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Considered a leading set in Wales for administrative and public law work, members of 30 Park Place Chambers undertake a range of judicial review as well as advisory work for public bodies. Rhodri Williams QC acted for the claimant in R (Driver) v Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, concerning the local authority's decision to close a number of primary and secondary schools and remove sixth forms in its area, which includes Pontypridd and Aberdare.
30 Park Place Chambers remains a set of choice for many South Wales professional deputies and local authorities in relation to Court of Protection and community care work. Its members act for protected parties, health boards and family members in such disputes, which include Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act-related matters involving young people and adults of all ages.
Crime (general and fraud) Tier 1
Considered one of the leading sets for criminal work in Wales, 30 Park Place Chambers's members are sought-after for the most complicated and complex of cases including homicide, serious fraud, substantial drug cases, serious sexual offences as well as proceeds of crime matters. In one matter, Nigel Fryer represented a man who was acquitted of grievous bodily harm and wounding on his partner; part of the defence case suggested the injuries were self-inflicted during "rough sex".
Family and children law Tier 1
30 Park Place Chambers' members are highly sought after in care cases in Wales and beyond, representing local authorities, parents and guardians. In addition to this, members of chambers including Rebecca Harrington, Max Davies and Rhys Taylor also find themselves increasingly being instructed in high net worth family finance cases.
Personal injury Tier 1
30 Park Place Chambers's Ben Davies is active for both claimants and defendants in multi-track claims, with particular experience in handling employers liability, public liability and fatal accidents cases, frequently involving brain and spinal injuries.
At 30 Park Place Chambers, Christian Jowett is recommended for his immigration and asylum practice, acting on behalf of both claimants and the Home Office, providing advisory, drafting and advocacy work.
30 Park Place Chambers is home to Lloyd Williams QC and Christian Howells, who appear in a wide range of inquests as well as high-profile national inquiries. The pair represent hundreds of victims from Wales and Northern Ireland in the Infected Blood Inquiry, and also act for Cardiff City Football Club in inquest into the death of Emiliano Sala, a new signing for the club who died in an air crash off Alderney in January 2019.
Their customer service is excellent and Kayleigh Jefferies and Kathryn Richards in particular are absolutely brilliant. They adapted brilliantly to the challenges of COVID-19 this year and managed to maintain their impeccable service throughout. They always respond promptly and are able to be both professional and friendly and I know I can ring them any time.
Emma Haines in the crime department is exceptional and is always happy to help and assist. Emma goes above and beyond to ensure everything is in place for each case and always checks if she can help with anything else further. Emma communicates very well and is always approachable.
The clerks at 30 PP are readily on hand to assist with queries, listing issues, and in respect of case and conference preparation. They are friendly and approachable, yet evident professionals. They deliver an extremely efficient clerking service.
30 Park Place are absolutely fantastic. They move heaven and earth on a regular basis in diaries to accommodate us and are highly efficient.
30 Park Place offers an excellent service and always makes sure our enquiries are answered and dealt with. They go above and beyond.
30 PP are my set of choice for complex personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. The service received is always exemplary. Cases are investigated and run with precise attention to detail, and when in court, the advocacy is first class. 30 PP boasts a dynamic and forward-thinking civil set who are always a pleasure to work with. Feedback from clients is always very positive.
30 Park Place Chambers > Set Profile
30 Park Place is a multi-disciplinary chambers offering expert legal advice and representation at all levels of call across a comprehensive range of practice areas. It has steadily grown into one of the most significant sets in Wales with members routinely instructed in the most high-profile and complex cases in Wales and beyond. 30 Park Place now shapes the legal landscape with head of Chambers, Ruth Henke QC, at the forefront of rolling out and implementing the Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014. It also houses a number of accredited mediators and arbitrators who assist disputing parties to reach settlement prior to court. 30 is a people first chambers and with its high standard of client care there is a refreshing approach to tenders, contracts and fee negotiations.
The set: The set comprises 65 full-time barristers, including seven QCs. A significant number of former members have attained judicial office. Many members sit in a part-time judicial capacity.
