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Law firm Browne Jacobson has grown its recently opened office in Cardiff with the appointments of senior associate Bill Cordingley into its public law team and legal assistant Phillip Brettell into its Criminal Compliance & Regulatory team.

Bill joins from the Welsh Government Legal Services Department, where he spent five years working in its Environment and Energy team and Litigation team. During his time in the Department, Bill advised Welsh Ministers on their legal duties and advised on various other public law matters including Forestry, Habitats, Wildlife (hunting and trapping) and Air Quality. He also led on the Environment (Air Quality and Soundscapes) Bill introduced earlier in the year and the Forestry and Wildlife parts of Agriculture (Wales) Bill. Prior to that Bill worked at Huttons as an in-house barrister.

Phillip, who has extensive investigative and law enforcement experience and corporate security expertise, joins the firm from Newport City Council where he was a Compliance Officer in Trading Standards. Previously Phil worked as an investigations support officer at Gwent Police.

Partner and head of office, Tim Edds, said:

“We are pleased to welcome Bill and Phillip to our rapidly expanding Cardiff team at a very busy and exciting time. Both bring with them a range of fantastic skills and expertise which will be a real asset to our Welsh and wider government sector offering and clients, whilst their ambitions and commitment to making a positive difference through their work perfectly mirrors the O Shaped behaviours and mindsets that we as a firm have adopted.”

Both Bill and Phillip join Browne Jacobson’s Cardiff team which is currently made up of nine legal professionals who work across Browne Jacobson’s government and corporate sectors, and specialise in public law, regeneration, risk and inquiries, planning, environment and construction. The office was co-founded by partner and office head Tim Edds and Browne Jacobson’s Executive Lead for Wales and partner Laura Hughes, opened in June 2023 and is located at 36 Park Place.