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Swansea University business lecturer appointed litigation consultant for regional law firm Peter Lynn and Partners

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Regional law firm Peter Lynn and Partners Solicitors have announced the appointment of Scott Tuppen to their litigation team.

Scott, who brings a varied breadth of legal and business experience to the role, will be based out of the firm’s head office in the SA1 Waterfront area of Swansea.

“I am delighted to join the team”, said Scott, “and am relishing the challenge of advising both businesses and individuals with their contentious and non-contentious legal matters.”

With a diverse background in business, law, education, and a period as a political advisor, Scott has taken a different path to most when it comes to law; however, his career gives him a unique perspective on legal matters.

“My career to this point has certainly been different,” explained Scott, “however my professional experiences allow me to see legal issues from a different vantage point which other lawyers may not have.”

Scott remarked that at university, he “studied business & law and followed this with postgraduate study in commercial law Cardiff University”, whilst combining this with a career as an entrepreneur and commercial manager. 

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“I have run several businesses, across a range of sectors including marketing, events, retail and hospitality, so I understand what it is like to be at the coalface”, Scott commented. 

It was this experience of management that ultimately led Scott to qualify as a teacher so that others could benefit from his experience. 

“As a teacher and lecturer, I have used what I had learned first-hand working in business day-to-day, managing teams, budgets and projects, to help develop the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs,” said Scott, and “my goal since entering private practice as been to allow clients to benefit from this experience too.” 

Scott has taught both business and law in schools, colleges, and universities. Currently, he teaches in the School of Management, where he has taught since 2014. 

A chance encounter led to the opportunity to enter private practice. Uniquely, Scott trained under the tutelage of a public access barrister whilst completing his LPC in Bristol. During this time, Scott worked on a range of matters from wills, contracts, trusts, residential conveyancing and more; however, he found the contentious work the most rewarding.  

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“Training under a barrister meant that I learned about the importance of good drafting, statutory interpretation and the vital role of case law and procedural compliance in our legal system, which is invaluable when advising clients early on in a dispute”, Scott said. 

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Working in a small practice meant there was never a typical day for Scott. From debt claims to employment disputes, Scott gained valuable experience in successfully dealing with a variety of types of matter, but it also gave him an insight into the benefits of early dispute resolution. 

“I am a firm believer in trying to get both parties to resolve their differences amicably,” said Scott, “and from experience, when handled effectively, this leads to a better relationship between both parties.”

“Scott invited me to take part in his ‘A Conversation With…’ series for the University, whereby he interviewed local business leaders and asked them to tell their story,” explained Peter Lynn.

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“After the interview, we carried on talking, and it became clear that Scott shared the same ethos as our firm, in that it is better to try and prevent legal problems rather than leave yourself legally exposed,” continued Peter.

A vacancy in the firm’s litigation department came at the right time for all concerned, and Scott was invited to join the SA1 team and work with a range of clients.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my private client work,” said Scott, “and it’s great to be part of the region’s leading law firm.”


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Jenkins family set to grow Capel Hendre business as the UK’s leading manufacturer of chimney cowls and flue systems

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Midtec, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of chimney cowls and flue systems has completed the construction of 2500 square feet of additional manufacturing space at Capel Hendre Industrial Estate near Ammanford, using a £220,000 loan from the Development Bank of Wales.

Formed in 2003 by Managing Director, Trefor Jenkins, Midtec first benefitted from investment from the Development Bank in 2005.

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They have since had several rounds of funding from the Development Bank to support growth plans and the next generation is looking to the future with the new additional space being used to house a state of the art ENSIS laser cutting machine, supplied by Amada.

Trefor said: “The ongoing support of the Development Bank means that we’ve been able to grow the business, drive efficiencies and invest in new market opportunities. We’ve also introduced new products including the MidCat, an innovative solution for reducing the pollution created by wood burning stoves and the only one of its kind in the UK.”

“Our latest investment in our technology means that we can now offer a laser cutting service that will help to improve our quality and production processes and save time on the turnaround of customer orders. We hope that this will play an important part in our future growth. Indeed, our turnover is on target to exceed £2 million this year and I’m delighted that my son Thomas and daughter Hannah are already playing a vital role in the business as we focus on our long-term sustainability.”