Types of work undertaken: The family team, led by Catherine Heyworth & Catrin John, has four silks and a range of practitioners from the very junior to those with greater than 30 years experience. Family@30 is known for the excellence of its individual practitioners, the friendly nature of its clerks and its team ethos. The team has a deserved reputation as a leader in the field of family law. It has unrivalled experience of family law in Wales and beyond, conducting complex and sensitive hearings at all court levels. The team represents local authorities, parents, children, CAFCASS Cymru and other parties, including prospective adopters and interveners in public law proceedings. The team has a strong cohabitee and matrimonial finance component offering expertise in all financial aspects of family law. The set has a dedicated family dispute resolution team available to assist in mediation, arbitration, collaborative law and early neutral evaluation. Family@30 accepts both publicly and privately-funded work.
Personal injury specialist Lloyd Williams QC heads the civil team. The personal injury team provides a comprehensive service with a very active group of practitioners dealing with fast-track claims throughout Wales and beyond as well as experts in catastrophic injury claims and asbestos disease litigation. At the high-value end practitioners have recently concluded a series of multi-million pound claims, including one of the largest lump-sum awards ever in Wales. Experts in capacity issues, chambers’ brain injury team works closely with professional deputies. Clinical negligence claims are undertaken on behalf of the claimant and defendant, from fast track to multimillion pound claims. The chancery and commercial team appears in all courts and the Lands Tribunal. It advises upon all aspects of commercial disputes, real property, landlord and tenant, company and insolvency, intellectual property, trusts and probate.
The public law team, led by Rhodri Williams QC, advises public bodies on the legality of decisions they want to take or advises people affected by those decisions on challenging them. The team includes members at all levels of seniority and with a wide range of experience, from tribunals up to and including the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the CJEU. The team has expertise in these areas: administrative law; local government; community care and social services; education; health; housing; immigration and asylum; mental health and Court of Protection; planning and listed buildings; prisoners’ licence conditions; public procurement; and public enquiries.
The regulatory team consists of one silk and five juniors, all of whom are experienced in the major areas of regulatory work including corporate manslaughter, health and safety, environmental law, licensing and food safety.
The criminal team offers one of the largest selections of specialist criminal barristers in Wales and at all levels of call. Its members are consistently involved in the most complicated and high-profile cases and all three of its Queen’s Counsel have attracted national exposure. Caroline Rees QC now heads the team following her appointment as Queens Counsel in February 2018. 30 provided the lion’s share of the representation in the case of R v Mouncher and Others (Lynette White murder – police corruption allegations), which was one of the most significant case in Welsh legal history, and most of the team were involved in operation ‘Dino’, which is the largest conspiracy prosecuted (87 defendants) involving a ‘cash for crash’ operation and dishonesty of almost £1m. The experienced team covers all serious and complicated areas of work such as homicide, serious fraud, confiscation proceedings, serious sexual offences and large-scale drug conspiracies.
