Growth at Hugh James Puts Firm in Top Place for Honours
Byline: Mark Tattersall
LEGAL practice Hugh James was last night named large law firm of the year at the inaugural Welsh Law Awards.
At a ceremony at Cardiff's Coal Exchange, hosted by Michael Mansfield QC, the cream of Wales' legal profession was honoured.
Hugh James, which has its headquarters in Cardiff and is the UK's 53rd largest practice, has experienced strong revenue growth in recent years. Turnover now stands at pounds 25m.
This year the firm, which employs 500 at offices across Wales, announced its decision to move to a new headquarters in Cardiff at Hodge House.
David Seligman, a consultant with Palser Grossman, Cardiff, was presented with a special lifetime achievement award.
He was a member of Cardiff City Council from 1973 to 1992 and played a major role in bringing St David's Hall to Cardiff as well as other improvements to the city centre,
Mr Seligman, who qualified as a solicitor in 1964, formed a partnership under the title of Grossman Hermer Seligman from 1984 to 1994 when he became a consultant.
He joined Palser Gross- man when it took over Grossman Hermer Selig- man in 1995.
Awarded an OBE in 2001, he has always been active in pro bono legal work and has chaired numerous committees, including The Variety Club of Great Britain.
The awards were devised by The Western Mail and sponsored by Cardiff Law School. House / Public Sector Lawyer Trainee Pro Bono Lawyer Legal Secretary Barrister: Junior Counsel Barrister: Leading Counsel Sole Practitioner Small to Medium Sized Law Firm Large Law Firm Lawyer Legal Executive Fabio Grech, Palser Grossman, Cardiff Bay Warren Palmer, Speakeasy Advice Centre, Cardiff Sue James, Morgan Cole's Cardiff office Keith Thomas, 9, Park Place Chambers, Cardiff Jane Crowley QC, 30 Park Place Chambers, Cardiff Roy Morgan, Morgans Solicitors Leo Abse & Cohen Hugh James Ken Thomas, Harding Evans, of Newport Nicholas Neal, Welsh Development Agency Jill Lansing, Leo Abse & Cohen, Cardiff
Fabio has been described as confident, legally expert at his level of experience, energetic and ambitious.
Since his arrival, both the firm and the trainees have benefited hugely from his mature and proactive approach to his role.
He has represented the firm in many external activities, such as the Three Peaks Walk for Ty Hafan.
Warren is a qualified solicitor working full-time at a community advice centre where all advice given and representation at court or tribunal is free.
The centre seeks to help those caught in poverty or facing debt problems. Warren is involved in all aspects of welfare benefits advice. Many local organisations refer clients to him.
He advises on entitlements, assists with appeals and represents clients at tribunals.
Local organisations refer clients to him if the case needs expert knowledge and he has had huge success in tribunals, winning many difficult appeals.
Sue has worked at Morgan Cole for the 16 years, and for the last four has been the PA to one of the firm's dispute management partners, who is also a board member. …