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CAPITAL BUILDING, TYNDALL STREET, CARDIFF, CF10 4AZ, WALES
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Work 0333 2400 489
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Fax 0333 2400 487
DX:
33013 CARDIFF
Email:
Web:
https://www.capitallaw.co.uk

Wales

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Under the guidance of the β€˜assiduous’ Jeremy Williams, Capital Law LLP has successfully developed a β€˜strong public sector’ practice, which draws on the expertise of lawyers from the construction, employment, commercial litigation and real estate departments. Williams is representing the Welsh government on the M4 relief road project which has included advising on the drafting and negotiation of agreements with various statutory undertakers and private sector companies where the proposed relief road impacts on their interests. β€˜Highly knowledgeable and determined’ commercial litigator Stephen Meade has significant public law expertise, particularly within the health sector, where he has been involved in three judicial reviews brought against health sector bodies on behalf of the British Medical Association (BMA). β€˜Excellent’ associate Nicola Mead-Batten β€˜brings a cerebral approach to all she does’, and has been involved in the aforementioned BMA judicial review work alongside Meade. Iestyn Morris leads the education team and recently led the firm’s advice to Cardiff and Vale Further Education College on its acquisition of leading skills training provider, ACT. The team was bolstered in May 2016 by the arrival of procurements and projects associate Rhiannon Holtham from Clarkslegal LLP. Clients include Finance Wales, The Royal Mint and Welsh Language Commissioner.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Williams - Capital Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Mead-Batten - Capital Law 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

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

The β€˜very strong and commercial’ five-partner team at Capital Law LLP β€˜punches above its weight’ and provides a β€˜client-friendly and pragmatic service’ across a range of corporate and commercial matters, to businesses of all sizes – from start-ups to large corporates. The team has built up a particular specialism in private equity transactions in Wales and nationwide, where the team can provide β€˜very cost-effective advice’ to sponsors, management teams and investees. The β€˜very technical’ Tom Kelleher (who is β€˜excellent at seeing the wood from the trees’) continues to pick up a steady stream of work for WestBridge Capital, including recently advising it on its Β£10.5m secondary buyout of ISG Technology from RJD Partners. Formerly an in-house lawyer at 3i prior to setting up the law firm, β€˜very experienced’ team head Duncan Macintosh has β€˜significant expertise’ within the private equity space and has deep connections within the London market. Praised for her β€˜calmness under pressure and tenacity’, Alys Carlton regularly acts for management teams on private equity-related M&A, and is also the lead relationship partner for Admiral Group and Waymade. Other clients include Finance Wales, Active Energy Group and Inspire Growth Wales.

Leading individuals

Duncan Macintosh - Capital Law LLP

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Capital Law LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’ five-partner team has the strength-in-depth to handle a wide range of commercial litigation matters, from complex judicial reviews to shareholder and corporate disputes. β€˜Formidable’ team head Stephen Meade (who β€˜excels in highly technical matters’) is acting alongside senior associate Nicola Mead-Batten (who attracts praise for her β€˜very broad experience across a wide range of public sector and regulatory disputes’) for the British Medical Association (BMA) on numerous matters, including a high-profile judicial review challenging the Secretary of State for Health’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England. The firm is also beginning to reap the rewards of the third-party litigation fund it established in January 2016; in a recent mandate arising from this initiative, the firm is representing Fix Training in a Β£4m breach of contract claim against the Welsh government. Andrew Brown led on this matter and established the fund along with the β€˜very well-connected’ Christopher Nott. Other recommended partners include the β€˜hugely experienced’ Philip Jones, who handles a myriad corporate and financial disputes, and the β€˜tactical and responsive’ Wayne Beynon, who is singled out for IP disputes. Other clients include Cardiff City Football Club, The Royal Mint and Bunzl.

Leading individuals

Andrew Brown - Capital Law LLP

Philip Jones - Capital Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Mead-Batten - Capital Law LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Sitting within its broader litigation group and praised for its β€˜real depth of service’, Capital Law LLP’s debt recovery offering, which falls under the firm’s "Capital Collect" service, provides a β€˜bespoke and personal’ service. β€˜Canny but charming litigator’ Guto Llewelyn heads the team, which is praised for its β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’ service and β€˜no-nonsense and logical advice’. Llewelyn worked alongside Andrew Brown for Fix Training on the successful recovery of Β£4m in unpaid invoices owed by the Welsh government. Other clients include Enterprise Rent a Car, The European Petroleum Refiners’ Association and Cardiff Blues RFC.

