Rosemary Gapper

Marketing Assistant

Rob Foulston

Partner, Banking & Finance and Education

David Hudson

Partner - Dispute Resolution

Rebecca Mahon

Trainee - Commercial Projects and Employment

Lisa-Marie Knight


Rob Williams

Associate - Commercial Projects / Public Law

Helen Colling

Transactions Assistant

Bethan Evans

Associate - Corporate

Elena Servini

Associate - Corporate & Commercial

Claire Sharp

Senior Associate - Corporate Recovery & Insolvency

Mark Summers

Trainee - Real Estate

Claire Knowles

Associate - Employment

Jonathan Culley

Associate - Construction

Matthew Bowen

Solicitor - Corporate & Commercial

Gwenno George

Assistant Accountant

Neil Maclean-Smith

Management Board, Finance Director

Rupa Grewal

Management Board & Client Services

Melanie Williams

Trainee - Corporate & Commercial

James Williams

Partner - Construction

Anisha Patel

Trainee - Corporate Recovery & Insolvency and Dispute Resolution

Ben Honour

Solicitor - Real Estate

Paul Farthing

Solicitor - Real Estate

Steve Morris

Partner - Real Estate

Sophia Laver

Associate - Corporate & Commercial

Rachelle Sellek

Managing Partner, Partner - Corporate & Commercial

Phil Pugh

Associate - Corporate & Commercial

Paul Lowe

Partner - Corporate & Commercial

Natalie Jones

Solicitor - Corporate & Commercial

Laura Mitchell

Associate - Commercial Projects / Public Law

Jon Geen

Partner - Real Estate

Jon Lawley

Associate - Corporate & Commercial

Gareth Baker

Partner - Real Estate

Deryn Rees

Partner - Commercial Projects/Public Law

Dawn Smith

Associate - Real Estate

Damien Cann

Associate – Real Estate

Craig Griffiths

Partner – Commercial Projects / Public Law

Christian Farrow

Partner - Corporate & Commercial

Charlotte Whitehead

Associate - Real Estate

Beverley Jones

Partner - Corporate & Commercial

Bethan Cooke

Associate - Corporate & Commercial

Steve Berry

Chairman, Partner - Corporate & Commercial

Professional Background

Rosy looks after communications at Acuity including seminar and events management, internal and external communications, web management and market research. She coordinates Acuity's social media channels, newsletters and CRM and produces marketing materials.

Rosy has experience in press, events management and design. Before joining Acuity in 2014, she worked for a PR agency, international development charities and Cardiff University.

In her spare time, Rosy enjoys photography, walks and radio plays.

Professional Background

Rob leads our banking, finance and education teams in London, having worked for many years in law and international banking in the City.
Rob’s career has spanned law, banking & finance, mergers and acquisitions and education, working for City firms and international banks in London.
Rob was educated at Newcastle University and Chester College of Law and joined Acuity in 2015. After qualifying as a solicitor, he worked for Credit Lyonnais Securities and Bankers Trust. After the acquisition of Bankers Trust by Deutsche Bank, he became Managing Director and Head of European Distressed Products in London. Rob moved into education in 2005 to Chair ITEC, an International Awarding Organisation, and acquired Remit, a national apprenticeship provider, in 2008. 
In his spare time, Rob is a classic car enthusiast and enjoys cycling.

Professional Background

David has acted for a wide range of banking institutions, private and public sector organisations, insurers and individuals. He brings extensive experience in complex and high value litigation and as a qualified mediator David is well placed to advise on the commercial advantages of this process.

Work highlights – acting for:

  • Advising a care home operator in a claim for £450,000 for the provision of services under contracts with a Local Authority, in addition to advising on defamatory statements made in the press.
  • Conducting three post completion disputes for a UK Plc worth a combined sum of £4.5 million. Each claim was resolved in the client’s favour, two through the appointment of an Independent Expert and the third by negotiation.
  • Acting for a health service client in the successful recovery of over £300,000 at mediation following a breach of regulations by a GP practice.
  • Advising a higher education client in a claim for non-payment of invoices to the value of £500,000.
  • Pursuing a £3.8 million breach of warranty claim following a company acquisition.
  • Acting for a UK Plc in a claim for £1.2 million following a supplier’s breach of contract in supplying defective goods.
  • Leading a major mortgage fraud claim for a UK banking institution.

