Chris Mayers

Partner

Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Email
chris.mayers@hughjames.com
Department telephone
029 2066 0589

Chris has a wealth of experience acting for both claimants and defendant insurers across many of the key areas for professional negligence. As a successful practitioner in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment Chris is ideally placed to consider whether the standard of care provided by your solicitor fell short of what you reasonably ought to expect.

Chris spent the first five years of his career acting for claimants, most notably for the majority of claimants in respect of the outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at Stafford District General Hospital in 1985.

He spent the next five years acting exclusively for insurance companies. He defended claims against Local Authorities ranging from routine claims of tripping and slipping to those that were novel and unprecedented, including some of the first claims against Social Services Departments of Local Authorities by victims of sexual abuse.

He was also involved in claims against large industrial and engineering concerns such as British Steel in south Wales.

Chris, during his time in the Welsh Office Legal Services department, on behalf of the NHS in Wales, defended a substantial caseload of personal injury and medical negligence claims. Personal injury claims included employers’ liability and public liability, covering all manner of claims from lifting, repetitive strain injury, industrial diseases and occupational stress.

In clinical negligence matters, he has acted for nearly every NHS Trust in Wales at some stage during his career. Many of the claims involved catastrophic brain damage and other high profile cases.

In employment matters, Chris has advised on many complex and unprecedented issues and is a regular advocate before the Employment Tribunal and in the Coroner’s Courts.

Formerly the Law Society’s Intervention Agent in Wales, this involved Chris acting on behalf of the Law Society to close down firms of solicitors as instructed due to the negligence or dishonesty of the firms involved.

Living in Cardiff, Chris is married with two sons, and his recreational interests include sailing and photography.

 

Recently, Chris had been specialising in employment law and has had several cases in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. Highlights include the reported decisions of several cases involving allegations of discrimination and whistleblowing.

He successfully secured a maximum award in the high-profile case Johnston v Welsh National Opera.

As the former Intervention Agent of the Law Society, Chris is greatly experienced in promptly resolving complicated issues of professional negligence involving all aspects of private practice.

He is also an accredited Employment and Workplace Mediator.

  • Qualified 1983, Nowell  Meller & Nowell
  • Partner, Dolmans (1988 – 1994)
  • Welsh Office Legal Services Department (1994 – 1998)
  • Partner, Bevan Ashford (1998 – 2001)
  • Founding Partner, MLM (2001 – 2016)
  • Partner, Hugh James (2016)
  • Merchant Taylor School, Crosby 1970 – 1976
  • Cardiff University 1977 – 1980

In the Legal 500 UK 2014, Chris is recommended as “robust” and “realistic and reassuring.”

“MLM Cartwright is known for its tribunal work on behalf of the NHS in Wales, with particular expertise in discrimination and whistle blowing.”

Chris is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association and was a part-time Legal Panel Member of the Appeals Service.

As well as this, he is a member of the Institute of Directors.

 

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