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    Intellectual property offering strengthened

    Andrew Beale O.B.E., Head of the Department of Professional Legal Studies at Swansea University and Director of IP Wales joins Capital Law in the role of IP Consultant, becoming an integral part of a complete corporate and commercial service for clients.

    Professor Noel Thompson, Pro Vice Chancellor at Swansea University, said: "Andrew Beale’s appointment as IP Consultant with Capital Law further strengthens the strong working relationships that exist between Swansea University School of Law and the legal profession; delivering mutual benefits for the academic and practitioner in the fast-developing field of Intellectual Property, while ensuring that Wales continues to attract and retain top quality students and specialists committed to this critical area of legal activity."

    Previously a Consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization (a specialist Agency of the United Nations based in Geneva), Beale has achieved considerable success in raising the profile of intellectual property internationally and within the Welsh knowledge economy.  Beale will offer valuable expertise to Capital Law’s already established service headed by Nicola McNeely a partner at Capital Law. 

    The team already advises high profile brands including Gocompare.com and the Royal Mint on IP issues.

    McNeely said: "Andrew will further boost Capital Law’s team of already accomplished intellectual property lawyers.  We’ve seen increased importance placed on protection of intellectual property by our clients so his appointment reflects growing demand for this type of service.   Andrew has worked hard to raise levels of awareness and understanding of intellectual property around Wales and we look forward to a long and mutually constructive partnership."

    Beale will be responsible for advising on all aspects of intellectual property for clients of Capital Law.

    A well-known figure in the intellectual property community, Beale is the Director of IP Wales, an award-winning business support project operating out of Swansea University.  Beale was awarded an O.B.E. for ‘services to intellectual property and business in Wales’ in the 2009 Queen’s birthday honours list.

    Andrew Beale

    Beale said: "I am looking forward to putting my knowledge and experience of intellectual assets management and transactions at the disposal of Capital Law clients."


    Capital Law LLP is a commercial law firm operating across six main disciplines – employment, company and commercial, intellectual property, recovery and insolvency, property and commercial litigation. In addition to these core legal services, the firm offers workplace issue resolution via its accredited mediator and a wide range of innovative training programmes. Visit: www.capitallaw.co.uk

    In September 2008, Capital Law expanded its business by buying the HR consultancy Holistic Services Limited and, through this division, now offers consultants specialising in human resources, occupational health, safety, health and environment, wellbeing, first aid, fire safety and leadership training. Visit: www.holisticservices.com

    Capital Law is a member of Consulegis, the international network of law firms. Visit: www.consulegis.com

    Swansea University’s School of Law is committed to legal scholarship and research across a diversity of research initiatives in both traditional and pioneering areas of enquiry. The School is a thriving academic environment and offers a complete legal education in its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses leading to professional recognition, including the Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law.

    The School of Law achieved the most dramatic improvement in research quality of any law school within the UK, according to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008; achieving a joint ranking in the league table of 25th our of 67. Visit: www.swansea.ac.uk/law/ or www.swansea.ac.uk/law/NewsCentre/News/Headline,33159,en.php



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