David was educated at Birmingham University. Prior to joining Acuity in 2015, David was a senior associate at Eversheds and more recently worked at HSBC’s Canary Wharf headquarters managing the litigation arising from the Financial Conduct Authority’s interest rate swaps review.

Professional Background

Rebecca joined Acuity in 2015 after graduating in Law from The University of Reading and completing her LPC at BPP Law School, Holborn. She is currently converting her LPC to a Masters in Law and Business.

Rebecca works as a trainee for both the Employment and Projects Teams. She is given a wide variety of work which includes assisting fee earners with research, drafting documentation and attending meetings with clients.

Rebecca has many interests outside work, notably music. She is a classically trained singer who regularly performs as a guest soloist across the UK and with various choirs. She also plays the piano, violin and guitar. She is a keen sports fan who enjoys watching rugby, playing golf and going to the gym. Rebecca speaks Welsh and studied French at degree level. 

Professional Background

Lisa-Marie joined Acuity as a trainee solicitor in September 2015. She carries out Companies House searches and filings and is regularly involved in the drafting of documents including board minutes, resolutions and due diligence reports for clients.

Prior to joining Acuity, Lisa-Marie worked as a paralegal in both conveyancing and litigation, and gained experience as an account coordinator for a national service provider.

Lisa-Marie was educated at Cardiff University, where she was awarded a first class law degree prior to completing a masters in law and gaining a distinction on the LPC.

Outside work, Lisa-Marie’s interests include following rugby, walking and travel.

Professional Background

Rob assists the Commercial Projects and Public Law Team in advising public and private sector clients, particularly those in the waste, energy, health and education sectors.

Recent work includes:

  • advising on post-contract issues arising in relation to waste disposal facilities provided to a local authority under a PPP arrangement
  • advising a local authority on its procurement strategy for FM services
  • advising a local authority on grant arrangements aimed at stimulating growth in its area
  • advising a private college on the terms and conditions for admission of students

Rob also has a number of years of experience of non-contentious construction matters.

Rob received his law degree from Cardiff University before gaining a MSc. in quality and environmental management at Glamorgan University and a LL.M in construction law from Reading University.  

This is Rob’s second spell at Acuity and supplements previous experience at Eversheds, Morgan Cole and the Welsh Government.

Professional Background

Helen joined Acuity in September 2013 and assists with transactions in the Corporate team. Her role involves liaising with clients and managing data as part of the legal due diligence process, maintaining data rooms, and handling post-completion matters.

Helen completed her law degree at Cardiff University, where she was awarded the Edgar S Buck prize for outstanding achievement in Company Law.

Professional Background

Bethan has a wealth of expertise in banking and finance, with extensive experience acting for clearing and institutional lenders including Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and Santander.

She specialises in all general banking and security matters, with particular experience in public and quasi-public sector funding structures, clean energy project finance, property and development finance and secured and unsecured debt portfolio sale and purchase transactions.

Work highlights:

  • acting for major international windfarm operator on a significant intra-group reorganisation
  • advising on the set-up and running of UK clean energy funds
  • acting for a significant UK social housing provider in the raising of finance, including a number of US bond issues
  • acting for a number of UK solar and wind developer clients in relation to the provision of project finance and working capital, and
  • advising on asset finance for biomass installations and projects.

Bethan is a fluent Welsh speaker and was educated at Cardiff University and Cardiff Law School. She joined Acuity in 2015.

Professional Background

Elena is primarily focused on major corporate transactions. She has experience in advising clients on acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, management buyouts, investments, financing structures and shareholders' arrangements.

Speak to Elena about our Acuity Counsel Service.

Work Highlights include advising:

  • the management team of Global Refund in connection with the secondary buy-out of Global Refund by Barclays Private Equity from APAX Partners for approximately EUR360 million;
  • Daiwa SMBC Principal Investments in relation to the buyout of HMV Japan;
  • Deutsche Bank Equity Special Situations and Bivideon on the LBO, refinancing and sale of TMobile Czech and Ceske Radiokomunikace to funds managed by Mid Europa, Al Bateen and Lehman Brothers Private Equity;
  • Capita PLC and Environmental Scientifics Group on multiple acquisitions and disposals; and
  • Bluestone holiday village on a major re-structuring ad re-financing project.

Elena was educated at the University of Manchester, the University of Bourgogne and Cardiff Law School. She completed her training with Baker & McKenzie, London before qualifying into its corporate department. Elena returned to her native Wales and joined Acuity in 2008.

