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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
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33013 CARDIFF
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www.capitallaw.co.uk

Wales

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP

The 'personable, enthusiastic, committed and engaged' team at Capital Law LLP is 'impressively strong at public law and regulatory/compliance issues' where it is able to provide 'expert advice on the Welsh jurisdiction and Wales’ specific legal requirements'. The team has picked up a significant amount of public sector work since its appointment to the NPS panel including Jeremy Williams' work for the Welsh government on the M4 relief road project, work which has expanded to include dealing with all the parties affected where the proposed relief road impacts on their interests. The 'very approachable and knowledgeable all-rounder' Nicola Mead-Batten has a 'real capacity for lateral thinking and a great commercial acumen', particularly as it relates to judicial review matters as demonstrated by her high-profile work alongside commercial litigator Stephen Meade for the British Medical Association. Senior associate Rhiannon Holtham 'has very strong waste procurement knowledge' and is acting for Caerphilly County Borough Council on the procurement of the Organics Waste treatment contract.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Williams - Capital Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Mead-Batten - Capital Law LLP

Rhiannon Holtham - 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

The ‚Äėproactive, pragmatic and entrepreneurial‚Äô five-partner team at¬†Capital Law LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėresponsive and efficient‚Äô service across the spectrum of corporate and commercial work including advice on M&A transactions, joint venture structuring and AIM placings. The team is, however, perhaps best-known for its private equity knowledge where it benefits from the expertise of the ‚Äėwell-connected‚Äô¬†Duncan Macintosh, who is able to impart ‚Äėdeep expertise‚Äô in the field as a result of his knowledge gleaned both from private practice, as well as his previous work in-house for 3i. The ‚Äėvery calm and productive‚Äô¬†Tom Kelleher¬†also has an excellent track record and recently advised WestBridge Capital on the ¬£29.4m secondary sale of Vista Retail to LDC. The ‚Äėattentive and tenacious‚Äô¬†Alys Carlton¬†has a particular niche advising management teams; she recently advised the senior managers of Metamark on Primary Capital‚Äôs ¬£62m management buyout (MBO) of the business. On the commercial front, the firm is developing a strong reputation in the cryptocurrency space, largely as a result of its work on behalf of core client Royal Mint subsidiary, RM Assets, on the development alongside CME Group of a blockchain-based gold trading platform. The ‚Äėcommitted and very dedicated‚Äô¬†Nicola McNeely¬†is ‚Äėexcellent on deals involving a strong technology component‚Äô and led on the aforementioned deal. UK-qualified German national¬†Marlies Hoecherl¬†is recommended for cross-border matters.

Leading individuals

Duncan Macintosh - Capital Law LLP

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP

The ‚Äėpersonable, enthusiastic, engaged and committed‚Äė five-partner team at Capital Law LLP¬†displays a ‚Äėbreadth of talent‚Äė which enables it to handle a broad spectrum of litigation running the gamut from corporate disputes through to high-stakes public law matters. Andrew Brown¬†has particular experience within the third-party funding sphere, and in a case which was funded through the firm‚Äôs own litigation fund, he is representing Deloitte, as the liquidator of DJ Litts, on its ¬£40m professional negligence claim against its former auditors for failing to detect and inform the innocent directors about a fraudulent ponzi scheme. Displaying a ‚Äėreal mastery of detail‚Äė, team head Stephen Meade¬†‚Äėconfidently handles complex litigation‚Äė for clients including the British Medical Association (BMA), which he is acting for in proceedings brought against the Secretary of State for Health for a declaration regarding the contractual effect of the Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA) scheme and the terms and conditions of service for consultants in England. Promoted to partner in November 2017, the ‚Äėextremely commercial'¬†Nicola Mead Batten¬†demonstrates ‚Äėobvious technical ability and a real capacity for lateral thinking‚Äė, particularly in relation to judicial review and public law matters. The team is rounded out at a partner level by the ‚Äėvery helpful'¬†Philip Jones, who excels at handling corporate and finance disputes, and IP litigator¬†Wayne Beynon.¬†¬†Other clients include Roadchef, Cardiff City Football Club and The Royal Mint.

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

Housed within the its broader commercial litigation offering, Capital Law LLP's 'responsive and thorough' debt recovery practice is appreciated by clients for its 'commerciality' which sees matters handled on a case-by-case basis and not through an automated system managed by paralegals.  Led by the 'very clever' Guto Llewelyn and managed under the framework of "Capital Collect" - which operates a "no-win-no-fee" service - the team provides a 'transparent debt recovery offering which keeps costs proportionate'. Llewelyn has a 'knack of unlocking disputes quickly' and regularly handles work for MSS Group on the recovery of debts owed to it by contractors. Other clients include Cardiff Blues RFC, Freshwater plc, Skillcert and Enterprise Rent a Car.

