Hannah James Senior Solicitor

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Contact Details

Hannah is a Senior Solicitor in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team in Cardiff specialising in contractual disputes, procurement challenges and judicial reviews. 

Main areas of practice 

Hannah has a broad range of experience in general commercial and civil claims and specialist knowledge of breach of contract claims, injunctive proceedings, procurement challenges, judicial review claims, professional negligence and partnership disputes, intellectual property challenges and defamation proceedings.

She has experience of advising both private and public sector clients, including local authorities in England and Wales, Government departments and Welsh Ministers, NHS England and the Health Boards in Wales, as well as charitable organisations.

She has acted on high profile, media sensitive disputes and has dealt with commercial clients in the construction, banking, information technology, transportation, energy and health fields to name a few.  

Her work has included securing and defending injunctions, acting as intervening officer on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and completing mock Competition Commission dawn raids.

She often provides advice on methods of preventing and settling disputes. She advises on the tactics to be adopted in pre and post-litigation situations, including consideration and advice on reputational protection.

Clients

Hannah is ideally placed to advise both public and private sector clients on a wide range of commercial disputes.  She acts for a number of local health boards, NHS England and the Welsh Government alongside charities and private companies.  She also receives repeat instructions from large national companies.

Significant experience 

  • Hannah advised the seven Welsh Health Boards on proceedings brought against them by a number of Care Home Providers challenging payments made to them for Funded Nursing Care. The Care Homes were supported by 21 of the 22 Local Authorities in Wales and the case went to the Supreme Court on 26 April 2017. The Judgment will have ramifications for all Care Homes and patients in receipt of funded nursing care in both England and Wales.
  • She has assisted with successful challenges relating to the infringement of intellectual property, as well as professional negligence claims on behalf of companies against their former legal advisors and financial advisors.
  • She has acted on behalf of NHS England in relation to defending a civil claim leading to judgment being set aside, the case being struck out in full and a civil restraint order being obtained against the Claimant.
  • She has advised a number of contracting authorities, as well as economic operators, in relation to procurement challenges. Considering and advising on tender documents, contractual terms and rights and remedies available including assisting with advising a world-renowned company on confidentiality issues in relation to a contract it was awarded following a procurement for specialist medical equipment and supplies.   
  • Hannah has assisted with advising a local authority in receipt of a procurement challenge to the award of a 10 year contract for building supplies, where allegations were made of discrimination and unfair treatment, as well as manifest errors. Matters were resolved through mediation.
  • She has assisted with advice and claims in relation to partnership disputes, and also with advising clients in the hospitality industry, in relation to a large unfair prejudice petition claim. 

Expertise

Hannah’s Blog

The Supreme Court rewrites the law on damages in public procurement litigation

The latest decision to emanate from the procurement litigation between ATK and the NDA, the Supreme Court has ruled on a bidder's discretion to issue a claim within the standstill period and when damages will be recoverable.

An evening of Summer song in aid of Alzheimer's society

Earlier this week, Blake Morgan's Cariad Chorus, led by our very own Cardiff Paralegal Catrin Harris, put on a fantastic performance to raise money for our Cardiff office's Charity of the Year, Alzheimer's Society.

Dealing with de-brief requests from unsuccessful bidders

Minimise the risk for challenge by following the below tips as far as possible.

Articles by Hannah

Are Interested Parties more at risk on costs?

Article

Following a recent decision by Mr Justice Blake, Interested Parties in judicial review proceedings may be concerned that the courts are more likely to make costs orders against them in the future where challenges fail.

Geared up for Sport Relief challenge

Press Release

Staff from all six of our offices took part in a cross-office cycle challenge in aid of Sport Relief on March 18th.

Court of Appeal finds for the NHS in Blake Morgan Welsh Care Home Sector case

News

Allan Wilson, Partner and Hannah James, Senior Solicitor of Blake Morgan, with Counsel Fenella Morris QC and Benjamin Tankel of 39 Essex Street Chambers, successfully defend the NHS in Wales from a multi-million pound challenge by care home providers

Related Knowledge & Resources

Public procurement gone wrong: High Court finds public authority "manipulated" the tender process for its £4 billion contract

In a landmark ruling in the context of procurement litigation, the High Court has held that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority ("NDA") "manipulated" and "fudged" its tender process for a nuclear clean up contract worth in excess of £4 billion.

To challenge or to review – that is the question

The High Court recently had to consider the above question in the case of Newlyn PLC and London Borough of Waltham Forest which related to a procurement challenge brought by Newlyn PLC (Newlyn) against London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF).

Can procurement be used to save jobs?

Against the background of the ongoing Tata steel crisis, could public bodies use procurement to protect jobs in their local economy?