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Hugh James

Work 020 7936 3453
Fax 020 7936 3437
Cardiff, LONDON

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 3

Hugh James

Hugh James handles both online and land-based gambling matters, with a particular technical expertise within sports betting and licensing. The firm also advises on anti-money laundering measures and dispute resolution, as well as regulations concerning software development and IT protection. Cardiff-based practice head Aled Walters has experience in advising high-profile gaming companies on corporate and commercial issues such as M&A transactions and on IP licensing.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters

Key Clients


Big Wave Gaming


Raffle House


Double Diamond Gaming

Rock ‘N Rolla Management

iBet Group

Guess the time


Depot Warehouse

Eclipse Competitions

Work highlights

  • Drafting and negotiating the licence of Amelco’s sports betting platform to Intralot
  • Advising iBet Group on an application for a remote betting intermediary licence
  • Advising Rock ‘N Rolla Management on an application for a remote casino licence
  • Advised Eclipse Competitions on how its online competitions could be operated in compliance with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005
  • Advised ioSport Group on the obtainment of remote betting host and remote gambling software licences

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Hugh James

Hugh James has developed a solid clinical negligence department in London, which covers a broad spectrum of high value claims, including those arising from obstetric negligence, surgical errors, fatal accidents and missed diagnosis. Led by the 'simply brilliant' Grainne Barton, the practice has witnessed a growth in inquest representation alongside the usual medical negligence litigation. Lynda Reynolds leads on inquest work and subsequent civil claims, while still offering assistance to Barton in multi-million pound cases. The team is also active advising on matters involving stillbirth claims, cauda equina syndrome as well as cerebral palsy.

Practice head(s):Grainne Barton

Other key lawyers:Lynda Reynolds; Helen Neville; Sophie Jones


'Hugh James is a highly professional firm inspiring confidence to attract clients to use their services. Navigating a clinical negligence claim requires sensitivity, competence and professionalism which Hugh James provided for us to make informed decisions.'

'Extremely cohesive team with experienced practitioners and a real 'down to earth' approach.'

'The team in London led by Grainne Barton are hard-working, exceptionally compassionate and caring with their clients. They are not motivated by lining their own pockets but getting the best results for their clients.'

'Grainne Barton is an extremely caring and compassionate lawyer. While she is technically very able she is also very sensible and pragmatic and looks to get the best results for her clients.'

'Lynda Reynolds continues to shine. She is a highly effective litigator and absolutely tireless on her clients' behalf. She is highly skilled and energetic and clients benefit also from the knowledge she has from her previous experience in intensive care nursing.'

'Sophie Jones is incredibly professional, compassionate and proactive in her approach dealing with cases.'

Leading individuals

Grainne Barton - Hugh James

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Product liability: claimant
Product liability: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Hugh James

The product liability practice at Hugh James has a strong track record representing claimants, particularly in claims relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. Team head Mark Harvey has an excellent reputation in the industry and is regularly involved in individual or group actions. He acts as the lead solicitor in the PIP breast implant litigation, in which multiple settlements have been reached. Chartered legal executive Pauline Roberts is experienced in multi-party litigation in the life sciences sphere. Senior associate Carlos Land combines criminal law and civil litigation experience. The team is based in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):Mark Harvey

Other key lawyers:Pauline Roberts; Carlos Land


'The team at Hugh James undertakes work of the utmost complexity in this field. They have the strength-in-depth to be able to take on litigation of any size, from single claims to complex, multi-party medical product litigation'.

'Mark Harvey is a complete master in the field; he combines legal knowledge, sound tactical skills and good judgement'.

'Mark Harvey is excellent and the person you would want running your product case'.

'Pauline Roberts is hardworking and very knowledgeable. She has superb client skills and the talent to find 'the something' that can make the difference in the mass of disclosure that often accompanies major litigation in this field'.

Work highlights

  • Representing clients at the pre-litigation stage in product liability and cross-jurisdictional border claims against Schaeffler and Airbus in regard to the Norwegian Super Puma Helicopter Crash.
  • Pursuing breach of contract claims against clinics that sold women Allergan-textured breast implants, which allegedly caused the lymphoma BIA-ALCL.
  • Obtained £2m in recovery in the PIP breast implant class action.
  • The firm, in conjunction with other claimant firms, is pursuing multiple cases seeking personal injury compensation under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 for the premature failure of Zimmer hips.
  • Acted in an against manufacturer DePuy, involving 342 claimants, regarding claims concerning the early failure of metal-on-metal hip prostheses.
Leading individuals

Mark Harvey - Hugh James

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Hugh James

Hugh James has a unique offering with a multifaceted team consisting of brain injury lawyers, a qualified social worker as well as an accountant. The professional deputyship team deals with high-value complex cases arising from damages claims. The work that the team does extends to overseeing the direct employment of care teams, the purchase of property through to other issues such as the investment of funds to provide care during a client’s lifetime. It currently manages the affairs of 173 individuals with total assets exceeding £175m. Head of team Andrew Harding is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Andrew Harding

Other key lawyers:Robert Hurling; Kate Coles; Joy Davies


'The team has a thorough knowledge of its clients and the difficulties they encounter, involving them in financial decisions whenever possible whilst ensuring their affairs are carefully managed'.

'The team is one of the leaders in the field of brain injury COP work on the financial side'.

'Hugh James was like a breath of fresh air and always answered my questions straight away or rang me back with the answer in a timely fashion'.

'Andrew Harding is knowledgeable and takes a very fair view about costs. He understands the special nature of the work and the fact that clients in this area of work are vulnerable. He cares'.

'Andrew Harding continues to be a stand-out deputy with exceptional support from Kate Coles'.

'Robert Hurling is approachable and very quick to respond to queries'.

'Joy Davies is very responsive and shows excellent attention to detail'.

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London: Transport

Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 4

Hugh James

Based across its London and Cardiff offices, Hugh James' overseas accidents team represents claimants in travel litigation.  Katherine Allen is a 'well respected and likeable practitioner in the field of travel law and international injury' and handles a range of matters including package holiday claims, aviation accidents and cruise ship accidents. Allen is also noted for her expertise in serious brain and spinal injury claims and is experienced in jurisdiction and applicable law issues. Senior associate Rebecca Gilmore is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):Katherine Allen

Other key lawyers:Mark Harvey; Rebecca Gilmore


Responses are always speedy.

Katherine Allen is prepared to go the extra mile.

Leading individuals

Katherine Allen - Hugh James

Rising stars

Rebecca Gilmore - Hugh James

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