Firm Profile > Acuity Law > Cardiff, Wales

Acuity Law
3 ASSEMBLY SQUARE
BRITANNIA QUAY, CARDIFF BAY
CARDIFF
CF10 4PL
Wales

Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 1

Based out of Cardiff and also able to leverage resources from its nascent London office, Acuity Law is well-equipped to advise corporates and private equity sponsors across their M&A transactions, joint venture structuring and corporate reorganisations, both in a purely domestic and UK-wide context. The 'imaginative and hardworkingChristian Farrow co-heads the corporate offering alongside the 'approachable and highly experiencedBeverley Jones, and is noted, in particular, for his expertise within the renewables and financial services sector, including his regular work on behalf of Admiral Group Plc. Stephen Berry maintains an active corporate practice, alongside his duties as firm chairman, and is well-versed at guiding early stage venture capital-backed technology companies through their funding cycle and ultimate exit strategy. Paul Lowe is another senior member of the team and adds particular value to clients on cross-border transactions, including those involving financial sponsor involvement. The team has also developed particular expertise within the technology/TMT space, an area that Phillip Pugh is very adept, and healthcare, where the 'pragmatic and responsive' Jon Lawley  is noted for his work relating to the buying and selling of dental practices. Rachelle Sellek leads the team's efforts on the commercial front, which is enhanced by the firm’s in-house legal support subscription-based service - Acuity Counsel.

Practice head(s):

Christian Farrow (corporate); Beverley Jones (corporate/banking and finance); Rachelle Sellek (commercial)

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Berry; Paul Lowe; Phillip Pugh; Jon Lawley; Henry Clarke; Natalie Jones; Tom Saunderson; Chiara Howfield; Madeleine Chapman

Testimonials

‘Great team, stuff full of exciting talent and genuinely nice people.’

‘The corporate team at Acuity are true business partners to our company. They provide essential advice in a timely professional manner.’

‘Engagement with Acuity was a pleasure. The whole team was on the ball, attentive, explained everything in layman’s terms throughout the whole process.’

‘Clearly the culture of Acuity is about people, both customers and also internally within the organistion. It’s easy to see that this comes from the top of the organisation.’

‘Christian Farrow – an extremely safe pair of hands, imaginative, hard working, commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘Beverley Jones is highly experienced and has built strong relationships within our business. She is very approachable and radiates confidence.’

‘Jon Lawley has an excellent grasp of the issues and provides pragmatic and responsive advice.’

‘Jon Lawley is our key client partner and has become a very trusted adviser to our firm. Jon knows what our business needs are and is always willing to advise and support on a wide range of issues. This collegiate approach is refreshing and helps us move quickly through challenging issues.’

Key clients

Admiral

Bond digital

Brickability

Bright Network

Business Systems Limited

Hartford Care Group Ltd.

Portman

Wealthify

IQE Plc

IAAPS Ltd

Creditsafe Business Solutions Limited

Aqualisa Products Limited

W2 Global Data

Licentia Group Ltd

Alesi Surgical Limited

Newport Wafer Fab Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Rachelle Sellek heads up the newly configured commercial and technology group at Acuity Law, which provides a comprehensive service to supply and end user-side IT and telecoms companies across a broad range of regulatory, contractual and commercial matters impacting their businesses. The firm is noted for its 'entrepreneurial approach' on behalf of clients, and in addition to its well-established Acuity Counsel subscription service, also recently launched Acuity DataGuard, enabling clients to carry out an audit of their data collection and processing activities. The firm's coverage within the fintech and telecoms space, in particular, was greatly enhanced by the arrival in September 2020 of Karl Foster , following his role as general counsel at Indigo Group. Rehman Noormohamed joined Fieldfisher in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rachelle Sellek

Other key lawyers:

Karl Foster; Phil Pugh; Natalie Jones; Lowri Morgan Macdonald

Testimonials

‘The firm displays an entrepreneurial approach.’