Professional background

Claire specialises in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency. She has acted for the vast majority of licensed insolvency practitioners in the South West and South Wales, ranging from the big four accountants to boutique practices. She also acts for directors and individuals facing insolvency. Claire is regularly rated as an insolvency expert by Chambers and Partners and in the most recent edition (2015), she was complimented on "her commerciality, speed of response and broad knowledge," as well as her pragmatism.

Work highlights

  • She has been involved in several key insolvency cases such as Re GP Stores Ltd 29 July 2004 (unreported, HHJ Weeks Bristol District Registry of the High Court), but much of her work is confidential in nature.
  • Claire has Higher Court Rights (Civil) as a solicitor-advocate, and regularly appears as an advocate in court. She holds a number of external appointments which inform her insolvency practice. Claire is also a public speaker and has spoken on a diverse range of topics for R3, SWSCA, and HMCTS. She has written articles published in Insolvency Intelligence, Recovery magazine, and Corporate Rescue and Recovery.

Claire was educated at The University of Birmingham and Nottingham Trent University. In her early career she worked at Bond Pearce, Clarke Willmott and Michelmores. She joined Acuity in 2014.

Professional Background

Mark spent more than seven years as a business journalist in the Middle East before deciding on a change in career and joining Acuity in 2014.

Having completed six months in the firm's Corporate and Commercial department, Mark is now a trainee in Acuity Real Estate where his role involves drafting a wide range of documentation and assisting fee earners on a number of complex commercial property transactions and projects.

Mark was awarded a law degree from the University of London, and won the University of Law’s sole annual full scholarship to complete his legal studies at the institution’s London Bloomsbury centre.

Professional Background

Claire is an employment law specialist, providing commercially focused advice on all aspects of employment law and HR matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Claire has a strong background in advising clients on discrimination legislation, employment tribunal litigation, effective management of complex employee relations and dispute resolution, and the implementation of cultural and workforce reorganisations.

Claire has in-depth expertise in providing bespoke training to clients on all aspects of employment law and HR issues. She is also a strong litigator having successfully defended a number of employment tribunal claims relating to redundancies, dismissals, whistleblowing complaints and multi-discrimination claims. Claire has also acted for NHS Trusts and Local Authorities in defending mass equal pay litigation.

Claire has worked with private multinational organisations and SME's, charities and public sector organisations, and has a particular interest in the healthcare and education sector. Claire works directly with in-house legal teams, HR professionals and management, and has experience and a keen interest in coaching managers on effective leadership techniques.

Claire was educated at Southampton University and Cardiff Law School. After training and working as an employment specialist for DAC Beachcroft LLP, followed by Eversheds LLP, Claire joined Acuity in 2014

Professional Background

Jonathan has expertise in dealing with construction developments and disputes and has a particular interest in the renewable energy sector (especially tidal energy).

He has experience in construction and commercial alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

Work Highlights

  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on Building Contracts, Consultant Appointments, Collateral Warranties, Guarantees, Novation Agreements and ancillary documentation
  • Handling disputes and claims on behalf of contractors (such as claims for loss and expense, extensions of time and variations) and developers (such as for defective work and liquidated damages)
  • Currently advising Lifecare Residences on their £32m development of the first purpose built retirement community in London and Helium Miracle 113 on the development of a new Olympic standard, twin pad ice arena in Cardiff
  • Settling a number of cases through successful mediation and litigation
  • Attending the TCC and RCJ on a number of hearings and applications
  • Drafting articles for the In-House Lawyer magazine on making litigated recoveries in the new regulatory environment
  • Developing an innovative risk management product for lenders and BiM Legal for contractors, developers and consultants in the construction industry

He was educated at Warwick University (obtaining a first class Masters degree in Civil Engineering in 2004) and then studied law at the College of Law, London. His early career was spent with Eversheds and he joined Acuity in 2014.

Professional Background

Matthew has experience of assisting in a variety of corporate transactions, including both share and business acquisitions and disposals, shareholder and investor arrangements and corporate restructurings. He also has experience in drafting a variety of commercial contracts.

Matthew re-joined Acuity’s corporate and commercial team in 2014 having already done a previous seat there.

Matthew has also sat in Acuity’s Real Estate and Commercial Dispute Resolution teams as part of his training.

Matthew studied at Exeter University and Cardiff University. He joined Acuity in 2012.

