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Wales

Corporate and commercial
Corporate and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law Limited

The ‚Äėentrepreneurial and pragmatic‚Äô team at¬†Capital Law Limited¬†provides 'very commercial advice' across public company M&A and private equity work, both locally and outside of Wales. Formerly in-house at 3i, ‚Äėresponsive and accessible‚Äô senior partner¬†Duncan Macintosh¬†has superb insight into work for sponsors and investee companies, and is a key member of the team that also includes¬†Alys Carlton¬†and¬†Tom Kelleher, both of whom handle most of the day-to-day mandates and co-lead the corporate department. Associate¬†Laura Spendiff¬†has a flourishing reputation in the SME space, and has a focus on early-stage investment work and spin-out and venture capital investments.

Practice head(s):Alys Carlton; Tom Kelleher

Other key lawyers:Duncan Macintosh, Laura Spendiff

Testimonials

'Very well respected, advising on M&A transactions with very strong credentials in private equity.'

'Duncan Macintosh is a class act who has seen it all'

'The very well respected and extremely experienced Tom Kelleher is one of the stand out corporate lawyers in the region, especially for private equity work'

'Tom Kelleher is level headed and unflappable'

'The very approachable Alys Carlton is an excellent corporate lawyer, with specific expertise of advising management teams.'

'Alys Carlton excels in private equity matters and has a great network in London and South Wales'

Key Clients

WestBridge Capital

Development Bank of Wales

Cairngorm Capital

NCL Technology Ventures

Cardiff City Football Club

British Medical Association

DevOpsGroup Limited

Admiral Group plc (via its main trading subsidiary, EUI Limited)

PCI Pharma Services

Veezu Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Simply Do Ideas in an equity fundraise, made by various angel investors and the Development Bank of Wales.
  • Acted for Development Bank of Wales in a debt and equity investment in World Class Finance.
  • Acted for Novum Securities in relation to their role as placing agent and joint broker for Nu-Oil and Gas Plc
  • Acted for NCL Technology Ventures on its investment in Andiamo Ltd.
  • Acted for DevOpsGroup in a £3m equity investment from the British Growth Fund.
Leading individuals

Alys Carlton - Capital Law Limited

Duncan Macintosh - Capital Law Limited

Tom Kelleher - Capital Law Limited

Rising stars

 Laura Spendiff  - Capital Law Limited

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law Limited

Jointly headed by Jon Ely and Nicola Mead-Batten, Capital Law Limited 's four-partner team has an 'excellent appreciation of the Welsh public sector', and continues to pick up an increased flow of work in the area by dint of its appointment on to the National Procurement Services Solicitors framework. The team is also active in public sector-related work outside of Wales and this was recently underscored by the firm's appointment to the Crown Commercial Services panel, enabling it to handle work throughout the UK. Mead-Batten has 'broad experience across a wide range of public sector and regulatory matters' and is particularly noted for her administrative and judicial review expertise. Senior associate Rhiannon Holtham has a strong reputation for handling procurement and state aid matters. The arrival in September 2018 of senior associate Trish D’Souza  from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  strengthens the firm's offering in the education space, in particular. Jeremy Williams departed in March 2018 to set up his own legal consultancy practice.

Practice head(s):Jon Ely and Nicola Mead-Batten

Other key lawyers:Rhiannon Holtham; Trish D'Souza

Testimonials

The firm provides a pragmatic approach to finding solutions and legal risk

Capital Law are full service proposition with a developing public sector client base

Nicola Mead-Batten combines a formidable depth of knowledge of regulatory practice and procedure with a delightful sense of humour

Key Clients

The Royal Mint

Welsh Government

Welsh Language Commissioner

Future Generations Commissioner

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Gambling Commission

UK Anti-Doping

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hawarden High School in defending a judicial review challenge against its decision to teach a pupil in isolation.
  • Advised Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council on its waste procurement projects.
  • The firm advises the Welsh Language Commissioner on statutory interpretation of Welsh Language Measures and the connected regulations, often in the medium of Welsh.
  • Advised the Welsh Government on the proposed M4 relief road project, the largest infrastructure project in Wales in recent years.
  • Advised The Royal Mint on a new, sustainable energy project to construct a single wind turbine.
Next Generation Partners

Nicola Mead-Batten - Capital Law Limited

Rising stars

 Rhiannon Holtham  - Capital Law Limited

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law Limited

Led by the 'highly experienced and technically excellent' Stephen Meade, Capital Law Limited 's 15-strong team has the critical mass to handle a broad spectrum of litigation, which runs the gamut from corporate disputes through to high-stakes public law matters. The firm has developed an excellent reputation in the healthcare sector and continues to pick up a significant flow of work for the British Medical Association, including some high-profile judicial review matters. The 'commercial and effective' Andrew Brown is well regarded in the third party funding market and was central to the establishment of the firm's own litigation fund, Capital Dispute Finance. Nicola Mead-Batten is praised for her 'lateral thinking' and puts this to good effect on public law-related disputes, in particular. Philip Jones regularly handles GP partnership disputes, as part of his broad ranging offering.

