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:
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: