James Gibson


Department telephone
029 2078 5691

James Gibson joined Hugh James in 2007 after graduating from Exeter University and Cardiff University Law School. Since completing his training contract in the disease litigation department, James has continued to build an expertise in industrial injury claims including cancer, respiratory disease and hearing loss.

James has more than 7 years of experience in pursuing industrial disease claims and is a Partner in a department which specialises in complex, high profile group actions. James has successfully settled hundreds of personal injury claims and recovered millions of pounds in compensation for clients.

James was heavily involved in the Phurnacite Workers Group Litigation following the appointment of Hugh James as lead solicitors by the High Court in 2009. Over 200 workers and their families brought claims against the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Coal Products Limited for respiratory diseases and cancers alleged to have been caused by exposure to emissions at the Phurnacite Plant in South Wales. After representing the claimants at the six week trial of the test cases at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, and the landmark judgment handed down by the Court in 2012, James oversaw the settlement of each worker’s claim.

More recently, James plays a central role in The British Coal Coke Oven Workers Group Litigation. In the litigation, it is alleged that hundreds of coke oven workers have suffered with respiratory diseases and cancers as a result of their employment at coking plants operated by British Coal across the UK.  In a similar action, James is also investigating the claims of coke oven workers previously employed by British Steel.


  • Industrial disease litigation
  • Group actions
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Hearing loss
  • Coke oven worker claims

Career history

  • Trainee at Hugh James: 2007
  • Qualified at Hugh James: 2009
  • Associate at Hugh James: 2013
  • Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2015
  • Partner at Hugh James: 2017


  • Jeffrey Jones and Others –v- Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Coal Products Limited [2012] EWHC 2936(QB)


  • St John Baptist High School, Aberdare (2000)
  • Exeter University : B.A. (Hons) (2004)
  • Cardiff University Law School: LL.B (Hons) (2006)
  • Cardiff University Law School: Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (2007)


  • German
  • Spanish

What do you love most about your job?

The ability to enable individuals of modest means to bring large corporations to justice.

What do you like to do outside work?

Travel, spending time with friends and family


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