Next generation lawyers

Guto Llewelyn - Capital Law LLP

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Led by Christopher Agius, Capital Law LLP’s banking and finance team has begun to diversify its lending work beyond its core property finance specialism to include a growing number of corporate banking mandates. Agius recently advised Hodge Bank on the Β£4m refinancing of a mixed-use portfolio of 16 properties. Straddling both the corporate and finance teams, the β€˜client-friendly and commercial’ Tom Kelleher has strong private equity connections and has been involved in the financing aspects of numerous deals for private equity firms, including acting for a UK-based private equity house involved in an MBO which required both senior debt and mezzanine financing facilities. Property finance specialist Leanne O’Brien is also recommended. Other clients include Finance Wales, Santander and RBS.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Capital Law LLP’s cross-disciplinary insolvency offering ensures that it is well placed to provide a comprehensive service to IPs, directors and creditors across transactional, restructuring and formal insolvency processes. Senior partner Duncan Macintosh regularly handles distressed M&A mandates as demonstrated by his recent work for Energist on the acquisition of certain assets from the administrator of Chromogenex Technologies. As part of his broad-ranging litigation practice, Philip Jones receives instructions from IPs on wrongful and fraudulent trading claims. β€˜Pragmatic and user-friendly’ associate Guto Llewelyn heads the firm’s "Capital Collect" service and regularly handles debt recovery work for IPs. Other clients include Menzies, Finance Wales and Deloittes.

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff
Employment: Cardiff - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP

Praised for its β€˜innovative and proactive approach’, Capital Law LLP provides β€˜commercial and focused advice’ to private sector clients from a broad range of industry sectors, including education, manufacturing, transport and retail. It also handles an increasing public sector workload, and was appointed in 2015 to the nascent National Procurement Services (NPS)’ All-Wales Solicitors’ panel for employment matters. The β€˜business-savvy and client-friendly’ Nia Cooper heads the 16-lawyer team and recently provided strategic advice to Smart Solutions on collective grievances raised by a number of agency workers regarding national minimum wage, working time and deductions from pay. The β€˜very accessible and knowledgeable’ Richard Thomas (Who β€˜knows the case law on industrial action like the back of his hand’) recently advised the British Medical Association (BMA) on the legal process and requirements for its decision to ballot members for industrial action. As part of his broad-ranging expertise, Iestyn Morris regularly handles high-profile employment litigation; he recently represented the Disabled People’s Employment Corporation in the defence of class actions brought by three trade unions and over 1,600 employees. Associates Esyllt Green and Sarah Austin are recommended for their tribunal and corporate support work, respectively.

Leading individuals

Iestyn Morris - Capital Law LLP

Nia Cooper - Capital Law LLP

Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

Esyllt Green - Capital Law LLP

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Employment: Elsewhere in Wales
Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

Esyllt Green - Capital Law LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Sitting within the firm’s broader employment group, Capital Law LLP’s immigration offering provides a β€˜responsive and very knowledgeable service’. The β€˜calm and very professional’ Alexandra Christen is recommended across a range of matters including in relation to Tier 2 of the points-based system where she is able to β€˜translate the requirements of the Home Office into simpler terms’. Associate Esyllt Green is also recommended. Clients include Graig Shipping, Creditsafe Business Solutions and Formatt-Hitech.

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property: Cardiff
Commercial property: Cardiff - ranked: tier 3

