We are thrilled and proud to be ranked as the only top-tier firm for Family Law – Wales by the leading independent law guide The Legal 500. Our Private Client department also features as a Leading Firm for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – Wales.

Included in the editorial, six of our lawyers have ranked in the 2021 edition:

Melanie Hamer – Leading Individual
Thea Hughes – Leading Individual
Sarah Wyburn – Leading Individual
David James – Leading Individual
Rebecca Knight – Rising Star
Catrin Griffiths – Recommended Lawyer

Tier 1 – Family Law – Wales


“Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice

Cardiff-based family law boutique Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice has successfully ‘built up an enviable reputation as the “go to” firm on divorce, not just in Wales but also in England’, and is praised for its ability to provide ‘sound advice’ and its ‘availability at a short notice’. Much of the firm’s work is on behalf of high-net-worth clients, many of which involve the division of complex financial assets, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues. Melanie Hamer and the ‘professional and level-headed’ Thea Hughes are regularly involved in high-value divorces, as is the ‘very responsive’ David James, who also regularly undertakes private children matters. Sarah Wyburn has niche expertise in relation to same sex marriage cases and is a key member of the team that also includes ‘kind and caring’ associate Rebecca Knight.


It has carefully built an enviable reputation as the “go to” firm on the subject of divorce, not just in Wales but also in England, as can be witnessed by the amount of time some partners spend in London with clients.

  • The firm provides very sound advice and is always available at short notice.
  • The lawyers in the team have an ability to adapt their behaviour to best suit the client, to initially set them at ease and believe they have someone fighting their corner, as can be seen by the number of clients whom stay in contact with the partners even after business has been concluded.
  • Thea Hughes is so understanding and you know by how quickly she replies with information that she is 100% behind you.
  • Thea Hughes was very professional and her level-headed nature made me feel at ease.”
  • Rebecca Knight had the skill to be kind and caring but at the same time encourage me to progress with my case.
  • David James is very responsive.”

*See the full editorial online at: https://www.legal500.com/c/wales/private-client/family/

Leading Firm – Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – Wales


“Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice

Led by associate Catrin Griffiths, Cardiff-based firm Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice continues to receive a regular flow of direct client instructions, as well as referrals from charities, IFAs and solicitors, as a result of its expertise across the spectrum of wills and probate work. Herself a Welsh speaker, Griffiths has excellent credibility in the local market and is noted for her expertise at elder law and Court of Protection matters.”

*See the full editorial online at:  https://www.legal500.com/c/wales/private-client/personal-tax-trusts-and-probate

Delivering Client Service

Based on the 2020 survey, Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice has been ranked amongst the top 8 Welsh law firms for delivering client service.


Contact us to day to speak with our expert team of solicitors.

T: 029 2034 2233
E: enquiries@wendyhopkins.co.uk

Published: 07/10/2020