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

Chambers of Paul Hopkins QC
9 Park Place
9-10 PARK PLACE
CARDIFF
CF10 3DP
Wales
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Position

John specialises in children’s law, both public and private. In the public law sphere he represents all parties at all levels and has particular expertise in cases involving complex medical evidence. In the private law sphere, John has a particular interest in cases involving implacable hostility, issues of identity, and removal from the jurisdiction. In addition, John has wide experience of the inherent ‘best interests’ jurisdiction, having appeared in such cases for parents, subjects and the Official Solicitor. Important cases include: Re P (care orders: injunctive relief) [2000] 2 FLR 385; Hale v Tanner [2000] 2 FLR 879 (Court of Appeal); Re ET (serious injuries: standard of proof) [2003] 2 FLR 1205; A County Council v DP, RS BS [2005] 2 FLR 1031; and Re H (residence order: placement out of jurisdiction) [2006] 1 FLR 1140.

Career

Trained Gray’s Inn; qualified 1994; QC 2012.

Memberships

FLBA, ALC, Legal Action Group.

Education

Birkenhead School; St Peter’s College, Oxford University (1993 Jurisprudence 2:1).

Leisure

Fly-fishing, Italy, Liverpool FC.