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 Limited

Led by Christopher Agius, Capital Law Limited Cardiff's banking team is particularly accomplished at handling property and development finance matters for lenders including Hodge Bank, HSBC and Santander. The team continues to handle a significant volume of matters for M5 Associates (a fund set up to provide development finance), including recently advising it on the provision of financing to facilitate the acquisition of development land in Luton, with planning permission for three residential tower blocks. Agius has also handled numerous matters for Handelsbanken, including advising it on a £5.3m loan to a Cardiff-based property company with an extensive portfolio of commercially let properties in and around south Wales. Associate Christopher Lewis  also has a focus on banking matters and regularly assists Agius on his matters. The team is also regularly aided by corporate partner Tom Kelleher , who has experience in corporate finance matters, and commercial property expert Leanne O’Brien, who regularly provides input on property finance matters.

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

Capital Law Limited

Able to provide a fully integrated service to a wide variety of stakeholders including debtors, creditors and IPs, by virtue of a strong litigation offering (which is able to leverage the firm's innovative litigation fund) and a debt recovery facility by dint of the firm's "Capital Collect" debt service,  Capital Law Limited  has broad coverage across the panoply of contentious and non-contentious mandates and provides a 'sophisticated understanding of the insolvency and restructuring market'. Praised for his 'very practical and down-to-earth approach to litigation', Philip Jones  is regularly involved in contentious insolvency matters including fraud cases and directors’ duties claims; Jones recently advised the liquidator of London Welsh Rugby Football, work which included advice on several asset disposals. Senior associate Maria Coggins regularly advises IPs and corporates on insolvency and restructuring matters, while associate Guto Llewelyn leads on the debt recovery front.

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff
Employment: Cardiff - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP

Capital Law LLP¬†‚Äės three-partner team provides ‚Äėexceptional customer service‚Äė and ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô advice across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious mandates to companies and organisations within the education, manufacturing, transport and retail sectors. Noted for its ‚Äėunrivalled level of care and attention‚Äô,¬†clients benefit from a holistic approach which not only includes legal advice but also HR consultancy services by dint of the firm‚Äôs integrated management consultancy, ‚ÄúCapital People‚ÄĚ. ‚ÄėPersonable and effective‚Äô team head Nia Cooper¬† ‚Äėalways instils confidence with her calm and considered manner and astute advice‚Äô, particularly as it pertains to¬†large-scale projects involving TUPE, collective redundancy issues or changes to terms and conditions, in addition to employment tribunal representation. The ‚Äėhighly skilled and well-prepared‚Äô Iestyn Morris¬†is particularly accomplished at handling work within the education sector and recently successfully defended a National Association of Head Teachers‚Äô member in a fitness to practice proceeding. Trade union law specialist Richard Thomas¬†is also recommended, while at associate level, Sarah Austin¬† specialises in the employment law issues associated with corporate transactions handled by the firm, and Welsh speaking associate Esyllt Green¬† has extensive experience in the retail sector having formerly worked in-house at B&Q.¬†Clients include British Medical Association, University of South Wales, Westbridge Capital and Dow Corning.

Leading individuals

Iestyn Morris - Capital Law LLP

Nia Cooper - Capital Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Esyllt Green - Capital Law LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP

Sitting within the firm's broader employment team, Capital Law LLP 's immigration offering provides particular expertise on corporate UK in-bound immigration matters with a particular specialism in Tiers 1 and 2 of the points based system. The arrival in December 2017 of associate Jennifer Pinder from Berry Smith has strengthened the team that also includes solicitor Alex Christen, whose expertise includes assisting companies to become licensed sponsors and providing immigration due diligence on corporate transactions. As well as standalone immigration work and training sessions with which the firm regularly runs (most notably recently regarding the implications of Brexit on corporate immigration issues), the team is also able to leverage the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, and regularly advises them on the business immigration implications of business transfers.

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Wales: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law LLP

Capital Law LLP 's 'very innovative commercial dispute resolution team' approaches professional negligence work with 'great ingenuity and expertise', for both claimants and defendants. Headed by the 'very commercial and effective' Andrew Brown, the firm has handled several professional negligence claims under the umbrella of its own litigation fund, Capital Dispute Finance, including on behalf of Deloitte, as liquidators of DJ Litts on its £40m professional negligence claim against its former auditors who failed to detect and inform the innocent directors about a ponzi scheme being run by one of the directors of the company. The 'highly experienced, technical and personable' Stephen Meade also has expertise in the area and alongside Brown is representing claimants in a multimillion-pound action brought against their former lawyers alleging losses brought about by their negligent advice in relation to the terms of a freezing order to which the clients were subject to. 'Detail-oriented' solicitor Lucy Emanual is also recommended.

