Gareth Williams


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Gareth Williams is a Consultant at Hugh James. He specialises in sports law and substantial commercial and insurance litigation. He has represented insurance and corporate risk clients for more than 25 years, handling complex and high value cases.  He heads the firm’s sports law department and is the company secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union, for whom he has acted for 20 years.

He is the chairman of the board of governors of the University of South Wales. He is also a non-executive director of Thomas Carroll Group Plc.


  • Sports law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Insurance and corporate risk
  • Personal injury
  • Health and safety

Career history

  • Trained: Hardwickes, Cardiff
  • Qualified: 1976
  • Partner at Hugh James: 1978
  • Senior Partner at Hugh James: 2005
  • Consultant at Hugh James: 2017

Prior to being appointed Senior Partner in 2005, Gareth was Head of the Business Litigation Division. A former Deputy District Judge, Gareth was also the first solicitor in Wales to be a licensed insolvency practitioner.


  • Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of South Wales
  • Company secretary for the Welsh Rugby Union
  • Governor of the University of South Wales
  • Non executive director of Thomas Carroll Group Plc
  • Trustee of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust
  • Wales Commercial Law Association (former Chairman)


Gareth has advised the New York office of a major international insurer on insurance and liability issues arising from the Buncefield explosion. The potential exposure was £100 million.

He has also advised the Welsh Government on a multi-million pound dispute arising out of a sponsorship agreement.

He has been a legal adviser to the Welsh Rugby Union for 22 years and has undertaken high profile litigation and commercial work on its behalf.

‘truly outstanding’ and ‘hugely respected’ Gareth Williams.
Legal 500 2017

Interviewees attest that he is “practical and pragmatic, and tells it as it is”
Chambers UK 2016

Gareth Williams heads the firm’s sports department and is company secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union. He is particularly active in disciplinary and regulatory matters, and was the lead partner advising the British Boxing Board of Control in proceedings brought by six of its members and the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

One source said: “He is a very good advocate and is extremely bright. He prepares extremely well but when he delivers it seems likes he’s doing it off the cuff and makes it look easy.” He is characterised by commentators as “a real tour de force in South Wales.”
Chambers UK 2014

Gareth Williams maintains a considerable reputation for his work in commercial, partnership and personal injury disputes. Market sources describe him as a “highly able” and “solid” litigator.
Chambers UK 2013


  • Glan Clwyd School (Head Boy)
  • University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (LL.B and Morgan Owen Law Prizewinner)


  • Welsh

What do you like to do outside work?

Gareth is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of South Wales. He is the company secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union and a trustee of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust which supports rugby players who have suffered serious injury playing the game.

Most recently Gareth has been appointed as a non-executive director of award winning risk consultancy, Thomas Carroll plc. The appointment is effective from 1 August 2013.


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