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Geldards LLP

DUMFRIES HOUSE, DUMFRIES PLACE, CARDIFF, CF10 3ZF, WALES
Tel:
Work 029 2023 8239
Fax:
Fax 029 2023 7268
DX:
33001 CARDIFF-1
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Web:
www.geldards.com

Wales

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

The 'commercially-minded and well-organised' team at Geldards LLP is 'effectively able to allocate resources at the appropriate level to provide a rounded service' to public sector bodies across a range of high-value and politically sensitive matters relating to property, planning, litigation and finance. Head of public law Huw Williams 'has an excellent understanding of local government in Wales' and is advising Carmarthenshire County Council on the governance arrangements for the Swansea Bay City Deal, a programme of projects supported by funding from the UK and Welsh Governments, aimed at delivering economic growth for the region. Employment head Kim Howell is regularly engaged in high-profile public sector-related matters including his representation of Caerphilly County Borough Council in relation to disciplinary proceedings involving the Head of Paid Service, Monitoring Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, following dismissal of criminal prosecutions for Misconduct in Public Office, in 2015. The 'very personable' Bethan Lloyd provides 'responsive and professional' advice on procurement and state aid issues; she recently provided pivotal state aid advice to the Welsh government in relation to the viability of the proposed Circuit of Wales project in Ebbw Vale. 'Very experienced' real estate partner Susanne Bradley is also recommended, as is Christopher Williams , who joined the firm in September 2017 from Blake Morgan LLP.

Leading individuals

Christopher Williams - Geldards LLP

Huw Williams - Geldards LLP

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Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales
Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

Led on the corporate front by the 'excellent' Andrew Morris and for commercial work by Chris Williams, following his arrival in September 2017 from Blake Morgan LLP, Geldards LLP provides a 'responsive and solutions-oriented service' to a well-balanced mix of private, public and third sector clients across a range of industry sectors. On the private equity front, as well as continuing to act for Development Bank of Wales on a significant amount of its transactional work, the team also handles fund formation and general corporate work for it and led by the 'pragmatic and knowledgeable' Geraint Tilsley on the corporate front and for state aid issues by Bethan Lloyd, recently advised it on its transformation from Finance Wales into the UK's first development bank. On the commercial front, the firm was significantly  strengthened, particularly for technology and digital projects, by the arrival of Justin Harrington  from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018 and of senior associate David Beynon from the Bristol office of Osborne Clarke  in October 2017. Ceri Delemore retired in July 2017 and is now a consultant to the firm. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, LDC, Arts Council of Wales, and Serocor.

Leading individuals

Andrew Morris - Geldards LLP

Geraint Tilsley - Geldards LLP

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

The ‚Äėresponsive, knowledgeable and supportive‚Äô team at Geldards LLP¬†is recognised as ‚Äėone of the top commercial litigation outfits in the country‚Äô, and represents private and public sector clients across the gamut of litigation, from purely domestic disputes to multi-party, document heavy litigation, often involving an international angle. ‚ÄėApproachable and knowledgeable‚Äô team head Paul Hopkins is ‚Äėvery down-to-earth and always goes the extra mile to help resolve an issue‚Äô. Praised for his ‚Äėtremendous judgement‚Äô, Hopkins ‚Äėalways commands the respect of his clients‚Äô; he continues to represent The Welsh Ministers and NHS in Wales in pursuing a substantial and complex competition law claim against Servier SAS and others for abuse of dominant position in the market in relation to the drug Perindopril. Jonathan Griffiths¬†is particularly adept at representing public sector clients in relation to judicial review matters; he is acting for Parallel Learning Trust in litigation with the London Borough of Lambeth regarding the financial arrangements of the Trust following the conversion of two schools in the Lambeth borough from local authority control to Academy status. Michael Lindsey¬† is recommended for IP litigation, while senior associate Michael Evans¬†has a burgeoning reputation across a range of commercial disputes.

Leading individuals

Paul Hopkins - Geldards LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

Led on a day-to-day basis by the vastly experienced Christine Sharpe and also able to call upon the services of members of the wider commercial litigation team, including the 'approachable and knowledgeable' Paul Hopkins, Geldards LLP's debt recovery team provides a 'responsive and helpful service' to standalone as well as existing clients of the firm including GE Capital Equipment Finance, Henry Howard Finance Group and Cardiff University.

