Red Kite Law LLP > Carmarthen, United Kingdom > Firm Profile

Red Kite Law LLP
SA31 1SR
United Kingdom

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Displaying 'attention to detail and excellent client care', Red Kite Law LLP continues to thrive in the market under the leadership of 'exceptional' Swansea-based partner Alexia Thomas and is picking up work on a standalone basis, as well as through its growing will bank (enlarged by a number of recent firm acquisitions in South Wales). Noted for her 'grounded and down-to-earth' demeanour and ability to provide 'pragmatic and sensible advice', Thomas regularly receives referrals from other solicitors and accountants, testament to the esteem with which she is held in the market on issues ranging from challenges to will validity and claims against executors.

Practice head(s):

Alexia Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Kelly


‘The team displays attention to detail and excellent client care.’

‘The exceptional Alexia Thomas is knowledgeable, grounded and down-to-earth, and provides pragmatic and sensible advice. ’

‘Alexia Thomas is a superstar! She is a top notch lawyer and tough negotiator, but combines this with charm and a sense of humour.’

‘The team has genuine expertise in this niche area and is led by the amazing Alexia Thomas’

‘Andrew Kelly knows the law, is realistic about merits and get great results for his clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client, as the sole executor and beneficiary of her late father’s estate in relation to two adult child claims brought by her two brother for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 against their late father’s estate.
  • Acting for clients in relation to a will validity claim.
  • Acted for a client in relation to a contested probate claim on the grounds of lack of capacity and undue influence.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 3

Led from Swansea and Pembroke by Rhian Davies and Luke Smith respectively, Red Kite Law LLP 'punches above its weight' and continues to grow its reputation in South Wales for a dynamic mix of private and public sector clients across a diverse mix of commercial litigation. Davies, in particular, has been key to the firm's increased market visibility, and 'has a forensic approach to detail and to evaluating the issues in a case', including as it relates to fraud and deceit claims, anti-competitive conduct disputes and shareholder litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rhian Davies; Luke Smith

Other key lawyers:

Steven Koukos


‘They are extremely effective, very easy to work with and exceptionally helpful.’

The team punches above its weight, handling complex litigation with a strong base of commercial clients.’

‘The team is tenacious in pursuit of their client’s interests with a good strategic sense of the merits of a case. The legal analysis and experience of the team is invaluable in enabling early decisions to be taken about strategy.’

Rhian Davies is first class. She has a strong background in building disputes having worked for a construction company before joining Red Kite.’

Rhian Davies is adept at negotiating a good outcome for clients and in identifying the key legal issues in dispute. She has a forensic approach to detail and to evaluating the issues in a case.’

Steven Koukos is formidable.’

Key clients

Milford Haven Port Authority

Castell Howell Foods Limited

Phoenix Legal Services Limited

Valero Energy

Swansea University

Neal Remediation Limited

Bexmoor Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a company and group of shareholders in relation to a shareholder dispute.
  • Advising an educational body regarding a breach of a Collaboration Agreement.
  • Advising a company in relation to a breach of a commercial agreement.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Primarily based out of its Carmarthen office, Red Kite Law LLP has ‘considerable experience in poly-trauma and catastrophic injury as well as single injury cases’, for clients stretching from West Wales through to the South West of England. Team head Sophie Jones is particularly effective at assisting claimants who have suffered life-changing injuries, including brain trauma and is noted for her ‘excellent dedication to the client’s needs’. Michael Evanshas bags of common sense and a very sensitive approach to dealing with fatal accident clients’ sustained at work, as well as in a road traffic context.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Michael Evans; Joseph Slader; Rebecca Proctor; Michael Clarke


‘The team is very efficient, friendly and thorough, and sensitive to the needs of claimants to a very impressive degree.’

‘They have considerable experience in poly-trauma and catastrophic injury as well as single injury cases and are particularly proactive in arranging the best forms of rehabilitation for each claimant expeditiously.’

‘Red Kite provide a very personal service to their clients and maintain very good contact with them. They have very good knowledge of process to help the client get the best from their claim.’

‘Incisive and focused work ethos.’

‘Michael Evans has bags of common sense and a very sensitive approach to  dealing with fatal accident clients.’

Sophie Jenkins has an excellent rapport with clients and displays excellent dedication to the client’s needs.’

‘Joseph Slader has always been thoroughly professional, courteous and conscientious in all communications.’

Rebecca Proctor is very approachable, helpful and respectful.’

Work highlights

  • An infant suffered a severe injury following a motor vehicle accident. As part of his claim, the firm put in place an extensive lifelong rehabilitation package, and built an adapted home which met his long-term needs. Settlement of the case was in excess of £14,000,000.00 which is one of the largest lump sum settlements in Wales.
  • The firm acted for a claimant who suffered a severe spinal injury, and was paralysed from the waist down as a result of motorbike accident. A full rehabilitation package was put in place (including securing ReWalk exoskeleton equipment for the Claimant), and a purpose-built house was funded.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Continuing to grow its presence throughout West Wales, as a result of organic growth and law firm acquisitions, the ‘very helpful and efficient’ team at Red Kite Law LLP has the resources and geographical breadth to handle a range of estate planning and administration matters for local clients. In this context, the firm has effectively gained trusted adviser status among the local community and is thereby instructed on the panoply of their wills and estate planning matters. Carmarthen-based team head Mathew Bowen is ‘a great non-contentious probate lawyer’ and excels in handling work for local high-net-worth individuals including many with estates with agricultural and business interests.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Bowen

Other key lawyers:

Rhodri Owen; Leanne Tremain; Rebecca Caswell; Emma Priest; Sophie Titley


The team is very helpful and efficient.’

‘Always pleasant to talk to, available and willing to meet face to face which does not appear to be favoured by other firms.’

Mathew Bowen is a great non-contentious probate lawyer. Always on top of his cases.’


Work highlights

  • Appointed by the High Court as an independent administrator following an application to have another Executor removed.
  • Instructed on a complex £4m agricultural estate with seven children beneficiaries.
  • Acted on the administration of a complex estate comprising shares and investments as well as numerous charitable gifts.

Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 4

Work highlights