The Legal 500

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Wales

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 3

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited’s strong education sector expertise saw it advise West Sussex County Council on the provision of new academy schools. It is also highly experienced in advising local authorities on the creation of social enterprise projects, such as Community Interest Companies (CICs). Deryn Rees and Craig Griffiths are the key figures.

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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

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited’s team is ‘one of the best in Wales’, with notable renewable energy sector expertise. Steve Berry (‘someone you want on your side of the table every time’) and Christian Farrow advised longstanding client Eco2 on the £160m sale of its 40MW waste wood-fired biomass plant to Glennmont Partners. Other key names in the practice include Paul Lowe, who has strong cross-border deal experience; Beverley Jones, whose expertise spans the healthcare, transport, and manufacturing sectors; and ‘technically superb’ commercial contracts specialist Rachelle Sellek.

Leading individuals

Christian Farrow - Acuity Legal Limited

Paul Lowe - Acuity Legal Limited

Stephen 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 was bolstered by the hire of experienced associate Bethan Evans from Eversheds LLP. Especially active on the real estate front, Steve Morris advised clients such as Julian Hodge Bank and Principality Building Society on a range of development financings and refinancings. Beverley Jones heads the department.

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: Cardiff
Employment: Cardiff - ranked: tier 3

Acuity Legal Limited

The ‘brilliantJames Moss heads Acuity Legal Limited’s team, which has specialist sector knowledge in the areas of energy and technology. Portman Healthcare, IQE and Dulas are clients. Associate Claire Knowles joined the ‘top-quality’ team from Eversheds LLP.

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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 specialises in education and religion-related matters. The ‘innovative’ team features practice head Rachelle Sellek and Craig Griffiths. New clients include Cadwyn Housing Association.

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited fields separate teams for projects and energy, led by PFI and PPP expert Deryn Rees and corporate partner Christian Farrow, respectively. Rees and Craig Griffiths have been assisting West Sussex County Council with variations to existing waste PFI contracts and, in a highlight deal, Farrow advised Eco2 on the £160m sale of its 40MW biomass plant located near Port Talbot.

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Wales: Real estate

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

Acuity Legal Limited

Acuity Legal Limited is recommended for ‘top-quality work’. Team head Jon Geen, Steve Morris and Gareth Baker advised Rightacres Property on a multimillion-pound city-centre development, which involved the relocation of the BBC’s Welsh headquarters. Geen is ‘excellent’ for urban regeneration schemes, with Baker particularly strong on the acquisition side. Other key clients include Eco2 and Greenbank Partnerships.

Leading individuals

Jon Geen - Acuity Legal Limited

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited is ‘very good across the board’. James Williams has ‘experience in complex issues’, including major regional developments. Williams acted for Helium Miracle 113 on the latest stages of the £17m Cardiff Bay regeneration. Clients also include Rightacres Property and Bellerophon. Former practice head Lyndon Richards joined Atkins & Co.

Leading individuals

James Williams - Acuity Legal Limited

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited has experience in renewable energy projects and the planning and environment aspects of property developments. Steve Morris leads the cross-departmental team, which features Jon Geen and Gareth Baker. Key clients include Greenbank Partnerships, Rightacres Property and Aberdeen Asset Management.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited advised Bellerophon on its innovative £20m pension-fund affordable housing scheme. Practice head Jon Geen has regeneration experience, and a client base that includes banks and developers. Associate Damien Cann specialises in housing finance.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited advised Crimson Consultants on a services agreement for the implementation of an educational customer relationship management (CRM) system. The firm also assisted Skyscape Cloud Services with the negotiation of master service agreements with end-users. Christian Farrow is singled out for his contractual expertise. Rachelle Sellek leads the team.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Acuity Legal Limited (Cardiff)

Acuity Legal Limited assisted renewable energy company Dulas with the commercialisation of its IP rights, and advised semiconductor manufacturer IQE on cross-border licensing arrangements. Team head Rachelle Sellek and Christian Farrow are the main contacts.

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