Criminal litigation

Hugh James has a dedicated Regulatory department dealing with fraud and regulatory crime exclusively. We do not practice in general crime and do not undertake criminal legal aid work. This allows us to specialise in those criminal matters of relevance to public authorities.

Our key specialist areas are:

  • fraud and other financial regulation;
  • anti-money laundering;
  • health and safety prosecutions;
  • environment prosecutions;
  • fire safety;
  • alcohol and gambling licensing;
  • trading standards, copyright infringement and unfair trading prosecutions;
  • road traffic and road haulage advice and prosecutions;
  • planning, conservation area and listed building offences;
  • education and care setting regulation.

Our work takes us to the Magistrates or Crown Courts through Wales on a a daily basis and we have significant experience of bringing “case stated” appeals on behalf of prosecutors. Judicial Review applications are much less common in the criminal field. We are however currently engaged for the Welsh Government in a case where an abuse of process / jurisdictional challenge was successfully defended at an interlocutory stage and where a judicial review is threatened. We have significant wider experience of defending judicial reviews which we can call upon where these do arise in a criminal law context.

We regularly appear in the Magistrates’ Courts in respect of civil actions. A significant contributor to our experience in this field has been our work for the Security Industry Authority over the course of nearly 15 years. We defended all civil actions brought against the SIA in South East Wales during this period, of which there were nearly 200.

Our prosecution work accounts for more than half of our total caseload. We have prosecuted thousands of individual cases over the course of 20 years for a variety of agencies with prosecution powers including:

  • local authorities in Wales and South West England
  • the Welsh Government
  • the Health and Safety Executive as its contracted solicitor agent in Wales for six years
  • the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (and its predecessor agencies) as its contracted agent in South Wales and various areas in South West England for the last 15 years.



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Cardiff
Hodge House
114 - 116 St. Mary Street
Cardiff, CF10 1DY
Tel: 029 2022 4871
Fax: 029 2038 8222


London
99 Gresham Street
London,
EC2V 7NG
Tel: 020 7936 3453
Fax: 020 3053 8562


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