Key clients

IQE Plc

IAAPS Ltd

Creditsafe Business Solutions Limited

Aqualisa Products Limited

W2 Global Data

Licentia Group Ltd

Alesi Surgical Limited

Newport Wafer Fab Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Since the arrival of the 'informative and helpfulAngharad Evans  from S4C at the beginning of 2019, Acuity Law has rapidly gained a foothold in the market, particularly on behalf of Wales-based production companies, which are appreciative of Evans' ability to provide 'thorough and carefully considered advice' across the gamut of contractual issues. The team has also been increasingly active advising film funders and benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's broader banking and corporate strength.

Practice head(s):

Angharad Evans

Other key lawyers:

Steve Berry; Lowri Morgan-Macdonald

Testimonials

‘Angharad Evans is both personable and professional. She has always been quick to respond to my needs, yet thorough, giving me carefully considered advice that has resulted in successful negotiations and results.’

‘Dealing with Angharad Evans has been a breath of fresh air. She’s been, by far, the easiest media lawyer that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.’

‘Angharad Evans has been a huge help to us in the early days of establishing our business. She is well-versed in media and contract law, has proved to be an excellent sounding board and is always a pleasure to deal with. She is personable, clear and positive.’

Key clients

Ieie productions limited

Triongl Cyf

Bright Branch Media Limited

Teledwyr Anibynnol Cymru

S4C

Omeira Film Partners Limited

Fiction Factory Limited

Severn Screen Limited

Yeti Limited

Solatots Limited

Political Lobbying and Media Relations

Finn & Partners UK

Noetic Digital Marketing

Travel Curious

Kommixx

Omeira Studio Partners Limited

Access Media Advisory Limited

Kailash Limited

Life to Live Limited

Marshall Jones Music Limited

Media Atom Limited

One More One Productions Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 2

With a strong and growing presence in Cardiff and Swansea, which was recently enhanced by the arrival in January 2021 of Huw Roffe  from JCP SolicitorsAcuity Law continues its upward trajectory in the market and is increasingly well-placed to handle complex commercial litigation and arbitration, both locally, as well as in cases stretching beyond the confines of Wales. 'Cool and collected' team head Hugh Hitchcock  is a 'partner for the big cases', including high-profile corporate/shareholder disputes and is 'masterful at taking truly challenging negotiations in bitterly fought cases through to completion, while always focused on the client's best interests'. Aisha Wardell also takes the lead on many significant commercial litigation instructions, and has a broad practice that includes representing clients engaged in public procurement and IT disputes. Clients also benefit from access to a growing presence out of London.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Aisha Wardell; Huw Roffe; Mike Allenby-Smith; Jonathan Stroud; Jared Ursell

Testimonials

‘The team is attentive and pleasant to deal with and has your best interests at heart.’

‘In my 35+ years of business, Acuity Law litigation team have given the best service in terms of expertise, diversity of subject matter and legal experience and personal attention.’

‘Hugh Hitchcock is masterful at taking truly challenging negotiations in bitterly fought cases through to completion, while always focused on the client’s best interests. Even tested to the limit he remains cool, collected and in charge, never losing sight of the end goal. He is a partner for the big cases.’

‘Hugh Hitchcock quickly understands and embraces the most diverse subject matters and his legal knowledge and application of the same, along with personal attention to his clients is unmatched.’

Key clients

Loches Capital

Grant Thornton

Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance

Quantum Advisory LLP

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by the 'thoughtful' Beverley Jones, Acuity Law has knowledge across a range of financing products, enabling it to effectively structure debt facilities  for borrowers from many sectors, including healthcare, a particular strength of the team. Leveraging the firm's market-leading commercial real estate offering, property finance work also continues to be a driver of the practice for a range of stakeholders, including developers and specialist lenders.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Jones

Other key lawyers:

