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    • Catrin Griffiths - Red Kite Law LLP

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Highly regarded in the community’, Neath-based firm Hutchinson Thomashas an excellent and well-deserved reputation in the market for family law work’. Robert Williams is well regarded for dealing with difficult divorce cases, often involving complex financial issues; he recently represented a client in ancillary relief proceedings involving an extensive portfolio of properties and a substantial asset held outside the UK. The firm is also noted for its excellent childcare department, which regularly sees it act for very sensitive and emotive matters by local authorities, private clients and Cafcass. Debbie Richards is ‘detailed and thorough in her approach; her experience in representing guardians is exemplified by her sensitive and thoughtful approach to difficult Children Act cases’. Richards, Meriel East and Rachel Pudner are members of the Law Society’s Children panel.

Led out of its Bridgend office by the ‘excellent’ Katie McColgan, Berry Smith’s practice handles the full spectrum of private client family law work, including high-value divorce proceedings, pre-nuptial drafting and childcare disputes. Senior associate Marina Atherton heads the firm’s care team and regularly picks up work for guardians, as well as parents and grandparents.

Acting for clients from south Wales, as well as the West Country and London, Newport-based firm Harding Evans LLP specialises in high-value complex applications for financial orders in divorces, which often involve a wide array of assets including family companies, foreign properties, farms and varied pension funds. Ceri Price heads the firm’s family department and is recognised as a ‘very safe pair of hands for any finance case’. She is ably assisted on the finance side by Suzanne Edwards, while Kate Thomas heads the firm’s childcare practice.

Matthew Wells now leads the five-lawyer team at JCP Solicitors, which has ‘sound knowledge in the field’ and provides a ‘supportive service and a direct clear path forward’ to clients engaged in divorce proceedings. Splitting his time between the firm’s Swansea and Carmarthen offices, Wells is well regarded for handling complex financial matters, in addition to private children law cases. Former team head Sali Jackson-Thomas remains a significant presence in the market and is noted for her ‘professional, friendly and approachable’ style, as well as ‘her ability to listen’ to clients in cases involving family businesses, pensions, overseas trusts, and assets based outside the jurisdiction. The firm’s Carmarthen practice continues to flourish and was recently bolstered by the arrival in August 2016 of associate Angela Killa, who is active across a range of family law matters, including complex children matters.

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

With offices in Newport, Pontypool and Cardiff, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors provides a ‘superb family law service’ to clients in south Wales and covers the waterfront of matters, from large and small money divorce cases, to complex contact cases. ‘Very well-respected’ team head Sophie Hughes is ‘calm and professional’ and ‘can fight her corner but will not unnecessarily inflame matters’; she has particular strength in often highly disputed and complex divorce and co-habitation disputes. Associate Kate Roberts has a flourishing childcare practice out of the firm’s Pontypool office, which was recently bolstered by the arrival in December 2016 of associate Belinda Moseley.

Harrisons Solicitors LLP has a strong reputation in mid-Wales across the panoply of family law matters – including in relation to complex financial arrangements following divorce – as well as child law cases. Team head Rebecca Easthope has vast experience in the field and is able to leverage her private client tax and trust expertise to assist clients in the preservation of their assets in contemplation of marriage (through a pre-nuptial arrangement) and following divorce proceedings.

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