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Wales: Real estate

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

Capital Law LLP

The 'excellent' team at Capital Law LLP provides 'clear and prompt advice' to a varied mix of stakeholders including large corporates, SMEs, developers, lenders, landlords and tenants. Team head Leanne O'Brien is well-known for her real estate work within the education sector; she represents the University of South Wales on disposal matters associated with its Caerleon Campus. The 'authoritative' Justin Mason is a 'safe pair of hands' and continues to lead a multi-disciplinary team, including banking, procurement and construction practitioners, on behalf of Porthcawl Harbourside CIC on a £7m regeneration project at Porthcawl Harbour. Mason has also been instrumental in growing the firm's presence in work emanating outside of Wales, and recently advised London-based law firm Sharpe Pritchard LLP on its move to a newly refurbished office space in Clerkenwell, London. Active across a range of commercial property matters, Jon Ely also has a niche assisting clients in the registered provider sector on their varied commercial property portfolios. Banking partner Christopher Agius is regularly engaged in real estate finance work.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Capital Law LLP

Capital Law LLP has a 'good understanding and appreciation of the construction industry' and handles work for developers, contractors, utility providers and local/national government bodies on matters throughout the life-cycle of a construction project. 'Unflappable and solid' associate Stuart Pearson is developing a strong reputation across both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and as well as assisting Williams on many of his matters he has also regularly leads on transactions. On the contentious front, Pearson is appreciated for his 'very pragmatic approach and willingness to explore all possibilities to achieve a good result'. Associate Sam O'Callaghan is also praised for his 'good working knowledge of the construction industry' and is particularly accomplished at handling adjudication work. Other clients include Arup, The Royal Mint, Dragon LNG and Welsh Power.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Williams - Capital Law LLP

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

The 'responsive' team at Capital Law LLP provides 'practical and easy to understand advice' across a broad spread of work in the IT sector including as it relates to e-commerce, software licensing and cloud-based matters. The 'very personable, committed and likeable' Nicola McNeely is a 'real star', whose work has recently focused on representing Royal Mint (with who she is currently on secondment) in relation to its groundbreaking digital asset trading platform for gold.  'Excellent' senior associate Maria Coggins handles a wide array of commercial work in the IT and telecoms space, and recently assisted McNeely on the representation of One Team Logic on data protection work including in relation to GDPR compliance matters. Wayne Beynon is also recommended for IT disputes. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, EUI and TXO Systems.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP

Headed by the 'attentive and responsive' Wayne Beynon, Capital Law LLP's two-partner team provides a 'thorough service' across the gamut of IP matters for clients including Royal Mint, Cardiff City Football Club and the British Medical Association. The team has been particularly active in the fintech sector, where Nicola McNeely (who has 'an excellent knowledge of IP law') has been instrumental in the work for Royal Mint on the establishment of its groundbreaking digital asset trading platform for gold (work which included expertise in relation to the blockchain technology it uses). Online copyright infringement work is another area of growth for the team, as illustrated by Beynon's partnership with Pixsy to provide copyright litigation services to its clients in the UK. Associate Guto Llewelyn is gaining a growing reputation for handling contentious IP work including his representation of Memoria, one of the UK's leading funeral service providers, in trade mark infringement proceedings against one of its main competitors.

Leading individuals

Wayne Beynon - Capital Law LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP

Capital Law LLP has established a strong client base within the film and TV industries and regularly advises prominent clients including S4C and Handmade Films across a variety of commercial and IP work, as well as in relation to other legal issues including employment and corporate, should the need arise. Although as a trainee solicitor Fiona Peet is at a relatively junior level, the calibre of work and experience within the sector (she was formerly head of legal and business affairs at a Welsh independent TV production company) belie her years, to the extent that she leads on numerous matters including advising branding and content company, Smörgåsbord, on the talent agreement for Welsh actor Luke Evans' starring role in the Visit Wales campaign. Peet also recently assisted Tom Kelleher on his work for The  Football Show on the development of a bespoke production agreement it recently made with Zig Zag Productions. IP expert Wayne Beynon is also regularly engaged in media and entertainment-related work.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law LLP

Headed by Wayne Beynon, Capital Law LLP's sports team leverages the strength of its litigation, commercial and IP departments, in particular, to provide a 'very strong service' to numerous sports clubs including Cardiff City Football Club (CCFC). Recent highlights include Beynon's ongoing representation of CCFC in a high-profile contractual dispute with the club's former chairman, Sam Hammam.

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