Chambers and Partners - 2018
(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.")
(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.")
Other Noted Practitoners
‘Very knowledgeable’ boutique family law firm Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice fields a ‘strong team of lawyers’ with expertise across the spectrum of matters including high-value cases with assets often spread across multiple jurisdictions. The ‘decisive and pragmatic’ Melanie Hamer specialises in complex, high-value matters, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues; recent work includes handling a highly complex case involving numerous companies and properties spread across the UK and abroad, and assets in the value of £50m. The ‘hugely experienced’ Thea Hughes attracts praise for her ‘calm and approachable handling of high-value financial cases and complicated private law matters’. The ‘fantastically thorough’ Sarah Wyburn (who is a ‘really safe pair of hands’) handles divorce, financial and children matters, and also has significant experience advising on gay marriage and civil partnerships. David James rounds out the team at a partner level and is known for handling high-value cases with a particular focus on business ownership and pension sharing issues, while ‘straight-talking’ associate Rebecca Knight is ‘excellent and always manages to build a really good rapport with her clients’.
In 2017 Wendy Hopkins Family Law were recognised as the top band by Chambers UK in relation to Family and Matrimonial matters across Wales.
The Legal 500 - 2016
Wendy Hopkins Family Law were awarded the top tier for ‘Family Law: Cardiff’ in 2016 by The Legal 500
“A leader in Cardiff and south Wales’, Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice’s ten-strong team excels at matrimonial work and handles complex cases for high-net-worth individuals, including a number of Premier League football players. Melanie Hamer recently acted for a high-net-worth individual in a case involving approximately 200 properties. Sarah Wyburn is a leading authority on civil partnerships and is a key member of the team, which includes Thea Hughes and David James.”
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