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Family/Matrimonial — Wales


Hugh James - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as a market leader providing quality services to clients involved in cases of high-value financial remedy. Provides expertise on post-separation financial disputes, prenuptial agreements and child law matters. Areas of specialism include civil partnerships, division of assets, adoption and also handles cases with international aspects.

Strengths Sources praise the overall calibre of the practice and highlight the team's consistently impressive performance in the region: "The firm has a long-standing reputation for the quality of their legal work and are continually keeping pace. They are one of the best matrimonial practices, certainly in Cardiff as well as further afield."

Other commentators admire the firm's resolution-focused approach: "They are very well known, a slick and trustworthy firm. They do the job properly without being unnecessarily aggressive, they are reasonable people that will progress the case without tipping oil on troubled waters - a premier firm."

Notable practitioners

Mark Powell QC is a highly respected practitioner within the market. He leads the firm's childcare practice and also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. He is especially well known for his advocacy and expertise in respect of childcare.

Malcolm Stevens heads the family law team and is considered a standout practitioner for high net worth matrimonial matters. Impressed sources report: "He has sincerity and gravitas and is incredibly good at what he does." He also handles Children Act issues and is a collaboratively trained lawyer. One client notes: "His experience and knowledge are indisputable and his sympathetic and personal approach complements his expertise."

About the Team (content provided by Hugh James)

Our specialist family solicitors deliver 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 our clients. 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.

Our team is renowned for its professional handling of situations including:

  • divorce and separation;
  • high net worth asset financial division;
  • (Private) children disputes
  • pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements; and
  • civil partnership agreements;

Our 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 Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location 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. Provides a versatile range of services, including collaborative procedures and multi-jurisdictional issues. Also noted for its expertise on matters related to civil partnerships and same-sex relationships.

Strengths Clients describe a comprehensive range of qualities, with one source particularly impressed by its collaborative approach: "I felt that they had my interests at heart at all times and communication was very clear among all people concerned; they worked very well together, with each person working efficiently to their own remit."

Another interviewee remarks: "They were professional, reliable and dealt with my case promptly."

Notable practitioners

Highlighted by sources as a "standout performer" and a "top lawyer," Melanie Hamer remains a pre-eminent name in this space, providing expert support on high-value financial cases.

Thea Hughes maintains an impressive practice, and is a leading figure in the region. She is sought after for her skilled handling of financial disputes and is also a qualified collaborative lawyer. One client reports: "She is excellent at summarising and pulling together the main issues as well as being confident and organised, which gave me a lot of reassurance."

Sarah Wyburn focuses her practice on assisting clients in complex ancillary relief proceedings and is noted for her extensive knowledge of issues associated with civil partnerships and same-sex relationships. According to interviewees, "she is professional, knowledgeable and instils confidence."

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Harding Evans - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location 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 disputes over assets such as family businesses and pension funds. Children's department has expertise in international abduction, surrogacy and contact disputes. The team also has experience of contact cases associated with domestic violence and other child protection issues.

Strengths A client commends the firm's full-service capability: "They are a firm that can cater for most of the needs you may require. They have specialists in each area of law."

Notable practitioners

Ceri Price is noted for her assured handling of financial relief matters, being well versed on cases involving substantial assets and complex property adjustment applications. An interviewee describes her as "knowledgeable, friendly and approachable."

Suzanne Edwards is a specialist family practitioner with extensive experience in the field. She assists clients on financial claims following divorce including dealing with pension issues and assets located out of the jurisdiction.

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Nicol Denvir & Purnell - Family/Matrimonial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location ranked: Cardiff

What the team is known for Well-regarded family team handling a broad range of public law children matters, child abductions and domestic abuse. Deals with an impressive range of private law mandates including prenuptial agreements and financial provision cases. Acknowledged for its commitment to legal aid cases.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, Frazer Nicol is an "eminent practitioner and the go-to lawyer for guardian work." He is especially noted for his childcare and adoption practice.

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Senior Statesmen

Gordon Dadds LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Wendy Hopkins of Gordon Dadds LLP is recognised widely as an "influential figure" among market participants. She has extensive experience dealing with matters involving substantial marital assets and regularly handles cases featuring an international dimension.

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Eminent Practitioner

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Powell QC is a highly respected practitioner within the market. He leads the firm's childcare practice and also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. He is especially well known for his advocacy and expertise in respect of childcare.

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Eminent Practitioner

Malcolm W Stevens

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

Malcolm Stevens heads the family law team and is considered a standout practitioner for high net worth matrimonial matters. Impressed sources report: "He has sincerity and gravitas and is incredibly good at what he does." He also handles Children Act issues and is a collaboratively trained lawyer. One client notes: "His experience and knowledge are indisputable and his sympathetic and personal approach complements his expertise."

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Band 1

Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Highlighted by sources as a "standout performer" and a "top lawyer," Melanie Hamer remains a pre-eminent name in this space, providing expert support on high-value financial cases.

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Band 1

Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Thea Hughes maintains an impressive practice, and is a leading figure in the region. She is sought after for her skilled handling of financial disputes and is also a qualified collaborative lawyer. One client reports: "She is excellent at summarising and pulling together the main issues as well as being confident and organised, which gave me a lot of reassurance."

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Band 1

Nicol Denvir & Purnell

From the Chambers UK guide

According to sources, Frazer Nicol is an "eminent practitioner and the go-to lawyer for guardian work." He is especially noted for his childcare and adoption practice.

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Band 1

Harding Evans

From the Chambers UK guide

Ceri Price is noted for her assured handling of financial relief matters, being well versed on cases involving substantial assets and complex property adjustment applications. An interviewee describes her as "knowledgeable, friendly and approachable."

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Band 2

Suzanne L Edwards

Harding Evans

From the Chambers UK guide

Suzanne Edwards is a specialist family practitioner with extensive experience in the field. She assists clients on financial claims following divorce including dealing with pension issues and assets located out of the jurisdiction.

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Band 2

Watkins & Gunn

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Sophie Hughes of Watkins & Gunn specialises in matrimonial finance. She represents clients on cases of complex and high-value financial division, as well as providing a collaborative law service. According to market sources, she is a "very impressive practitioner who brings great professionalism."

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Up and Coming

Charlotte Leyshon

Lux Family Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Charlotte Leyshon founded Lux Family Law in January 2018. She has extensive expertise on post-separation financial claims, prenuptial agreements and Children Act cases. An interviewee says: "She is innovative and will work with clients and other solicitors to achieve the best possible outcome." 

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Up and Coming

Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Wyburn focuses her practice on assisting clients in complex ancillary relief proceedings and is noted for her extensive knowledge of issues associated with civil partnerships and same-sex relationships. According to interviewees, "she is professional, knowledgeable and instils confidence." 

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