South Wales Echo, 18th January 2011 / Western Mail, 25th January 2011
WENDY Hopkins Family Law Practice has appointed solicitor Sarah Wyburn as its fifth partner.

Her Cardiff-based partnership is part of further expansion which has also seen the firm appoint a new associate, recruit a new assistant solicitor and take on its first full-time paralegal.

Ms Wyburn, who worked for the firm between 2000 and 2006, returned in 2009 after time with a practice in Cowbridge.

Experienced across all areas of family law, including civil partnerships, she has also established a particular reputation for successfully handling high net worth cases, often involving complex financial issues.

Lorraine Watts, who joined in 2005, has been appointed associate. In particular, she has gained a reputation as one of Wales’ leading practitioners in the field of pre-marital agreements.

Newly qualified solicitor Sophie Jardine has been hired after completing her training with the firm over the past two years, while Katie Costin has been recruited as the firm’s first full-time paralegal.

Partner Melanie Hamer, who co-founded the firm in 1996, said: “Sarah and Lorraine have been an important part of our team for several years. These promotions are reward for their hard work, but particularly for their development as leading solicitors in what is an increasingly complex area of law.”