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Headed by PPP specialist Christopher Williams, Blake Morgan LLP’s cross-disciplinary public sector practice has ‘excellent and well-deserved credentials in the area’. Williams is leading a multidisciplinary team advising Cardiff University on the establishment of a joint venture with IQE plc. The firm’s vast experience in the public sector was also recently underscored by its appointment to all five of the legal panels of the legal services framework of the Welsh Government. Other key figures include ‘approachable’ litigator Allan Wilson, employment partner Paula Kathrens, healthcare specialist Eve Piffaretti, and Welsh constitution expert Emyr Lewis.

Eversheds LLP’s ‘heavyweight public law practice’ is particularly well known for its work for Welsh central government, as well as public sector entities based outside of Wales. Paul Pugh leads on corporate transactions in the public sector and is advising on the establishment of Flood Re, the company set up by agreement between the UK insurance industry and the UK Government. Other key partners of the cross-disciplinary team include Peter Watkin Jones, who is ‘a leading figure in the UK’ for public inquiry work, and Helen Mortlock, who provides employment advice to education clients including a number of Welsh universities.

Geldards LLP’s excellence at public sector work was recently reflected in its appointment to seven panels on the National Procurement Service’s All-Wales Solicitors’ Panel. Planning specialist Huw Williams has a longstanding reputation in the area and is an active contributor to the development of legal policy and constitutional matters regarding Wales. He continues to act alongside Charles Felgate in advising the Welsh Ministers on the authorisation process for the £1.1bn M4 Corridor around Newport scheme.

Particularly strong in the local authority, education and waste sectors, Acuity Legal Limited provides ‘business-oriented and responsive advice’ across procurement, state aid and commercial projects. Craig Griffithsbrings a great deal of experience from his time as a lawyer in local government’ and brings that to bear advising local authorities on procurement processes, as well as a growing number of private sector entities in the tender processes for government contracts. Deryn Rees, who ‘provides calm and commercial guidance through difficult and complex issues’, is able to draw from her former accountancy experience and is known for her ability to provide innovative funding solutions on PFI and PPP contracts. The firm’s overarching expertise for public sector work is also underscored by its recent appointment to the National Procurement Service Framework across five disciplines.

Hugh James provides an all-encompassing service to clients including the Welsh government and many of its sponsored bodies, and the Care Council for Wales. Martin Jones, Emma Burns and Louise Price are the sole providers of legal advice to its Fitness to Practise Committees. Team head Ioan Prydderch is also recommended.

Led by construction and projects expert Jeremy Williams, Capital Law LLP’s six-partner team acts on behalf of clients including The Royal Mint, which it advises on numerous commercial, regulatory and public law matters. In a major fillip for the firm, litigator Nicola Mead-Batten joined in June 2015 from Baker & McKenzie LLP, bringing with her specialist expertise in public and administrative law.

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