Mark Harvey

Partner, Head of Specialist Personal Injury
Contact Number: 022 0112 3322

Mark Harvey is a Partner in 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 - 2017

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.

Languages

  • French

 

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They provide an excellent service to clients. They really can deal with the medical complexities which arise and, importantly, have access to first-class experts.

Chambers and Partners UK

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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 and Partners UK

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They (Hugh James) acted as the lead firm representing 800 claimants in the highly publicised PIP breast implant group litigation. Mark Harvey is in charge of the steering committee, leading 200 other firms and their 2,500 clients.

Chambers and Partners UK

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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’

The Legal 500

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Hugh James is considered a market leader nationally for product liability work relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical products. In an illustration of its national strength, it has been appointed the lead firm in the PIP breast implant group litigation order, which involves over 1000 claimants. The practice is also representing more than 200 individuals from South Wales in claims for compensation arising from the failure of defective hip implants manufactured by DePuy. Group head Mark Harvey is highly recommended.

The Legal 500

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This is one of the UK’s leading product liability claimant firms, specialising in medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Peers recognise that its experience in handling complex high-value group claims makes it a “serious player in the field.” Mark Harvey heads the firm’s claimant division. Peers say he is “a highly intelligent and committed lawyer with a wholly realistic view of the claims that are being brought forward.”

Chambers and Partners UK