Business advisory firm strengthens team with four new recruits

Rhys ap Gwent, Angie Gurdon, John Griffiths, Catherine James

A business advisory firm has strengthened its team with four new appointments as it ramps up its expansion plans.

Greenaway Scott, which is headquartered in The Maltings in Cardiff, has appointed a trainee solicitor, a legal assistant, an administration assistant and a practice manager.

Rhys ap Gwent, from the Gower Peninsula, joins as a trainee solicitor having studied a degree in Biomedical Science at Cardiff University and completing a Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDip) and legal practice course (LPC) at Swansea University.

Since completing his studies, Mr ap Gwent spent two years at Hugh James Solicitors where he worked as a paralegal on clinical negligence claims.

At Greenaway Scott, Mr ap Gwent will spend the first seat of his training contract in the commercial and IP department drafting contracts and agreements for clients, before joining the corporate team where he will gain experience assisting on mergers and acquisitions, management buy-ins and buy-outs, private equity investments and restructuring.

John Griffiths, from Aberdare, joins the firm as a legal assistant. Mr Griffiths completed a Human Bioscience (BSc) degree at Plymouth University followed by a Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDip) at BPP Bristol. He has recently been awarded a training contract with Greenaway Scott which he will begin alongside studying for his masters in Law with Business at BPP Bristol.

Joining as administration assistant, Catherine James from Llanharan will be supporting Greenaway Scott while she completes an LLM in Intellectual Property and Commercial Practice at Swansea University. On completion of this, Miss James will be starting a training contract at Greenaway Scott whilst studying for her LPC part time.

Finally, Angie Gurdon joins the award-winning firm as practice manager. Having had several years’ experience as an operations manager and personal executive assistant, working for companies including JM Finn & Co and Lloyds Banking Group, Ms Gurdon brings with her a wealth of experience.

The latest appointments come on the back of the firm’s new office opening in Oxford, where it is looking to replicate the success of its Cardiff model.

Mr ap Gwent said: “I was attracted to Greenaway Scott for a number of reasons. I have always been interested in science and I was keen to combine this interest with a career in law. Greenaway Scott is a young firm which has achieved a lot in a very small space.

“Both the firm and the individuals within it have a sterling reputation and I’m delighted to be part of its exciting future.”

Rhian Osborne, commercial director of Greenaway Scott, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Rhys, John, Catherine and Angie to the Greenaway Scott team. Rhys and John have a science background, which is essential to our work with our life sciences and technology clients.

“Catherine joined us on a work placement and we were immediately impressed with her hard-work ethic. We are pleased to be able to support her while she continues her studies.

“Angie has a vast amount of experience working in an organisational role and she will be instrumental in helping to coordinate our business as we continue to expand.

“With our new office in Oxford and expansion in Cardiff, we are starting 2016 off in a very positive position and we look forward to continuing to build on this success.”

Greenaway Scott provide corporate, commercial and intellectual property advice to companies, with particular sector specialisms in the life science, technology, pharmaceutical and IT sectors.

The commercial team is made up of solicitors who are dual-qualified and have either a mathematics or science degree as well as legal qualifications to ensure all advisors have a strong understanding of their clients’ markets.