Practice head(s):Stephen Meade

Other key lawyers:Andrew Brown; Philip Jones; Wayne Beynon; Nicola Mead-Batten; Guto Llewelyn

Testimonials

'A welcoming practice that makes the client feel at ease.'

'The team is strong and appears to work together well.'

'Produced a good strategic route map of the process.'

'Wayne Beynon and Philip Jones are always available for contact, and  both have a practical approach and give the impression that they are looking for quick and appropriate solutions rather than trying to increase billing.'

'Andrew Brown and Guto Llewellyn are very commercial with lots of business sense.'

'Nicola Mead-Batten is fiercely intelligent but also very approachable.'

Key Clients

Roadchef (Employee Benefits Trustees Limited)

Will David

DJ Litts (Firearms) Ltd

Hartley Pensions Trustees Limited and Hartley Pensions Limited

Cardiff City Football Club

Enterprise Insurance Company Plc (in liquidation)

British Medical Association

British Airwaysx

British Medical Association – Bawa Garba

Work highlights

  • Advising Roadchef on claims against HMRC.
  • Instructed by a private client in an unfair prejudice petition and brought proceedings against the company for repayment of a £125,000 loan.
  • Represented the liquidators of DJ Litts in a £82m professional negligence claim against the company's former accountants and auditors.
  • Advised Cardiff City Football Club on the investigation into the conduct of former representatives of the club in the £9m transfer of Danish footballer Andreas Cornelius.
  • Acting for Cardiff City Football Club in High Court proceedings against its former chairman, Sam Hammam.
Leading individuals

Andrew Brown - Capital Law Limited

Philip Jones - Capital Law Limited

Stephen Meade - Capital Law Limited

Next Generation Partners

Nicola Mead-Batten - Capital Law Limited

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law Limited

Led by 'personable and pragmatic' senior associate Guto Llewelyn, Capital Law Limited's six-strong team handles debt recovery work for corporate clients of the firm, as well as receiving regular referral work from accountants, insolvency practitioners and membership organisations. The team is praised for its 'transparent and commercial debt recovery offering' which sees matters handled on a case-by-case basis and not through an automated system managed by a paralegal. Clients seeking the recovery of larger debts can also potentially access the firm's own litigation fund - Capital Dispute Finance.

Practice head(s):Guto Llewelyn

Other key lawyers:Philip Jones; Andrew Brown; Stephen Meade

Key Clients

Cardiff City Football Club

Cardiff Blues RFC

MSS Group

Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited

Sonovate Limited

Menzies LLP

Doyle Davies Limited

Skillcert Limited

The Westdale Press Limited

MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co

Work highlights

  • Represents MSS Group on its debt recovery work.
  • Retained by Menzies LLP, a national firm of insolvency practitioners, to deal with its book debt collection in the insolvencies that it manages.
  • Represents the Development Bank of Wales to deal with all of its statutory demands.
  • Retained by MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co to provide vital advice on debt recovery matters originating from breach of contract by customers in England and Wales.
  • Retained by Sonovate Limited to recover debts from its customers.
Rising stars

Guto Llewelyn - Capital Law Limited

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Capital Law Limited

Although it remains best-known for its property finance prowess, under the leadership of Christopher Agius, Capital Law Limited 's eight-strong team has successfully expanded the scope of its practice to include a growing amount of standalone corporate finance work, in addition to general ongoing banking work for the firm's roster of corporate clients. Associate Christopher Lewis also assists on a significant amount of the firm's property finance matters and has been a key practitioner responsible for the firm's growing presence in the corporate lending space.