Professional background

Gwenno joined the business support team at Acuity in 2014.

She was educated at Cardiff University where she studied Mathematics and Music. After graduating, Gwenno took a role as a Finance Officer with Plaid Cymru before joining Acuity.

Professional background

Neil has over 15 years’ experience managing the finance and operations of law firms. Specialist experience includes creating and managing pricing structures for legal service contracts, treasury management, providing commercial advice to practice groups across the UK, overall management of processing finance teams and project management.

Following 10 years working throughout the UK for Eversheds Neil joined Acuity in 2007. He heads up the Finance team and also sits on the Management Board.

Professional Background

Rupa is a B2B service marketing specialist with sector experience in Professional Services, Financial Services, Telecoms and the public sector. Her experience spans across strategic planning and programme management.

At Acuity, she is part of the management board and heads up the client services function.  

In her spare time she mentors other marketing professionals and businesses including start ups such as social enterprises. Rupa has experience of sitting on a range of committees such as a town centre steering committee, chamber of commerce and community group. She is also a qualified broadcast presenter and reporter. 

Work Highlights

After graduating with a business and international marketing degree, Rupa worked in international marketing roles with Lloyd's of London, Alcatel and BRE Global. This was followed by UK wide positions at the Environment Agency and IBB Solicitors. She joined Acuity in 2013.

Board Member, CIM Bristol & South West. Fellow CIM and Chartered Marketer.

Professional Background

Melanie joined Acuity in March 2013 and started her training contract in September 2014. She is currently a member of the corporate team, where she assists with high value company acquisitions and disposals. 

Melanie is involved in drafting suites of documents including sale and purchase agreements, disclosure letters, board minutes and resolutions. She also regularly carries out Companies House searches and filings and is heavily involved in due diligence exercises such as writing up reports for clients and managing data rooms. 

Melanie has many interests including visiting National Trust properties, baking and hiking. She is also a keen runner, having participated in several half marathons, 5K and 10K races for charity. 

She was educated at Cardiff University and Cardiff Law School where she gained a distinction.

Professional Background

James specialises in non-contentious construction matters and has experience of acting for contractors, developers, consultants and funders in various projects in the UK, throughout the Middle East and in Australia. His experience covers drafting and negotiating building contracts, consultancy agreements, warranties and also ancillary documents such as performance bonds, parent company guarantees, supply contracts and facility management contracts.

James has run the London Marathon (twice) and has played rugby in Wales, England and Australia.

Work highlights – acting for:

  • a subcontractor engaged in the construction of the new national stadium for the English Football Association, Wembley, London
  • a developer engaged in the development and regeneration of parts of the West Midlands
  • a consortium tendering for a multi-billion dollar project for the Saudi Arabian Government and attending a three day negotiation in Paris involving American and European subcontractors
  • a developer on the design and construction of a new factory premises in Abu Dhabi with a contract value of approximately 2bn United Arab Emirates Dirhams
  • a major Australian contractor on the construction of a five green star rated new office tower, with retail and recreational facilities in Brisbane, Australia. Contract value of approx $AU80m
  • a contractor to undertake a risk analysis and advise on a mining contract for an open cut coal mine in New South Wales, Australia. Worth approx $AU 80m

James studied at the University of Wales and the College of Law in Chester. Legal career: Wragge & Co, Minter Ellison (Brisbane and Sydney) and Trowers and Hamlins (Dubai). While in the Middle East James also worked at the largest law firm in the region and worked in-house for a government developer. James has now relocated back to his native country of Wales and joined Acuity in 2014.

Professional Background

Anisha joined Acuity in 2013 after graduating from Nottingham Law School and obtaining a distinction at the College of Law, Bloomsbury.

She is currently a trainee in the Dispute Resolution and Corporate Recovery and Insolvency department where she assists fee earners on a number of contentious matters. Her previous experience in Dispute Resolution has involved drafting court documents, analysing contract terms, researching a broad range of legal issues and representing clients at court.

She was most recently a trainee in the Real Estate department where her role involved drafting documentation such as contracts, transfers and leases in addition to liaising with and reporting to clients. She also regularly assisted fee earners on a number of complex commercial property transactions and projects.

Professional Background

Ben’s early career was spent in the insurance sector. He opted for a change in career and joined Acuity in 2013 as a paralegal in our real estate team and started his training contract in 2014. 

