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Hugh James A top 100 UK law firm offering a full range of legal services. With more than 60 years' experience and 620 staff members, we have the expertise to deliver a service you can trust. We'd love to talk to you about how we can help. Our lawyers will take the time to understand what you want to achieve and will work tirelessly to help achieve the result you want.

Hugh James is a full service top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cardiff and London. We provide expert legal services to a vast range of clients from businesses, individuals and banks to public sector organisations, property companies, education establishments and utilities providers. We realise that businesses not only want a lawyer who can give them expert legal advice but also someone who truly understands the issues they face.

Our teams of top-quality lawyers provide a full service to businesses on transactional, advisory and dispute resolution matters. We use our professional and friendly approach to support our clients with legal advice during the most significant events in their lives.
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read more › Hugh James is a top 100 UK law firm with offices in Cardiff, London and Southampton. The firm has grown from humble beginnings in 1960 to become a leading law firm, servicing a vast range of clients across the UK and overseas. Although our workforce has grown to more than 500, we have retained and nurtured a unique culture which is based on hard work, exceptional talent, ambition, empathy, innovation and good humour. It is those qualities that have helped us grow the business to where we stand today.

read more › As a large employer and successful business we take our responsibilities to supporting the communities in which our staff and clients work and live very seriously. However, our staff undertake a vast amount of voluntary work not because they have to, but because they want to. All of our teams are given time off work each year to support a voluntary initiative of their choice. Some choose to support initiatives coordinated by the firm and others choose projects where they have a personal attachment.

read more › The firm's headquarters is located at Two Central Square in Cardiff. Central Square is Wales' premier office location in the burgeoning business district of Cardiff. The office provides a premium environment for clients and staff alike with a dedicated client floor where we welcome visitors and host events. The office is located in the city centre and benefits from its close proximity to Cardiff Central railway station as well as other transport routes including Cardiff Airport. Our headquarters in Cardiff has recently won 'Best Corporate Workplace' for the South of England and South Wales at the prestigious BCO (British Council for Offices) awards.

read more › Established in 2007, Legal Network has assisted hundreds of law firms to retain their clients by offering expert legal advice in areas they do not practice in, or are unable to due to conflict. In return, we offer up to 10% fee share on our paid legal fees and a commitment that we will not poach, cross-sell or market our services to our member firms clients. Helen is responsible for the overall management of Legal Network including its relationships with its member firms, seminars and training, the buying group and future initiatives such as value added services.

read more › A trust corporation is a company which can hold assets in England and Wales as well as abroad, as defined by s68(18) of the Trustee Act 1925. Trust corporations can act as, amongst other things, executors and trustees, attorneys and deputies. Hugh James Trust Corporation Limited is wholly owned by the partners of Hugh James. It is non-trading and does not have any employees. Hugh James Trust Corporation Limited does not undertake any work itself but, rather, instructs Hugh James to undertake on its behalf any work which it is required to undertake in matters where it is appointed.

read more › Our sister company, Involegal, provides outsourced volume legal solutions to the financial services sector. Involegal is wholly owned by the equity partners of Hugh James and the firm acts for a wide range of high street banks and building societies. Unlike a conventional law firm, Involegal employs a broad spectrum of professional, processing and customer service skills, alongside traditional legal roles. Matthew is responsible for the strategic management and development of volume remortgage services.

read more › We work tirelessly to understand how your business works, how you like to work and what you want to achieve. We realise that businesses not only want a lawyer who can give them expert legal advice but also someone who truly understands the issues they face. Our teams of top-quality lawyers provide a full service to businesses on transactional, advisory and dispute resolution matters. We work with a range of clients from entrepreneurs to leading regional businesses and large national and international companies.

read more › Our multi-disciplinary team delivers bespoke and flexible solutions advising on a whole range of financing transactions, from basic secured and unsecured lending to drafting and negotiating complex syndicated loan facilities. The team regularly advises on acquisition finance, refinancing existing facilities, development loans, intercompany loans, revolving credit facilities and intercreditor issues. We have an insight and appreciation of the commercial needs of our clients, We take pride in the quality and speed of delivery of our advice, our innovative, practical solutions and, most importantly, our commercial awareness.

read more › Our commercial property team delivers focused strategic advice to a wide range of clients. We are at the forefront of commercial property development, working with a broad range of developers, investors and portfolio occupiers. The team inspires clients' loyalty by delivering a personal cost-effective service that is partner led. Our clients value us for the blend of technical expertise, pragmatic advice and quality of service that we deliver. Our experience includes site acquisitions and disposals, contract and lease negotiation, strategic property portfolio advice and industry expertise.