Steven Morris; Jonathan Geen; James Kilgour; Damien Cann; Charlotte Whitehead

Key clients

Bluestone Resorts Wales

Hartford Care Group Limited

IQE Plc

LifeCare Residences Limited

Principality Building Society

Warwick Capital Partners

Hodge Bank

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 2

A cornerstone practice of the firm that continues to generate substantial revenue, Acuity Law‘s ‘very approachable‘ commercial property team has a ‘comprehensive knowledge of land and property issues that transcend purely legal matters‘. The firm’s deeply entrenched relationship with Rightacres continues to inform a considerable volume of work handled by the team, unsurprisingly, given the developer’s involvement in many key major regeneration and development projects throughout the capital. This work (which includes such notable projects as the mixed-use development at the Interchange Building on Central Square and the redevelopment of the Brains site at Central Quay) showcases the firm’s comprehensive and collaborative approach, involving planning issues, land development, complex financing structures and lettings/sales work. Gareth Baker has been central to a good deal of this work, as has Damien Cann, particularly in light of his expertise on innovative funding options. Steve Morris is a ‘star‘ whose workload extends beyond the boundaries of Wales, including instructions on a significant mixed housing scheme in London. Jonathan Geen co-heads the team alongside Morris and Baker and has a great deal of experience in the market.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Geen; Steve Morris; Gareth Baker

Other key lawyers:

Damien Cann; Jim Ryan; Ben Honour; Robert Senior; Mark Summers

Testimonials

‘The commercial property team is very approachable and interested in our business. They are willing to work outside of normal hours and have always met our deadlines.’

‘Steve Morris is a star. He engages strongly with the business and has the feel of a senior employee of our company. He has strong general knowledge and is always able to recommend a person if he cannot help personally.’

Key clients

Wrexham Council

PMG Limited

Rightacres Property Co Limited

Incrementum Housing Development Company

Limited/Warrington Borough Council

Principality Building Society

Bluestone Resorts Limited

University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Acuity Law provides 'commercially astute and cost-effective advice' to developers and contractors, which are appreciative of the firm's 'open and proactive approach to contract drafting and the resolution of any issues that arise that require multi-party agreement'. Team head James Williams is 'not only deeply knowledgeable but also very personable', ensuring that he is a popular choice among clients on front end construction law matters. 'Very knowledgeable and proactive' associate Mark Summers is developing a strong reputation across both contractual work as well as disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent construction legal advice, proactive and extremely responsive.’

‘ The practice is user-friendly, very knowledgeable on a wide range of commercial development proposals and provides timely service on all matters, from initial appraisals to final detailed agreements.’

‘The one thing that separates Acuity Law from the other legal firms that we do business with is their open and proactive approach to contract drafting and the resolution of any issues that arise that require multi-party agreement.’

‘James Williams and Mark Summers are very knowledgeable in their chosen areas of law, and promote a very proactive approach to contract drafting and legal formations of construction contracts.’

‘James Williams was not only deeply knowledgeable but also very personable, and able to make the often complex areas of contract law accessible to a non-legal professional. He was also very commercially minded and able to take a big picture view of risk and reward.’

Mark Summers is very knowledgeable and proactive.’

Key clients

Rightacres Property Co. Limited

Principality Building Society

Techniquest

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

Displaying a 'comprehensive knowledge of land and property issues that transcend purely legal matters', Acuity Law provides 'commercially astute' planning advice to developers and public sector bodies, much of which it does in conjunction with its market-leading commercial property practice. Steve Morris is a 'star' and regularly advises clients on planning issues pursuant to major Wales and England-based property projects. The arrival in July 2020 of specialist planning lawyer James Ryan, on a consultancy basis, enhances the firm's capabilities, particularly as it relates to contentious town and country planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Steve Morris

Other key lawyers:

James Ryan; Begonia Filgueira; Robert Senior

Testimonials

‘The team provides commercially astute advice, that takes into account wider issues such as tax liabilities or timescales.’

‘The firm has comprehensive knowledge of land and property issues, that transcend purely legal matters.’

