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Acuity Legal Limited fields an ‘efficient and responsive’ multi-disciplinary commercial projects and public law team that provides ‘pragmatic and commercial advice’ to public sector clients and private entities engaged in a range of commercial projects, with an emphasis on the waste, education and regeneration sectors. The firm’s recent appointment to the National Procurement Services (NPS) framework for handling projects work in south Wales underscores its reputation in the market and has already manifested itself in numerous public sector engagements. Team head Deryn Rees provides ‘calm and commercial guidance through difficult and complex issues’, and is able to leverage her previous experience as a chartered accountant to provide innovative funding structures on PFI/PPP schemes. Craig Griffithsbrings a great deal of relevant experience to bear from his time as a lawyer in local government’. ‘Responsive and pragmatic’ corporate partner Christian Farrow heads the firm’s specialist energy team and has particular expertise advising on renewable matters; he recently advised Kinetica Energy on its sale of an onshore wind project to Fifty ID. Other clients include Eco2, Dulas, Conergy UK and Cynnal Cymru.

The Cardiff office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP forms an integral part of the firm’s global energy practice, which is particularly noted for its renewables expertise. Cardiff-based global head of clean energy Michelle Davies has a strong reputation in the market for her work in the UK and internationally; as well as her transactional work, she is also regularly consulted by governments from around the world to assist on renewable policy and works closely with the World Bank (International Finance Corporation) on helping create new markets. Iwan Walters is well versed in handling wind, solar and biomass energy-related matters both in the UK and globally; he recently advised Pension Infrastructure Platform’s infrastructure fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of 31 individual UK-based wind turbines from Golden Square Energy. As well as providing energy regulatory advice, Jean-Pascal Boutin is also known for his PPP/PFI expertise in the waste sector.

Hugh James’s multi-disciplinary environmental law team advises on transactional, property, regulatory and litigation matters in relation to major UK-based projects. Construction partners Ioan Prydderch and Iwan Jenkins are advising Tidal Lagoon Power on construction and procurement advice relating to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which will be the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant. In addition to his core commercial property practice, Peter Hurn has significant expertise in renewable energy projects, particularly in relation to windfarm developments. Clients include Rockwool, Welsh Water, National Rail and Lagan Construction.

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