Aled Walters > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Hugh James
Two Central Square
CF10 1FS

Work Department

Corperate and Commercial | TMT | Media and Entertainment 


Aled is a partner and is head of the commercial team. Aled has particular expertise within the gaming, tech and media sector having worked in-house at major broadcaster S4C. Aled is also head of the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) team.

Aled advises on corporate and commercial matters, often advising on complex and high-value commercial agreements. He has significant experience advising on complex contracts and deals with a multi-jurisdictional dimension. Aled has advised some of the largest media gaming, gambling and betting businesses in the world including Novomatic, Greentube and Avanti. He is widely recognised internationally for his work and is ranked as a ‘Leader in his field’ in legal directories.

Aled leads a team which established itself as leading legal advisors for the gaming, TV and Media industry across the UK.

Aled takes an active role in the media industries outside of Hugh James. This includes being a member of the Royal Television Society and he is also a Professional Member of Pact. He is also a semi-professional musician.

As a fluent Welsh speaker, Aled is heavily involved in the promotion of Welsh heritage and language acting as a Trustee and Honorary Counsel for Urdd Gobaith Cymru and a Trustee for Menter Caerdydd, both companies promote the use of the Welsh language.

Aled is also a Director at the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales; a festival that annually celebrates the culture and language of Wales through music, dance, visual arts and literature.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

(Leading individuals)

Aled WaltersHugh James

Hugh James is well-versed at handling a range of media and entertainment work, including advice on contracts and rights issues, as well as in the context of corporate and financing transactions in the sector. Himself formerly head of legal at S4C, team head Aled Walters  has an excellent understanding of the commercial and legal needs of media clients and is regularly instructed by tv production companies to negotiate and draft commercial contracts, including on production and rights agreements.

Wales > Corporate and commercial

(Leading individuals)

Aled WaltersHugh James

Benefiting from ‘good regional resources‘, Hugh James has developed excellent ties with domestic businesses from across a range of industry sectors, and is consequently regularly instructed on significant M&A transactions, including a number of recent sell-side mandates to international purchasers. ‘Commercial and pragmatic‘ team head Gerallt Jones  is a ‘consummate professional‘, who has vast experience in the market not only on domestic M&A mandates but also ones with a cross-border element. Formerly head of legal at S4C, Aled Walters  has significant media and gaming industry knowledge, ensuring that he is particularly well-placed to advise on commercial contraccts-related work for clients in those sectors. Greg Williams is also recommended and is noted for his M&A experience in the healthcare sector.


Wales > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Benefiting from ‘huge IP expertise’ across a number of Hugh James‘ practice groups, including corporate/commercial and litigation, provides ‘clear and concise’ advice to a range IP-rich clients from the gaming, sport and fintech sectors. Formerly in-house at Welsh broadcaster S4C, team head Aled Walters  has a ‘deep understanding‘ of IP and rights-related issues impacting media clients, in particular. ‘Affable and tactically astute’ commercial litigator Tracey Singlehurst-Ward is a key contact for clients engaged in IP disputes and has a strong track record in relation to copyright and trade mark infringements, breach of confidence and passing off.

London > Transport > Rail

(Firms to watch)

Spearheaded by Aled Walters the team at Hugh James is praised for taking a ‘collaborative approach’ and for ‘working proactively to find a solution that works for all parties whilst ensuring that its client is protected’.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

The Cardiff-based licensing team at Hugh James handles the full range of alcohol, entertainment, and gambling licensing matters. Additionally, the team has particular expertise in large-scale licensing of festivals and stadia and licensing appeals. Practice head Martin Jones regularly advises on complex music festival and club licenses, as well as undertaking advocacy before licensing sub-committees and appeal courts. Aled Walters supports Jones on gambling licensing matters, and has experience with reviewing licensing documentation for prospective M&A transactions.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting

Working between the firm’s Cardiff headquarters and London, the team at Hugh James is highly skilled at handling complex online and land-based matters with a particular focus on sports betting and regulatory work. Commercial head Aled Walters leads the team with significant expertise in advising on M&A transactions and high-value IP licensing issues in the gaming sector. Martin Jones heads the regulatory department, advising on gambling licensing issues and enforcement procedures by the Gambling Commission. Neil Paramore recently joined the team as a consultant, having previously held the role of CFO at Novomatic.