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

Leveraging its strong reputation in the public sector and also well-versed at handling property finance matters in the private sector, Geldards LLP¬†‚Äės well-hedged practice handles new money mandates and refinancing matters for a diverse array of lenders and borrowers including Lloyds Bank, Hodge Bank and the Welsh government. Team head Karl Baranski¬†‚Äės varied finance practice encompasses new money financings, restructurings/insolvencies and fund formation work, where he continues to represent the Development Bank of Wales on fund formation matters. On the transactional front, Baranski recently advised¬†Lloyds Bank on an ¬£8.3m capital expenditure facility to FEI Foods accompanied by a separate ¬£11.2m hire purchase facility.

Leading individuals

Karl Baranski - Geldards LLP

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff
Employment: Cardiff - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

The ‚Äėthorough and responsive‚Äô four-partner team at¬†Geldards LLP¬†provides ‚Äėcalm and measured advice‚Äô to private and public sector clients, including Admiral Insurance, Arts Council of Wales and Sofa Brands International, across the bandwidth of employment matters, from ongoing HR training and advisory work, through to larger-scale employment projects. ‚ÄėCalm and very reasonable‚Äô team head¬†Stephen Jenkins¬†is ‚Äėprepared to go the extra mile for clients‚Äô, particularly with regard to TUPE matters and tribunal claims, where he is appreciated for his ability to ‚Äėbalance the legal side of the advice with the practical implementation‚Äô. Particularly strong on the contentious front, the ‚Äėdirect and honest‚Äô¬†Rhian Brace¬†provides ‚Äėpractical and simply explained advice‚Äô and is a key member of the team at a partner level that also includes equal pay expert¬†Kim Howell¬†and the ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô¬†Lowri Phillips, who has niche expertise advising on data protection matters and freedom of information requests. ‚ÄėPersonable and approachable‚Äô senior associate¬†Joga Singh¬†covers contentious and non-contentious matters and is ‚Äėespecially good at providing plain English advice for the layperson‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Kim Howell - Geldards LLP

Rhian Brace - Geldards LLP

Stephen Jenkins - Geldards LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

At Geldards LLP, team head Stephen Jenkins provides a broad range of pensions advice to employers and trustees including on the closure and winding-up of schemes, as well as handling pensions-related corporate work particularly as it relates to public sector outsourcings. Jenkins recently advised Just Rollers plc on alterations to the basis of pension accrual and deed amendments. Other clients include Staedtler Rail, J Tomlinson, Shaw Healthcare and Biocity.

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Wales: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

Now headed by the 'excellent' Spencer Collier following his move in July 2017 from Slater and Gordon, Geldards LLP's three-strong team has 'lots of experience covering the full range of complexity and value', from maximum severity brain injuries to fatal accident claims and orthopaedic and surgical matters. 'Great with clients on the claimant side', and appreciated for his 'excellent grasp of all of the issues before instructing counsel', Collier recently advised on an amputation matter caused by a delay in diagnosing circulatory issues with the claimant’s lower limbs. 'Very good' associate Rachel Kirby is also recommended.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

The 'experienced and knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP provides a 'thoroughly professional service' to insurers, manufacturing and construction companies, utility companies, charities, local authorities and retailers across the gamut of personal injury matters. Described as 'a pleasure to work with', team head Donna Makin has a 'thorough understanding of her areas of specialism', that include advising self-insured corporates in the defence of high-value industrial disease claims and fatal and catastrophic accident claims. Clients include National Museum of Wales, Maxfort Insurance, Schneider-Electric and Enersys.

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Wales: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

One of the few standalone charities practices in Wales, Geldards LLP provides 'professional, efficient and effective advice' to an impressive roster of charities including Age Cymru, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and National Library of Wales. 'Responsive and very reliable' team head Giselle Davies has vast experience in the sector across a range of matters including advice on governance issues and restructuring projects; she recently advised learning disability charity, Perthyn, on changes made to its constitution including the adoption of new Articles of Association. As well as her discrete fee-earning work, Davies is also pivotal to the firm's provision and operation of a service helpline to the Welsh Sports Association.  Associate Bethan Walsh is also a key member of the team, particularly in light of her Welsh speaking ability, which she often puts to good effect in her advice to Welsh charities on governance matters and restructurings. Consultant Stephen Marshall is also recommended, while the recent arrival of Christopher Williams from Blake Morgan LLP, who heads the firm's overarching commercial group, adds further weight to the charities offering.