|Senior clerk||Phillip Griffiths|
|Head of Chambers||HENKE QC, Ruth (1987)|
|Members of Chambers||BISHOP QC, Malcolm (1968)|
|Members of Chambers||GRIFFITHS QC, Peter (1970)*|
|Members of Chambers||PHILLIPS QC, David (1976)*|
|Members of Chambers||CROWLEY QC, Jane (1976)|
|Members of Chambers||TILLYARD QC, James (1978)|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMS QC, Lloyd (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||CLEE QC, Christopher (1983)*|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMS QC, Rhodri (1987)|
|Members of Chambers||COTTER QC, Mark (1994)*|
|Members of Chambers||REES QC, Caroline (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||PARSLEY, Charles (1973)|
|Members of Chambers||DAVIES, Meirion (1975)|
|Members of Chambers||HARTLEY-DAVIES, Paul (1977)|
|Members of Chambers||ALLEN, Mark (1981)|
|Members of Chambers||REES, Ieuan (1982)*|
|Members of Chambers||EVANS, D Huw (1985)|
|Members of Chambers||HEYWORTH, Catherine (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||WITHERS, Michelle (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||JONATHAN-JONES, Gareth (1991)|
|Members of Chambers||JOHN, Catrin (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Gareth (1992)|
|Members of Chambers||EGAN, Eugene (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||THOMAS, Stephen (1993)|
|Members of Chambers||McGAHEY, Elizabeth (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||GIBBON, Juliet (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||FOULSER McFARLANE, Jane (1994)|
|Members of Chambers||HANCOCK, Maria (1995)*|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Andrew (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||TAYLOR, Rhys (1996)|
|Members of Chambers||HARRISON, Carl (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||EDMONDSON, Harriet (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||HUGHES, David (1997)|
|Members of Chambers||DOUGLAS, Colin (1998)|
|Members of Chambers||LODGE, Hugo Daniel (1998)*|
|Members of Chambers||DAVIES, Ben (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||PICKTHALL, Claire (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||FRYER, Nigel (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||JOWETT, Christian (1999)|
|Members of Chambers||MORSE, Andrew (2000)|
|Members of Chambers||MORGAN, Katy (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||BROADSTOCK, Byron (2002)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Jeffrey (2003)|
|Members of Chambers||HARRINGTON, Rebecca (2004)|
|Members of Chambers||JOSEPH, Andrew (2004)|
|Members of Chambers||WILLIAMS, Claire (2004)|
|Members of Chambers||GARRETT, Luke (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||DAVIES, Max (2005)|
|Members of Chambers||PUAR, Mikhael (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||DIEU, Hoa (2006)|
|Members of Chambers||HOWELLS, Christian (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||HEAVEN, Kirsten (2007)*|
|Members of Chambers||KESHRA, Kalpna (2007)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Nathan (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Rhian (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||EVANS, Rhys (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||AHMADI, Hannah (2008)|
|Members of Chambers||DUNCAN, Gareth (2010)|
|Members of Chambers||SHEPHERD, Samuel (2009)|
|Members of Chambers||TOMOS, Ffion (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, Rhodri (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||DONNISON, Peter (2012)|
|Members of Chambers||MCCORMICK, Lisa (2013)|
|Members of Chambers||GOWMAN, Nia (2014)|
|Members of Chambers||O'CALLAGHAN, Abla (2011)|
|Members of Chambers||HARRIS, Oliver (2015)|
|Members of Chambers||SHEPHERD, Laura (2016)|
|Members of Chambers||MURPHY, Joseph (2017)|
|Members of Chambers||JONES, MELISSA (2017)|
|Member of Chambers||EVANS, HYWEL (2018)|
|Members of Chambers||PATTERSON, Lowri (2017))|
|Members of Chambers||BEBB, Williams (2017)|
|Mark Allen||Mark is highly experienced in difficult high profile and high value cases as…||View Profile|
|Malcolm Bishop QC||Malcolm Bishop QC, sometime Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder of the Crown…||View Profile|
|Byron Broadstock||Formerly a solicitor with one of Greater Manchester’s leading law firms, Byron…||View Profile|
|Mr Max Davies||Max is a member of the Family and Civil practice groups in…||View Profile|
|Meirion Davies||Meirion Davies was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in July…||View Profile|
|Ben Davies||Ben specialises exclusively in personal injury work, representing both claimants and defendants.…||View Profile|
|Hoa Dieu||Hoa draws upon his experience from previous years of practice in the…||View Profile|
