Martin Jones > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Hugh James
Two Central Square
CF10 1FS

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As the Head of the Regulatory Department, Martin acts in a wide-range of regulatory crime and professional regulation matters. Martin has built up over 20 years of experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge.

He leads the firm’s cross-departmental alcohol and gaming licensing teams. Additionally Martin manages the teams providing a range of outsourced services to local authorities, including court representation of local authorities Adult and Children’s Services Departments.

Martin has a wealth of specialist knowledge in the fields of regulatory crime and compliance. With vast experience in fraud, money laundering and financial regulation matters, Martin has dealt with numerous high-value cases, some concerning fraud valued in excess of £100 million.

For six years, Martin worked as a Health and Safety solicitor agent. Having advised in criminal health and safety matters throughout his career, he has worked in cases of the utmost gravity, including those arising from multiple-fatalities and disease outbreak.

In addition to his defence and advisory practice, he prosecutes on behalf of local authorities and the Welsh Government in health and safety related matters. Complementing his health and safety work, Martin has substantial coronial law experience, appearing in inquests throughout England and Wales for individuals, companies, the Welsh Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The firm’s gambling licensing practice has grown considerably over recent years. Within this area, Martin advises operators on licensing issues of all types. This includes assisting clients in obtaining licences from the Gambling Commission and advising operators on compliance with their on-going obligations under Licensing Conditions and Codes of Practice. Within alcohol licensing, Martin specialises in contested matters.

Dealing with Professional Regulation matters on behalf of regulators and regulated individuals, Martin is very familiar with all three roles. That is, advising the regulatory panel or committee, presenting the case for the regulator and presenting the case for the regulated individual. For more than 10 years, Martin has been the lead legal advisor to the regulatory panel of Social Care Wales.


Qualified 1996; Bawtree and Sons for five years; Hugh James senior associate and then a partner. He also provides training regularly. Currently offering training on corporate manslaughter and the Proceeds of Crime Act.




  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Children’s Panel member
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (associate member)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association


Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest; Keele University (1993 Law & English Literature 2(1)); College of Law, Chester (1994 LPC).


A keen runner (distance), cyclist and hill-walker. Enjoys Welsh rugby and English cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Employment > Health and safety

Led by Martin Jones , Hugh James‘very knowledgeable’ regulatory team has a particularly strong reputation on the prosecution front. In this regard, although the firm also handles a considerable amount of work for Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, it is perhaps best-known for its niche expertise in relation to fire safety law – an area that Justin Davies has a market-leading reputation. On the defendant side, Jones handles a considerable amount of training for clients from a risk management perspective and also has expertise defending clients subject to workplace fatalities.

Wales > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

While it differs from many of the other ranked firms, in that it does not operate a traditional crime/fraud practice, under the umbrella of its regulatory practice, which is led by Martin Jones , Hugh James handles a considerable volume of regulatory and business crime matters, as well as professional regulatory mandates. Although it does handle some defence matters for a number of the firm’s larger commercial clients, much of the work is on the prosecution side. In this context, senior associate Justin Davies has a particular specialism in fire safety law and regularly handles the advocacy himself by dint of his higher rights of audience qualifications. Davies has also developed niche expertise in prosecutions brought by the Welsh government relating to breaches of UK, Welsh and European fisheries legislation.

Wales > Public sector

Public sector-related work has been pivotal to Hugh James‘ strategy since its formation over 25 years ago and it has consequently gained an excellent insight into the requirements of a myriad central/local authorities, as well as third sector entities. This expertise was recently underscored by the firm’s strong showing across the various NPS lots, including gaining a coveted spot as one of the firm’s specifically acting for the Welsh Government.  Ioan Prydderch and Martin Jones  co-head the multidisciplinary team which includes senior associate Justin Davies, who has a market-leading reputation advising on fire safety law and continues to represent South Wales Fire & Rescue Service on enforcement matters.

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.