Mark Harvey is the partner in charge of the Specialist Claims Group in Hugh James in Cardiff and London.
He has obtained compensation for many individual victims of common but defective consumer products as well as those of accidents overseas and arising out of travel, sport and leisure generally. He has been involved in claims in Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States arising out of medicines and medical devices including breast and hip implants, optical lenses, dental fixatives, hearing devices, contrast media, and transport.
He is the Lead Solicitor in the PIP Breast Implant group action in the High Court in London and represents over 300 claimants concerning the DePuy ASR hip. He and his team of specialist lawyers are investigating claims arising out of failing gastric bands, vaginal and hernia mesh as well as cataract lenses fitted by Optical Express and Optegra and textured breast implants. Mark obtained compensation for patients with St Jude (now Abbott) pacemakers as well as negotiating a settlement protocol for several hundred patients with defective cataract lenses.
Mark was one of the lead lawyers securing compensation for victims of the Gerona air crash and Southall and Paddington rail disasters as well as being instructed in the MH17 air crash litigation helping secure compensation for a British family. He represents several British and foreign nationals in UK based employer and product liability litigation including a helicopter air accident in Norway, survivors of an African safari accident as well as a French victim from an accident off the African coast
Notable successes have included obtaining substantial damages in Euros from companies in three different countries for several foreign workers killed and injured in an explosion at sea in Germany as well as the family of a foreign national killed in an air display accident.
He is a Fellow of APIL for whom he has been appointed an accredited Accidents and Illnesses Abroad Specialist Assessor. He is immediate past UK Governor of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as ATLA) and past-chair of the International Practice Section, he was Wales’ first and only member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Law (PEOPIL) where he is the chair of the Pharmaceutical, Product Liability and Mass Tort Exchange Group for European lawyers and serves as a member of the European Commission’s Product Liability Directive working group.
A published author for Jordans of the first and second editions of the APIL Guide to Conditional Fees, and co-editor of the APIL Guide to Costs and Funding he also contributes the chapters on Product Liability and Group Actions to their Personal Injury looseleaf. He is a member of the editorial boards of Thomson Sweet and Maxwell’s the Journal of Personal Injury Law and Kemp and Kemp on Quantum. He has lectured extensively around Britain, mainland Europe and the US on personal injury matters and broadcasts regularly on television and radio, including being the Travel Law expert for the BBC Consumer programme, X Ray.
He has been described as a "Leader in Personal injury and Product Liability" in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for 1999-2020 as well as being entered into the Hall of Fame in the Legal 500.