Mark Harvey

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

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Email
mark.harvey@hughjames.com
Telephone
029 2039 1174
Department telephone
029 2039 1187

 

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 a group litigation order (GLO) arising out of the recall and health alert relating to the French manufacturer’s PIP silicone breast implants. He is also the lead solicitor in the Wright Medical Conserve metal on metal hip GLO as well as a member of the claimants’ steering committees in both the Pinnacle and Zimmer metal on metal hip GLOs. He is responsible for leading claims concerning various injuries and complaints from medical devices. 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. He is currently investigating new claims relating to hearing implants and two other cataract remedial intraocular lenses complaints.

Mark has represented victims in many travel disasters, including Zeebrugge, Clapham, P&O Lifeboat accident in Cherbourg, the Maidenhead rail fire and the Ufton Nervet rail crossing accident. He was a member of the Steering Committees for both the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes. He is currently representing the passengers and driver of the Edwards’ Coaches bus crash in Switzerland who are pursuing claims against the Swiss insurers of the lorry that caused the accident.

Mark successfully 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 this time involving three separate countries and their jurisdictions. He is helping British citizens with accidents they sustained in various European and African countries as well as providing expert advice to and representation of clients of 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 negotiated substantial compensation for another first class rugby player who suffered a career ending injury after losing an eye in a rugby match. He continues to lecture extensively on sports related injuries as well as harmful products and overseas accident law.

Expertise

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

 

Mark is former President of Cardiff & District Law Society, past 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); Co-Chair of their International Practice Section and a Fellow of APIL. Mark was recently accredited by APIL as accidents and illnesses abroad specialist and was appointed an assessor to the same scheme.

Memberships

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

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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.

Memberships

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

Head of department Mark Harvey has particular expertise in product liability, accidents overseas and sports injuries. One interviewee describes him as “a real heavyweight and a force to contend with.”

Mark Harvey is a strong representative of claimants in major product liability disputes. Commentators describe him as “a highly experienced practitioner who you would want in your corner in the middle of difficult litigation.”

Chambers UK 2016


Cardiff’s Hugh James is ‘outstanding in getting to grips with complex issues’, and ‘excellent in terms of commitment and quality of service provided to clients’. It is the national court-appointed lead firm in the PIP breast implants group action, representing over 1,000 claimants and leading 100 other law firms. The PIP work is steered by ‘tactically very strong’ practice head Mark Harvey, who has a ‘wealth of knowledge and experience of managing major product liability litigation’. A number of other leading cases the firm has advised in include medical device claims involving fatalities, both group actions and unitary.

Legal 500 2015


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

Education

  • Gunnersbury RC School for Boys
  • Guildford College of Law

Languages

  • 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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