read more › Competition law and the impact of non-compliance is a challenging, complex area, but an essential one to ensure that businesses compete fairly with each other. Our competition law team advise a broad range of clients in this area, providing clear commercial advice on a wide range of competition law matters. We have particular expertise in guiding companies through M&A transactions, which may or may not be anti-competitive. Our specialist team regularly advise clients on various aspects of competition law, including anti-competitive agreements, commercial agreements and strategy, joint agreements, compliance programmes, merger control and subsidy control.

read more › Our specialist corporate lawyers provide high-quality, commercially-astute legal support to assist businesses like yours in achieving your key objectives. The corporate team draws on its vast experience in a broad range of sectors, both domestic and international, and works closely with other transactional specialists at Hugh James to provide a seamless premium quality service. We work hard to ensure we have a thorough understanding of our clients' business which allows us to be proactive, commercial and innovative.

read more › The dispute resolution department at Hugh James is ranked by both Chambers and Legal 500 directories as one of the premier litigation departments in Wales and beyond year on year. The department provides cost-effective and commercially savvy legal advice to clients across a wide spectrum of commercial disputes. The disputes team has a breadth of experience across all types of commercial disputes acting for individuals and sole-traders up to, and including multi-national organisations. Richard Locke's team is renowned for its commercial approach to disputes and has a proven track record of successfully acting in multi-million-pound disputes.

read more › Faced with the ever-increasing burden of legislation, meeting a company's health and safety requirements is a daunting task for directors and managers. Our specialist health and safety solicitors have advised across a full spectrum of health and safety cases. Operating throughout England and Wales, we have extensive experience in diverse sectors including construction, transport, farming, quarrying, leisure and residential care. We also advise on preventative measures, such as the drafting of health and safety documentation or explanation of the application of new legislation on particular business sectors.

read more › Our information law team provides advice to the public and private sectors on data protection, freedom of information and environmental information matters. When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force it was the biggest shake-up in data protection and privacy law in a generation. The requirements of the GDPR have since been enshrined in UK law in the Data Protection Act 2018 which will be unaffected by the UK leaving the EU. With the advent of ever more developed technological solutions in our day to day lives, data protection will remain of critical importance to any business, public authority, third sector organisation or social enterprise collecting, storing and using the personal data of EU residents.

read more › Our partner-led team of insolvency solicitors have considerable experience in this field. We act for a variety of clients nationally and internationally including licensed insolvency practitioners, banks, asset based lenders, businesses and individuals. Our insolvency team is multi-disciplinary and vastly experienced in advising banks, businesses and insolvency practitioners in all aspects of insolvency. We have been providing legal advice and assistance to insolvency practitioners and financial institutions for over 25 years.

read more › We have over 40 years' experience working for the insurance industry and offer a comprehensive claims service. We have developed particular expertise working for the retail industry, public utilities, local authorities and the transport sector. Our work covers both pre-litigated and litigated matters and ranges from low value to multi-million pound catastrophic injury claims. We can provide a suite of reports bespoke to your needs which we are happy to agree. By providing you with this information we can help you identify areas of risk for your business and offer solutions as to how to reduce and best manage your claims spend.

read more › Intellectual property can be one of the most important assets a business has. Getting the right advice at the right time is vital to make sure your IP assets are identified and protected, and that they remain protected. Our specialist team provide commercially sound, practical advice to help identify, develop, protect, manage and exploit intellectual property. We offer intellectual property audits and advice on portfolio management to assist businesses in assessing their risks and assets, and advice on how to make the most of these.

read more › Our professional negligence claims solicitors are experienced in successfully bringing claims against many different professions. If you feel that a professional has been negligent, contact us today so we can advise you on whether you have a claim and whether we can help you to recover any losses you may have suffered. Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out his or her duties to the required standard of care; this may result in a claim brought by a client, or, in certain circumstances the professional may be found to owe specific duties to third parties.

read more › Our team has an extensive portfolio of project work, which includes many significant developments within the last few years including multi-million pound public private partnership (PPP) / private finance initiative (PFI) projects and Wales' first-ever Mutual Investment Model (MIM) scheme, with a proven track record of successfully advising on all stages of the project. Our clients benefit from our thorough knowledge of devolved legislation and cross-border expertise. Our experts can support you from start to finish on your projects, from initial planning and construction contracts to development finance and funding models.

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