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First funding deal for Welsh legal industry

Cardiff, 17th October 2019

Leading Welsh commercial law firm Acuity Law has agreed a £10 million litigation funding facility with the UK’s largest litigation funder by volume, Augusta Ventures.

From its headquarters in Cardiff and offices in Swansea and London, Acuity provides legal advice to a portfolio of national and international business clients. The preferred arrangement offers Acuity’s clients competitive funding rates, with a time-efficient process in place to ensure effective decision making. Under the terms of the facility, Augusta will fund the full cost of pursuing a claim, including legal fees and expert witness costs and other agreed disbursements. This arrangement provides Acuity’s clients with ‘non-recourse’ funding, ensuring claimants are not called on to repay in the event their claim is unsuccessful. Augusta only recovers its investment from any sums received from defendants.

Hugh Hitchcock, Head of Litigation at Acuity, said: “Acuity has established its reputation as a leading UK litigation law firm. We’ve been delighted to serve an increasing number of clients over recent years, and this deal with Augusta further differentiates our offering to clients in Wales and across the UK. We are now able to help clients pursue meritorious cases that otherwise may not have proceeded due to financial constraints.”

Robert Hanna, Managing Director at Augusta, said: “We are delighted to be working with Wales’s leading litigation firm, Acuity Law, on providing funding for their clients’ disputes. Augusta has built a market-leading reputation for our team and processes, which enable access to justice. We are looking forward to offering these to Acuity’s clients to help them secure the funding they need to pursue meritorious claims.”

Acuity Law has recently been recognised in the Wales Legal Awards as both the Commercial Litigation Team of The Year and the overall Legal Team Of The Year. Acuity Law is a new model law company that is enjoying rapid and successful growth. With a team of over 100 lawyers and expanding, Acuity last year advised on over 100 UK-based transactions with an aggregate value of over £1.5 billion. Acuity Law specialises in high value and complex commercial disputes.

Augusta has recently announced a further $115m fundraising from a multi-billion-dollar US-based investment manager. This follows a £150m fundraising from a global investment fund in 2018, to finance business growth and investment in funding cases.

Augusta has also recently announced hirings into its senior team with the arrival of Proskauer Director Polly Bahl as Chief Operating Officer, FTI Consulting Managing Director Leor Franks as Chief Marketing Officer and Ardonagh Group’s Chief Counsel Frances Coats as General Counsel. These additions reflect Augusta’s ongoing growth and increasing client demand for dispute and litigation funding.

About Acuity:

Founded in 1999, Acuity Law is a commercial law firm headquartered in Cardiff and with offices in Swansea and London.
Acuity is an award-winning firm whose most recent accolades include Law Firm of the Year (Wales) at the Legal 500 Awards 2019 and Litigation Team and Legal Team of the Year at the Wales Dealmakers Awards 2019.
Acuity are specialists in providing corporate (M&A’, disposals, joint venture and partnering arrangements, management buy-outs and management buy-ins, private equity and venture capital investments and business transfers and restructuring), commercial, litigation, real estate, employment and tech advice.
Acuity’s corporate and commercial and TMT teams were ranked tier 1 in this year’s edition of the Legal 500.

About Augusta:

– Established in 2013, Augusta is the largest litigation and dispute funding institution in the UK by # case. Augusta’s scale enables us to make decisions in market-leading timeframes and fund cases of any size.
– Augusta is organised into a series of specialist practice groups: Arbitration, Class Action, Competition, Consumer, Intellectual Property and Litigation, and sectors including Financial Services and Construction & Energy.
– By the end of H12019, Augusta had funded 213 claims with a market-leading win ratio of over 80%.
– Augusta has offices in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto.
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