9 Park Place > Cardiff, Wales > Set Profile

Chambers of Paul Hopkins KC
9 Park Place
CF10 3DP

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax Tier 1

9 Park Place‘s Chancery team has extensive expertise in advising on contentious probate matters, trusts, disputes over land and issues regarding the validity and interpretation of wills. Gwydion Hughes  deals with probate, trusts and property litigation. Richard Kember also focuses on disputes over land, wills and inheritance issues. The ‘excellentAngharad Davies is a specialist in Inheritance Act claims, contentious probate, trust disputes and the administration of estates.

Leading Juniors

Angharad Davies9 Park PlaceShe is extremely well-respected and always very well-prepared. A good advocate who provides solutions to problems posed. Pragmatic and intelligent.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Kember  – 9 Park Place ‘Richard is solid and reliable. He has a very measured and sensible approach to cases, which judges clearly appreciate.
Ranked: Tier 2



A very reliable set, able to offer a wide range of experienced counsel.’

An excellent set of chambers. First-rate service.’


Michael Lieberman is outstanding. A consummate professional.’

The clerks are always available to take a call and any urgent matters are dealt with efficiently. Michael is very hands-on, and ensures high standards are maintained at all times.’

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

The crime team at 9 Park Place has expertise in prosecuting and defending across a wide range of serious work, with a recent increase in cases involving serious sexual offences and homicide. Heath Edwards is a key name for handling complex multi-handed drug trafficking and money laundering work. Matthew Cobbe has a solid track record in prosecuting allegations of rape, and Owen Williams ‘ recent work involves prosecuting and defending in homicide cases.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Cobbe9 Park PlaceA good performer in crime cases.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

9 Park Place ‘offers highly skilled, professional and talented counsel who have wide-ranging experience of family law‘. Members are adept at advising across the full range of both private and public children law issues. Matrimonial finance work is another key pillar of strength for the group; the ‘always thoroughly preparedNatalie Sandercock and Lisa Thomas, ‘a first-class advocate‘, count this as a core area of expertise. Head of chambers Paul Hopkins KC has an established track record in acting for parents and local authorities in cases involving allegations of serious violent and sexual abuse.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Paul Hopkins KC9 Park PlacePaul has a wealth of experience and knowledge, and is an accomplished advocate. He consistently provided firm, clear advice and was mindful of the client’s vulnerabilities at all times in the case.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Kate Hughes KC9 Park PlaceKate prepares rigorously and is highly creative when it comes to putting across novel and nuanced arguments. She stands out for her thoroughness, her careful questioning of witnesses, and her formidable manner.’

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Rhian Kirby9 Park PlaceRhian is consistently hardworking with an eye for detail, and goes the extra mile for her clients. She can be counted on to get the job done. Even in the most difficult cases she is able to get clients to understand the complexities and to ensure they are where they need to be.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Barry9 Park PlaceMatthew is intelligent, easy to get on with, wonderful with clients and respected by both colleagues and judges. His written and oral advocacy is exceptional. A truly elegant lawyer.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Kelly Chamberlain9 Park PlaceA user-friendly barrister who has a good rapport with clients and provides sound advice. She is intelligent and understands the relevant case law well.’
Ranked: Tier 2
David Gareth Evans9 Park PlaceA junior who is always prepared, and has a fiercely bright but pragmatic approach.’
Ranked: Tier 2
James Lewis9 Park PlaceJames is always prepared and a strong advocate. He is tenacious and fights his client’s corner. He is not fazed by complex Children Act cases.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Natalie Sandercock9 Park PlaceA specialist in her field and a phenomenal advocate. Her ability to dig out gold nuggets in cases that can turn the case on its head is second to none. Clients feel confident and at ease with her. Her cross-examining in court is a joy to watch.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Lisa Thomas9 Park PlaceLisa is a class act. She is unflappable even in the most complicated or emotive of cases. With meticulous preparation, a real eye for the good points and a calm and steely demeanour, Lisa is a formidable operator.’
Ranked: Tier 1
David Gareth Evans9 Park PlaceHis calm, compassionate manner coupled with his razor-sharp legal and technical skills makes him a must to instruct.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Felstead9 Park PlaceChristopher is incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of finance work. He has a forensic approach and leaves no stone unturned. His strategic advice is second-to-none and his way of explaining complex issues to the lay client is exceptional.’
Ranked: Tier 2



An impressive set, with a wealth of experienced and highly competent family advocates.’

Chambers has an excellent team of family barristers with expertise and depth of knowledge.’

Excellent all round family set.’