As a member of the real estate team his role involves drafting transactional documents such as contracts, transfers and deeds of surrender and preparing legal due diligence reports. In addition, he regularly undertakes research on a range of complex property issues. 

Ben completed his legal qualifications at City Law School in London and Cardiff Law School, gaining a distinction and winning the Edgar Buck prize for best overall performance.

Professional Background

Paul has experience advising on a broad range of real estate transactions including acquisitions, disposals and commercial lettings.

Paul regularly acts for both landlords and tenants in the granting and taking of leases of commercial premises including offices, industrial spaces and retail units and deals with all aspects. He has experience of residential transactions, including both freehold and leasehold residential purchases and sales, as well as re-mortgages, with values in excess of £1M. Paul also has expertise in elements of property litigation.

Paul was educated at Swansea University and Swansea Law School gaining a distinction. He joined Acuity in 2011. 

Professional Background

Stephen was educated at Cardiff University and Cardiff Law School. He trained and qualified in 2003 as a solicitor with Capital Law in Cardiff, where he spent four years. Stephen joined Acuity in 2005.

Area of Practice

Stephen is a real estate specialist advising on the acquisition, disposal, letting and funding of commercial properties with experience of property joint ventures through corporate and limited partnership vehicles. He has acted on a number of large property transactions including private developers and investors with portfolio management needs, pension funds and institutional lenders, substantial blue-chip occupiers, Public and Third Sectors.  He is involved in significant developments such as the Cardiff International Sports Village.

Stephen also has interests in the environmental and planning aspects of Commercial Property and regularly lectures and provides seminars on these topics and general real estate.  He has experience of industrial land acquisition, management and the sale of land and relocation of going concern businesses.

Professional Background

Sophia's area of expertise is corporate law, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and investments. She also advises on commercial law and has particular experience in the retail and fashion industries.

Work highlights include advising:

  • Capita plc on the acquisition of The Write Research Company Limited, Cymbio Limited, Liberty Printers and Network Technology Solutions (UK) Limited
  • Mansford Helios Limited Partnership on the sale of its rights and investments in (1) the iPort, a 6 million sq ft rail logistics project in Doncaster UK (which has an end value of £400 million) and (2) the Link Project in Germany, comprising three logistics schemes located in Berlin, Leipzig and Ingolstadt (totaling over 3,767,491 sq ft with an end value of €250 million), to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, a Canadian based pension plan provider.
  • Verdion on its long term partnership arrangements with the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, including its investment in, and appointment as development manager of, logistics sites in Hanover, Germany; Rossington, UK; Greve, Denmark and Chemnitz, Germany
  • US client Shockwatch Inc in the acquisition of Shocklog Holdings Ltd.
  • The Fung Capital group, on the acquisition of Savile Row tailoring house, Kilgour from JMH Lifestyle.

Sophia was educated at Swansea University and Cardiff Law School. She joined Acuity in 2009 as an Assistant Solicitor following a three month secondment to Acuity during her training contract in 2008. She was promoted to an Associate Solicitor in December 2012.

Professional Background

Rachelle advises on high profile corporate work, in particular sizeable joint ventures. She also has experience in a range of commercial contracts, including intellectual property, development agreements and supply contracts.

Work highlights – advised:

  • MedaPhor, a portfolio company of Fusion IP, on a distribution deal with Tellyes Scientific for the sale of ultrasound simulators into mainland China 
  • IQE plc on a complex set of product development and licensing agreements with Motorola Inc which underpinned £40 million fund-raising by IQE 
  • Western Log Group on a joint venture with ECo2 Projects to build the first biomass power station in Wales 
  • a joint venture company on a project to construct and operate a 2.5MW gasification plant to generate electricity from waste wood 
  • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council on the award of a new long term contract to manage and dispose its waste 
  • Neath Port Talbot (Recycling) on commercial agreements for the supply of RDF for use as an alternative fuel in cement kilns  

Rachelle was educated at Southampton University. Her early career was spent at Pitmans, Reading followed by Eversheds. She joined Acuity in 1999.

Professional Background

Phil specialises in corporate advice and transactions. He has experience over business and share acquisitions and disposals and has advised on a number of shareholders' arrangements and investments. He has extensive experience drafting and negotiating commercial documents, agency and distribution agreements and supply agreements. Phil has also advised clients on the exploitation and protection of intellectual property rights.

