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Family/Matrimonial — Wales


Hugh James - Family/Matrimonial

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Cardiff

What the team is known for Highly regarded family team advising clients on post-separation finance and children matters, as well as prenuptial agreements. Areas of expertise include civil partnerships, division of complex assets, adoption, and cases involving international elements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a high-quality outfit providing excellent representation in private law children matters and financial remedy work. They are easily one of the leading firms in the area."

"The family law team at Hugh James is excellent."

Notable practitioners

According to interviewees, specialist advocate Mark Powell QC is "extremely good" in family law matters. As well as heading the childcare practice at Hugh James, he makes further use of his extensive experience by sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge.

Respected consultant and head of department Malcolm Stevens advises on all aspects of high net worth matrimonial cases. A client notes: "He gave me insightful advice throughout, and his careful and sensitive guidance has been invaluable. The customer service that he offers is outstanding."

Charlotte Leyshon's expertise lies in prenuptial agreements, and she is also well versed in high-value financial cases and Children Act matters. She is highlighted by interviewees for having an "empathetic but realistic manner with her clients," who are said to have "deep trust in her judgement and advice."

Department profile by Hugh James

Specialist family solicitors delivering expert family law legal advice, sensitively and in a professional manner.

A family breakdown can be one of the most difficult and emotional periods that you will experience. Our team of family law solicitors work closely with other professional advisors to achieve the best results for you. We look at the bigger picture and try to deal with matters in a sensitive, practical and non-confrontational manner, but will adopt a tough approach when required to get the right result.

The Hugh James team is renowned for its professional and sensitive handling of sensitive situations including:

  • adoption;
  • civil partnership agreements;
  • divorce and separation;
  • high net worth asset financial division;
  • maintenance agreements;
  • pre-nuptial agreements; and
  • public law cases relating to children’s care.

Hugh James’s family law team of solicitors are also able to offer a specialist advocate conciliatory approach. 

Our clients come from a range of backgrounds. They come to us because they know that our highly experienced family law solicitors can resolve complex issues with speed and discretion.





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Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice Ltd - Family/Matrimonial

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cardiff

What the team is known for Renowned family law boutique handling all areas of private family law, including high net worth financial disputes and Children Act proceedings. Collaborative law services remain a key attribute for the team, and other focuses include civil partnership and multi-jurisdictional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Without a shadow of a doubt, they are the leading matrimonial firm in South Wales."

"The service was professional while still being friendly and approachable."

"An excellent service from start to finish."

Notable practitioners

Melanie Hamer is widely recognised for her many years of experience handling high-profile and high net worth divorce cases. One client praises her as "a very intelligent, skilled solicitor and a tough but fair negotiator. "

Thea Hughes specialises in high-value family finance cases and is well regarded for her collaborative law work. One client says: "Thea provided the perfect mix of empathy and steely independence in ensuring that my interests were protected."

Sarah Wyburn has notable experience dealing with complex ancillary relief cases, and is "extremely efficient and very experienced in financial remedies cases." Another significant area of expertise is civil partnerships and same-sex relationship issues.

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Harding Evans - Family/Matrimonial

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Newport

What the team is known for Respected family law practice covering both high-value financial remedies cases and childcare proceedings. Well versed in handling complex assets such as family businesses and pension funds. Children's department has expertise in cases involving international abduction, surrogacy and contact disputes.

Notable practitioners

Ceri Price leads the department and has substantial expertise in finance-related family matters, including dealing with complex assets from farms to foreign properties.

Suzanne Edwards is a seasoned family law practitioner with many years of experience handling complex and high-value financial matters.

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Nicol Denvir & Purnell - Family/Matrimonial

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Cardiff

What the team is known for Well-known family law practice consistently praised for its public law children work and its commitment to legal aid. Expertise covers matters such as domestic abuse and child abduction, as well as private law issues such as prenuptial agreements and financial remedies.

Notable practitioners

Frazer Nicol is a "hugely respected" solicitor noted for his childcare and adoption practice. He also specialises in private care cases where children are separately represented.

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Senior Statesmen

Gordon Dadds LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Wendy Hopkins of Gordon Dadds LLP is considered by sources as a "pre-eminent family law solicitor." She has deep experience leading cases involving high-value assets, with notable expertise in cases involving international elements. According to interviewees, "she has great judgement and really aligns herself with the client."

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Eminent Practitioner

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

According to interviewees, specialist advocate Mark Powell QC is "extremely good" in family law matters. As well as heading the childcare practice at Hugh James, he makes further use of his extensive experience by sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge.

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Eminent Practitioner

Malcolm W Stevens

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

Charlotte Leyshon's expertise lies in prenuptial agreements, and she is also well versed in high-value financial cases and Children Act matters. She is highlighted by interviewees for having an "empathetic but realistic manner with her clients," who are said to have "deep trust in her judgement and advice."

Respected consultant and head of department Malcolm Stevens advises on all aspects of high net worth matrimonial cases. A client notes: "He gave me insightful advice throughout, and his careful and sensitive guidance has been invaluable. The customer service that he offers is outstanding."

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Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Melanie Hamer is widely recognised for her many years of experience handling high-profile and high net worth divorce cases. One client praises her as "a very intelligent, skilled solicitor and a tough but fair negotiator. " 

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Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Thea Hughes specialises in high-value family finance cases and is well regarded for her collaborative law work. One client says: "Thea provided the perfect mix of empathy and steely independence in ensuring that my interests were protected."

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Nicol Denvir & Purnell

From the Chambers UK guide

Frazer Nicol is a "hugely respected" solicitor noted for his childcare and adoption practice. He also specialises in private care cases where children are separately represented.

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Harding Evans

From the Chambers UK guide

Ceri Price leads the department and has substantial expertise in finance-related family matters, including dealing with complex assets from farms to foreign properties.

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Band 2

Suzanne L Edwards

Harding Evans

From the Chambers UK guide

Suzanne Edwards is a seasoned family law practitioner with many years of experience handling complex and high-value financial matters.

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Band 2

Watkins & Gunn

From the Chambers UK guide

Matrimonial finance specialist Sophie Hughes is head of the family team at Watkins & Gunn. She handles complex, high-value divorce cases, including those with international elements, and is also a qualified collaborative lawyer.

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Up and Coming

Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Wyburn has notable experience dealing with complex ancillary relief cases, and is "extremely efficient and very experienced in financial remedies cases." Another significant area of expertise is civil partnerships and same-sex relationship issues.

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Associates to watch

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Associates to watch

Charlotte Leyshon

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

Charlotte Leyshon's expertise lies in prenuptial agreements, and she is also well versed in high-value financial cases and Children Act matters. She is highlighted by interviewees for having an "empathetic but realistic manner with her clients," who are said to have "deep trust in her judgement and advice."

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