Emyr Lewis Partner and Regional Senior Partner - Wales
“Very impressive" and "very versatile – he will turn his mind to anything.”
Emyr covers public and constitutional law as well as heavyweight commercial transactions in the ICT and media sectors, public procurement and State Aid.
Main areas of practice
Emyr has particular expertise in Welsh law and legislation, having advised public bodies and businesses about this emerging field since before the National Assembly was created.
Emyr regularly advises public bodies at the highest level on constitutional, statutory and European issues and is also a member of the firm's specialist education sector practice. Emyr holds the post of Senior Fellow in Welsh Law at the Wales Governance Centre in Cardiff University.
Higher Education/Further Education Law
- Advising on the overhaul of Universities’ IP policies and several IP licensing and spin-out projects
- Advising on the establishment and governance of special purpose vehicles for collaboration between Universities and each other, and between Universities and FE colleges
- Advice on State Aid implications of various projects and activities, in particular the treatment of IP in collaborative research projects and spin-outs
- Advising several Chartered institutions on obtaining Supplemental Charters, revisions of Charters, Statutes, Regulations and Ordinances
Public and Constitutional Law
- Advising the Welsh Assembly Commission’s independent review panel on members’ pay and allowances
- Advising public bodies and NGOs in respect of proposed draft legislation relating to Wales, both at Westminster and at Cardiff
- Advising the House of Commons Welsh Affairs select committee on prospective legislation
- Advising the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the Devolution implications of the Equalities Bill
Technology, ICT, Telecoms, Systems Procurement & Outsourcing, Media, IPR
- Leading the team advising the Welsh Government on its superfast broadband project, with a total value of around £500 million
- Advising Government on resolving contractual and potential state aid difficulties and claims with an ICT services provider under a contract worth in excess of £100 million
- Advising Welsh Government on reprocurement of the all-Wales Public Sector Broadband Aggregation project
- Leading the team advising a consortium of six Universities, on the procurement of a EUR 50 million High Performance Computing facility for use in collaborative research
EU Procurement and State Aid Law
- Advising both contracting authorities and suppliers in relation to a number of complex procurements, including competitive dialogue procurements
- Advising the UK Department of Health on State Aid issues related to its activities
- Advising Government on legal matters relating to policy issues involving sustainable procurement, social and environmental clauses and collaborative procurement
- Advising on several procurement disputes and challenges
Non IT Projects
- Advising Tinopolis plc on hostile takeover of stock-market listed TV Corporation plc, subsequent take-private and corporate acquisitions in the UK and US
- Advising the National Museum and Galleries of Wales on the National Waterfront Museum Project, including advice on funding (involving the acquisition and integration of EU structural funds), constitutional matters, including the establishment with the of a joint charitable company
- Advising British Energy plc on a major partnering agreement with Siemens
“He's a very bright guy, who has a good profile and is well respected.”
“Commercial adviser Emyr Lewis is highly regarded for media advice to television production companies such as Tinopolis, Sunset+Vine and Ffattiffilms.”
Articles by Emyr
Emyr Lewis discusses what he thinks the Spring Budget means for Wales.
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Brexit: NHS Wales and the EU – what will be the impact of leaving the EU for devolved policy areas in Wales?
Following the leave vote on 23 June, the Research Service, Legal Service and EU Office of the National Assembly for Wales have prepared a Research Paper to consider what implications this has for Wales.
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