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Work 029 2048 2288
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www.acuitylegal.co.uk

Wales: Corporate and commercial

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

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Steve Berry leads Acuity Legal Limited’s team, which is noted for its ‘prompt and value-for-money service’ to clients from a range of sectors including healthcare, renewables, technology and education. Berry and Christian Farrow have recently handled a number of mandates for Capita plc, including its acquisition of Isys Group and the £30m purchase of GL Hearn. The ‘giftedPaul Lowe, Beverley Jones and commercial contracts specialist Rachelle Sellek are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Christian Farrow - Acuity Legal Limited

Paul Lowe - Acuity Legal Limited

Steve Berry - Acuity Legal Limited

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Corporate and commercial: North and Mid Wales
Leading individuals

Christian Farrow - Acuity Legal Limited

Paul Lowe - Acuity Legal Limited

Steve Berry - Acuity Legal Limited

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Wales: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited provides a ‘strong’ partner-led service to borrowers and lenders across a range of financings including working capital provisions, acquisition finance and property finance. Highlights included acting for the Principality Building Society on the financing for the redevelopment of a 53-acre former paper mill site in Cardiff. Steve Morris and Jonathan Geen specialise in financings within the real estate sector. Team head Beverley Jones is also recommended.

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff
Employment: Cardiff - ranked: tier 5

Acuity Legal Limited

Although Acuity Legal Limited does not have any partners within the employment group following James Moss’ departure in August 2015 to set up new Newport-based employment boutique Slate Legal, ‘exceptional’ senior associate Claire Knowles is gaining plaudits from both public and private sector clients which are appreciative of her ‘fantastic commercial awareness’.

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Wales: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited’s cross-disciplinary practice attracts praise for its ‘innovative and creative’ corporate and financing capabilities. The firm excels at work within the education sector for clients including Cardiff University. Rachelle Sellek is the main contact.

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited fields separate teams for projects and energy led by ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ PFI and PPP expert Deryn Rees and corporate partner Christian Farrow, respectively. Farrow regularly handles work for renewables developer Eco2 including advising it on the recent £160m sale of its 40MW waste wood-fired biomass plant located near Margam to Glennmont Partners. Formerly a lawyer within local government, Craig Griffiths has ‘deep knowledge and insight of both the legal and practical issues facing local government clients’ and recently advised West Sussex County Council on procurement, state aid and public law issues pursuant to its arrangements with its partner authorities in relation to a local authority collaborative model.

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Wales: Public sector

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

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.

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Wales: Real estate

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

Acuity Legal Limited

Acuity Legal Limited acts for asset managers, lenders and developers on major infrastructure, housing and regeneration schemes. In addition to the team’s recent high-profile work for Rightacres Property and Legal & General on the £400m funding of Central Square in Cardiff, it also recently concluded the Ely Mill housing project on behalf of the Principality Building Society, one of the joint venture parties involved in this innovative affordable housing deal. Jonathan Geen, Steve Morris, Gareth Baker and Damien Cann are recommended.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Geen - Acuity Legal Limited

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Commercial property: Elsewhere in Wales
Leading individuals

Jonathan Geen - Acuity Legal Limited

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

As well as significant domestic instructions, including recent work for Rightacres on the development and construction of Wales Broadcasting House, Acuity Legal Limited’s ‘high-quality’ construction team is also picking up an increased level of mandates outside of Wales, such as its representation of the developer on the conversion of a former fire station in Southwark into a free school and the construction of a number of residential and commercial units. Team head James Williams and senior associate Jonathan Culley provide ‘an excellent service and clear guidance’.

Leading individuals

James Williams - Acuity Legal Limited

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Leveraging its strong real estate and commercial litigation capability, Acuity Legal Limited’s cross-disciplinary group is regularly engaged to advise on the planning aspects of major infrastructure, housing and regeneration schemes. Team head Steve Morris is advising the developers of the Cardiff International Ice Arena and adjoining Cardiff Pointe residential development, a matter which has entailed considerable planning and environmental considerations (including three Section 106 agreements). The firm was also appointed to the National Procurement Service’s panel for public sector planning and environment work in south Wales.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

At Acuity Legal Limited, team head Jonathan Geen has ‘a vast knowledge of the social housing market’, covering land acquisition through to funding models and land appraisals. Damien Cann is an expert in investment funded development and management structures for affordable housing and was part of a cross-disciplinary team that represented Principality Building Society on its collaboration with the developer and the Welsh government to provide affordable housing at the old paper mill in Ely, Cardiff.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

At Acuity Legal Limited, Christian Farrow specialises in new and emerging IT technologies; he recently acted for Skyscape Cloud Services on the provision of its ground-breaking cloud services. Leveraging the firm’s corporate expertise, the team also handles IT-related M&A activity including advising Capita plc on its acquisition of Aspire Business Solutions. Rachelle Sellek is a key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited’s non-contentious IP practice runs the gamut of work for clients from the creative industries and IT sector, among others. Christian Farrow handles work for cloud computing companies including Skyscape Cloud Services, which he advises on a range of commercial contracts. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended.

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