Although Hugh James does handle some defence work for private individuals and corporate clients of the firm, including in relation to potential fraud, health and safety and money laundering infractions, the core focus of its three-strong regulatory team, which is headed by Martin Jones, lies in its prosecution work for central and local government and various non-police prosecution agencies.
Hugh James has become best-known for its health and safety prosecution work in recent years, to a large extent because of senior associate Justin Davies' 'detailed knowledge of fire safety law and enforcement'. This degree of specialism continues to be recognised by several fire and rescue authorities, including the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, which continues to instruct Davies on all prosecutions brought by it under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The work carried out by Justin Davies has been to the highest standard, from early-stage advice during investigations, through to providing representation in hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Courts. A real attraction is that Justin has Higher Rights of Audience in criminal proceedings, meaning that he is able to provide continuity of representation throughout the case.
Justin Davies is of the highest calibre. He has a wide knowledge of the legal issues in a case and ability to see the aspects that need attention. He is a skilled advocate and negotiator. Without question a great asset.
Martin Jones heads Hugh James’ white-collar crime department. The team defends environmental crime and motoring offences, and prosecutes on behalf of the VOSA.
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.
Hugh James ‘puts in that bit extra for its clients’. Martin Jones heads the fraud team, and clients have ‘full confidence’ in his professional regulation and corporate tax experience.