9 Park Place > Cardiff, Wales > Set Profile

Chambers of Paul Hopkins KC
9 Park Place
CF10 3DP

9 Park Place is one of the largest and longest-established sets on the Wales and Chester Circuit.

The set: A multi-disciplinary set with 66 tenants, including seven silks (two of whom are associate members), providing a comprehensive advisory and advocacy service to the legal community across Wales and beyond. It has large practice teams in its primary practice areas of civil, chancery and commercial, crime, family and employment.

Types of work undertaken
Administrative and local government: members of the public law team handle cases involving administrative, environmental, housing and planning law. Clients include central and devolved government departments, local authorities and regulatory authorities such as the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales. Members possess extensive experience of devolved matters and have been at the forefront of developments of the law in Wales. The team deals with all aspects of housing law, from straightforward possession and disrepair claims to more complex matters, including unlawful eviction, harassment, beneficial interest disputes and judicial review proceedings which affect housing issues.

Civil, chancery and commercial: a large practice team offers expertise in all areas, ranging from the sale and supply of goods and services to large-scale company or partnership disputes, building disputes and advising and acting in the interpretation and construction of commercial contracts. Chancery specialists are available to deal with disputes concerning land and property, including HM Land Registry adjudications, wills, trusts and probate issues, village green inquiries, Court of Protection matters and intellectual property claims. Insolvency practitioners provide specialist advice and advocacy in all aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy. In the field of common law, the team handles disputes including landlord and tenant, forfeiture, rent review and leasehold enfranchisement, professional negligence as well as traditional contract and tort disputes.

Crime: the crime team handles the whole spectrum of criminal work. Expertise covers specialist areas such as sexual offences and child abuse, serious fraud, confiscation, money laundering, homicide, violence, drugs and vehicle crime. Members are frequently involved in the highest profile cases heard on circuit.

Employment: members of the team act for both employers and employees, providing advisory services and advocacy in employment tribunals and appellate courts. They have substantial experience in all aspects of employment law, including unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, equal pay, transfer of undertakings, working time claims, restraint of trade and breach of confidence.

Family: the family team has expertise in all areas of matrimonial, cohabitee and civil partnership litigation. They handle every aspect of public law children work, representing parents, local authorities and guardians, as well as all private law children disputes. In addition, the team has specialists in ancillary relief work, where members are frequently instructed in high-value cases and have particular interests in the forensic examination of family and related business interests.

Immigration: chambers€’ specialist barristers appear in both first-tier and upper-tier tribunals and in judicial review applications. They undertake all aspects of tribunal work, including immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation and human rights.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: clients range from individuals to major trade unions, insurers and large employers. The teams work includes all types of injuries, from the minor to the catastrophic, whether sustained at work, in road accidents or elsewhere. Members handle claims involving industrial diseases, fatal accident litigation and inquests, psychiatric illness arising from trauma and stress at work as well as employers€’, occupiers€’ and product liability matters. In the clinical negligence field, all aspects of medical and dental neglect are covered.

