Steve Berry

Steve Berry 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.

Education:

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.

Firm Overview:

We are a commercial law firm focused on supporting businesses with their business plans. We act for UK businesses and global companies with UK interests from our offices in London and Cardiff.

Our optimum size means you get a high calibre service from partner led teams with strength and depth across corporate and commercial, real estate, construction, employment, dispute resolution and public law.

Our success in building long term relationships with our clients and strong staff retention means you receive:

  • continuity of advisory services from teams who are at hand to handle your needs at all stages of your business
  • a commercially driven service led by partners who generate innovative solutions, commitment to drive value and an exceptional City level service

The experience and breadth of expertise across Acuity and our overseas network mean that we can handle sizeable, complex transactions across the UK and internationally.

Quality Assured:

Lexcel accreditation is recognised as the gold-star legal quality mark. As a Lexcel accredited firm you are assured of the highest standard of client care, practice and data management and an overall high level of service.

What’s more, our partner-led client teams ensure that quality is at the forefront when handling your work.

Robert Cherry

Robert Cherry leads Blake Morgan’s Corporate team. He has a broad range of corporate transactional experience. He regularly deals with acquisitions, disposals, management buy-outs and buy-ins, private equity and venture capital transactions.

Firm Overview:

At Blake Morgan we have always excelled in finding the best possible solutions for our clients.

With exceptional talent and leading lawyers working across southern England and Wales, Blake Morgan has a highly skilled workforce with 130 partners and 1000 staff, giving our clients access to a great depth of skills and experience.

We act for large corporates, entrepreneurs and owner-managed-businesses, public sector and charity organisations.

Gerallt Jones

Gerallt Jones is a Partner and head of the Corporate/Commercial team at Hugh James. Since joining Hugh James in 2005, Gerallt has led the transformation of the corporate department into a leading market player, advising clients including the Welsh Government/Finance Wales, RBS and the Welsh Rugby Union. He now leads a thriving practice that has attracted high calibre local, national and international clients and has recruited quality lawyers from the City and rival local firms. Gerallt is a native Welsh speaker and is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong as well as England and Wales. Gerallt is also a trustee of the Cardiff Museum Development Trust.

Testimonials:

“Hugh James did an excellent job on this important investment for us as a group. Gerallt and his team worked tirelessly, providing guidance of the highest calibre to ensure the deal completed within a tight timescale.” ~ Sanjeev Gupta, Simec

“The Hugh James team has an excellent track record of working with creative industry companies and this undoubtedly helped us navigate through what could at times seem a daunting process. Their combination of a real ‘can do’ attitude and a practical, commercial approach is refreshing – and greatly appreciated.” ~ Andy Muggleton, Managing Partner at Mongoose

“Head of department Gerallt Jones handles a series of sophisticated M&A deals for clients both in Wales and abroad. Clients are impressed by his pragmatism: “He comes up with solutions rather than making legal points.” ~ Chambers UK, 2017

“Headed by the ‘excellent and practical’ Gerallt Jones, Hugh James’ six-partner team has significant traction both locally as well as outside of Wales.” ~ Legal 500, 2016

“Gerallt Jones has “a range of experience that is rare in a local market” and “honest opinions and quick, clear-cut advice.” ~ Chambers UK, 2016

“Gerallt Jones heads the corporate department and provides wide-ranging corporate advice to clients such as the Welsh Rugby Union and RBS. Clients describe him as “thoughtful and shrewd, with a very good eye for detail.” ~ Chambers UK, 2014

“Gerallt Jones garners praise for bringing “genuine city and international experience to bear on his work – he also has a great eye for detail when required.”~ Chambers UK, 2013

“This turned out to be a surprisingly complicated and elongated process and the advice and assistance provided by Hugh James to myself and the management team proved to be invaluable.” ~ Keith Brooks, Vista Retail Support

“I’m delighted with the way Gerallt and Sarah dealt with this transaction – they pulled out all the stops to ensure that the deal happened smoothly and in double-quick time. Hugh James really is a class act.” ~ Ian Ryley, Pinnacle

“This was a complex and multi-faceted transaction, which will deliver strong benefits for us going forward. I was able to turn to Hugh James to undertake this work, safe in the knowledge that our long-standing relationship would enable Gerallt Jones and his team to get up to speed quickly and to work with us to solve the various issues faced.” ~ Rhodri Lewis, Head of Legal Affairs, WRU

Firm Overview:

At Hugh James we’re proud to say that we do things differently. We may be a top 100 UK law firm, but we’ve kept a personal, down-to-earth approach that’s based on finding the right solutions for our clients.

We provide expert legal advice to businesses and individuals, offering specialist guidance for property and construction, public and third sector organisations, and banks and financial institutions. Our personal injury team has earned a reputation for winning major cases and our IFA team offers help and advice to meet our clients’ financial goals.

