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  1. Family: South and Mid Wales
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Catrin Griffiths - Red Kite Law LLP
    • Katie McColgan - Berry Smith

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Headed by the 'straight-talking but very likeable'Katie McColgan out of the firm's Bridgend office, Berry Smith provides a 'first-class service' across the gamut of family matters including divorce, separation, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, children and financial disputes. 'The very attentive and understanding' McColgan 'provides excellent advice' across a diverse range of matters including recently being involved in a fiercely contested children matter in which the client was, prior to proceedings being issued, seeing his son just two to four hours per week and is now seeing his son three nights per week. Solicitor Benjamin Delve is also recommended, as is senior associate Marina Atherton who heads the firm’s care team and regularly picks up work for guardians, as well as parents and grandparents.

'Very well regarded in the locality', Neath-based Hutchinson Thomas has an 'excellent and well-deserved reputation for family law work'. Team head Robert Williams  is a 'very able and sensible matrimonial lawyer' and has vast experience handling difficult divorce cases involving complex financial issues. The 'extremely able and conscientious' Meriel East  is 'excellent at assimilating and understanding a large body of evidence', particularly in contact cases where she often handles her own advocacy in heavily litigated matters and is 'more than happy to appear against counsel'. Debbie Richards has a 'sensitive and thoughtful approach to the vulnerable children that she represents', and as part of her 'extensive experience in representing children and guardians' has recently handled shaken baby cases and acted for families in disputes as to what jurisdiction the children should live in. Rachel Pudner also handles childcare cases, and along with Richards and East is a member of the Law Society's Children panel.

With a strong presence across south west Wales, as well as increased penetration through the south east of the country following the firm's merger in April 2017 with Glamorgan Law, JCP Solicitors has significant firepower upon which to handle a diverse array of family law matters including post-separation financial disputes, divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, pre and post-nuptial agreements and children law matters. Matthew Wells is head of the firm's Swansea and south west Wales offering and along with the 'excellent' Sali Jackson-Thomas regularly handles high value and complex divorces often involving family businesses and significant pensions. 'Very calm' associate Angela Killa has developed a thriving private children offering from the firm's Carmarthen office and is noted for her ability to 'cut through the nonsense' and to 'always act in the best interests of the child'. Formerly of Glamorgan Law, Jill Bulteel spearheads the firm's south east Wales family offering out of the firm's Pontypridd office.

Headed by the 'excellent' Ceri Price, Newport-based firm Harding Evans LLP has a strong reputation across a range of family matters for clients across south east Wales and the West Country. Price and Suzanne Edwards regularly handle divorce and high-value/complex applications for financial orders. The 'well regarded' Kate Thomas heads up the firm's children and care sub group and along with the recently promoted Siobhan Downes regularly advise on complex divorce and financial remedy proceedings where Children Act issues arise.

Headed by Catrin Griffiths, Red Kite Law LLP has a strong reputation among clients in west Wales and handles work across the gamut of family law, including contact issues and pre-nuptial agreements.

With dedicated practitioners based in Newport, Pontypool and Cardiff, the 'knowledgeable and helpful' team at Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has the critical mass to handle a broad range of family law matters for clients across south Wales. Dividing her time between the firm's Cardiff and Newport offices, team head Sophie Hughes is a 'class act', particularly at handling highly disputed and complex divorce and co-habitation disputes. Kate Roberts has a niche childcare practice receiving instructions from guardians and parents alike.

With offices in Welshpool and Newton, Harrisons Solicitors LLP  has a longstanding and strong reputation handling matrimonial work for clients in Powys, mid Wales and the Shropshire borders. Team head Rebecca Easthope  regularly handles complex ancillary relief matters - including ones involving international assets - as well as child law cases. Easthope also has expertise advising clients on prenuptial and cohabitation agreements.

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