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

Chambers of Paul Hopkins QC
9 Park Place
CF10 3DP


An experienced specialist criminal advocate with a practice focusing on defending and prosecuting cases of the utmost complexity and seriousness. Conducting cases frequently involving the use of forensic accountants and the analysis of digital and telecommunications evidence (including computer, telephone and cell site analysis). Appearing to defend in the Court of Appeal in R v Ali (cold case murder referred by the Criminal Cases Review Commission), appearing in the Crown Court in R v Braddon (murder), R v Sheldon (rape), R v Phillips (Operation Dino a multi-handed insurance fraud) and R v Sweetman (multi-handed drugs conspiracy). Appearing to prosecute Operations Michigan, Versailles and Fairmont (multi-handed drug conspiracies with in excess of 100 defendants) and Operation Barcelona (multi-handed fraud). Regularly appears to defend and prosecute complex disclosure, restraint and confiscation proceedings.


Called 1996, Gray’s Inn.


Criminal Bar Association.


University of Warwick (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Heath Edwards9 Park PlaceRecommended for cases involving complex digital evidence or forensic accountancy.

Instructed in many of the most high-profile cases on the circuit, 9 Park Place is a ‘well-organised, very professional chambers with fine counsel‘. Members appear on behalf of both prosecution and defence in a wide variety of matters including those involving sexual offences, vehicle-related crimes, serious fraud, homicide and drugs offences. In a recent instruction, Heath Edwards defended Junior John Phillips, a then-teenager who was referred to in the press as a ‘Newport drug boss‘, who was convicted of the murder of a drug addict in a five-defendant trial.