Emyr Lewis Partner and Regional Senior Partner - Wales
“Emyr Lewis is widely regarded as a star performer for public law in Wales.”
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
Articles by Emyr
Emyr Lewis discusses the Public Health (Wales) Act in this article for Lexis Nexis. This article was first published on Lexis Nexis on 26 July 2017.
Emyr Lewis discusses what he thinks the Spring Budget means for Wales.
Regional Senior Partner for Wales, Emyr Lewis - The majority decision of the Supreme Court was that the UK Government cannot start the formal legal process of leaving the European Union ("triggering Article 50") without the authority of Parliament.
Related Knowledge & Resources
R (oao Woolcock) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Secretary of State for Justice and the Welsh Ministers
The court has handed down judgment in the case of R (oao Woolcock) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Secretary of State for Justice and the Welsh Ministers.
The Law Commission has issued a report on Technical Issues in Charity Law and has made a series of fairly radical recommendations to make the acquisition and disposal of property by a Charity simpler. Our expert explains.
To what extent does the new Pre-Action Protocol apply to the enforcement of council tax liabilities?
A new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt claims ("PAP") is coming into force. We expect to see councils taking steps in the forthcoming months to significantly overhaul their current debt recovery processes to ensure compliance with the PAP.
A guide to how Blake Morgan can help with your Academy conversion.
What is the significance of the provisions in the Bill? This is a draft Bill published by the Secretary of State for Wales, rather than a Bill proper. It is being consulted on, in advance of introducing a Bill proper sometime early in the new year.
This is a summary for legal advisors outside the UK of commercial agency law in the UK. The effect of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 ("the Regulations") in the UK can be quite different from countries in the EU.