Key clients

Rightacres Property Co Ltd

Figurehead Homes Ltd

Fitzpatrick Construction UK Limited

Associated British Ports

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

South Wales Land Developments Limited

Principality Building Society

Carmarthenshire County Council

Lifecare residences

Coastal Housing Limited

Warrington Council

Wrexham Council

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Under the leadership of commercial litigator Hugh Hitchcock Acuity Law has vastly increased its commercial litigation credentials in recent years, work which had already thrown up a not inconsiderable volume of construction and real estate litigation. However, it was the 'outstanding' Neil Morgan's arrival in May 2019 from Darwin Gray LLP that was the real game-changer for the firm and has led to to a step change in quality and quantity of pure property litigation instructions. Most of Morgan's work continues to flow from the social housing sector, where he is appreciated for his willingness to provide  'practical advice on how to navigate difficult situations'. The team's ability to provide specialised property litigation advice was also recently enhanced by the arrival of senior associate Jennifer Butcher from Hugh James in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Acuity is a progressive firm with a laser focus on clients and a diverse, capable and engaging team culture. Refreshingly for a professional services firm, it has a friendly and approachable atmosphere whilst never compromising on quality.’

‘Acuity’s lawyers are friendly, approachable and expert; a rare combination. They are expert without being arrogant and are responsive to their clients needs. This doesn’t mean they shy away from providing robust counsel, even if that means they have to challenge a client’s view.’

‘Neil Morgan is outstanding. He is always available, wholly imperturbable and always willing to offer practical advice on how to navigate difficult situations.’

Key clients

Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance

Coastal Housing Group

Wales & West Housing

Barcud Group

Redwave Films(UK) Limited

Melin Homes

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association Limited

Ateb Group

Lemon Pepper Holdings Limited

Unity Marketing

RIghtacres Property Company Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Following the departure in December 2020 of Rehman Noormohamed to FieldfisherAcuity Law's IP team is now spearheaded from the firm's newly established London office by Cordelia Payne. Nevertheless, several lawyers based out of Cardiff have some non-contentious IP expertise, including Rachelle Sellek, whose broad commercial contracts prowess regularly sees her assisting clients on the commercialisation of their IPR, and media head Angharad Evans, who is well-versed in IP issues impacting film and TV clients.

Practice head(s):

Cordelia Payne (London office)

Other key lawyers:

Angharad Evans; Rachelle Sellek; Phil Pugh; Lowri Morgan-Macdonald; Natalie Jones

Employment > Employment: Recommended Firms Tier 3

Under the leadership of the 'exceptional' Claire KnowlesAcuity Law's three-strong team is best-known for its ability to provide strategic advisory work for private sector clients, either in a corporate support function or in a standalone capacity. A significant proportion of the work handled by the team, particularly on ongoing HR support matters, is handled through the firm's unique Acuity Counsel Service, which provides a cost-effective retainer service to clients, many of which lack any credible in-house function.

Practice head(s):

Claire Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Evans; Adam McGlynn

Testimonials

‘The team has spent time to understand our business and build strong relationships. I am as comfortable contacting the employment team at Acuity as I would be contacting a department within my business.’

‘When I work with the Acuity employment team it feels like I am working with any other section of my in house legal team. They integrate seamlessly, orient to the issue and present solutions on behalf of the organisation, rather than just a lawyer advising a client.’

‘Claire Knowles is a true business partner to our company. She has provided quality advice in a timely and friendly, but professional manner.’

‘Claire Knowles is an excellent employment lawyer. She has a keen eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned. ’

Adam McGlynn is very capable and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Rituals Cosmetics UK Limited

Your World Recruitment Limited

Aqualisa Group Ltd

Alamo Group Europe Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Acuity Law is retained by growth-stage companies for strategic IP advice. Practice head Cordelia Payne, whose background is predominantly in the media and entertainment sectors, advises on global brand protection strategy and enforcement actions before the IP registries. Payne has a track record in representing celebrity figures in cross-border trade mark disputes.

Practice head(s):

Cordelia Payne

Testimonials

‘Available to call upon when we need to provide expert advice. Easy to work with and reliable in keeping us updated as registrations progress over a prolonged period.’