Phil has worked with a number of university ‘spin-out’ companies, including Fusion portfolio companies, and has spent time on secondment to Cardiff University in their commercial development / technology transfer team.

Phil has considerable experience in the healthcare sector and advises clients on the sale and purchase of dental businesses.

Phil was educated at Cardiff University (completing a bachelor and master of laws degree) and Cardiff Law School. He joined Acuity in 2007.

Work Highlights - acting for:

  • Mansford Helios on the sale of its rights and investments in a 6 million sq. ft. rail logistics project in Doncaster, UK (which has an end value of £400 million), to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and acting for Verdion Properties on its long term partnership arrangements with HOOPP including on its financing and development arrangements.
  • Portman Healthcare Limited for over 5 years in relation to its ‘buy- and build’ acquisition programme.
  • No. 14 Savile Row and connected entities on intellectual property / commercial contracts (including brand rights) and on corporate matters.

Professional Background

Paul specialises in corporate finance and frequently acts for public sector, FTSE and Fortune 500 clients. He possesses an extensive track record in being the lead adviser on high value projects and transactions throughout the UK and internationally, including major US corporations. Major clients that he has acted for include the Welsh Government, major local authorities (including AGMA) and companies such as CISCO, MeadWestvaco Corporation, G24i and Notemachine. Paul is recommended as a corporate/M&A specialist by the premier client guides to the UK legal profession.

Work highlights – advising:

  • Welsh Government on the £52m acquisition of Cardiff Airport
  • Cisco on the $5 billion acquisition of NDS
  • Local authorities in the North West of England on the set up of the £60m Evergreen Investment Fund limited partnership
  • London Development Agency on the £50m London Energy Efficiency Fund
  • Welsh Government on the establishment of the Dragon 24 LLP redevelopment fund
  • the sellers on the £13m sale of eLINIA

Paul has worked with Richards Butler in Hong Kong and Eversheds where for many years he led the corporate finance team before joining Acuity in 2013.

Professional Background

Natalie regularly works on corporate transactions and has experience across a variety of business and share acquisitions and disposals, shareholders' arrangements and company formations. She is a member of the firm’s specialist energy team and brings particular insight through her secondment with energy client Eco2.

She has expertise in drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial documents including terms and conditions, master services agreements and supply agreements.

Natalie was educated at Cardiff University and Cardiff Law School. She joined Acuity in 2009.

Professional Background

Laura advises public and private sector clients across energy, health, education and waste sectors.

She is currently on secondment to a local authority client’s in-house legal team. 

Laura is involved in a number of contracts, advising on the European Procurement regime, public law and council procedures for contract award and in the drafting, preparation, review and negotiation of contracts.

Work highlights include acting for West Sussex County Council on:

  • negotiation and completion of a £200m materials resource management contract to provide waste disposal facilities and on a variation to an existing 25 year PFI recycling and waste handling contract.
  • procurement of a solution for treatment of refuse derived fuel produced from an MBT facility operated on behalf of the Council.

Laura was educated at the University of Bath where she studied Biology and completed her legal education at Swansea University and Cardiff University. She joined Acuity in 2008.

Professional Background

Jon is recognised in various publications as an expert in Commercial Property and a leader in the Welsh legal sector. He has twice been voted Wales Property Lawyer of the Year. He  works on high profile transactions across England and Wales including the £500M Cardiff International Sports Village - Cardiff’s largest current development scheme, Cardiff City Stadium development, the development of Callaghan Square, Wales’s most prestigious office scheme, the Welsh Assembly Debating Chamber and Bluestone Holiday Village, Pembrokeshire.

He is currently working on major urban regeneration schemes across England and Wales. Jon has a particular interest in affordable housing, technology and urban regeneration projects.

In his spare time he enjoys football, tennis and skiing and he is a black belt in Karate.

Jon was educated at Oxford University after which he joined Clifford Chance where he spent six years, principally in the real estate team. Following this he was head of property at Capital Law and joined Acuity as head of real estate in 2005.

Professional Background

Jon specialises in corporate advice and transactions, advising on a wide range of areas including acquisitions and disposals, shareholders' arrangements, corporate governance and company formation. Jon also provides advice on commercial contracts and has advised clients on the exploitation and protection of their intellectual property rights.

Jon was educated at Cardiff University and the City Law School, London and joined Acuity in 2008.

