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Corporate law and mergers & acquisitions solicitors

Our specialist corporate lawyers provide high quality, commercially astute and proactive advice to a wide range of organisations, from start-ups through growth companies to multi-national corporations and public sector bodies.  We also have a wealth of experience of private equity, venture capital and other investments, whether advising the investors, the company or the management team.

We draw on our vast experience in various sectors including hospitality and leisure, gaming, sport, healthcare and media, working with other transactional specialists at Hugh James to provide a seamless, premium quality service.

We are regularly instructed on high profile and complex corporate deals, both domestic and cross-border. Examples include advising:

  • The Port of Milford Haven on its purchase of the luxury St Brides Spa Hotel
  • Welsh Rugby Union on the sale of Dragons RFC
  • Great Point Studios on the purchase of Seren Studios from Welsh Government
  • Victorian Sliders (the largest manufacturer of vertical sliding windows in Europe) on a follow-on investment from BGF
  • Cardiff Rugby on its takeover by Helford Capital
  • on the disposal of Nautilus Consulting to Accenture UK
  • S.A. Brain & Co on the sale of its interest in Coffee #1 to Caffè Nero
  • on the sale of Princes Gate Spring Water to Nestlé
  • Welsh Rugby Union on a joint venture which transformed two of Cardiff’s most iconic buildings into the luxury Parkgate Hotel; and on its multi-million pound joint venture providing hospitality services at the Principality Stadium
  • Welsh Government on the £83.7m International Convention Centre Wales

We also undertake advisory work for longstanding heavyweight clients including Welsh Government, Rockwool International and Avicenna.

Specialist services

Our range of corporate services includes:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • private equity, venture capital and other investments
  • joint ventures
  • management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • employee ownership trusts
  • restructurings
  • corporate governance
  • directors’ duties and responsibilities
  • partnerships

Key contact

Gerallt Jones


Gerallt is a partner and head of the corporate and commercial team. Since joining Hugh James in 2005, Gerallt has led the team to be a leading player within the corporate and commercial market, advising clients including the Welsh Government, Princes Gate Water and the Development Bank of Wales.

Gerallt also has particular expertise in the sport and food & drink sectors, leading Hugh James’s relationships with clients in these sectors including the Welsh Rugby Union and Braces Bakery.

We are very grateful to Gerallt and the team at Hugh James for their first class support in helping us to complete this deal. They have a great understanding of the food and beverage sector which was invaluable in helping us to reach an agreement with an industry leading business.

Glyn Jones

I would also like to thank our team from Hugh James for their support in helping us to conclude this deal. As always, their advice and guidance was invaluable.

Dai Walters

He is super-efficient, super-successful for us and a good point man.

Chambers & Partners

He is well regarded, sensible and has a very good reputation… He gives good advice and clearly knows this area of law very well.

Chambers & Partners

“We are extremely grateful to Hugh James for the key role they have played in this deal. Their advice has been invaluable, and we have been particularly impressed with their project management skills in bringing the deal to fruition in such a seamless manner. Their expertise, diligence and professionalism have been exemplary throughout.”

Richard Holland, Chief Executive at Cardiff Rugby

Why use us?

Gerallt Jones is included in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and is ranked by Chambers and Partners in Band 1 for Corporate M&A, whilst Aled Walters and Greg Williams are recognised by Legal 500 as Leading individuals for Corporate and Commercial.

What sets us apart from our competitors is our collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to working with clients. We strive to build effective partnerships which add real value. Our approach as a firm is to ensure we are ‘partner-led’ on our complex areas of work, while delivering value for money on more straightforward matters. We work hard to ensure we have a thorough understanding of our your business which allows us to be proactive, commercial and innovative.

Our clients

  • Welsh Government
  • Welsh Rugby Union
  • Great Point Studios
  • Victorian Sliders
  • Rocialle Healthcare
  • Reel Kingdom
  • 888 Africa
  • Club 3000 Bingo
  • Cardiff Rugby
  • Development Bank of Wales
  • Avicenna Retail
  • BMP Healthcare
  • Cardiff Capital Region Investment Fund (Innovation Investment Capital)

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