Commercial dispute resolution

Hugh James has a formidable reputation and proven track record for commercial litigation. Our team will do everything we can to get you the best available commercial solution.

We stand by our clients throughout the duration of a commercial dispute, deploying our specialist teams to minimise costs, damage and disruption to your business activities.

Our expert team has the strength and depth needed to provide a complete legal service for all aspects of commercial disputes including:

At Hugh James our approach is based on listening to your concerns and calling on our expertise in negotiation, mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes. We will devise an effective plan to achieve resolution in the most cost-effective and suitable way for you, keeping you informed every step of the way.

No one likes unpleasant surprises and we will always consider how alternative charging might work for each client including discounted rate, conditional fee agreements and third party funding options.

We work with a diverse client base and our team have vast experience across a broad range of sectors including utilities companies, local and national government, education and private companies, both large and small.


Recent commercial litigation matters include:

  • advising the Welsh Rugby Union on its ground breaking £30 million agreement relating to the funding and operation of its four rugby regions: the Cardiff Blues, the Llanelli Scarlets, the Newport-Gwent Dragons and the Ospreys;
  • representing the Welsh Government in a complex dispute concerning a joint venture agreement to develop an international business park on the outskirts of Cardiff. Claim dealt with under an Expert Determination Clause in the contract;
  • advising Millennium Stadium Plc in dispute with an organiser of a boxing event at the stadium;
  • representing Lloyds underwriters in the multi party TAG AIL;
  • advising the New York office of AIG in relation to its exposure to claims arising from the Buncefield explosion where the claims run to many hundreds of million pounds; and
  • advising a large multinational in relation to potential liability for fluoride contamination of land, including complex land title investigations.


Department head Richard Locke conducts large commercial mining and IT disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Much of his work has an international dimension, and one client says that he is “very positive and professional.”

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 2014

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 2013

Hugh James’ is a ‘friendly, professional and approachable’, and practice head Gareth Williams and Richard Locke ‘do their very best for the client’. The group defended the Welsh Rugby Union against a claim brought by Regional Rugby Wales, and drafted a multimillion-pound participation agreement between the parties. It also advised Fortis Bank UK in recovery proceedings, and certain county councils on a range of maters.
The Legal 500

“Great relationships, based on trust and confidence, are essential to our business.  Add to that the three ingredients we always look for in people – exceptional capability, attitude and integrity – and you’ll know why we choose to work with Hugh James.”
Roger Lewis, Group CEO, Welsh Rugby Union

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