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David James

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Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice

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Family law.


Partner specialising in family law, in particular the financial issues arising out of divorce and cohabitation disputes. Has gained wide experience of high-net asset matters to include family businesses, taxation and pension issues. Regularly deals with proceedings where there is a forensic analysis of the asset base required. Also deals with private children matters to include applications for child arrangements orders. Former trustee of Relate Cymru; has provided assistance to the Cardiff Family Contact Centre. Regularly contributes towards topical news articles on radio and in newspapers.


Head of family law Merrils Ede, Cardiff; joined Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice as associate 2006, partner 2009.


Advanced member Law Society Family Law Panel since 2002.


Bishop of Llandaff High School, Cardiff; University of Wolverhampton (1985-88 LLB Law); College of Law, Chester (1988-89).

Wales: Private client

Family: Cardiff

Within: Leading individuals

David James - Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice

Within: Family: Cardiff

Very knowledgeable’ boutique family law firm Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice fields a ‘strong team of lawyers’ with expertise across the spectrum of matters including high-value cases with assets often spread across multiple jurisdictions. The ‘decisive and pragmaticMelanie Hamer specialises in complex, high-value matters, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues; recent work includes handling a highly complex case involving numerous companies and properties spread across the UK and abroad, and assets in the value of £50m. The ‘hugely experiencedThea Hughes attracts praise for her ‘calm and approachable handling of high-value financial cases and complicated private law matters’. The ‘fantastically thoroughSarah Wyburn (who is a ‘really safe pair of hands’) handles divorce, financial and children matters, and also has significant experience advising on gay marriage and civil partnerships. David James rounds out the team at a partner level and is known for handling high-value cases with a particular focus on business ownership and pension sharing issues, while ‘straight-talking’ associate Rebecca Knight is ‘excellent and always manages to build a really good rapport with her clients’.

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