for rugby players in disciplinary hearings subsequent to dangerous play.

Wales > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Leading individuals)

Richard LockeHugh James

Professional negligent claimant work (for individuals, corporates and public sector clients) forms a central part of the work of Hugh James‘ highly rated commercial disputes team, which is led by Richard Locke. As well as handling an eclectic mix of domestic litigation, including claims against solicitors, surveyors and accountancy firms, the team has developed an excellent reputation handling cross-border group action claims. This is exemplified by its ongoing work for various Kenyan nationals (which were involved in the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s) in bringing a claim against their former solicitors which they argued were negligent when representing them in the original action against the UK Government. Kevin O’Brien is involved in the case alongside Locke, and his recruitment from JCP Solicitors in May 2021 has substantially enhanced the firm’s credentials in cases against solicitors and surveyors. ‘Very bright and hardworking’ senior associate Abigail Flanagan is also a key member of team.