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Chambers & Partners - 2019 
On November 1st 2018 the firm achieved Band 1 status (top band) and the editorial included four ranked lawyers:

Melanie Hamer (Band 1)
Thea Hughes (Band 1)
Sarah Wyburn (Band 2)
David James (Recognised Practitioner)

From the editorial:

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. Increasingly active in preparing prenuptial agreements for high net worth individuals.

One client reports: "My impression is of a hard-working firm that really cares about its clients. I think a real strength of the firm is the personal touch," explaining: "They are excellent at communication – both staying in regular contact and responding to client communications."

Another interviewee calls it "the stand-out firm in the area," noting that the team "undertakes the most complex work at a regional and national level."

Notable practitioners:
Melanie Hamer is regarded as "a tenacious litigator" who demonstrates expertise in high-value divorce cases and complex children disputes. One client enthuses: "Her down-to-earth, approachable demeanour instantly put me at ease."

Thea Hughes is widely respected for her work on high-value financial disputes. A client reports that she is "supportive, sympathetic, efficient and available whenever I need advice." She is also a qualified collaborative lawyer."

Sarah Wyburn frequently handles complex ancillary relief cases and has a strong track record for advising clients on issues relating to same-sex marriage and civil partnerships. One source notes: "I received an excellent level of attention, assuredness and confidence from her and she helped to guide me through my options in a crystal-clear manner."

Chambers and Partners 2019 Guide (https://www.chambers.com/profile/department/4560)

Legal 500 - 2019

25th October 2019

Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice achieved top tier stats for Family Law: Cardiff. Five of our family law solicitors have also been included in the 2019 editorial including:

> Melanie Hamer - Leading Individual (Hall of Fame)
> Thea Hughes - Leading Individual (Hall of Fame)
> David James - Leading Individual
> Sarah Wyburn
> Rebecca Knight

Here is what the Legal 500 had to say:

"Described by one client as 'the go-to practice in south Wales', specialist family law firm Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice has 'talented and able solicitors at all levels', and provides an 'excellent service' across a myriad of family matters, often involving high-net-worth individuals and cross-border issues. The 'very experienced' Thea Hughes 'has an excellent rapport with her clients' and specialises in the financial issues arising upon separation/divorce. The 'supportive and very well prepared' David James is known for handling high-value cases with a particular focus on business ownership and pension sharing issues. The 'very able' Melanie Hamer and Sarah Wyburn round out the team at a partner level, with Wyburn being particularly noted for her expertise advising on gay marriage and civil partnerships. At an associate level, the 'extremely hardworking' Rebecca Knight is recognised as a 'star of the future'."

The Legal 500 2019 -  https://www.legal500.com/c/wales/private-client/family-cardiff

Legal 500 - Hall of Fame 

On July 24th 2018 - Driectors Melanie Hamer and Thea Hughes were named in the Legal 500 - Hall of Fame. 

"The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant priase by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession." https://www.legal500.com/hall-of-fame

Melanie Hamer: https://www.legal500.com/firms/4725/offices/7747/lawyers/99303
Thea Hughes: https://www.legal500.com/firms/4725/offices/7747/lawyers/99304

Family Law Awards

On November 29th 2017 - We were announced as the winner of Family Law Fim of the Year - Wales 

We were delighted to recieve this pregistious award, being amongst a shortlist of many respected firms. 

For more information from the Family Law awards please see: http://www.familylawawards.com/

Chambers and Partners - 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers and Partners, Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice were ranked top Band for Family/Matrimonial - Wales.

Here is what they had to say;

(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.")

Amongs the firm's ranking this edition mentioned four ranked laywers, including;

Band 1

(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.")

Up and coming

(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.")

Other Noted Practitoners

David James

Follow the link to see the full editorial: https://www.chambersandpartners.com/11837/27/editorial/1/1

The Legal 500 - 2017

  • Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice remains top tier in the Family: Cardiff category.
  • Three leading individuals included: Melanie Hamer, Thea Hughes and David James.
  • Five recommended lawyers, listed below is what The Legal 500 has to say about our firm and lawyers. 

‘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’. 


Chambers and Partners - 2017

In 2017 Wendy Hopkins Family Law were recognised as the top band by Chambers UK in relation to Family and Matrimonial matters across Wales.

Notable comments:

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.

For further details from Chambers and Partners click here

The Legal 500 - 2016

Wendy Hopkins Family Law were awarded the top tier for ‘Family Law: Cardiff’ in 2016 by The Legal 500

It was a great accomplishment for the firm to be recognised across Wales.

“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.”

Leading Individuals: Cardiff, South and Mid Wales & North Wales

  • Melanie Hamer
  • Thea Hughes
  • David James 

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Legal 500 2016





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