Tracey Singlehurst-Ward


Tracey Singlehurst-Ward
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029 2066 0589

Tracey joined Hugh James upon graduating from Cardiff University in 2007. She completed her training contract working in the commercial dispute resolution and corporate teams, building a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields.

Since qualification Tracey has specialised in the areas of media and defamation, intellectual property and general commercial disputes. Tracey acts in complex intellectual property matters including copyright and trade mark infringement, breach of confidence and passing off. She recently successfully concluded proceedings for a large manufacturer brought against a competitor in breach of confidence and copyright infringement.

Tracey has represented both claimants and defendants in libel claims. Recent cases include successfully concluding proceedings against several UK newspapers and media bodies following wide publication of defamatory statements against an individual, and advising in claims arising out of misuse of social media.

Over the past four years Tracey has worked for clients ranging from individuals to multi-national private and public companies. She has jointly advised in international joint venture disputes and routinely deals with shareholder-director disputes. Other clients include the Welsh Ministers and Welsh Water, whom she routinely advises in relation to contentious matters.


  • Defamation, privacy and media
  • Intellectual property
  • Commercial disputes
  • Director/shareholder disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Corporate and personal insolvency and partnership

Career history

  • Trainee at Hugh James: 2007
  • Qualified at Hugh James: 2009
  • Associate at Hugh James:2012
  • Senior Associate at Hugh James: 2014
  • Partner at Hugh James: 2016

Recent experience

  • Advised the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) on their successful defense at trial of the High Court claim brought against them by boxing promoter Frank Warren.

The ‘extremely bright and analytical’ Tracey Singlehurst-Ward.
Legal 500

Associate to watch Tracey Singlehurst-Ward specialises in areas including media and defamation and IP, as well as general commercial disputes. Clients say she is “committed, enthusiastic and keen” as well as responsive and strong “on the technical side.”
Chambers UK

Richard Locke heads the well-regarded team at Hugh James, and is ‘lucid, patient, reliable’ and ‘good to work with’. Senior partner Gareth Williams has a high profile in the region, with notable sports expertise; and associate Tracey Singlehurst-Ward is a bright, up-and-coming litigator. The team’s work in 2012 included high-profile litigation for the Welsh Government, and for the British Boxing Board of Control.
The Legal 500

“Hampshire-born Tracey has made a great impact in her career to date at Cardiff law firm Hugh James. Fiercely bright she is making a name for herself as a first rate defamation specialist impressing clients and the firm’s partners alike.”
Western Mail Top 30 Under 30 Rising Stars of Welsh Business


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