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Acuity Legal Limited

Work 029 2048 2288
Fax 029 2049 5588
Cardiff, Swansea

Deryn Rees

Work 029 2067 4454
Acuity Legal Limited

Work Department

Partner – commercial projects/public law.


Partner in the commercial projects team, specialising in PFI/PPP transactions across a range of sectors, especially waste, emergency services, schools, health and residential care. Recent projects include the West Sussex County Council recycling and end disposal contracts.


Deloitte 1985-88; trained Morgan Cole Solicitors, qualified 1996, solicitor 1996-2001; associate Eversheds 2001-07; partner M & A Solicitors 2007 to 2011; partner Acuity Legal 2011 to date.


Law Society.


Radyr Comprehensive School; Exeter College, Oxford University (1984 modern languages); chartered accountant (1990 ICAEW).


Travel, gardening, skiing.


Public sector

Within: Leading individuals

Deryn Rees - Acuity Legal Limited

Within: Public sector

The 'capable, diligent and responsive' team at Acuity Legal Limited continues to pick up market share and 'is winning some excellent work', particularly for local authorities including City of Wolverhampton Council, West Sussex County Council and Wrexham County Borough Council. 'Excellent at getting to the commercial heart of the problem and focusing the team's efforts accordingly', team head Deryn Rees has broad-ranging public sector experience including as it relates to procurement and complex funding structures to facilitate PFI/PPP schemes and other commercial arrangements. Rees has considerable expertise in the waste sector and recently advised Thurrock Borough Council on a suite of contract documents to facilitate the procurement of operation and management services at the council’s network of recycling and waste handling centres and other waste management facilities. Currently on part-time secondment to the Local Government and Community Safety team within the Legal Services Department of the Welsh government, the 'excellent' Craig Griffiths 'brings important experience of working in-house for local authorities, which means he understands the legal and political context and is able to provide very useful practical guidance'. Griffiths is advising the University of Wales Trinity St David on the procurement of a joint venture partner which will seek to transform the SA1 area of Swansea, and building on the work already commenced by the University to develop new campuses on that site. Associate Laura Mitchell 'understands the peculiarities of advising the public sector' and is particularly accomplished at handling procurement matters.

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Led by corporate partner Christian Farrow, but also employing a multi-disciplinary approach utilising the expertise of lawyers from across the commercial, property, banking and dispute resolution teams, Acuity Legal Limited 's specialist energy legal advisory division delivers 'sound and commercial advice' to an impressive range of clients in the sector including Kinetica Energy, Eco2 and Dulas. Spearheaded by Craig Griffiths, the firm also regularly handles public sector procurement matters. The geographical scope of Griffiths' work includes acting for clients from throughout Wales and England as demonstrated by his representation of West Sussex County Council on its procurement of a contractor appointed to provide highways maintenance works for the Council’s 4,041km road network. Praised for her 'very commercial approach', and also able to leverage her previous experience as a chartered accountant to provide innovative funding structures on PFI/PPP schemes, Deryn Rees also regularly handles public sector work including her work for Thurrock Borough Council in relation to a suite of contract documentation for the procurement of operation and management services at the council’s network of recycling and waste handling centres and other waste management facilities. The firm's panel appointment to the National Procurement Services (NPS) for project work in south Wales has also led to a significant flow of work.

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