Firm Profile > Capital Law Limited > Cardiff, Wales

Capital Law Limited
CF10 4AZ

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Led by the 'highly experienced and technically excellentStephen MeadeCapital 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 effectiveAndrew 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.


‘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

Corporate and commercial Tier 1

The ‘entrepreneurial and pragmatic’ 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, ‘responsive and accessible’ 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.


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

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Menzies LLP

Deloitte LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Energist Limited

Grant Thornton

Development Bank of Wales

Brian and Dolly Pickering


Anthony and Andrea Lewis

Intellectual property Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Pixsy Inc.

Daydream Education

Handmade Films Group

International Greetings UK



Royal Mint

British Medical Association

Tenovus Cancer Care

The Waterfront Conference Company

Media and entertainment Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Infinity Creative Media



Handmade Films

Influence Digital

University of South Wales

International Greetings

Rescape Innovations

Gritty Realism Productions

Orchard Media

Sport Tier 1

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.

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

Debt recovery Tier 2

Led by 'personable and pragmatic' senior associate Guto LlewelynCapital 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.

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

Employment Tier 2

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.

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

Immigration Tier 2

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.

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

IT and telecoms Tier 2

'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.

Professional negligence Tier 2

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 effectiveAndrew 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.


‘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


Public sector Tier 2

Jointly headed by Jon Ely and Nicola Mead-BattenCapital 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.


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

Banking and finance Tier 3

Although it remains best-known for its property finance prowess, under the leadership of Christopher AgiusCapital 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.

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


Barclays Bank

Metro Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Commercial property Tier 3

Led by Leanne O’BrienCapital 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.


‘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

Construction Tier 3

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.


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

Capital is a commercial law firm and consultancy business.

Working nationally and internationally from its base in Wales, Capital’s work takes many forms and spans different legal departments. Its lawyers and consultants are diverse and highly experienced, with one thing in common: a shared expectation of brilliance.

Capital specialises in providing legal and professional services to trading organisations throughout the UK, Europe, and beyond. The firm’s main practice areas are employment, property, corporate and commercial, and commercial disputes. It works with both public and private sectors for a wide range of clients: from multinationals to tech start-ups.

It’s the only firm in Wales to have an integrated management consultancy business and – through Consulegis, the international network of lawyers – it can support clients anywhere in the world.

Ultimately, Capital has one purpose: to help others succeed.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and Commercial Alys Carlton 02920 474 466
Corporate and Commercial Tom Kelleher 02920 474 445
Commercial Litigation Stephen Meade 02920 475 073
Commercial Property Leanne O'Brien 02920 474 417
Banking and Finance Christopher Agius 02920 474 477
Intellectual Property Wayne Beynon 02920 474 414
Commercial Litigation Andrew Brown 02920 474 420
Corporate and Commercial Marlies Hoecherl 02920 474 461
Commercial Disputes Philip Jones 02920 474 449
Corporate and Commercial Duncan Macintosh 02920 474 463
Commercial Property Justin Mason 02920 474 465
Commercial Discputes Christopher Nott 07850 142 747
Managing Partner Elin Pinnell 07870 650 707
Employment and Immigration Richard Thomas 02920 474 436
Employment and Immigration Sarah Austin 02920 474 456
Public Sector Nicola Mead-Batten 02920 474 401
Insurance Nick Pester 02920 475 074
Construction, Energy & Projects Stuart Perason 02920 474 498
Education Trish D'Souza 02920 474 492
Commercial Maria Coggins 02920 474 405
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