Work Highlights - acting for:

  • Eco2 Limited in connection with the development and disposal of three biomass power stations in Sleaford, Brigg and Margam
  • Premier Forest on a number of share purchases including in connection with its acquisition of the Border Forest Group in November 2014
  • LifeCare Residences group in connection with a loan facility in excess of £25million from Cheyne Capital in December 2014
  • myPINpad Ltd on developing secure payment solutions for the electronic payment and processing sector

Professional Background

Gareth specialises in the acquisition, disposal, letting and funding of real estate including retail, industrial and office properties. Gareth has particular experience of strategic land acquisition and disposal particularly acting for landowners and developers in joint venture and collaboration agreements across England and Wales.

Work highlights include advising PMG Group on the strategic acquisition and disposal of 140 acres of land to Persimmon Homes as well as PMG’s key acquisition of the Thornhill Cars site and the lettings to Sainsbury’s and Greggs. He also advised Rightacres Property on the strategic acquisition of Central Square, Cardiff and the innovative £42m Cardiff and Vale College development.

Gareth studied at Exeter University and UWE Bristol (LPC). He trained with Capital Law and joined Acuity in 2010.

Professional Background

Deryn has acted for the public and the private sector on a variety of commercial schemes in health, police authority, fire authority, residential care services, waste handling, recycling and disposal services, central government (MOD), highways infrastructure provision and maintenance, university and school accommodation, urban regeneration and leisure facilities.

Deryn also has considerable experience in the waste sector and innovative funding structures on PFI / PPP schemes and “hybrid” structures involving both Prudential Funding and bank finance.
Work highlights include advising West Sussex County Council on:

  • Waste handling and recycling contract, possibly the first dedicated recycling scheme to be completed under the PFI, involving the allied outsourcing under a 25 year contract.
  • Negotiation of a £200m materials resource management contract to provide waste disposal facilities and on an existing 25 year PFI recycling and waste handling contract.
  • Procurement of a solution for treatment of refuse derived fuel produced from an MBT facility.

Deryn graduated from Oxford University in Modern Languages. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloittes, London and also worked for the Fountainhead Commodities Group in Geneva before moving into law. Legal career: Morgan Cole, Eversheds and Acuity since 2007.

Professional Background

Dawn is a real estate solicitor specialising in renewable energy transactions. She provides specialist advice on the procurement of renewable energy sites including planning, grid connections, funding, common land exchange, section 36 consents, cooperation agreements and option and lease agreements.

She has a strong background in acting for developers, including Persimmon Homes and on high profile property transactions such as the sale of Ninian Park Football Stadium to Redrow Homes.

Dawn was educated at Cardiff University and Cardiff Law School. She trained at McTaggarts Solicitors and joined Acuity in 2006.

Professional Background

Damien is a real estate specialist advising on the acquisition, disposal, letting and funding of commercial properties. He has also developed expertise in the procurement of affordable housing through innovative annuity structures.

In addition, he has extensive experience in providing support to the firm’s corporate team on business acquisitions with particular specialism in the healthcare sector spanning dental practices to residential care homes.  
Outside work Damien likes to keep ‘classic’ automobiles in good condition.

Damien was educated at Bristol University, Cambridge University, and Cardiff Law School. After working in the commercial property team at Capital Law he joined Acuity in 2006.

Professional Background

Craig has significant experience in the public sector approach to commercial issues, procurement and outsourcing. He has advised extensively on the application of the European Procurement regime and has in depth knowledge and expertise in public law matters, including state aid.

He has a track record on alternative methods of public service delivery involving joint ventures, staff mutuals, charitable trusts, community interest companies and other types of local authority trading vehicles. Craig is experienced across energy, housing, health and defence and has a particular focus on the education and waste sectors.

Work highlights include acting for:

  • Wolverhampton City Council in relation to a number of state aid matters.
  • West Sussex County Council on the development of its Tangmere Solar Farm project by Carillion Energy Services.
  • EnCon Construction on its involvement as civils subcontractor in a waste PFI project.
  • Local authorities and staff mutuals on the transfer of discretionary services to staff mutuals and charities.
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales on a range of commercial contract matters arising from its operations in pursuing its mission to inspire, educate and conserve.

Memberships: Member of the Executive Committee of the Wales Commercial Law Association and member of Public Law Wales, Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association and the Court of Swansea University. Craig is also a trustee of the Bryncynon Community Revival Strategy, is a director of Lylac Ridge and sits on the CIPS committee (South East Wales).  Craig is a governor at Abercarn Primary School and Ysgol Gymraeg Cwm Gwyddon.

