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Chambers of Ruth Henke KC
30 Park Place Chambers
30 PARK PLACE
CARDIFF
CF10 3BS
Wales

Position

Rhodri Williams QC is Head of the Public@30 Team. 

Rhodri has developed a national reputation for his sharp intellect along with being extremely experienced in his areas of practice. He is one of the leading public law silks in Wales and specialises in European Union Law, Local Government and Administrative Law.

Between 1992-1997 he worked with the European Commission in Brussels where he was predominantly responsible for the enforcement of the EU internal market legislation in the UK and Ireland.

Since his return he has maintained a particular interest in all aspects of the enforcement of internal market legislation and has also gained experience dealing with issues such as health and safety aspects of food production and imports (he was instructed on the BSE enquiry on behalf of the Welsh Office and on behalf of National Assembly on the 2005 E-Coli outbreak).

Rhodri also advises the Welsh Government in relation to procurement obligations and strategies for local and regional government and the situation of devolved legislation in Wales (he was a founding member of the Welsh Public Law and Human Rights Association and is currently a member of its Executive Committee). He has also represented the UK government on several occasions before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

As a fluent Welsh speaker Rhodri is able to undertake cases in Welsh.

Career

Call: 1987 | Silk: 2010

  • 1992-1997 Sabbatical working for European Commission in Brussels
  • Panel Counsel to the National Assembly for Wales/Welsh Assembly Government – Public law (since 2000)
  • National Assembly for Wales Commission Panel – European, Commercial law (since 2007)
  • Attorney General’s list of Approved Council (since 2000)
  • Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland (2009)
  • Queen’s Counsel (2010)
  • Bencher Gray’s Inn (2015)

Languages

Welsh, French, Italian, Spanish.

Memberships

Bar European Group; Administrative Law Bar Association; Procurement Lawyers’ Association; Public Law Wales.

Education

  • BA Modern Languages (Oxon) 1985 (MA 2002)
  • Dip Law (PCL) 1986
  • Bar Finals (ICSL) 1987 

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Rhodri Williams KC30 Park Place ChambersA very shrewd tactician with vast public law experience. An advocate with strong powers of persuasion and a calm, authoritative manner.’

30 Park Place Chambers is viewed by some as ‘the best public law set in Wales‘. Rhodri Williams KC is ‘excellent on Welsh devolved public law‘, and Rebecca Harrington is sought after for her expertise in advising on a range of administrative law issues. Recent case highlights include Christian Howells acting for the Counsel General for Wales in Reference by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill, a Supreme Court case concerning whether the legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was within its legislative competence.