Hugh James


Band 1WalesUK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Full-service environment team working on transactional as well as regulatory matters. Advises a range of public and private sector clients, regularly handling the environmental aspects of renewable energy schemes and other development projects. Also equipped to handle notable environmental litigation, including contaminated land disputes.

Work highlights

Advised Dŵr Cymru on habitat management provisions in relation to the development of a proposed hydroelectric scheme at the Alwen and Claerwen reservoirs.

Notable practitioners

Peter Hurn is a key contact.

Department Information

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We have a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers who advise on all aspects of environmental law including transaction, regulatory and litigation based work.

  • General environmental work

Our work includes advising on environmental risks, including undertaking environmental due diligence in transactions, advising on liability and its allocation in transactions.

  • Renewable energy

We occupy a leading position in the renewable energies market in Wales and regularly advise on all aspects of the regulatory regime including planning, commercial and environmental issues for wind farms, solar panel projects including solar parks as well as biomass and energy from waste schemes.

  • Renewable schemes

We act for investors and contractors in relation to renewable work.

  • Utilities

We provide advice on sewerage infrastructure adoption work throughout Wales, as well as procurement and supply management.

  • Regulatory

We act in a wide range of criminal environmental breach allegations.

  • ​Litigation

We regularly advise our public sector and developer clients in relation to enforcement issues. We undertake both group actions as well as bespoke pieces of environmental litigation work. 

  • Group Actions

We are one of the country's leading specialists in environment law and group actions.

Environment Department

Hugh James

Department location

Two Central Square

Central Square


South Glamorgan


CF10 1FS

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