Justin Davies

Associate

Justin has specialised in criminal and regulatory law since qualification in 2007. He has particular experience of regulatory criminal proceedings instituted by Local Authorities and other non-police agencies, and spent time as a specialist regulatory prosecutor at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, advising and prosecuting on behalf of its trading standards, public/environmental health and counter-fraud departments. Justin now practises in regulatory, corporate crime and allied areas, acting for both prosecution and defence. Justin holds (and regularly exercises) Higher Rights of Audience in Criminal Proceedings, which allows him to represent clients before the higher criminal courts.

Whilst in-house as a Local Authority Solicitor, Justin would frequently sit as a legal adviser to the Authority’s Licensing Committee. This committee determines initial applications for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licences. Justin has also advised in cases where the Committee considered suspension and revocation of such licences. He would also act on the Authority’s behalf in defending appeals brought by applicants whose applications for licences had been refused, or whose licences had been suspended or revoked.

Practising in the field of motoring law, Justin is instructed by individuals who are at risk of losing their entitlement to drive. Justin has successfully represented clients who face disqualification from driving under the “totting-up” procedure (where they have accumulated 12 penalty points) but who face exceptional hardship if they were lose their entitlement to drive. Additionally Justin also represents new drivers who have accumulated 6 penalty points in their first two years of driving.

Justin advises on food safety and hygiene matters, and has experience prosecuting and defending food business operators in proceedings relating to breaches of food hygiene regulations and food safety legislation.

Having acted for many years as a regulatory prosecutor within the trading standards field, Justin has significant experience in matters pertaining to trading standards enforcement. He has also acted on behalf of traders subject to investigations and prosecutions by trading standards.

Justin has significant experience in the niche practice area of Fire Safety law, having acted for some of Wales’ Fire & Rescue Authorities in matters relating to alleged breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. He has also acted in appeals brought against the issuing of Enforcement and Prohibition Notices. Justin’s expertise in this field is recognised in the Legal 500 directory, which notes Justin’s “valuable and extensive experience in the fire safety arena”.

Regularly instructed in matters relating to transport regulation, Justin acts as a prosecuting agent for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency. Justin also provides regular training to the Agency’s new-recruit Traffic Examiners, Vehicle Examiners and Counter-Fraud Investigators. Justin is also instructed by the Agency to prosecute fraud matters on its behalf.

Justin has extensive experience in Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings, for both prosecution and defence, and has successfully represented clients at a number of fully contested Confiscation proceedings.

Ranked by the Legal 500 directory as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for health and safety in Wales, Justin has experience advising public sector organisations as well as small, medium and large organisations on health and safety compliance and enforcement. Justin has also represented clients in Inquests arising from health and safety and corporate manslaughter investigations.

Frequently instructed by the Welsh Government’s Marine Fisheries Division, Justin prosecutes in the niche practice area of Maritime & Marine Fisheries regulation. He has also acted on behalf of the Welsh Government’s Agriculture & Rural Affairs Division, prosecuting fraud cases with an agricultural element.

Justin also accepts instructions to act in Professional Regulation & Discipline matters. Currently, he sits as a Legal Adviser to Social Care Wales’ Fitness to Practise and Interim Orders Panels, and additionally acts as a Case Examiner for the General Optical Council.

Work History

Justin qualified in 2007, having trained at Gomer Williams & Co in Llanelli. Having worked there as an Assistant Solicitor for 2 years, Justin became an in-house Solicitor for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, where he remained for the next 7 years. Justin then joined Hugh James as an Associate in 2016.

A member of multiple leading associations following the areas in which he works; Justin has experience of a whole range of specialist fields. These include:

  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Affiliate of the Institution of Fire Engineers