Andrew Harding > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile
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Catastrophic injury department/neurolaw unit.
Andrew is head of the firm’s Neurolaw Department covering brain and spinal injuries and Court of Protection deputyship. Andrew established the firm’s dedicated Brain Injury Unit in 1998 and has over 30 years’ experience representing the survivors of catastrophic injury. He is responsible for the growth and development of the unit into a national multidisciplinary specialist department. He has been ranked as a leader in the field of personal injury and ranked in the top tiers in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal guides. Andrew has also recently been named in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame; this recognises him as a leader in his field and consistently receiving praise from his clients. Andrew and those in his team place a heavy emphasis on rehabilitation and achieving best outcome working closely with clinicians and the third sector.
The department includes a unique specialist Court of Protection team providing professional deputy input to those who have recovered damages following brain injury. Andrew leads the team which represents the interests of those who have suffered acquired brain or spinal cord injury, and their families and carers, with continued support and input provided post settlement in the professional deputyship service provided. Andrew is currently personally appointed as deputy to more than 115 individuals who are unable to make financial decisions for themselves following acquired brain injury.
As a result of his involvement and the experience gained from representing those who have suffered acquired brain injury, Andrew has been invited to sit on NHS Steering groups and committees reviewing rehabilitation services in Wales and establishing community based rehabilitation teams.
Andrew has been instrumental in the establishment and development of Headway – The Brain Injury Association in South Wales and has been Chairman of Headway Cardiff and South East Wales since its incorporation. Andrew is also a member of the Board of Headway UK. He was also instrumental in establishing the Child Brain Injury Trust Cymru and the South Wales Acquired Brain Injury Forum.
Andrew was an invited member of the Court of Protection Receivers Forum prior to the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and is a member of the Court of Protection Court User Group. He has this year worked to establish the Court of Protection Practitioners Association Cymru where he is Vice Chair.
Andrew was appointed as Recorder sitting on the Wales and Chester Circuit in 2001 and is regularly instructed to provide expert witness evidence in relation to the Court of Protection and deputyship costs in litigated cases due to his national reputation in this field.
Spent professional career at Hugh James, becoming a partner in 1987. Andrew initially specialised in criminal law and in particular fraud, as well as personal injury work. He later developed a significant strength and expertise in the niche areas of brain injury and court of protection. These areas of work took precedence and in 1998 he established the firm’s multidisciplinary brain injury unit. Appointed Recorder Wales and Chester Circuit in 2002. Current directorships: Director Headway UK, Headway Cardiff (chairman).
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; American Association for Justice; Australian Lawyers Alliance; British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers; Office of the Public Guardian Professional Deputy Panel; Court of Protection Court Users Group.
St Illtyds College Cardiff; University College Cardiff (1981 LLB); Guildford College of Law (1982 solicitors Finals).
Sport – football and rugby (now only as spectator), running, skiing, swimming etc. Member of Cardiff RFC, Cardiff Academicals FC, David Lloyd Club Cardiff. Family takes up great deal of time, as does involvement in charities working in the field of brain injury, serving on boards and attending events.
Hugh James has a multifaceted team that has brain injury legal experts, a qualified social worker and an accountant. The professional deputyship team deals solely with high-value and complex cases that arise from damages claims. The work ranges from overseeing the direct employment of care teams to the investment of funds and managing home adaptions. Under the leadership of Andrew Harding it currently manages the affairs of 179 individuals, including 142 deputyships and 37 trusts with total assets (including property and large investment portfolios) exceeding £175m. It has a ‘high degree of knowledge and experience. The team has a good understanding of clients’ issues and offers an individual and personal service to each client‘.
Claimant clinical negligence and personal injury are core areas of focus for Hugh James and with over 30 partners specialising across both areas, the firm has the strength-in-depth to be able to handle a tremendous volume and range of work. The size of the team also affords it the luxury of allowing practitioners to develop niche specialisms and thereby to very effectively resource matters utilising with true market experts. Richard Green and Lucy Strong are both ‘calm and caring‘ and are key members of the firm’s industry leading asbestos team that continues to provide ‘reliable and holistic support to their clients with life limiting asbestos-related cancer’. Kathryn Singh has ‘considerable experience in group litigation‘ and continues to work tirelessly for clients seeking compensation for personal injury caused by industrial disease. Mark Harvey heads up the specialist personal injury group, within which his work encompasses product liability matters, as well as a niche expertise in travel-related claims. Simon Ellis has a national profile as a market-leader in the military claims sector, earned as a result of numerous high-profile victories, including a notable success in a case against the MOD (Inglis v MOD), which has opened the floodgates to other noise induced hearing loss claims. Cari Sowden-Taylor is ‘unflappable and emotionally intelligent‘, traits which are both particularly useful when representing clients who have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries. The ‘very able and intelligent‘ Ciaran McCabe is also vastly experienced at handling catastrophic personal injury matters, and is lauded for his eagernes to ‘tenaciously fight his client’s corner from start to finish’. The ‘immensely experienced‘ Mari Rosser leads the firm’s ‘consistently excellent‘ clinical negligence team which excels in handling cases of the utmost severity and is complemented by the ability to provide important ancillary services to clients, including a Court of Protection service which is led by neuro law expert Andrew Harding. The ‘pragmatic and determined‘ Rhian Parsons has vast experience at handling high-value clinical negligence claims and is appreciated for her ‘excellent judgement when it comes to deciding how far to take a claim (up to and including trial).’ Sarah Davies is an ‘extremely efficient and effective negotiator‘ for clients seeking recourse across a range of serious clinical negligence cases, including a specialism in orthopaedic claims. Stephen Webber is an ‘absolute leader in the field‘ across a myriad high-value medical negligence cases including cerebral palsy and spinal injuries. Katie McCraith is also recommended at a partner level, while ‘very clever and energetic‘ senior associate 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 delay in diagnosing meningitis.
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