Leading individuals

Giselle Davies - Geldards LLP

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Family: Cardiff
Family: Cardiff - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

Since the arrival of the 'very approachable and thorough' Gaynor Dickens from Graham Evans & Partners in December 2016, Geldards LLP has provided substantial competition to other firms and is, according to one client, 'really stealing a march on some larger and more established firms in Cardiff'. Although Dickens very much subscribes to the tenets as set out in the Law Society's Family Law Protocol and Resolution guidelines for a non-confrontational approach wherever possible, she 'is more than capable of fighting her clients' corner' should she need to. The nascent Cardiff offering is able to draw upon the expertise of family lawyers from its broader network of offices including through the Midlands, as well being able to leverage the expertise of complementary practice areas including wealth management and tax.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

Led by the 'technically strong' Claire Johnson, the 'knowledgeable, friendly and approachable' seven-strong team at Geldards LLP is 'professional and very organised when it comes to dealing with private clients'. Praised for its 'willingness to go the extra mile', the team handles a broad range of wealth preservation and succession planning matters, as well as trust and estate administration, and has 'been excellent at building long term relationships with a variety of clients' - both in terms of direct instructions as well as in the form of referrals from tax accountants and financial advisers. 'Sharp minded and friendly' senior associate Anne Taylor is 'particularly in tune with wills, trusts and probate advice'. Associate Gillian Crouch is 'always chirpy and upbeat while maintaining a business-like approach and extreme professionalism', and is a key member of the team that also includes associate Laura Ikin, who provides 'clear and understandable explanations' in matters relating to wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, trusts, tax and estate planning.

Leading individuals

Claire Johnson - Geldards LLP

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property: Cardiff
Commercial property: Cardiff - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

Led by Susanne Bradley, the 'knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP  provides 'highly commercial advice' to a range of stakeholders on many significant local projects, where the firm is able to provide a holistic service (often including planning expertise) which stands out for its 'local knowledge and local contacts'. The team has recently handled some high-profile politically sensitive public sector mandates including representing the Welsh government on the new Aston Martin DBX crossover vehicle plant and on the viability of the proposed £315m Circuit of Wales race track in Ebbw Vale. Ioan Owen is 'very knowledgeable in property law', particularly as it pertains to the retail sector; he is advising Edinburgh Woollen Group on the management of its real estate portfolio. The 'commercially savvy' Rowland Davies is 'very focused on the big-picture business goals, while also mastering the minute details', and excels at handling long -term development projects. The 'very knowledgeable and experienced' Mike Jeffs has a 'great knowledge of the property market in south Wales' and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'responsive and pragmatic' Liz Ganderton,who provides advice across a broad range of property matters including property development and landlord and tenant matters. Adam Thomas is also recommended. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Cardiff Gate Business Park, Julian Hodge Bank and Peacock Stores.

Leading individuals

Rowland Davies - Geldards LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adam Thomas - Geldards LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Geldards LLP

Led by the 'professional and effective' Tony Norris, Geldards LLP 's multi-disciplinary infrastructure practice draws upon the expertise of construction lawyers and practitioners within the real estate, banking and public law teams from across the firm's Cardiff and Derby offices. Following on from his advice to the Welsh government on the construction aspects of the agreement with Aston Martin, Norris continues to provide ongoing construction advice in relation to the new Aston Martin DBX crossover vehicle plant on a 90-acre site at RAF Athan. Senior associate Suriya Edwards has a 'comprehensive knowledge of construction law', particularly on infrastructure projects, and is a key member of the team that also includes 'knowledgeable and very thorough' associate Joanne Maclean. Other clients include Cardiff Council, Arcadis Consulting and Admiral.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

The 'commercially-minded and well organised' team at Geldards LLP provides a 'fantastic level of service' across the gamut of non-contentious and contentious planning matters for private and public sector clients. The 'thorough and efficient' Charles Felgate has 'in-depth knowledge of planning law and has particular expertise on the subject of planning obligations'. Felgate excels in complex matters involving a contentious complexion and continues to represent the Welsh Ministers on the high-profile M4 corridor proposal- a matter which has generated substantial opposition and is currently undergoing a public inquiry as to its viability. 'Due to his substantial experience of commercial clients, Felgate is able to give public sector clients valuable insight into their likely litigation strategy', and this was recently underscored by successfully judicially reviewing a decision to list a former school in Wrexham, on behalf of its owner Wrexham County Borough Council. Huw Williams also has vast experience across a range of planning matters and 'excellent' senior associate Tomos Phillips provides a 'very reliable service' to public sector clients on planning matters. Other clients include Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Western Power Distribution.