Very well organised.’


The family clerks are excellent; professional, efficient, friendly and always keen to assist. Their communication is impressive and they are always helpful in resolving any last minute instructions.’

The clerks are very approachable and amenable. Their ability to find counsel when requested is second to none.’

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Immigration

Leading Juniors

Nuhu Gobir - 9 Park Place 'Friendly, approachable and confident.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Goodwin - 9 Park Place 'Robert is an excellent barrister with a thoughtful and measured approach to cases. He is always well prepared.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Social housing

Leading Juniors

Cerys Walters – 9 Park Place ‘Cerys is a very diligent and talented individual. Her advice is always detailed, accurate, beautifully written and set out in a way which is clear and easy to understand. A tenacious advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Commercial litigation

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.


Senior clerk Michael Liebermanclerks@9parkplace.co.uk02920382731
Chambers administrator Lisa Hunt02920382731
Head of Chambers HOPKINS KC, Paul (1989)
Members of Chambers ELIAS KC, David (1994)
Members of Chambers THOMAS KC, Owen (1994)
Members of Chambers HIPKIN KC, John (1989)
Associate HUGHES KC, William (1989)
Associate VATER KC, Jonathan (1995)
Member of Chambers HUGHES KC, Kate (1992)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Hilary (1978)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Karl (1982)
Members of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Roger (1983)
Members of Chambers McDONALD, Janet (1984)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Owen Prys (1985)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Ieuan (1989)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Emily (1989)
Members of Chambers WALDON, Kay (1989)
Members of Chambers JACKSON, Adrian (1990)
Members of Chambers MILLER, Richard (1991)
Members of Chambers DONOGHUE, Steven (1992)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Gareth (1993)
Members of Chambers KEMBER, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers ACE, Richard (1993)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Christina (1994)
Members of Chambers HUGHES, Gwydion (1994)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Matthew (1994)
Members of Chambers EDWARDS, Heath (1996)
Members of Chambers JONES, Laurence (1997)
Members of Chambers FELSTEAD, Christopher (1998)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Lisa (1998)
Members of Chambers COBBE, Matthew (1998)
Members of Chambers GOBIR, Nuhu (1998)
Members of Chambers PEARSON, Elizabeth (1999)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Eifion (2000)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Owen (2000)
Members of Chambers SANDERCOCK, Natalie (2000)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Angharad (2000)
Members of Chambers KIRBY, Rhian (2000)
Members of Chambers HAMMETT, Michael (2001)
Members of Chambers EVANS, James (2002)
Members of Chambers BARRY, Matthew (2002)
Members of Chambers BROADHURST, Katherine (2003)
Members of Chambers MORRIS, Phillip (2003)
Members of Chambers RODDICK, Helen (2004)
Member of Chambers CHAMBERLAIN, Kelly (2004)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, James (2004)
Members of Chambers MOELWYN-WILLIAMS, Anna (2006)
Associate SEAGRIM, William (2007)
Members of Chambers DEWI, Cadi (2008)
Members of Chambers EVANS, David Gareth (2008)
Members of Chambers RICCIARDI, Angela (2008)
Members of Chambers SIMMONS, Kayleigh (2009)
Members of Chambers WALTERS, Cerys (2009)
Members of Chambers PAXTON, Dafydd (2010)
Members of Chambers EDWARDS, Joseph (2011)
Members of Chambers DAVIES, Rhys (2011)
Members of Chambers ROBERTS, Tom (2011)
Members of Chambers POLLARD, Leah (2010)
Members of Chambers HEADINGTON, Jonathan Miles (2011)
Members of Chambers JONES, Lisa (2013)
Members of Chambers GOODWIN, Robert (2012)
Members of Chambers STANWAY, Thomas (2012)
Members of Chambers BOARD, Rachel (2016)
Members of Chambers MORGAN, Joseff (2017)
Members of Chambers BARRY, Nicholas (2011)
Members of Chambers PRING, Henry (2019)
Members of Chambers RUDD, Sophie (2019)
Richard Ace photo Richard AceBarrister handling all aspects of criminal law.
Andrew Barcello photo Andrew BarcelloBarrister specialising in all Children Act matters with a particular emphasis on…
Matthew Barry photo Matthew BarryMatthew is a specialist family law practitioner with an interest in all…
Katherine Broadhurst photo Katherine BroadhurstBarrister specialising in all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on…
