9 Park Place > Cardiff, Wales > Set Profile

Chambers of Paul Hopkins QC
9 Park Place
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Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Members of 9 Park Place offer a team of professionals comfortable and adept in both prosecution and defence, with barristers regularly instructed in serious homicide, manslaughter, serious sexual offences, and high-profile drug trafficking work. Heath Edwards and Matthew Cobbe recent instructions include the latter. Owen Williams is also a name of note, with a recent instructions as leading junior including acting for the defence in multi-handed attempted murder using a sawn-off shotgun.

Leading Juniors

Heath Edwards - 9 Park PlaceHe has an excellent way with the clients and is instantly able to put them at ease even in serious cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Owen Williams - 9 Park PlaceOwen has a grasp of the case very quickly and is able to communicate this in an effective way to the client and Court very effectively. No case is too problematic for Owen to resolve.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2



‘9 Park Place has a significant amount of strength in depth in terms of barristers of suitable experience.’


‘A quality clerks room, who always endeavour to meet our needs.’

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

'Pre-eminent family set' 9 Park Place's 'professional and friendly' members have a wide range of counsel for both public and private child law and matrimonial finance. Child law members are able to handle all aspects of work in this area and act for, or advise local authorities, parents, and guardians.  Kate Hughes QC and Paul Hopkins QC are both regularly instructed in High Court and above matters involving serious harm to children, representing both local authorities and parents. Turning to finance work, Natalie Sandercock continues to represent high-profile and high-net worth individuals in cases with a company law or taxation twist.

2020 Silks - Child Law (Public and Private)

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Kelly Chamberlain - 9 Park PlaceKelly has excellent knowledge of the legal framework for family law and was very thorough and diligent in her work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Rhian Kirby - 9 Park PlaceAn excellent, well-considered and appropriate advocate. Charismatic, and exceptionally well-liked by the local lawyers, fellow barristers and the judiciary. Extremely knowledgeable and provides clear and concise advice and will go over and above.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Natalie Sandercock - 9 Park PlaceHer strengths are attention to detail, extremely thorough preparation and an excellent manner with the clients. She always explains advice clearly and makes the effort to puts the client at ease despite the complexities of their specific case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Felstead - 9 Park PlaceChristopher has an acute and fearless professionalism. He focusses on achieving the best outcome for a client, and has the ability to cut through extraneous and often superfluous information to get to the heart of the matter.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2



‘The Chambers at 9 Park Place are by far the best set of chambers in Cardiff. They are highly professional in their interaction with solicitors and clients.’

‘They have always had the highest calibre counsel and excellent administrative support in the family clerks and admin teams.’

‘All Counsel used at 9 Park Place have been of a high standard and many have stepped into cases at the last minute to provide advice and represent us at a high level’


‘The clerking is excellent across the board – friendly, efficient staff.’

‘Their family law clerks are excellent. They respond very quickly to any requests and are helpful and efficient in accommodating any last minute changes to hearings/meetings.’

‘The clerks are approachable and are always willing to assist.’

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

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Immigration

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 Lieberman02920382731
Chambers administrator Lisa Hunt02920382731
Head of Chambers HOPKINS QC, Paul (1989)
Members of Chambers ELIAS QC, David (1994)
Members of Chambers THOMAS QC, Owen (1994)
Members of Chambers HIPKIN QC, John (1989)
Associate HUGHES QC, William (1989)
Associate VATER QC, Jonathan (1995)
Member of Chambers HUGHES QC, 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 Ace Barrister handling all aspects of criminal law.
Andrew Barcello  photo Andrew Barcello Barrister specialising in all Children Act matters with a particular emphasis on…
Matthew Barry  photo Matthew Barry Matthew is a specialist family law practitioner with an interest in all…
Katherine Broadhurst  photo Katherine Broadhurst Barrister specialising in all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on…
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;…
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  photo David Elias 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…
Jonathan Miles Headington  photo Jonathan Miles Headington Jonathan Miles Headington has developed a busy practice with a particular emphasis…
Paul Hopkins QC photo Paul Hopkins QCBarrister specialising in family law. Covers all aspects of family law and…
Gwydion Hughes  photo Gwydion Hughes Barrister handling Chancery and commercial work, insolvency, company law and banking. Also…
William Hughes QC photo William Hughes QCWilliam Hughes is a criminal law specialist with a mixed prosecution and…
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…
Richard Kember  photo Richard Kember Richard specialises in Chancery, commercial and employment law work. His Chancery practice…
Owen Prys Lewis  photo Owen Prys Lewis Owen handles a broad range of contractual disputes including building and construction…
Janet McDonald  photo Janet McDonald Barrister specialising in crime. Particular expertise in alleged offences involving vulnerable defendants…
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…
Hilary Roberts  photo Hilary Roberts All areas of criminal law.
Matthew Roberts  photo Matthew Roberts Barrister specialising in criminal law (prosecution and defence), including fraud, computer-related crime…
Emily Roderic Davies  photo Emily Roderic Davies Barrister focusing on all aspects of family law.
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…
Christina Thomas  photo Christina Thomas Christina Thomas specialises in Children Act cases, both private and public law.…
Gareth Thomas  photo Gareth Thomas Barrister specialising in general Chancery work with a special interest in planning…
Lisa Jane Thomas  photo Lisa Jane Thomas Barrister specialising in family law.
Owen Thomas  photo Owen Thomas Barrister specialising in all areas of family law. Head of family team…
Suzanne Thomas  photo Suzanne Thomas Barrister specialising in the criminal law with a particular emphasis on offences…
John Vater QC photo John Vater QCJohn 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.…
Eifion Williams  photo Eifion Williams Barrister dealing with all aspects of family law and personal injury law.
Karl Williams  photo Karl Williams Barrister specialising in criminal law.
Owen Williams  photo Owen Williams Barrister specialising in all aspects of criminal law, prosecuting and defending. Owen…
Senior Clerk : Michael Lieberman