Craig was educated at Swansea University and Cardiff University. In his early career he worked and has been seconded to in-house legal teams with various local authorities. He joined Acuity in January 2008.

Professional Background

Christian has experience in corporate advice and major corporate transactions. This includes advising on acquisitions and disposals, shareholders' arrangements, corporate governance and company formation, including partnerships. He has particular expertise in the renewable energy sector and heads up the specialist energy team at Acuity. In 2013, Christian won ‘Young Dealmaker of the Year’ at the Wales Insider Awards.

Work highlights:

  • advising on a £170m+ new biomass power station and wind projects ranging from single turbine ventures through to multi turbine wind farms
  • joint venture development contracts for Mansford Holdings Plc 
  • acquisition of the insurance business of a large Welsh-based bank
  • advising Aurelian Property Finance and Bluesky Capital Investments on financing the acquisition and development of new residential property sites  

Christian was educated at the University of Wales and Cardiff Law School. He joined Acuity in 2003 and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Professional Background

Charlotte is a real estate solicitor with experience in dealing with a variety of commercial property transactions including high value acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant, development, financing and property aspects of corporate transactions. She has particular understanding of the retirement housing sector.

Charlotte acts for a variety of different clients including limited companies, local authorities and public bodies, pension funds and individuals. 

Charlotte graduated from Cardiff University and completed her Legal Practice Course at Cardiff Law School. She trained at Acuity and qualified in October 2010. 

Outside of work Charlotte enjoys horse riding and walking her dogs.

Professional Background

Beverley has extensive experience in corporate transactions, corporate finance and joint ventures. She advises private and public organisations across the healthcare, transport, manufacturing and food sectors.

Work highlights – advising:

  • LifeCare Residences on a sophisticated £56.75m development funding package for its luxury retirement village project in Battersea, London
  • IQE plc on the funding for its acquisition of Kopin Wireless, a deal that won the ‘Deal of the Year’ at the 2013 Wales Insider Dealmaker Awards
  • Julian Hodge Bank on funding and security packages for property development and small energy generation projects
  • Publically listed New Zealand dairy company, A2 Corporation, on entering the UK dairy market through a joint venture with Robert Wiseman Dairies
  • Cardiff Archives on the sale of its document archive business to PHS Group plc
  • Capita plc on the acquisition of Cedar HR Software and Fortek Computers 

Beverley was educated at Cardiff University and joined Acuity in 2002. 

Professional Background

Bethan has expertise in high profile corporate transactions, investments, business and share acquisitions and disposals. She also assists with banking and finance advice, advising both lenders and borrowers, and provides commercial advice.

Speak to Bethan about our Acuity Counsel Service.

Work highlights – advising:

  • Capita plc on the acquisition of Micro Librarian Systems, Liberty Printers and Contact Associates
  • LifeCare Residences on a £56.75m development funding package for its luxury retirement village in Battersea, London
  • The A2 Milk Company Limited on the termination of its joint venture arrangements with Muller Wiseman Dairies and a new supply processing agreement between them
  • Julian Hodge Bank on an investment in a renewable energy project 

Bethan was educated at Exeter University and Cardiff Law School. She joined Acuity in 2005. 

Professional Background

Steve works with clients throughout the UK and overseas on high value projects and transactions. He has wide experience of advising on complex finance structures and partnerships between the private and public sectors. Steve has particular expertise in renewable energy including major shale gas projects. Steve is recognised as a leading corporate and commercial specialist by Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Legal 500 directories.

Work highlights – advising:

  • Eco2 on the development and financing of three biomass power stations each having a capital value of over £120m
  • Verdion Properties on the financing and development arrangements for the £150m+ development of an inland logistics port near Doncaster and an on-going funding partnership with a major pension fund
  • Lifecare Residences on its development and funding of luxury retirement villages, including an £80m+ development in Battersea, London 
  • Capita plc on multiple acquisitions and long term PPP agreements 
  • Omniport on its PPP arrangements with Norwich City Council on the ownership and operation of Norwich International Airport 
  • UK Onshore Gas on a fund raising and public listing  

Steve was educated at Bristol University. He worked at Herbert Smith and was a partner at Eversheds before co-founding the firm in 1999. Steve is the Chairman and a practicing corporate partner at Acuity.

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