Capital Law LLP

Recently enhanced by a number of strategic hires, most notably the arrival of Jon Ely, former head of property at Lewis Silkin LLP’s Cardiff office, Capital Law LLP has the critical mass to handle a significant volume and variety of mandates for both private and public sector clients. On the public sector front, Leanne O’Brien, Ely and construction partner Jeremy Williams have been advising the Welsh government on third party land rights affected by the planned M4 Relief Road. O’Brien also undertakes a significant amount of property work in the education sector; she is continuing to advise University of South Wales on disposal matters associated with its Caerleon campus. Justin Mason has niche expertise handling marina developments and continues to lead cross-departmental teams advising Porthcawl Harbourside CIC on a Β£7m regeneration project at Porthcawl Harbour, and assisting Bayscape Limited with the mixed-use scheme at Cardiff Marina. Other clients include Santander, Cardiff and Vale College, and Associated British Ports.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Led by the β€˜experienced’ Jeremy Williams, Capital Law LLP’s construction practice has made great strides since its inception and is regularly instructed by developers, contractors and utility providers across the lifecycle of a construction project. β€˜A very safe pair of hands on construction projects’, Williams has a β€˜real understanding of the Welsh market’ and is advising the Welsh government on the M4 Relief Road project – including drafting agreements with various statutory undertakers and private sector companies where the proposed relief road impacts on their interests. Williams also continues to represent the Royal Mint on the design and build of its new visitors centre. Associate Stuart Pearson attracts praise for β€˜his knowledge of the non-contentious side of construction contracts, which allows him to really capitalise on the strengths of his clients’ cases’. The arrival of associate Rhiannon Holtham from Clarkslegal LLP adds further depth on the non-contentious front. Other clients conclude Welsh Power Group, Dragon LNG and Arup Consulting Engineers.

Next generation lawyers

Stuart Pearson - Capital Law LLP

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Capital Law LLP’s wide-ranging IT practice encompasses e-commerce, software licensing and cloud-based work. Team head Nicola McNeely regularly assists technology companies on corporate transactions in the sector, as well as on the delivery of IT services. McNeely recently advised Object Matrix with revisions to a number of its core IT contracts. Wayne Beynon focuses on IT disputes and represented a healthcare app developer in an IT contract dispute against Swansea University, and acted for AGL Energy in a complex software contract dispute with providers of software and IT support for the operation of wind turbines in west Wales. Other clients include The Royal Mint, Veezu Holdings and Bio Trading.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

The β€˜responsive and very commercial’ two-partner team at Capital Law LLP provides β€˜added value’ to private and public sector clients of varying sizes. Its expertise runs the gamut of IP matters, including portfolio management, IP due diligence related to corporate transactions, licensing, and disputes. β€˜Hardworking, responsive and approachable’ team head Wayne Beynon covers a broad range of IP litigation and provides β€˜advice which is based on sound legal principles and delivered with a realism for the situation at hand’. He recently represented Cardiff ProTides, the owner of a series of valuable patents for cancer drugs, in a dispute concerning its entitlement for payment under the terms of its patent licence agreement with Scottish pharmaceutical company Nucana BioMed. The β€˜responsive and commercial’ Nicola McNeely is β€˜great at IP strategy’, with an emphasis on assisting start-ups with the protection and commercialisation of their IPR. She recently drafted a template collaboration agreement on behalf of The University of South Wales for use in its Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies. Other clients include The Royal Mint, The British Medical Association and Cardiff City Football Club.

Leading individuals

Wayne Beynon - Capital Law LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

Although Capital Law LLP saw the departures of several figures, including most recently Sara Griffiths, who joined Loosemores Solicitors in January 2017, the firm still handles a significant amount of work in the area and can call on practitioners from other practice areas including corporate and commercial, and employment where necessary. Wayne Beynon and Nicola McNeely bring considerable IP knowledge to bear on media and entertainment matters; McNeely advised US company Tiny Rebel Games on numerous matters relating to the launch of the new Doctor Who game. Associate Jennifer Cottle, who joined the firm in September 2016 from Dolmans has significant expertise, particularly in the sports arena. Clients include Handmade Films, Orchard Media and International Greetings UK.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP (Cardiff)

A β€˜strong presence in the area’, Capital Law LLP’s sports team handles the gamut of legal issues, from interpretation of the laws of the game, to advising on governance structures, broadcasting agreements, player disciplinary tribunals, sponsorship agreements, employment matters, corporate transactions and real estate developments. Team head Wayne Beynon has β€˜good tactical sense and excellent attention to detail’; he regularly handles litigation for Cardiff City Football Club, and acted for the club in a Welsh Football Association appointed arbitration against one of the club’s directors regarding his compliance with fiduciary duties. Associate Jennifer Cottle joined in 2016 from Dolmans and brings expertise acting for sports governing bodies; she is legal adviser to the board of the Federation of Disability Sport Wales. Other clients include Cardiff Blues, Golf Union of Wales, and R&L Golf.

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