Western Mail, 15th June 2011

WENDY HOPKINS Family Law Practice has continued its expansion with the appointment of Elizabeth Williams as associate.

Cardiff-born Ms Williams joined the firm in 2005 as a trainee solicitor, having graduated from the University of Exeter. She qualified as a solicitor two years later.

She specialises in all areas of family law. Ms Williams is also a member of Resolution, the organisation for family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of disputes, while away from the law she acts as an ambassador for Cardiff & Co, the body charged with promoting the Welsh capital around the globe.

She said: “Since graduating and starting work as a family solicitor, my priority has been to learn as much as possible and to specialise in an area which I find extremely challenging, but also hugely rewarding.”

Melanie Hamer, who co-founded the five-partner firm in 1996, said: “Elizabeth has become an important part of our team at Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice.

“Her promotion to associate is suitable reward for her hard work and development as a leading solicitor in what is an increasingly complex area of law.”

The promotion comes on the back of the firm’s most successful year to date, with solicitors at the practice seeing record numbers of new clients.

Ms Hamer said: “For us to continue to expand at this rate despite the difficult economic climate is testament to the high quality of service that Elizabeth, and all the other members of our team, are able to provide to our clients.”

Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice was founded with just three solicitors in 1996 as the first law firm in Wales devoted entirely to family law.

It now has 15 female lawyers and one male lawyer, enabling it to give both a female and male perspective to its divorce clients.