Mark Harvey

Partner, Head of Claimant Division, Head of Harmful Products and Overseas Accidents Team

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Mark Harvey is a Partner and Head of the Claimant Division. He has obtained compensation for many individual victims of common but defective consumer products as well as victims of accidents overseas and arising out of travel generally.

Mark is the court appointed lead solicitor coordinating over 1,000 claimants in actions arising out of the recall and health alert relating to the French manufacturer’s PIP breast products. He is also responsible for leading claims concerning various injuries and complaints from medical devices including Zimmer and De Puy hip prostheses. Most recently he negotiated a settlement protocol for patients who alleged visual problems from their cataract remedial intraocular lenses as well as obtaining compensation for one individual who complained of a defective hip prosthesis, and another who suffered injury from a piece of aircraft furniture in a first class cabin.

Mark has represented victims of most of the travel disasters of the 1980s and 1990s, including Zeebrugge, Clapham, P&O Lifeboat accident in Cherbourg, the Maidenhead rail fire and more recently the Ufton Nervet rail crossing accident. He was a member of the Steering Committees for both the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes.

He recently concluded claims on behalf of the foreign victims of an air accident concerning four separate countries and obtained Euro compensation for the foreign victims of an explosion at sea involving three separate countries and their jurisdictions. He is currently helping British citizens with accidents they sustained in many different European countries as well as providing expert advice and representation to lawyers from overseas jurisdictions.

He represented the first professional rugby player to successfully sue another for an incident arising from an international rugby game when he represented Wales professional forward Ricky Evans in suing Oliver Merle of France following a France versus Wales rugby game. He is currently representing another first class rugby player in a claim following a serious injury sustained in a rugby match. He continues to lecture extensively on sports related injuries as well as harmful product and overseas accident law.


  • Disaster claims
  • Accidents abroad
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence
  • Group action claims

Career history

  • Trained: Owen White, London
  • Qualified: 1990
  • Partner at Hugh James: 2001
  • Head of the Claimant Division: 2010

Mark is former President of Cardiff & District Law Society; he has just completed his third and last term asa member of the Civil Justice Council and is past secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). He is also one of the two UK Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and a Fellow of APIL.


  • Previous President of Cardiff & District Law Society  (2008-2009)
  • Previous member of Civil Justice Council
  • APIL (Fellow)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association
  • Editorial board of Journal of Personal Injury Law

Mark Harvey is a highly renowned claimant-side solicitor. Sources report that he is “very tenacious, very good with experts. He won’t give up without a fight – he’ll go to the bitter end.” Another source notes: “Nobody knows product liability more than him.”
Chambers UK 2014

Cardiff firm Hugh James joins the top tier in recognition of its proven capability in headline group actions. It is the lead firm in the PIP claims, acting for over 800 claimants and leading 200 law firms, and is representing several hundred claimants in the DePuy litigation. Mark Harvey is the court-appointed lead solicitor in the PIP claims, and heads a team highlighted for its ‘many outstanding qualities’
Legal 500 2013

Mark Harvey is highly experienced with claims resulting from injuries and fatalities abroad as well as cases involving harmful products. Peers say he is “a highly intelligent and committed lawyer with a wholly realistic view of the claims that are being brought forward.”
Chambers UK 2013


  • Gunnersbury RC School for Boys
  • Guildford College of Law


  • French

What do you love most about your job?

Helping David to fight Goliath, sometimes without even the benefit of a sling shot!

What do you like to do outside work?

Golf, skiing, wine appreciation


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