Mark Harvey > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Hugh James
Two Central Square
CF10 1FS

Work Department

Product liability/specialist personal injury.


Mark Harvey is a Partner in the claimant division. He has obtained compensation for many individual victims of common but defective consumer products as well as victims of accidents overseas and arising out of travel generally.

Mark is the court appointed lead solicitor coordinating over 1,000 claimants in a group litigation order (GLO) arising out of the recall and health alert relating to the French manufacturer’s PIP silicone breast implants. He is also the lead solicitor in the Wright Medical Conserve metal on metal hip GLO as well as a member of the claimants’ steering committees in both the Pinnacle and Zimmer metal on metal hip GLOs. He is responsible for leading claims concerning various injuries and complaints from medical devices. He negotiated a settlement protocol for patients who alleged visual problems from their cataract remedial intraocular lenses as well as obtaining compensation for one individual who complained of a defective hip prosthesis, and another who suffered injury from a piece of aircraft furniture in a first class cabin. He is currently investigating new claims relating to hearing implants and two other cataract remedial intraocular lenses complaints.

Mark has represented victims in many travel disasters, including Zeebrugge, Clapham, P&O Lifeboat accident in Cherbourg, the Maidenhead rail fire and the Ufton Nervet rail crossing accident. He was a member of the Steering Committees for both the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes. He is currently representing the passengers and driver of the Edwards’ Coaches bus crash in Switzerland who are pursuing claims against the Swiss insurers of the lorry that caused the accident.

Mark successfully concluded claims on behalf of the foreign victims of an air accident concerning four separate countries and obtained Euro compensation for the foreign victims of an explosion at sea this time involving three separate countries and their jurisdictions. He is helping British citizens with accidents they sustained in various European and African countries as well as providing expert advice to and representation of clients of lawyers from overseas jurisdictions.

He represented the first professional rugby player to successfully sue another for an incident arising from an international rugby game when he represented Wales professional forward Ricky Evans in suing Oliver Merle of France following a France versus Wales rugby game. He negotiated substantial compensation for another first class rugby player who suffered a career ending injury after losing an eye in a rugby match. He continues to lecture extensively on sports related injuries as well as harmful products and overseas accident law.

Disaster claims
Accidents abroad
Product liability
Professional negligence
Group action claims
Mark is former President of Cardiff & District Law Society, past member of the Civil Justice Council and is past secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). He is also one of the two UK Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ); Co-Chair of their International Practice Section and a Fellow of APIL. Mark was recently accredited by APIL as accidents and illnesses abroad specialist and was appointed an assessor to the same scheme.


Qualified 1990; partner Hugh James 2001. Publications of note: Jordans’ APIL Guide to Conditional Fees (1st and 2nd edition); co-editor of the APIL Guide to Costs and Funding; the chapters on Product Liability and Group Actions to the APIL Personal Injury looseleaf; the chapter on Marketing in the Law Society Civil Litigation Handbook. Member of the editorial boards of Thomson Sweet & Maxwell’s the Journal of Personal Injury Law and Kemp and Kemp on Quantum.




Fellow of APIL; UK governor (one of two) American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA); Wales’ first member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Law (PEOPIL); immediate past member of the Civil Justice Council.


Gunnersbury RC School for Boys; Guildford College of Law.


Golf, skiing, five-a-side football, wine appreciation and cookery; Cottrell Park GC.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

(Hall of Fame)

Mark HarveyHugh James

Benefiting from a ‘good range of talent across the seniority spectrum’, Hugh James has ‘the knowledge, resources and desire to achieve the best results for clients’, throughout the panoply of personal injury and clinical negligence cases, including those of the utmost severity. Although it has substantially broadened the scope of work it handles, the firm’s traditional strength in handling industrial disease work remains, with the ‘calm, effective and extremely knowledgeableKathryn Singh having an excellent success rate on behalf of factory workers (and their families), in high-profile individual actions and group actions. Richard Green has a ‘deep knowledge of asbestos litigation’, which he is able to deploy for claimants in many of the country’s most complex and high-value disputes. Lucy Strong is ‘efficient, determined and pragmatic‘ and has a flourishing reputation at handling work for mesothelioma sufferers and their families. Mark Harvey heads up the firm’s specialist personal injury offering and has a ‘wealth of knowledge‘ in relation to medical device-related product liability matters, as well as expertise in acting for victims of accidents overseas. The ‘highly experiencedAndrew Harding is a ‘renowned expert in Court of Protection work’, and leads the multidisciplinary neuro law group, which has a tremendous reputation assisting claimants and their families in the aftermath of catastrophic injuries. Simon Ellis leads the firm’s specialist military personal injury group, which has developed a market-leading UK-wide reputation through its high-profile successes for military personnel which have suffered hearing loss and cold injuries, in particular. Ciaran McCabe (who ‘cuts to the issue straight away and cannot be pushed around’) and the ‘highly committed and technically very able’ Cari-Sowden-Taylor handle more conventional personal injury matters (including RTA matters) and both have significant expertise handling complex spinal injury and brain damage cases. Stephen Webber heads up the firm’s overarching individual client services division and is ‘simply brilliant’ at handling high-value clinical negligence claims. The ‘hugely experienced, hardworking and very thorough’ Rhian Parsons and ‘very efficient’ Katie McCraith both excel in handling cases of the utmost severity, including those involving brain injuries. At an associate level, the ‘calm and courteousGareth Beard has developed a ‘wealth of expertise’, including in relation to spinal injuries; the ‘hardworking and hugely dedicated’ Rebecca Mather is ‘experienced in transforming good results at inquests into successful clinical negligence proceedings’; and Hannah Webber has developed an excellent practice as a result of her involvement in a wide array of complex and high-value cases, including bowel, spinal and brain injuries arising from both obstetric mismanagement and delays in diagnosing meningitis. Mari Rosser is also a key name for clinical negligence work.

London > Insurance > Product liability: claimant

(Hall of Fame)

Mark HarveyHugh James

The team at Hugh James specialises in product liability work relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, with a number of skilled medical practitioners to call upon. Members of the practice also have significant experience recovering compensation for defective household products. Mark Harvey leads the Cardiff-based team with over 35 years of experience representing claimants, handling some if the most significant cases in the sector. He is supported by associates Pauline Roberts, Aidan Lloyd and Carlos Land.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

The personal injury offering at Hugh James is co-led by head of specialist personal injury Mark Harvey and head of abuse claims Alan Collins. The offering is formed of multiple sub-teams, which focus on areas including personal injury, abuse, neurolaw, asbestos and military claims. The team in London has a particular focus on catastrophic and serious injury, and is ably supported by the Court of Protection sub-team. In addition, it has a strong reputation for handling claims on behalf of vulnerable clients, including those concerning such matters as child sexual abuse and the duty of care owed to claimants lacking capacity. There is also an asbestos specialism in the team; ‘extremely talented’ Mary Mulhall takes the lead in this area.

London > Transport > Travel

Hugh James‘ overseas accidents department has been representing Britons injured in foreign accidents for over 20 years. In addition to being involved in group litigation representing victims of disasters occurring in the sea, air, or by rail, they are also involved in litigation in Africa relating to torture. Co-head of the team, the ‘extremely knowledgeable’  Katherine Allen has specialised in travel litigation since 1999, with particular expertise in brain and spinal injury cases. Mark Harvey, another leader of the team, has particular expertise in dealing with product liability cases, and has been involved in a number of international claims. Senior associate Rebecca James has been commended for her ‘sound instincts for the strengths and weaknesses of a case,’ with her French language skills allowing her to excel in French jurisdiction cases.