Paul Hopkins QC > Chambers of Paul Hopkins QC > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Paul Hopkins QC
9 Park Place
CF10 3DP


Barrister specialising in family law. Covers all aspects of family law and related areas, with particular specialisations in complex care cases. Recent significant cases include: Re R (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 167; Re MW (Care management) [2010] 1 FLR 1093; Re N (Jurisdiction) [2007] EWHC 1274, [2007] Fam Law 901; Re EN [2007] EWCA 264, [2007] Fam Law 452 (adoption: special guardianship); Re C [2006] 1 FLR 589 (adoption: disclosure to father); Re R [2006] 1 FLR 483 (care: plan for adoption: best interests); Re Y [2004] 2 FLR 330 (removal from the jurisdiction).


Called 1989, Gray’s Inn; Recorder 2006; QC 2009; Bencher Gray’s Inn 2013; Director of Family Contact, Cardiff 2001-2013. External examiner BPTC Cardiff University 2011-13; approved counsel to Welsh Assembly Government 2009-12.




Family Law Bar Association; Association of London Welsh Lawyers.


University of Birmingham (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 2

Paul Hopkins QC9 Park Place

‘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.