Practice head(s):Christopher Agius

Other key lawyers:Christopher Lewis; Huw Thomas

Key Clients

Santander UK Plc

Hodge Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Royal Bank of Scotland

Unity Trust Bank

Allied Irish Bank

M5 Associated Limited

RBS Social & Community Capital

Development Bank of Wales

Charity Bank Limited

HSBC Bank

Barclays Bank

Metro Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Howard Tenens Limited on a £70m refinancing facility with HSBC, redeeming Barclays.
  • Advised Julian Hodge Bank on the refinancing of a hotel group whose property assets are based in London.
  • Represented Handelsbanken on an £8m loan to a property investment company.
  • Acting for a south Wales-based higher education establishment on its borrowing of over £16m from Santander.
  • Represented a healthcare group on term loan and revolving credit facilities of in excess of £7m.
Rising stars

Christopher Lewis - Capital Law Limited

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law Limited

Capital Law Limited provides an integrated service to debtors, creditors and IPs by virtue of a strong litigation and a debt recovery facility. Able to leverage his broader commercial litigation prowess, team head Philip Jones has a particular strength at handling contentious insolvency matters, including as it relates to fraud cases and directors' duties claims.

Practice head(s):Philip Jones; Duncan Macintosh

Key Clients

Menzies LLP

Deloitte LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Energist Limited

Grant Thornton

Development Bank of Wales

Brian and Dolly Pickering

Spindogs

Anthony and Andrea Lewis

Work highlights

  • Defence of arbitration proceedings for Grant Thornton as the provisional liquidator of Enterprise Insurance Company plc.
  • Acted for Gareth Holohan as defendant to a £750,000 claim issued by Gary Stones, liquidator of Engage4Life Limited (in liquidation).
  • Advising the liquidator of Enterprise Insurance Company plc in a claim against Leeds United FC.
Leading individuals

Philip Jones - Capital Law Limited

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Wales: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law Limited

Capital Law Limited maintains a significant presence in the employment field, particularly in relation to contentious work - where it is noted for its 'strategic and tactical advice' for both employers and employees across issues ranging from disability discrimination to unfair dismissal, despite the departure towards the end of 2018 of former team head Nia Cooper and Iestyn Morris for in-house roles. On the non-contentious front, in addition to handling ongoing day-to-day employment support for corporate clients of the firm, it also regularly handles major strategic matters, including TUPE issues associated with business reorganisations. Team head Richard Thomas excels at trade union and labour relations law.

Practice head(s):Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:Sarah Austin; Mary Goldsbrough; Jennifer Pinder; David Lewis

Key Clients

British Medical Association

Sega Europe Limited

University of South Wales

Dow Silicones UK Limited

Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited

MTR Crossrail

Panasonic Manufacturing Limited

WestBridge Capital LLP

Welsh Government

Newport City Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh Government on the drafting of its NHS Wales Bill 2018.
  • Advising Westbridge Capital on the employment aspects of the management buyout of A J Mobility.
  • Representing Newport City Homes on a major contractual change programme it was implementing for all staff.
  • Defence of a claim brought against Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited by a former recruitment consultant for constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Advising Remploy Limited on the application of TUPE in relation to the cessation/winding down of the Work Choice and Work Programme schemes and the introduction of the Work and Health Programme.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law Limited

Capital Law Limited excels at handling business immigration matters for standalone clients, as well as on behalf of the firm's broader corporate client base. The team has a particular specialism advising employers on becoming and retaining sponsor status, as well as on tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system. In light of the recent political turmoil, another recent area of activity has been advising companies with large EU workforces on the implications of Brexit. Senior associate Jennifer Pinder is recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:Alex Christen; Jennifer Pinder

Key Clients

Graig Shipping Plc

Creditsafe Business Solutions Limited

Ioma UK Limited

SRK Consulting (UK) Limited

Sigma Systems Limited

Garcia Integrale Consulting Limited

Cass Hayward LLP

Upstream Works Software Ltd

Sonovate Ltd

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

Rising stars

Jennifer Pinder - Capital Law Limited

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Wales: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law Limited

Capital Law Limited 'approaches matters with ingenuity and expertise', in negligence claims brought against a number of professions, including solicitors, accountants and surveyors. The 'commercial and effective' Andrew Brown has particular third party litigation funding expertise and continues to run numerous professional negligence matters through the firm's own fund - Capital Dispute Finance. 'One to watch', associate Lucy Emanuel 'has already amassed considerable experience across the business end of the professional negligence field', and regularly handles claimant work against accountants, auditors and insolvency practitioners.

Practice head(s):Stephen Meade and Andrew Brown

Other key lawyers:Philip Jones; Lucy Emanuel

Testimonials

'Practical and cost-effective, founded on a wealth of experience and technical knowledge.'

