Nia Gowman > Chambers of Ruth Henke KC > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ruth Henke KC
30 Park Place Chambers
CF10 3BS

Work Department


Nia joined 30 Park Place in 2015 following successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Claire Williams (Family) and Angharad Davies (Chancery and Commercial and Court of Protection).

Nia is a diligent advocate with a busy Family, Court of Protection and Public Law practice.

Nia has developed a strong reputation in the Court of Protection arena and has been recognised as a rated practitioner in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK (see Recommendations). She regularly acts for Local Authorities, Health Boards, RPRs, the Official Solicitor and family members in Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Inherent Jurisdiction applications. Her experience includes cases involving capacity disputes and decisions about issues such as residence, care, medical treatment, contact, marriage, sexual relations.

Nia’s Family practice is focused on public law proceedings. Nia regularly appears on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, children and interveners in cases involving allegations of neglect, emotional harm and non-accidental injury. Nia also has experience in dealing with cases with an international element and proceedings involving the deprivation of liberty of children. Nia has an interest in cases involving medical treatment issues and recently represented a local health board in High Court proceedings concerning the withdrawal of medical treatment.

Nia is developing her Administrative and Public Law practice and was recently instructed as Junior Counsel for the Claimant in the High Court and Court of Appeal hearings in the judicial review case of R (on the Application of Driver) v Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC (‘RCT’) which resulted in confirmation of the equal standing of Welsh language legislation and guidance in respect of how the Court should approach questions of statutory interpretation involving Welsh language legislation.

Nia is commended by clients for her calm demeanour, sensible advice, thorough preparation, meticulous drafting and robust representation at hearings.

Nia is actively involved in providing seminars and training in respect of her areas of expertise.

Nia is a fluent Welsh speaker and is happy to conduct cases through the medium of Welsh.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Nia gained three years’ experience within the financial services sector. Nia also previously worked as a paralegal responsible for challenging Continuing NHS Healthcare decisions on behalf of her own caseload of clients. This provided her with a comprehensive understanding of Local Authority and Health Board duties towards its service users which has assisted in Nia’s practice.

Since becoming a tenant, Nia has continued to pursue additional opportunities to enhance her knowledge and experience. In 2016 Nia was seconded to NHS Legal and Risk Services where she advised and attended court on a range of matters including Court of Protection and Inquests. In 2017 Nia was awarded a prestigious Inns of Court Pegasus Trust Outgoing Scholarship and travelled to India to work in the legal sector for two months.




  • 2020 – Present: Bar Council Wellbeing Committee, Court of Protection Bar Association Representative
  • 2020 – Present: Court of Protection Bar Association Committee, Committee Member
  • Appointed to the Committee of the Court of Protection Bar Association as a co-opted member.
  • 2017 – 2018: Wales and Chester Circuit Management Committee, Young Bar Representative
  • 2017 – 2018: Bar Council Young Barristers’ Committee , Circuit Representative


  • 2012 – 2013 – Cardiff Law School – BPTC – Outstanding
  • 2011 – 2012 – International Compliance Association – Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention – Merit
  • 2007 – 2010 – University of Bristol – LLB (Hons) Law – 2.1
  • 2000 – 2007 – Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Nia Gowman30 Park Place Chambers

At 30 Park Place Chambers, Lloyd Williams KC and Christian Howells continue to act for multiple Welsh and Northern Irish victims in the long-running Infected Blood Inquiry, as well as appearing in the inquest into the death of footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in an air crash two days after signing for Cardiff City FC. Nia Gowman is instructed in inquests into deaths in custody, deaths in care homes and in hospital, and Melissa Jones represents bereaved families and professional parties in inquests.

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Nia Gowman30 Park Place ChambersNia excels in all aspects of court of protection work. She is always very well prepared, and pragmatic in her advice to both professional and lay clients.’

30 Park Place Chambers ‘is the best Court of Protection and community care set in Wales‘. Headed by the ‘persuasive advocateRebecca Harrington, the team is well known for representing protected parties, local authorities, family members and health boards in financial and welfare disputes. The set reports an increase in instructions relating to medical treatment. Rhian Jones  is ‘energetic and enthusiastic and a tough advocate‘, and her practice often involves deprivation of liberty cases. The ‘knowledgeable and efficientNia Gowman regularly acts in matters concerning the Mental Capacity Act, and her workload includes decisions about care, residence, medical treatment, marriage and sexual relations. Laura Shepherd   ‘routinely demonstrates excellent analytical skills and sound judgement‘.