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4 May 2022 | Firm News | Article by Gerallt Jones

Hugh James reappointed as legal adviser to Development Bank of Wales

We have been reappointed to the Development Bank of Wales’s legal panel framework.

We have been supporting the Bank, including its predecessor body Finance Wales, for almost 15 years. We’re delighted to announce we’ve retained our role, despite a number of changes to the make-up of this latest panel of five firms. The framework will run for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension for a further 12 months.

The Development Bank of Wales is one of the UK’s largest regional SME investment companies, established by the Welsh Government to help businesses get the finance needed to start up, strengthen and grow. It offers flexible finance for businesses based in Wales, of up to £10 million, in the form of secured and unsecured loans and equity.

Under the framework agreement, we will provide advice in relation to debt and equity investment and commercial contracts across the Bank’s portfolio, as well as property development advice to the Bank’s operation in the North-East of England.

Multi-disciplinary teams from our Corporate/Commercial, Banking and Finance, Employment, and Commercial Property departments will continue to support the Bank – led by Partner and Head of Corporate/Commercial, Gerallt Jones.

Speaking of the appointment, Gerallt Jones said today:

“It’s an absolute privilege to be reappointed by the Development Bank of Wales for yet another term. The Bank plays a crucial role in the Welsh economy and has provided much-needed support to businesses throughout the pandemic, including through the Covid-19 Wales business loan scheme. We look forward to continuing the long relationship we’ve built over the years, and supporting the Bank in delivering its mission, particularly in this challenging economic climate.”

Neil Maguinness, at the Development Bank of Wales, said:

“We’re very pleased to have reappointed Hugh James to our framework. Their continued support and advice during the last 15 years has been invaluable, particularly as we worked through both the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent recovery. We’re pleased to maintain our links with a major Welsh firm, and look forward to continuing our relationship with them during this next term.”

Author bio

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.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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