Welsh law and devolution
Wales and its laws are different. We know this and understand what it means for our clients, whether that is in relation to health and social care, education, the environment or commercial transactions. We have a dedicated team of lawyers based in Cardiff who can provide clear, authoritative advice regarding these matters.
The body of Welsh law is rapidly expanding. Senedd Cymru has passed distinctive, ground-breaking legislation incorporating international principles of human rights and sustainable development and has established new public roles to promote those rights, including the rights of children, older people and future generations.
We have a growing team of legal experts in Cardiff who are specialists in the Welsh devolution settlement. Our expertise means we work closely with key strategic Welsh organisations, such as the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Qualifications Wales and Local Authorities, on projects dealing with issues at the forefront of Welsh society, ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic inquiry to funding of renewable energy projects and redevelopment of coastal infrastructure.
A government body
We are the sole external legal advisors to the Welsh Government and a core participant in the Covid-19 Inquiry.
Ceredigion County Council
We are assisting the Ceredigion County Council on the full-scale regeneration and redevelopment of Aberaeron Harbour, a key part of the west Wales coastal infrastructure.
We advised Qualifications Wales Board and Executive in relation to the delivery of qualifications during the pandemic, including the incredibly challenging decision making regarding the cancellation of exams.
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Created at the end of the Brexit transition period, Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law that consists of EU-derived legislation retained in our domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This was never intended to be a permanent arrangement as parliament promised to deal with retained EU law through the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (the “Bill”).
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Changes to the statutory framework for local government in Wales
The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (“the Act”) establishes a new and reformed legislative framework for Welsh local government elections, democracy, governance and performance. Many of the most significant changes contained in the Act came into force earlier this month.
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Browne Jacobson’s specialist energy & infrastructure lawyers have advised the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) on a significant £31m funded tidal energy project, located in Anglesey, off the North West coast of Wales.
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