The Legal 500 - 2022

We are overjoyed to be ranked and recognised by The Legal 500 as Wales’ only tier 1 firm for family law for the second consecutive year. Our private client team continues to be recognised as a leading firm for personal tax, trusts & probate, Wales. Six of our solicitors are ranked in the 2022 editorial, including:

Melanie Hamer – Leading Individual
Thea Hughes – Leading Individual
Sarah Wyburn – Leading Individual
David James – Leading Individual
Rebecca Knight – Next Generation Partner
Catrin Griffiths – Recommended Lawyer

Tier 1 – Family Law – Wales

The Legal 500 2022 - Top Tier


“Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice

The ‘standout practice for all areas of family law in south Wales and the West, with an increasing national profile’, Cardiff boutique Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice provides ‘very practical advice’ to private clients, including on high-value, cross-border financial remedy and private children cases. The ‘outstanding’ Melanie Hamer and the ‘calm and thorough’ Thea Hughes routinely handle complex and high-value financial remedy cases, as does the ‘sensible and pragmatic’ David James, who also regularly advises on private children matters. The ‘technically sound and empathetic’, Sarah Wyburn has niche expertise in relation to civil partnership and same-sex marriages and is a key member of the team that also includes Rebecca Knight, whose ‘star quality’ and expertise across a range of issues, including as it relates to surrogacy, was recently acknowledged by her promotion to partner in May 2020.

Practice head(s): Melanie Hamer; Thea Hughes; Sarah Wyburn; David James; Rebecca Knight


‘The firm provides very practical advice.’

‘Empathetic and yet still very focused and professional. ’

‘They are the standout practice for all areas of family law in south Wales and the West, with an increasing national profile. They have strong individuals at every level, and a positive and constructive approach to resolving cases.’

‘The whole team is very strong in terms of knowledge and experience.’

‘Sarah Wyburn is professional, technically sound, empathetic and has always achieved good outcomes for her clients.’

‘Rebecca Knight is star quality and without doubt a future partner.’

‘David James is a very experienced, sensible, and pragmatic professional.’

‘Thea Hughes is one the most highly regarded family lawyers in Cardiff and  routinely handles complex high-value financial remedy work, bringing her calm and thorough approach to all cases. Thea is able to quickly grasp the fundamentals of a case, whilst also maintaining a strategic view of proceedings.’

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Leading Firm – Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – Wales

The Legal 2022 - Leading Firm


“Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice

Led by associate Catrin Griffiths, Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice’s practice provides ‘professional and approachable’ advice across a wide range of wills and probate matters, both directly for clients, as well as through referrals from charities, IFAs and solicitors. Herself a fluent Welsh speaker, Griffiths has a strong reputation among south Wales-based clients and is noted for her expertise at elder law and Court of Protection matters.

Practice head(s): Catrin Griffiths


‘The team is approachable and professional.’”

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Published:  07/10/2021