‘Specialists available for specific tasks.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Fieldfisher is best known for its depth of expertise in the technology sector, which it leverages to assist well-known companies, including major online retailers and digital media giants, with the commercial and regulatory aspects underpinning the development of new products and services.  On the telecoms side, the firm has a fairly active corporate practice. By way of example, the team recently advised Mobile Broadband Network on a series of ten-year deals to support their existing 3G, 4G and 5G requirements until 2030. Robert Shooter  advises suppliers and customers in a variety of outsourcing and procurement deals, as well as cloud and “as a service” type arrangements. Paul Barton has over two decades of experience advising clients on IT projects across the public and private sector. James Walsh has notable expertise in network infrastructure projects; Paul Graham has particular strength in major telecoms deals; and John Brunning frequently advises clients on software and licensing deals, network outsourcings and procurement. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of Rem Noormohamed from Acuity Law.

Practice head(s):

Robert Shooter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Know their stuff. Understand their clients. Put this together very well to make it easy for me to do business.’

‘James Walsh is the person I want running the projects day-to-day. Really outstanding team and enjoy working with them.’

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club

Deca Games

Nintendo

Netflix

Freeview

eBay

Peleton Interactive Inc

MBNL

EE

VMware

Real estate > Property finance

Acuity Law handles investment and development financings for lenders, developers and investors - the firm's team was strengthened by the arrival of Sam Clarke from Clyde & Co LLP in 2020, which broadened the practice and its client base.

Acuity Law is an instinctively commercial firm offering a business to business legal service. The firm was founded by ex-city lawyers and has offices in London, Cardiff, Swansea and UAE.

Acuity Law is a new style “law company” with a market leading team of professionals, who support clients in a proactive and commercial manner from an agile technology-based platform.

With a reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship, the firm focuses on cost-effective solutions designed to meet market needs, such as an outsourcing model for virtual in-house legal support, Acuity Counsel Service, and a technology-based service for data protection, cybersecurity and reputation management, DataAssist.

The firm’s culture is reflected in the quality of service to clients and the speed and precision with which the Acuity Law team gives advice. Acuity’s clients and people are at the forefront of their business model and as a result, Acuity Law is proud to have a growing portfolio of fantastic clients and one that is built on long-standing relationships.

The firm is Lexcel accredited.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Stephen Berry steve.berry@acuitylaw.com 07867 987 928
Commercial Rachelle Sellek rachelle.sellek@acuitylaw.com 07867 987 927
Real estate Jonathan Geen jonathan.geen@acuitylaw.com 07841 800 093
Real estate Steve Morris steve.morris@acuitylaw.com 07717 681 737
Employment Claire Knowles claire.knowles@acuitylaw.com 07896 671 817
Construction James Williams james.williams@acuitylaw.com 07792 839 214
Banking and finance Beverley Jones beverley.jones@acuitylaw.com 07976 156 659
Energy Christian Farrow christian.farrow@acuitylaw.com 07791 370 679
Corporate Paul Lowe paul.lowe@acuitylaw.com 07831 721 433
Commercial Litigation Hugh Hitchcock hugh.hitchcock@acuitylaw.com 07545 702 212
Property Litigation Neil Morgan neil.morgan@acuitylaw.com 07967 118 065
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gareth Baker  photo Gareth Baker Gareth specialises in commercial property, advising on the acquisition, disposal, letting and…
 Stephen Berry  photo Stephen Berry Partner specialising in corporate and commercial work with an emphasis on corporate…
 Christian Farrow  photo Christian Farrow Christian has experience in all areas of corporate and commercial work, focusing…
 Jonathan Geen  photo Jonathan Geen Partner specialising in property development, finance, acquisitions and disposals and leasing. Acted…
 Hugh Hitchcock photo Hugh Hitchcock Partner
 Beverley Jones  photo Beverley Jones Beverley is a partner in Acuity’s corporate and banking team, specialising in…
 Paul Lowe  photo Paul Lowe Paul specialises in mergers and acquisitions, re-organisations, private equity transactions, corporate governance…
 Steve Morris  photo Steve Morris Commercial property: acquisition, disposal, letting and funding of commercial properties; development; joint…
 Rachelle Sellek  photo Rachelle Sellek Partner specialising in a range of corporate finance transactions and commercial projects,…
 Aisha Wardell photo Aisha Wardell Partner
 James Williams  photo James Williams James specialises in non-contentious construction matters and has experience of acting for…
Number of UK partners : 36
Number of other UK fee-earners : 34