Barry Davies

Barry Davies is the Practice Director and COFA with Douglas-Jones Mercer, Swansea. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT).  One of the first non-lawyers in Wales to be appointed a Partner/ Director of a law firm, he is also a member of the Law Society Law Management Section Committee.  Barry has 20 years’ experience in law firm management and is a regular contributor to several legal magazines

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Sarah Grace

Sarah Grace is a Solicitor-Advocate and Director at Morgans Criminal Law, a specialist criminal defence and prison law firm based in Cardiff. Exclusively practising in crime throughout her career Sarah has appeared at courts and police stations throughout the South Wales area. She is a CLAS accredited Duty Solicitor for both Magistrates Courts and Police Stations and has LAA supervisor status in the categories of crime and prison law. In 2010 Sarah formed her own practice which provides assistance across the entire spectrum of advice needs within the Criminal Justice System. Advocacy is Sarah's favourite aspect of the job in which she regularly appears before the Magistrates', Crown Courts and Parole Board Panel hearings.

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 Kirsten Tuck


Kirsten Tuck attended Nottingham Law School for her LLB (Hons) degree and the LPC. She then returned home to South Wales, training in Newport and working her way up through the ranks at Everett Tomlin Lloyd and Pratt Solicitors in Pontypool, Cwmbran and Newport, where she is now an equity partner and head of personal injury and litigation. An APIL accredited litigator and Law Society Personal Injury Panel member, Kirsten has recovered millions of pounds of compensation for hundreds of injured claimants, helping support them through difficult emotional and financially challenging times. As Head of Training and Development at her firm and current secretary of the Monmouthshire Law Society, Kirsten organises regular training events. She believes that advocacy is a skill which develops with practice, and hopes that those attending the PSC course will have the opportunity and confidence to represent their clients in court, and will find it challenging, exciting and rewarding.

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 Jerry Walters

Jerry Walters - With over twenty years of experience in financial crime working within law enforcement in the City of London, and offshore in the Channel Islands, Jerry has successfully investigated and led the prosecution of serious and complex fraud and money laundering cases including investment, mortgage and charity fraud involving professional enablers such as bank employees, solicitors and accountants. In 2013 he was awarded the UK Police Federation National Detective Investigation of the Year award as a result of a protracted seven year investigation into the high profile bogus Italian Lawyer, Giovanni di STEFANO.

During his time in the financial crime arena, Jerry has formulated an insight as to how real estate is utilised as a means of laundering criminal proceeds and the risks faced by those working within that field. This experience has enabled him to deliver high quality practically based Anti-Money Laundering training, with emphasis on the legal obligations of those working within the regulated sector, including the legal profession.

He has an extensive knowledge of the primary legislation concerned with financial crime in the UK namely the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Fraud Act 2006, and has considerable experience of working alongside other agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority and the Law Society.     

In addition, he is a Member of the ‘International Compliance Association’ holding a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing.

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Jennifer Melly

Jennifer Melly opened her own firm in October 2011. Jennifer's reputation is unequalled in the field of trusts, wills and all aspects of private client work. She has recruited staff to work with her who share her ethos of always "going the extra mile" for her clients. She previously led a large team of lawyers at Hutchinson Thomas in Neath. She is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners and a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Jennifer Melly Law was amongst the first in Wales to obtain the WIQS Accreditation.

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Neale Thomas

Neale Thomas has been practising as a solicitor since 1983 .He is an Honours graduate of University College Cardiff and did his Solicitors Examinations at the Manchester Polytechnic immediately thereafter.
Neale served his Articles (as they were then called) at Bargoed where he quickly gained excellent experience in all aspects of contentious law.
He quickly established a huge client base predominantly in legal aid work.

Since being admitted Neale has worked continuously in private practice in South Wales.
During that time he has developed a large personal following and began to concentrate on family law and criminal law.
He has been a duty solicitor since the inception of the scheme.
In 1999 he qualified as a family law mediator and in the year 2000 began to concentrate exclusively on criminal law.
At the same time he applied for the post of and was appointed as a deputy district judge (magistrates' courts). There were at that stage thirty five appointments for the whole of England and Wales and Neale was one of them.
Since then he has sat regularly at magistrate's court locally and throughout England and Wales .He has huge experience of vast metropolitan courts and small provincial courts .He is highly regarded at all the courts he has sat at and by the Chief Magistrates Office.
In private practice he has managed a huge criminal law workload and been involved with most types of cases in the criminal calendar. He has conducted many high profile cases. He is a Higher Courts Advocate and regularly appears in the Crown Court.

He is a senior and well respected advocate and judge. He has also been responsible for successfully managing a large and criminal law department of 12 fee earners.
In a senior administrative capacity he has provided training to other lawyers and made representations to the legal services commission .He has studied the various proposals to vary the legal aid provisions since the Carter proposals and has negotiated directly with both the MOJ and the LSC at their offices at London.
Currently Neale is working as an independent freelance advocate and as a Deputy District Judge. He works part time as the clerk to a community council and continues to use his skills and experience providing advice and training.

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Huw Palin
Huw Palin

Huw qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 and joined BPU Accountants as a senior manager in 1999.

He became a full partner in 2002. He joined the firm having spent 10 years post-qualification working as an audit and accounts manager for Ernst & Young in Cardiff.

He has extensive involvement in advising small and medium-sized enterprises on financial and business planning issues and has assisted many companies to expand their operations and improve their business processes.

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Dawn Bevan
Dawn Bevan

Dawn graduated with The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in 1989 and was admitted as a member in 1991.

Dawn joined BPU Accountants as a Senior Manager in October 2004 to help expand the firm's client base. Prior to joining the firm, Dawn served 16 years with a medium-sized firm of Chartered Accountants in Bridgend, 11 years as Audit Manager.

Her client base includes professional practices such as Solicitors firms. Dawn's work has involved general business advice as well as traditional auditing / accounts and taxation work.

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Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a qualified solicitor with over 18 years experience in private practice as a family lawyer specialising in divorce and financial matters.  She is a member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law panel and has been a supervising solicitor for the last four years. In 2009 she trained and qualified as a Collaborative lawyer with  Resolution, the former Solicitors Family Law Association, which is committed to dealing with matrimonial disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way. For the last three years Rachel has been heading the private family law department in a city centre practice.

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