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Acuity Legal Limited

3 ASSEMBLY SQUARE, BRITANNIA QUAY, CARDIFF BAY, CARDIFF, CF10 4PL, WALES
Tel:
Work 029 2048 2288
Fax:
Fax 029 2049 5588
DX:
200750 CARDIFF BAY
Web:
www.acuitylegal.co.uk
Cardiff, Swansea

Craig Griffiths

Tel:
Work 029 2048 2288
Email:
Acuity Legal Limited

Work Department

Partner – commercial projects/public sector.

Position

Partner in the commercial projects and public sector team, specialising in a range of commercial matters including PPP projects and alternative methods of public service delivery, particularly in the energy, waste and education sectors. Recent projects include advising on a number of procurements and commercial matters, including the procurement of a delivery partner to provide energy efficiency measures and small-scale generation opportunities on behalf of a number of local authorities and advising on a subcontractors involvement in a waste PFI project.

Career

Trained Dover District Council 2005-2007; corporate and contracts lawyer Swindon Borough Council 2007; projects solicitor M&A Solicitors LLP 2008-2010, associate 2010-2011; partner Acuity Legal Limited 2011 to present. Publications of note include: Series of Practice Notes on Academy School Projects Published by PLC, and ‘How to succeed in Competitive Dialogue’ (Local Government Lawyer).

Member

Welsh Commercial Law Association; Wales Public Law and Human Rights Association; Welsh Commercial Law Association (secretary); Wales Public Law; Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association, committee member of south Wales branch of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Also a member of the Court of Swansea University, a trustee of Bryncynon Community Revival Strategy. A director of Lylac Ridge and a govenor of Abercarn Primary School

Education

Newbridge Comprehensive School 1993-1998; Coleg Gwent 1998-2000; University of Wales, Swansea 2000-2003 LLB (Hons); Cardiff Law School Diploma (LAW).

Leisure

Family, rugby, reading, technology and learning Welsh.


Wales

Public sector

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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