Martin Jones


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Martin Jones is a Partner and Head of Hugh James’s Regulatory Team. He advises on a wide range of criminal and professional regulation matters. He has over 20 years’ post qualification experience.

Within the general crime field, Martin specialises in fraud and money laundering allegations.

Martin’s regulatory crime practice incorporates work in the following niches:

  • Health and safety litigation
  • Environmental prosecutions
  • Animal Welfare
  • Road traffic and vehicle condition issues pertaining to fleets

Martin is a HSE Solicitor Agent and appears regularly on behalf of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and the Security Industry Authority.

He deals with Professional Regulation matters brought by a very wide range of regulators including the GMC, GOC and NMC. He presents cases for the General Teaching Council for Wales and acts as Legal Advisor to the Care Council for Wales’ Conduct Committees.

Martin has substantial coronial law experience appearing in inquests throughout the UK for individuals’ companies, the Welsh Government and HSE.

Martin also deals with a substantial licensing case-load; concentrating on licence reviews and breach allegations. He has acted in a number of contested applications to licence large-scale events.


  • Health and safety
  • Inquests
  • Licensing
  • Regulatory crime & enforcement

Career history

  • Trained: Price & Son
  • Qualified: 1996
  • Partner at Hugh James: 2007


  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Children’s Panel member
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (associate member)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association


  • A number of high profile specialist fraud matters including one with a purported value of £160 million;
  • Three health and safety prosecutions arising from fatal accidents;
  • Advice to a local authority on judicial review of its Section 17 Children Act obligations.

Martin Jones is overall head of the team and excels at handling matters at the intersection of environment and health and safety.
Legal 500 2017

‘Knowledgeable, thorough and hardworking’ team head Martin Jones is a ‘safe pair of hands’ with ‘in-depth knowledge of regulatory law’.
Legal 500 2017

The firm is also a leading presence for non-police prosecution work in Wales, where the ‘knowledgeable and thorough’ Martin Jones has ‘an in-depth knowledge of regulatory law’.
Legal 500 2017

Martin Jones heads the fraud team, and clients have ‘full confidence’ in his professional regulation and corporate tax experience. Martin is ‘skilled and experienced’ in large-scale event licensing work.
Legal 500 2015

Martin Jones has a good reputation for his expertise on complex fraud matters. One source said: “His client service and the outcome of his cases are excellent.”
Chambers 2015

Martin Jones at Hugh James is ‘singularly impressive’; he provides a ‘high-quality’ service and is ‘quick to grasp’ the issues.
Legal 500 2014

Martin Jones has a wide-ranging criminal defence practice, encompassing fraud, animal welfare and environmental matters.He attracts praise from commentators for his advocacy skills in contentious matters. He acts as lead partner on many of the practice’s key matters.
Chambers UK 2014

Martin Jones at Hugh James specialises in white-collar crime matters, fraud and money laundering cases, and regulatory defence. The firm also handles defendant environmental crime and motoring cases, and prosecutes on behalf of VOSA.
The Legal 500 2013

Martin Jones has a significant following among the team’s clients, who say they are “impressed” with his work.

One source said that “he is a good communicator, both to lawyers and non-lawyers.”
Sources praise his technical ability and team ethos.
Chambers UK 2013


  • Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest
  • Keele University – Law & English Literature 2(i) – 1993
  • College of Law, Chester – LPC – 1994

What do you like to do outside work

I am a keen runner (distance) and hill-walker, and I enjoy Welsh rugby and English cricket


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