Regulatory:  chambers specialists act for public bodies, individuals and groups and are experienced in areas such as licensing, animal welfare and care standards, Companies Act, the environment, food standards, health and safety, parole hearings, professional disciplinary cases and trading standards proceedings.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk Michael Lieberman clerks@9parkplace.co.uk 02920382731
Chambers administrator Lisa Hunt 02920382731
Head of Chambers ELIAS KC, David (1994)
Member of Chambers HOPKINS KC, Paul (1989)
Member of Chambers THOMAS KC, Owen (1994)
Member of Chambers HIPKIN KC, John (1989)
Associate HUGHES KC, William (1989)
Associate VATER KC, Jonathan (1995)
Member of Chambers HUGHES KC, Kate (1992)
Member of Chambers ROBERTS, Hilary (1978)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Karl (1982)
Member of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Roger (1983)
Member of Chambers LEWIS, Owen Prys (1985)
Member of Chambers BENNETT, Ieuan (1989)
Member of Chambers DAVIES, Emily (1989)
Member of Chambers WALDON, Kay (1989)
Member of Chambers JACKSON, Adrian (1990)
Member of Chambers DONOGHUE, Steven (1992)
Member of Chambers THOMAS, Gareth (1993)
Member of Chambers KEMBER, Richard (1993)
Member of Chambers ACE, Richard (1993)
Member of Chambers THOMAS, Christina (1994)
Member of Chambers HUGHES, Gwydion (1994)
Member of Chambers ROBERTS, Matthew (1994)
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Heath (1996)
Member of Chambers JONES, Laurence (1997)
Member of Chambers FELSTEAD, Christopher (1998)
Member of Chambers THOMAS, Lisa (1998)
Member of Chambers COBBE, Matthew (1998)
Member of Chambers GOBIR, Nuhu (1998)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Eifion (2000)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Owen (2000)
Member of Chambers SANDERCOCK, Natalie (2000)
Member of Chambers DAVIES, Angharad (2000)
Member of Chambers KIRBY, Rhian (2000)
Member of Chambers HAMMETT, Michael (2001)
Member of Chambers EVANS, James (2002)
Member of Chambers BROADHURST, Katherine (2003)
Member of Chambers MORRIS, Phillip (2003)
Member of Chambers RODDICK, Helen (2004)
Member of Chambers CHAMBERLAIN, Kelly (2004)
Member of Chambers LEWIS, James (2004)
Member of Chambers MOELWYN-WILLIAMS, Anna (2006)
Associate SEAGRIM, William (2007)
Member of Chambers DEWI, Cadi (2008)
Member of Chambers EVANS, David Gareth (2008)
Member of Chambers RICCIARDI, Angela (2008)
Member of Chambers SIMMONS, Kayleigh (2009)
Member of Chambers WALTERS, Cerys (2009)
Member of Chambers PAXTON, Dafydd (2010)
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Joseph (2011)
Member of Chambers DAVIES, Rhys (2011)
Member of Chambers ROBERTS, Tom (2011)
Member of Chambers POLLARD, Leah (2010)
Member of Chambers HEADINGTON, Jonathan Miles (2011)
Member of Chambers JONES, Lisa (2013)
Member of Chambers GOODWIN, Robert (2012)
Member of Chambers STANWAY, Thomas (2012)
Member of Chambers BOARD, Rachel (2016)
Member of Chambers MORGAN, Joseff (2017)
Member of Chambers BARRY, Nicholas (2011)
Member of Chambers PRING, Henry (2019)
Member of Chambers RUDD, Sophie (2019)
Member of Chambers HARRISON, Lewis
Member of Chambers HARAN, Joshua
Pupil WATKINS, Mari
Photo Name Position Profile
Richard Ace photo Richard Ace Barrister handling all aspects of criminal law.
Katherine Broadhurst photo Katherine Broadhurst Barrister specialising in all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on…
Kelly Chamberlain photo Kelly Chamberlain Year of Call: 2004 (Solicitor 2005 – 2020) Clerk: James Watson / Lee Fifield Kelly is…
Matthew Cobbe photo Matthew Cobbe Barrister focusing on criminal litigation.
Rhys Davies photo Rhys Davies Crime: general and regulatory; family: Children Act and matrimonial finance; personal injury;…
Angharad Davies photo Angharad Davies
Steven Donoghue photo Steven Donoghue Barrister specialising in criminal work.
Heath Edwards photo Heath Edwards An experienced specialist criminal advocate with a practice focusing on defending and…
Joseph Edwards photo Joseph Edwards Accepts instructions in civil, crime, family and employment. Experience of mercantile and…
David Elias KC photo David Elias KC Barrister focusing on all aspects of criminal law, including regulatory crime with…
David Elias KC photo David Elias KC Barrister focusing on all aspects of criminal law, including regulatory crime with…
David Gareth Evans photo David Gareth Evans Barrister specialising in family (public, private and matrimonial).