Our clients trust in the friendly approach we’ve established, listening to what they want, understanding their requirements and providing clear, practical advice in a concise way. If there’s any way that we can add value to the services and advice we offer, then we always will.

That’s how we’ve built strong and lasting relationships with our clients, working collaboratively to provide comprehensive, innovative advice. We have also developed a unique approach to pricing that puts transparency and choice first, and gives our clients peace of mind.

Duncan Macintosh

Duncan Macintosh is qualified as a solicitor both in England and Wales, and in Scotland.

He is recognised as a leader in his field and ranked for corporate finance in Wales, by Chambers & Partners. Prior to joining Capital Law, Duncan worked for the venture capital group and investment bank, 3i Group Plc.

Duncan is also Honorary Secretary of Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

Capital Law is a leading provider of commercial legal services to businesses throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

Recognition:

“Welsh Law Firm of the Year.” ~ Legal 500, 2015-16

Firm Overview:

Based in Cardiff and London, our team is diverse and highly experienced. Many have joined us from some of the most prestigious law firms in the country, whilst others have grown up with us. What we all share is a commitment to ensuring our clients receive the highest quality service. For more than twenty years, our clients’ commercial goals have been our focus; that’s how we’ve built so many long-term business relationships.

Whether you are in the middle of a complicated merger, trying to resolve a commercial dispute or looking to protect your intellectual property, we aim to deliver more and add value wherever possible. Clients say we’re approachable, provide clarity, give excellent advice and talk plainly.

Working seamlessly alongside our fully integrated management consultancy business, Capital People Consultants, we can provide a complete, dedicated and informed service to ensure your business operates to the highest standards.

Our business is committed to excellence. We succeed when our clients trust us to make a real difference. We make a difference by living our values. These are…

Approachability
We’re always o­­­pen and approachable in the way we work with clients and each other.

Integrity
We stand by our word and do what we say we’ll do. Our clients’ trust depends on it.

Boldness
We look for innovative ways of solving clients’ problems. We encourage independent thought and provide innovative support.

Excellence
We provide the best support for our clients across all competencies. We’re proud of who we are and are determined to build on our exceptional reputation.

Clarity
We look to clarify complex issues and offer straightforward advice, free from jargon or unnecessary terminology.

Lisa Lloyd

Lisa Lloyd has worked at Aspiration Training for ten years, and holds a BA (Hons), Masters in Education and PGCE in Post Compulsory in Education. She is a fluent Welsh speaker and enjoys teaching Welsh and lecturing Childhood studies on a supply basis outside of Aspiration Training, and spending time with her son, husband and friends. Her favourite author is John Grisham and she is an avid cinema fan.

Firm Overview:

Aspiration Training Ltd is a specialist training provider with a single focus in the care sector: health and social care, child care, dental nursing and hospitality.

The business has been operating for about 20 years and supports customers both in its original market of South Wales, West Midlands and the South West.

The business employs c.110 employees, currently supports c.1800 learners and, beyond its principal contracts with the Welsh Government and the Skills Funding Agency, the company also holds contracts with local colleges. The business also has a number of commercial contracts with local employers.

Within Wales, Aspiration Training Ltd is part of a consortium called Vocational Skills Partnership (Wales) Ltd (VSP). VSP comprises of four long standing, outstanding quality providers – Educ8 Training Ltd, Network Training Services and TSW Ltd. This unique grouping provides vocational training across the whole of South Wales in a wide range of sectors including health and social care, management and hospitality.

The Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales Programmes, led by the Welsh Government, are supported by the European Social Fund. To visit the WEFO website, please click here.

Aspiration Training is proud of the excellent service it provides to it’s customers and this is reflected into the company mission, vision and values.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to encourage, support and develop our employees to provide our customers with a world class service. This involves working with all learners, whether unemployed or in employment, to realise their potential via innovative and cutting edge skills development.

Peter Jones BSc (Hons) C Eng C.WEM FICE MCIWEM

Peter Jones is the Managing Director of Waterco, which was founded in 1990. He has over 40 years of experience in civil engineering, project management and has been Chartered since 1979 (ICE) and 1984 (CIWEM). Peter has quietly guided and expanded Waterco to the successful consultancy it is today.

Specialising in the water sector, Peter’s projects include: major waterway diversion schemes, tunnels, thrust bores, road drainage, sewerage schemes, flood risk assessments and surface water management. He has prepared, supervised and adjudicated civil engineering contracts at all stages, from tender preparation to final account settlement. Peter is also called upon as an expert witness at Public Inquiries.

Firm Overview:

We are the trusted partners for utility companies, government bodies, communities and private businesses including: contractors, developers, architects, surveyors and the legal profession.