Leading individuals

Charles Felgate - Geldards LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tomos Phillips - Geldards LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

The 'calm, knowledgeable and professional' two-partner team at Geldards LLP effectively 'combine legal expertise with practical realism' to provide a compelling service across the panoply of property-related disputes to clients including Associated British Ports, Arcadis and Celsa Steel. 'Very approachable and wise' team head Edward Meggitt assists many major retail clients on the management and protection of their property portfolios, and as well as his ongoing and longstanding work for Boots, Meggitt also represents Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Peacocks Group across a range of matters including in relation to lease renewal claims. The 'very commercial' Nicola Lawrence  is 'at the top of her game' and has developed a particular niche for handling work within the water sewerage industry by dint of her longstanding representation of Welsh Water.

Leading individuals

Edward Meggitt - Geldards LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Lawrence - Geldards LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

Headed by Susanne Bradley, Geldards LLP 's multi-disciplinary group handles a wide range of work within the social housing sector including on property, finance, litigation and employment matters. The team is particularly recognised for its 'strength on development issues', and in this regard, senior associate Harriet Morgan regularly handles work for housing associations on residential and mixed use developments. Morgan recently advised Newydd Housing Association (1974) on the purchase of three public houses to be developed for mixed use residential and leisure purposes. Liz Ganderton has particular expertise advising on property finance in the social housing sector. Clients include Cadarn Housing Group, Curo Group and Pembrokeshire Housing Association.

Leading individuals

Liz Ganderton - Geldards LLP

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

Now headed by IT and technology contracts expert Justin Harrington , following his arrival from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018 (former head Ceri Delemore retired in July 2017 and is now a consultant at the firm), Geldards LLP provides 'pragmatic and professional' advice to consumers and suppliers on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. Aided by a 'wide range of supporting lawyers who are able to advise on all nuances of the subject area', the team excels in handling major projects in both the public (where it generates a significant flow of work as a result of its NPS panel appointment for major contracts and IT work across Wales) and private sector (clients include Admiral, Novomatic and Celsa Group). Harrington brings with him a niche expertise advising on financial services-related technology projects, of particular benefit for the team given Cardiff's emergence in recent years as a significant fintech centre. Karen Collins  handles a wide variety of ICT work for both service providers and customers; she recently acted for the Welsh Football Trust on drafting the contract with Prospect Training Services (Gloucester) for the development and supply of the online platform and the online training courses. Other notable recent recruits include commercial contracts expert Chris Williams , who joined from Blake Morgan LLP in September 2017, and senior associate David Beynon, recruited in October 2017 from Osborne Clarke.

Leading individuals

Justin Harrington - Geldards LLP

Next generation lawyers

Karen Collins - Geldards LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Geldards LLP

The 'responsive and knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP provides a 'good all-round service' across both contentious and non-contentious IP matters for private and public sector clients including Mountain Warehouse, Cardiff University, National Museum of Wales and Wales Millennium Centre. The recent retirement of Ceri Delemore was a blow to the firm's capabilities on the non-contentious front, however, senior associate Karen Collins handles a range of trade mark and copyright work; she continues to manage the Sofa Brands group’s international trade mark portfolio. Michael Lindsey is recommended for his IP litigation work; he has recently represented the Welsh government in complex copyright-related proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Leading individuals

Michael Lindsey - Geldards LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Geldards LLP

'At the top of its game in all respects', Geldards LLP draws upon lawyers from its litigation, corporate, employment, property and charities teams to provide a multi-disciplinary service to numerous sports governing bodies and sports clubs including British Boxing Board of Control, Sports Wales and Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey. Team head Paul Hopkins offers a 'very personal service', and leveraging his 'considerable litigation skills' is best-known for handling contentious work within the sector. Hopkins recently secured a favourable settlement on behalf of the Elite Ice Hockey League (the professional ice hockey league in the UK) in a contractual dispute with the governing body of ice hockey in the UK, Ice Hockey UK, regarding a proposal to reduce the numbers of overseas players to boost home nation capability. The 'very responsive' Giselle Davies regularly handles work at the interface between sports and charities law including her recent representation of FAW Football in the Community which she has been advising on an agreement with Prospect Training Services (Gloucester) relating to the development and supply of an online training system and related services. The firm also handles sports management work through Engagesport, the wholly owned subsidiary established in 2012.

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