Midtec make chimney cowls and flue systems at their Capel Hendre manufacturing base
Midtec make chimney cowls and flue systems at their Capel Hendre manufacturing base

Richard Easton, a Portfolio Executive with the Development Bank, said: “Midtec is a family run and owned business that is known for its high quality and excellent customer service. With our continued support, Trefor, Thomas, Hannah and the team have created a modern manufacturing facility that has a really exciting future ahead.”

The loan came from the £204 million Wales Business Fund which is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government. Loans, mezzanine finance, and equity investments are available for deals between £50,000 and £2 million with terms ranging from one to seven years for small and medium-sized businesses (those with fewer than 250 employees) based in Wales, or willing to relocate to Wales.

Construction company TRJ of Ammanford carried out the building work, while Jamie Reynolds of Cennen Solutions has also been providing strategic support.

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Award-winning Pembrokeshire pub celebrates ultrafast broadband boost

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An award-winning pub in the heart of Pembrokeshire has been supplied with ultrafast fibre broadband in a move to boost connectivity in the area.

In 2010, Simon Vickers and Sian Mathias took over 300-year-old award-winning pub, The Griffin, moving from the city to their home roots with their two children for a lifestyle change. Accidental Chef, Simon, was also recently named Pub Chef of the Year 2021.

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The couple celebrated their new broadband connection last Friday (15th July), which has been supplied courtesy of Broadway Broadband.

They were joined by Pembrokeshire Council members Patrick Hannon and Michael Odlin as well as County Councillor Paul Miller, and members of the Broadway Broadband team.

Broadway Broadband has pledged to connect all 224 properties in Dale Village with ultrafast fibre broadband, in their aim to tackle the digital divide currently affecting remote, hard-to-reach areas of Wales.

The area surrounding The Griffin Inn had previously grappled with poor download speeds of around 5-10Mbps, with Superfast and Ultrafast packages completely unavailable. The package supplied by Broadway offers speeds of 100 Mbps for only £19.99 per month.

The new connection hopes to provide a boost for businesses and residents in the local area, who rely so heavily on the internet for day-to-day activity.

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Pembrokeshire Council members Patrick Hannon and Michael Odlin as well as County Councillor Paul Miller, and members of the Broadway Broadband team.

Simon Vickers/Sian Mathias, co-owner of The Griffin Inn, said: “We are over the moon to have now been connected by Broadway to fast broadband! This will bring much needed stability and speed to The Griffin Inn which relies on digital connectivity for almost all aspects of its daily running.

“On top of that, Dale Village is a popular tourist destination for families and water sport enthusiasts, so we hope our broadband upgrade will draw in more tourists looking for a ‘staycation’ holiday.”

Reece Simmons, Wales Regional Manager, Broadway Partners, said: “It has been great to witness first-hand the positive impact superfast, reliable broadband can have on local communities who previously have been disadvantaged by frustratingly slow internet speeds.

“The first connection in Dale Village at The Griffin Inn is a welcome first step in our goal to connect all the properties in the area with affordable, highspeed, reliable broadband and begin to bridge this connectivity gap we see across many rural areas”.

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Aldi retains title of ‘UK’s cheapest supermarket’

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As Brits continue to look for ways to cut household costs, consumer group Which? has yet again named Aldi as the cheapest UK supermarket.

With savings of £12.62 compared to the average Big Four basket, Aldi says its shoppers can be confident they’re getting the best deal.

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Which? conducted its monthly Cheapest Supermarket price comparison and looked at the cost of a basket of 47 items, including groceries and household essentials, with Aldi coming in cheapest at just £74.23.

The same shopping cost a whopping £16.91 more at Morrisons and £12.54 more at Tesco.

The independent consumer group’s research also found Aldi to be a massive £25.23 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket, Waitrose, for an equivalent basket of items.

The full results of the research are as follows:

RankRetailerAverage £
1Aldi74.23
2Lidl75.61
3Asda83.22
4Sainsbury’s86.27
5Tesco86.77
6Morrisons91.14
7Ocado95.33
8Waitrose99.46

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, said: “We know that across the nation many families are finding things tough due to the cost of living crisis. At Aldi, we’re determined to help by keeping costs low and quality high for our customers. We’re thrilled to yet again be named the UK’s cheapest supermarket.”

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