|Peter Donnison||View Profile|
|Colin Douglas||Colin is a popular and experienced family practitioner, specialising in proceedings concerning…||View Profile|
|Gareth Duncan||Gareth is a member of our Civil@30, Family@30 and Public@30 teams. Chancery…||View Profile|
|Harriet Edmondson||Harriet represents Local Authorities, parents, children and Children’s Guardians at all levels…||View Profile|
|Eugene Egan||Eugene specialises in criminal work. He prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases…||View Profile|
|Rhys Evans||Rhys joined Chambers in September 2011 following the successful completion of his…||View Profile|
|Huw Evans||Huw Evans originates from Carmarthen, was called to the Bar in 1985…||View Profile|
|Jane Foulser McFarlane||Initially having a mixed practice of Family and common law Civil, Jane’s…||View Profile|
|Nigel Fryer||Nigel is an experienced advocate who has a mixed criminal and regulatory…||View Profile|
|Luke Garrett||Luke Garrett is a civil practitioner specialising in commercial, employment, and personal…||View Profile|
|Juliet Gibbon||Juliet is a senior member of our Family@30 team, accepting instructions in all…||View Profile|
|Nia Gowman||View Profile|
|Rebecca Harrington||Rebecca has a practice split between family finance and civil, encompassing Chancery,…||View Profile|
|Carl Harrison||Carl is a member of our Public Law, Civil and Crime teams. …||View Profile|
|Paul Hartley-Davies||Paul is a member of the Family@30 team. He has been a member…||View Profile|
|Ruth Henke QC||Ruth is an experienced silk specialising in the protection of and provision…||View Profile|
|Catherine Heyworth||The majority of Catherine’s work now spanning across a 25 year period involves…||View Profile|
|Christian J Howells||Christian J Howells is a public law specialist. He is on the…||View Profile|
|David Hughes||David joined chambers in 2007, prior to which he had been in…||View Profile|
|Catrin John||Catrin practises primarily in the area of family law and is a…||View Profile|
|Gareth Jonathan-Jones||Gareth was called to the Bar in 1991 and has formidable experience in all…||View Profile|
|Jeffrey Jones||Jeffrey is a member of our Crime@30 team. He has a thorough approach…||View Profile|
|Andrew Jones||With his renowned approach for thoroughness and attention to detail, Andrew has…||View Profile|
|Nathan Jones||Nathan is a highly experienced practitioner who prides himself on leaving no…||View Profile|
|Rhian Jones||Rhian’s central practice area is Family Law focusing on both Private and…||View Profile|
|Andrew Joseph||Andrew’s regularly appears in Immigration and Asylum Chamber including the Upper Tribunal on…||View Profile|
|Christian Jowett||Christian’s core specialisms lie in fraud, environmental and regulatory law (and the…||View Profile|
|Elizabeth McGahey||Elizabeth has considerable experience of care work on behalf of Local Authorities…||View Profile|
|Katy Morgan||Katy is a member of our Family@30 team and has excellent working…||View Profile|
|Andrew Morse||Andrew is predominantly a civil practitioner with a varied practice encompassing all…||View Profile|
|Charles Parsley||Whilst Charles’ practice encompasses the broad spectrum of Chancery work, and, notably, Probate,…||View Profile|
|Claire Pickthall||Claire is a member of the Criminal Team, having specialised in Criminal…||View Profile|
|Mikhael Puar||Mikhael is a member of the Civil@30 and Public@30 teams. He joined…||View Profile|
|Caroline Rees QC||Caroline is a member of our Crime@30 team and one of the ‘go…||View Profile|
|Rhys Taylor||Rhys’ practice focuses on matrimonial finance, cohabitee and inheritance disputes. His financial remedy…||View Profile|
|Stephen Thomas||Stephen Thomas specialises in Criminal Law and is a member of our…||View Profile|
|James Tillyard QC||James Tillyard has been in silk since 2002. James is Head of…||View Profile|
|Claire Williams||Claire is an experienced family law practitioner and is a member of the Family@30…||View Profile|
|Rhodri Williams QC||Rhodri Williams QC is Head of the Public@30 Team. Rhodri has developed…||View Profile|
|Lloyd Williams QC||Lloyd is an exceptionally experienced Silk in matters primarily regarding high end brain…||View Profile|
|Michelle Withers||Barrister.Michelle joined 30 Park Place in April 2009 and is a senior member…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresPhillip Griffiths : Senior Clerk Kayleigh Jefferies : Lead Civil & Public Law Clerk Tony Naylon : Lead Criminal Clerk James Dowse : Lead Family Clerk
Top Tier Set Rankings
- Regional Bar Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)
- Regional Bar Court of Protection and community care
- Regional Bar Crime (general and fraud)
- Regional Bar Family and children law
- Regional Bar Personal injury