'A very experienced and competent professional negligence team who are familiar with hard-nosed commercial litigation plus the various options for funding such litigation.'

'Philip Jones' down-to-earth and approachable style, belies a wealth of litigation experience and legal knowledge.'

'Lucy Emanuel is very smart, efficient and easy to deal with.'

Key Clients

DJ Litts (Firearms) Ltd (in liquidation)

Howard Tenens

Hartley Pension

British Medical Association

Mr and Mrs Pickering

Deloitte

Work highlights

  • The team represented a company (in liquidation) in a £82m claim brought against its accountants and auditors for failing to detect and report that a ponzi scheme was being run through the company accounts.
  • Acting on behalf of a claimant developer in a multimillion-pound professional negligence claim against the project manager, quantity surveyor and contract administrator.
  • Acting on behalf of a pension trustee and operator in respect of a claim against a third-party trustee for paying away money, held on trust, in breach of its professional obligations and/or fiduciary duties.
  • Acting on behalf of a claimant in a claim against its former solicitor for negligent advice in respect of a disciplinary process.
Rising stars

Lucy Emanuel - Capital Law Limited

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property - ranked: tier 3

Capital Law Limited

Led by Leanne O’Brien, Capital Law Limited 's four-partner team provides 'commercial and pragmatic advice' to a range of private and public sector stakeholders, including investors, developers and financiers, primarily on local real estate projects. Working closely with the firm's construction team, the firm is also increasingly active advising on renewable energy-related real estate matters.

Practice head(s):Leanne O'Brien

Other key lawyers:Justin Mason; Jon Ely

Testimonials

'The team has a good understanding of property-related matters.'

'Jon Ely is very capable, knowledgeable and quick to respond when required.'

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Inmarsat Global

Howard Tenens

Associated British Ports

Cognatum Environ Developments

University of South Wales

Valleys to Coast Housing Association

Memoria Limited

Gan Plc

Land Securities Group Plc

Work highlights

  • The firm acted for TVS on the lease of a new-build warehouse in Banbury, Oxfordshire (a development by DB Symmetry).
  • Advising the University of South Wales on the disposal of its Caerleon campus.
  • Advising Associated British Ports, and the original landowner on the disposal of Barry Waterfront dock site to a consortium of developers.
  • Assisting the Welsh Government on the development of a new corridor of the M4 motorway around Newport, South Wales
  • Acting for The Royal Mint on the construction of their daffodil inspired wind turbine.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Capital Law Limited

Now headed by Stuart Pearson following the departure of Jeremy Williams in April 2018 to establish his own consultancy firm, Capital Law Limited continues to develop a strong practice, particularly in relation to the construction aspects of energy and infrastructure projects. This particular area of focus was also recently enhanced following the arrival in November 2018 of associate Kate Evans  from Stephens Scown LLP, who herself has a niche focus on renewables-related construction matters. The team typically represents either the central government or a local authority in such matters, although it is by no means absent on the private sector front, with clients including contractors and developers.

Practice head(s):Stuart Pearson

Other key lawyers:Kate Evans

Testimonials

A relatively new player into the market who punch above their weight and are getting instructions which other larger more established firms are envious of

Stuart Pearson is a real gentle giant, who just gets his head down and gets the work done.

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Caerphilly County Borough Council

The Royal Mint

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Bridgend College

University of South Wales

Howard Tenens

Intelle Construction

Development Bank of Wales

Hodge Limited

Work highlights

  • Retained by the Welsh Government to provide construction advice surrounding the M4 Corridor – the largest infrastructure project in Wales in recent years.
  • Advised Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council on the procurement and contractual documentation of a £10m Dry-Mixed Recyclate Facility in Bryn Pica.
  • Represented Royal Mint in the construction of a wind turbine, as part of a sustainable energy project.
  • Advising Bridgend College on the development of its £30m STEAM Academy based on the NEC3 forms of contract.
  • Advised the University of South Wales on the procurement of a cleaning contractor using the Crown Commercial Service procurement framework, as well as modifying an NEC3 Term of Service Contract.
Rising stars

Stuart Pearson - Capital Law Limited

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Capital Law Limited

'Great generalists, who can access in-depth help if needed', Capital Law Limited handles a significant amount of IT and telecoms work utilising commercial and litigation lawyers at the firm with the requisite sector knowledge. The scope of the work is broad and includes advice on IT outsourcing agreements, GDPR training and compliance, and domain name registration strategies.