Matthew Cobbe photo Matthew CobbeBarrister focusing on criminal litigation.
Angharad Davies photo Angharad Davies
Rhys Davies photo Rhys DaviesCrime: general and regulatory; family: Children Act and matrimonial finance; personal injury;…
Steven Donoghue photo Steven DonoghueBarrister specialising in criminal work.
Heath Edwards photo Heath EdwardsAn experienced specialist criminal advocate with a practice focusing on defending and…
Joseph Edwards photo Joseph EdwardsAccepts instructions in civil, crime, family and employment. Experience of mercantile and…
David Elias photo David EliasBarrister focusing on all aspects of criminal law, including regulatory crime with…
David Gareth Evans photo David Gareth EvansBarrister specialising in family (public, private and matrimonial).
John James Evans photo John James EvansAll areas of criminal law.
Christopher Felstead photo Christopher FelsteadBarrister specialising in family law. Christopher has a specific focus on heavy…
Nuhu Gobir photo Nuhu GobirBarrister covering the following areas: criminal law (all aspects), general common law,…
Roger Griffiths photo Roger GriffithsSpecialist crime practitioner. Former lead of criminal team at Temple Chambers, Cardiff.…
Michael Hammett photo Michael HammettBarrister specialising in criminal law (including regulatory crime), with a particular focus…
Jonathan Miles Headington photo Jonathan Miles HeadingtonJonathan Miles Headington has developed a busy practice with a particular emphasis…
Paul Hopkins photo Paul HopkinsBarrister specialising in family law. Covers all aspects of family law and…
Kate Hughes photo Kate HughesYear of Call: 1992 Year of Silk: 2021 Clerk: Michael Lieberman Kate…
William Hughes photo William HughesWilliam Hughes is a criminal law specialist with a mixed prosecution and…
Gwydion Hughes photo Gwydion HughesBarrister handling Chancery and commercial work, insolvency, company law and banking. Also…
Adrian Jackson photo Adrian JacksonAdrian is an experienced barrister specialising in commercial and chancery law and…
Laurence Jones photo Laurence JonesBarrister with wealth of experience in all aspects of criminal law. Equally…
Lisa Roisin Jones photo Lisa Roisin JonesLisa is developing a civil practice, increasingly in the areas of property…
Richard Kember photo Richard KemberRichard specialises in Chancery, commercial and employment law work. His Chancery practice…
Owen Prys Lewis photo Owen Prys LewisOwen handles a broad range of contractual disputes including building and construction…
Janet McDonald photo Janet McDonaldBarrister specialising in crime. Particular expertise in alleged offences involving vulnerable defendants…
Anna Moelwyn-Williams photo Anna Moelwyn-WilliamsBarrister specialising in family law, including both public and private law Children…
Phillip Morris photo Phillip MorrisPhillip is a specialist civil practitioner who brings his personable and knowledgeable…
Elizabeth Pearson photo Elizabeth PearsonBarrister practising in criminal law with a particular emphasis on sexual offences…
Leah Pollard photo Leah PollardLeah Pollard has developed a diverse practice and undertakes work in all…
Hilary Roberts photo Hilary RobertsAll areas of criminal law.
Matthew Roberts photo Matthew RobertsBarrister specialising in criminal law (prosecution and defence), including fraud, computer-related crime…
Emily Roderic Davies photo Emily Roderic DaviesBarrister focusing on all aspects of family law.
William Seagrim photo William SeagrimFamily (all aspects); criminal practice (prosecution and defence); and general commercial law…
Kayleigh Simmons photo Kayleigh SimmonsKayleigh undertakes work in all aspects of regulatory matters including licensing, food…
Christina Thomas photo Christina ThomasChristina Thomas specialises in Children Act cases, both private and public law.…
Lisa Jane Thomas photo Lisa Jane ThomasBarrister specialising in family law.
Owen Thomas photo Owen ThomasBarrister specialising in all areas of family law. Head of family team…
Suzanne Thomas photo Suzanne ThomasBarrister specialising in the criminal law with a particular emphasis on offences…
Gareth Thomas photo Gareth ThomasBarrister specialising in general Chancery work with a special interest in planning…
John Vater photo John VaterJohn specialises in children’s law, both public and private. In the public…
Cerys Ann Walters photo Cerys Ann WaltersCerys currently accepts instructions in civil litigation, regulatory and family law matters.…
Eifion Williams photo Eifion WilliamsBarrister dealing with all aspects of family law and personal injury law.
Karl Williams photo Karl WilliamsBarrister specialising in criminal law.
Owen Williams photo Owen WilliamsBarrister specialising in all aspects of criminal law, prosecuting and defending. Owen…
Senior Clerk : Michael Lieberman