We are thrilled to be ranked top band for Family/Matrimonial in Wales. Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice has achieved the highest-ranked position as a firm, from the highly respected and leading independent researchers Chambers UK.

All of our directors: Melanie Hamer, Thea Hughes, Sarah Wyburn and David James have been included in the banded ranking structure.

Band 1: 
Melanie Hamer
Thea Hughes

Band 2: 
Sarah Wyburn

Band 3: 
David James 

What the team is known for
Renowned family law boutique handling all areas of private family law, including high net worth financial disputes, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and Children Act proceedings. Provides a versatile range of services, including collaborative procedures and multi-jurisdictional issues. Also noted for its expertise in matters relating to civil partnerships and same-sex relationships. Has further experience with marriage breakdowns involving domestic or substance abuse.


  • One client reports being “very impressed with the efficient, friendly service and the sensitive and professional manner in which the firm handled my case.”
  • One interviewee further describes the firm as “excellent,” adding: “They were also able to offer related services which were processed efficiently and at a competitive price.

Notable practitioners

David James regularly advises clients on high-value financial procedures. A clients states: “He has been a pleasure to deal with during what has been a difficult time for me personally. He provided complex legal advice in a very easy-to-understand and friendly way.”

Sources deeply value Melanie Hamer ‘s advice on divorce matters, stating: “She was great and clear-headed. She listened to me when I suggested ideas and made me feel safe.” In addition to financial remedy proceedings, she offers further expertise in children law matters.

Sarah Wyburn regularly advises clients in divorces involving high-value assets and international aspects.

Thea Hughes advises high net worth individuals on complex matrimonial finance disputes often involving businesses. She is also active in collaborative cases. One source highlights her as very supportive, sensitive to my needs and understanding,” adding: “She had an amazing air of authority while remaining friendly, approachable and sympathetic to everyone’s feelings and points of view.”

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Published 11/10/19