John James Evans photo John James Evans All areas of criminal law.
Christopher Felstead photo Christopher Felstead Barrister specialising in family law. Christopher has a specific focus on heavy…
Nuhu Gobir photo Nuhu Gobir Barrister covering the following areas: criminal law (all aspects), general common law,…
Roger Griffiths photo Roger Griffiths Specialist crime practitioner. Former lead of criminal team at Temple Chambers, Cardiff.…
Michael Hammett photo Michael Hammett Barrister specialising in criminal law (including regulatory crime), with a particular focus…
Joshua Haran photo Joshua Haran Year of Call: 2020 Josh is originally from Cardiff and was educated at…
Lewis Harrison photo Lewis Harrison Year of Call: 2019  Lewis is originally from Penarth and was educated…
Jonathan Miles Headington photo Jonathan Miles Headington Jonathan Miles Headington has developed a busy practice with a particular emphasis…
Gwydion Hughes photo Gwydion Hughes Barrister handling Chancery and commercial work, insolvency, company law and banking. Also…
William Hughes KC photo William Hughes KC William Hughes is a criminal law specialist with a mixed prosecution and…
Kate Hughes KC photo Kate Hughes KC Year of Call: 1992 Year of Silk: 2021 Clerk: Michael Lieberman Kate…
Adrian Jackson photo Adrian Jackson Adrian is an experienced barrister specialising in commercial and chancery law and…
Lisa Roisin Jones photo Lisa Roisin Jones Lisa is developing a civil practice, increasingly in the areas of property…
Laurence Jones photo Laurence Jones Barrister with wealth of experience in all aspects of criminal law. Equally…
Rhian Kirby photo Rhian Kirby Year of Call: 2000 Clerk: James Watson /Lee Fifield Rhian is a leading junior barrister…
Owen Prys Lewis photo Owen Prys Lewis Owen handles a broad range of contractual disputes including building and construction…
James Lewis photo Mr James Lewis Year of Call: 2004 Clerk: James Watson / Lee Fifield James joined Chambers as a…
Anna Moelwyn-Williams photo Anna Moelwyn-Williams Barrister specialising in family law, including both public and private law Children…
Phillip Morris photo Phillip Morris Phillip is a specialist civil practitioner who brings his personable and knowledgeable…
Elizabeth Pearson photo Elizabeth Pearson Barrister practising in criminal law with a particular emphasis on sexual offences…
Leah Pollard photo Leah Pollard Leah Pollard has developed a diverse practice and undertakes work in all…
Matthew Roberts photo Matthew Roberts Barrister specialising in criminal law (prosecution and defence), including fraud, computer-related crime…
Hilary Roberts photo Hilary Roberts All areas of criminal law.
Emily Roderic Davies photo Emily Roderic Davies Barrister focusing on all aspects of family law.
Natalie Sandercock photo Natalie Sandercock Year of Call: 2000 Clerks: James Watson / Lee Fifield Natalie is an established…
William Seagrim photo William Seagrim Family (all aspects); criminal practice (prosecution and defence); and general commercial law…
Kayleigh Simmons photo Kayleigh Simmons Kayleigh undertakes work in all aspects of regulatory matters including licensing, food…
Suzanne Thomas photo Suzanne Thomas Barrister specialising in the criminal law with a particular emphasis on offences…
Christina Thomas photo Christina Thomas Christina Thomas specialises in Children Act cases, both private and public law.…
Owen Thomas photo Owen Thomas Barrister specialising in all areas of family law. Head of family team…
Lisa Thomas photo Ms Lisa Thomas Year of Call: 1998 Clerks: James Watson / Lee Fifield Lisa is an experienced…
Gareth Thomas photo Gareth Thomas Barrister specialising in general Chancery work with a special interest in planning…
John Vater photo John Vater John specialises in children’s law, both public and private. In the public…
Cerys Ann Walters photo Cerys Ann Walters Cerys currently accepts instructions in civil litigation, regulatory and family law matters.…
Cerys Walters photo Cerys Walters ear of Call: 2009 Clerk: Michael Lieberman Cerys currently accepts instructions in Civil Litigation, Regulatory…
Owen Williams photo Owen Williams Barrister specialising in all aspects of criminal law, prosecuting and defending. Owen…
Karl Williams photo Karl Williams Barrister specialising in criminal law.
Eifion Williams photo Eifion Williams Barrister dealing with all aspects of family law and personal injury law.
Senior Clerk : Michael Lieberman