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Chambers of Paul Hopkins QC

9-10 PARK PLACE, CARDIFF, CF10 3DP, WALES
Tel:
Work 029 2038 2731
Fax:
Fax 029 2022 2542
DX:
50751 CARDIFF-2
Email:
Web:
www.9parkplace.co.uk

Regional Bar: Wales and Chester Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Chancery and professional negligence specialist Angharad Davies joined the commercial team at 9 Park Place from 30 Park Place Chambers in 2019; Emyr Jones departed the set in 2018 for Francis Taylor Building in London.

Leading Juniors

Angharad Davies - 9 Park PlaceParticularly recommended for Chancery matters.

Ranked: tier 1

Gwydion Hughes - 9 Park PlaceAn excellent advocate who deals with lay clients very easily and pleasantly.

Ranked: tier 2

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Crime

The criminal team at 9 Park Place is home to members who are instructed on a wide range of cases for both the prosecution and defence. Notable recent cases include Owen Williams representing a man who was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter after a drug-related stabbing in Cardiff; the co-defendant was convicted of murder. For the RSPCA, he also prosecuted a man who entered a guilty plea to Sexual Offences Act and Animal Welfare Act offences after engaging in sex acts with his two male Bedlington Terriers; the defendant was given a suspended prison sentence plus a ten-year ban from owning animals.

Leading Juniors

Owen Williams - 9 Park PlaceHandles cases in a forensic yet charismatic manner.

Ranked: tier 1

Elizabeth Pearson - 9 Park PlaceSpecialises in serious sexual offences cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Heath Edwards - 9 Park PlaceRecommended for cases involving complex digital evidence or forensic accountancy.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Cobbe - 9 Park PlaceParticularly adept at prosecuting serious drug or sexual offences.

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment

9 Park Place is home to Richard Kember, who acts for both claimants and respondents in employment cases, with a particular focus on discrimination work.

Leading Juniors

Richard Kember - 9 Park PlaceVery perceptive and focused.

Ranked: tier 2

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Family and children law

Members of 9 Park Place are instructed on cases across the spectrum of family law, particularly including finance cases with high-value business interests and allegations of asset non-disclosure, and child law cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, fabricated or induced illness.

Leading Silks

Owen Thomas QC - 9 Park PlaceAn experienced family law generalist.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Hopkins QC - 9 Park PlaceComplex care cases are the key facet of his practice.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Christopher Felstead - 9 Park PlaceA respected advocate who has no problem acting against opposite leading counsel.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Barry - 9 Park PlacePuts clients at ease and has a very good court presence.

Ranked: tier 1

Natalie Sandercock - 9 Park PlaceRecommended for financial remedy cases

Ranked: tier 1

David Gareth Evans - 9 Park PlaceExcellent in both children matters and financial remedy cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Lisa Thomas - 9 Park PlaceActive across all aspects of family law

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Miller - 9 Park PlaceExcellent in care cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Immigration

9 Park Place's immigration team is primarily instructed on behalf of individuals, though Joseph Edwards also acts for the Home Office and local government. The set acts on matters including visa issues and asylum claims, where Nuhu Gobir has developed a particular specialism with clients who are at risk of persecution based on sexual orientation.

Leading Juniors

Joseph Edwards - 9 Park PlaceHard working, determined, and always on top of the details.

Ranked: tier 1

Nuhu Gobir - 9 Park PlaceCommitted, passionate and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

9 Park Place

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Property

9 Park Place is home to one of the region's largest property teams, and members are instructed on a wide range of disputes both for both commercial clients and private individuals. Landlord and tenant disputes, proprietary estoppel and boundary disputes are key areas of work for the set.

Leading Juniors

Carys Williams - 9 Park PlaceParticularly recommended for land registration and beneficial interest disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Cerys Walters - 9 Park PlaceRecent cases include housing discrimination and homelessness matters..

Ranked: tier 1

Gareth Thomas - 9 Park PlaceExperienced in landlord and tenant matters, easements, and boundary disputes

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Kember - 9 Park PlaceThorough and meticulous.

Ranked: tier 1

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

9 Park Place is home to professional disciplinary specialist Cadi Dewi, who acts for both regulators and defendants in disciplinary cases, particularly in the health and education sectors.

Leading Juniors

Cadi Dewi - 9 Park PlaceKey areas of work include fitness to practice hearings in the education and health sectors.

Ranked: tier 1

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