Martin Jones > Hugh James > Cardiff, > 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 > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

Somewhat of an anomaly in the ranking, Hugh James largely focuses on regulatory and business crime matters, as opposed to conventional crime and fraud. In this context, while it does handle some defence work for existing corporate clients of the firm, the focus remains on prosecution matters for public sector clients including local authorities and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Justin Davies handles much of this and is best-known for his representation of the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service on its fire safety prosecution work, an area that he conducts  his own advocacy. Regulatory head Martin Jones  is the key contact for defence work, including in the context of fraud, money laundering and financial regulation matters.

Wales > Employment > Health and safety

Hugh Jamesgets to grips quickly with a large and diverse range of work’, both on the prosecution and defence front. Combining specialist knowledge in regulatory and health and safety work ‘with an affable and charming manner that clients find to be reassuring’, senior associate Justin Davies is the key contact and has developed a market leading reputation in relation to fire safety law matters. His specialism in this area sees him handling high-profile prosecutions for numerous fire and rescue authorities, often handling the advocacy himself. Martin Jones  heads up the overarching regulatory practice and has substantial coronial law experience, appearing in inquests throughout the UK where health and safety issues are at the forefront.

Wales > Public sector

Drawing upon a ‘strong collaborative working’ arrangement, both from within the firm (across a range of practice areas), as well as with the instructing clients, Hugh James provides ‘highly knowledgeable expert advice’ to central and local government, education and healthcare providers. Regulatory advice informs much of the firm’s workflow, with ‘consummate professional’ Martin Jones particularly noted for his social care expertise, where he combines an ‘authoritative approach with humility and pragmatism’ for local authorities in relation to safeguarding matters. Jones is also adept at representing non-police prosecutors throughout Wales and England, as is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ senior associate Justin Davies, who ‘has built a unique practice in regulatory work and in particular fire safety prosecutions’. The firm is also engaged in a significant amount of property-related public sector mandates, including Caroline O’Flaherty‘s work for Welsh and English registered social landlords, and construction partner Ioan Prydderch‘s regular engagements on contentious and non-contentious matters for core firmwide clients including Natural Resources Wales.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting

The gaming, betting and licensing team at Hugh James is well regarded for its IP licensing, and sports betting and licensing work. Engaged by both land-based and online clients, the unit is also equipped to handle an array of domestic and international commercial, regulatory and compliance work across. Practice head Aled Walters, who divides his time between Cardiff and London, is active across business purchase agreements in foreign jurisdictions.  Cardiff-based Martin Jones  is well acquainted with matters involving anti-money laundering regulations.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

Based in Cardiff, Martin Jones serves as the lead partner at the Hugh James team, drawing on over 20 years’ experience in alcohol and gambling licensing matters – both contentious and non-contentious. He regularly undertakes advocacy before licensing sub-committees and advises on large-scale applications to licence festivals, pub and club applications.