Other key lawyers:Maria Coggins

Testimonials

They are incredibly pragmatic and give advice with an opinion, not just an airy fairy answer

Maria Coggins is dedicated and endlessly patient

Key Clients

The Royal Mint

EUI Limited

ITC Global Security

DevOpsGroup (formerly DevOpsGuys) Limited

One Team Logic

Proventive Systems ApS (t/a BitRater SpA)

I-Quebed Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acting for ITC Global Security’s legal advisers on contractual arrangements.
  • Advised The Royal Mint throughout its OJEU procurement contracting process for its new bullion trading app
  • Advising DevOpsGroup on all of its IT contracts and framework agreements.
  • The team continues to advise One Team Logic on significant licence agreements for its business.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law Limited

Capital Law Limited provides a wide range of contentious and non-contentious expertise to media and sports clients, as well as public/third sector entities. The 'excellent' Wayne Beynon specialises in IP litigation and regularly represents clients seeking to enforce their IPR, including on patent, trade mark and passing off infringement claims.

Practice head(s):Wayne Beynon

Other key lawyers:Guto Llewelyn

Key Clients

Pixsy Inc.

Daydream Education

Handmade Films Group

International Greetings UK

Ebeauty

DevOpsGuys

Royal Mint

British Medical Association

Tenovus Cancer Care

The Waterfront Conference Company

Work highlights

  • Provides IP policy and enforcement services for The Royal Mint.
  • Acting for Daydream Education in the removal of its poster designs from TES Education's website, where they were being sold by third parties.
  • Providing IP advice in relation to Handmade Films' extensive movie library.
  • Advising on trade mark infringement, passing off, and copyright infringement claim, relating to one of IG Design's product lines.
  • Advising Ebeauty on two high-stakes contentious IP matters
Leading individuals

Wayne Beynon - Capital Law Limited

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law Limited

Headed by solicitor Fiona Peet, Capital Law Limited is one of only a few firms in Wales with a standalone media and entertainment practice. Formerly in-house at a local production company, Peet has effectively leveraged this industry knowledge to provide a strong service to clients from the film and TV industries on their commercial contracts, including the drafting of production/development agreements. Wayne Beynon also often advises clients in the sector on IP issues.

Practice head(s):Fiona Peet

Other key lawyers:Wayne Beynon

Key Clients

Infinity Creative Media

Smorgasbord

S4C

Handmade Films

Influence Digital

University of South Wales

International Greetings

Rescape Innovations

Gritty Realism Productions

Orchard Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Influence Digital Marketing on its standard form agreement for use in its onboarding process of all new clients.
  • Represented Smorgasbord in closing a deal with United Agents, for the renewal of a Hollywood talent’s engagement in a Smorgasbord production.
  • Advised Planks Clothing on an advertising arrangement with an Olympic skier, as part of an endorsement arrangement.
  • Retained to advise Handmade Films Group on all the IP needs of its extensive library of motion pictures
Rising stars

Fiona Peet - Capital Law Limited

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Capital Law Limited

Leveraging the firm's litigation and IP credentials in particular, Capital Law Limited represents clubs and governing bodies (primarily within the rugby, football, cricket and golf spheres) across a range of disputes, commercial matters and employment issues. Commercial litigator Wayne Beynon regularly handles sports-related disputes, ranging from contractual claims, IP issues relating to team kit and/or sponsorship agreements, governance issues and player contracts.

Practice head(s):Wayne Beynon

Other key lawyers:Guto Llewelyn; David Lewis

Key Clients

Cardiff City Football Club

Cardiff Blues

Golf Union of Wales

Glamorgan Cricket Club

Halpin Sports

Pontypridd Town Association Football Club

UK Anti-Doping

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cardiff City Football Club in litigation against its former chairman, Sam Hammam.
  • Acting for Enterprise Insurance Company plc (in liquidation) in a £2m claim against Leeds United Football Club concerning a shirt sponsorship agreement for the season 2014/15.
  • Acting for Cardiff City Football Club in investigating the conduct of former representatives of the football club in the £9m transfer of Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen in July 2013.
  • Representing Pontypridd Town Football AFC in its appeal of the Football Association of Wales’ Tier 2 First Instance Body’s decision to refuse Tier 2 certification for the 2018/19 playing season due to problems with its ground.
  • Acting for an award-winning golf club Cottrell Park Limited, in its defamation claim against SKY plc, Women & Golf Magazine, and Ladygolfer.co.uk, all of whom published an inaccurate story about the club preventing women from playing in some of its golfing competitions.
Leading individuals

Wayne Beynon  - Capital Law Limited

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