Set Profile > 30 Park Place Chambers > Cardiff, Wales

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

Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) Tier 1

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.

Leading Silks

Rhodri Williams QC - 30 Park Place ChambersAn excellent advocate and very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Rebecca Harrington - 30 Park Place ChambersShe prepares work diligently and thoroughly and presents it to the court and the client clearly and concisely.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christian Howells - 30 Park Place ChambersA tenacious advocate with a very sharp intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1
David Hughes - 30 Park Place ChambersHe is able to think outside the box which often gives a case added strength.
Ranked: Tier 1

Court of Protection and community care Tier 1

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.

Leading Juniors

Nia Gowman - 30 Park Place ChambersShe has a fantastic approach to cases, whereby she is able to be in charge of proceedings whilst productively manoeuvring all parties to a good outcome.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rebecca Harrington - 30 Park Place ChambersShe has an ability to get straight to the crux of a case and gives very clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rhian Jones - 30 Park Place ChambersOne of the strongest counsel in this field and a familiar face within the Court of Protection in South Wales.
Ranked: Tier 1

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".

Rising stars

Peter Donnison - 30 Park Place ChambersA determined and committed advocate with who has been a junior for murder, attempt murder and complex fraud.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Caroline Rees QC - 30 Park Place ChambersHer advocacy is very polished and she has an aura in the courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Julia Cox -30 Park Place ChambersShe has attracted praise for her work in relation to serious sexual offences and has been described as a real upcoming talent.

Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Fryer - 30 Park Place ChambersA leading junior on circuit with particular expertise in the prosecution and defence of serious sexual offences, particularly those involving historical allegations and vulnerable witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Jones - 30 Park Place ChambersHe is a real star of the Bar in Wales and without doubt is at the top of the league of junior counsel on circuit.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christian Jowett - 30 Park Place ChambersHe is particularly good at analysing complex fraud cases and is instructed in some voluminous VHCCs.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Pickthall - 30 Park Place ChambersAn excellent advocate and very analytical in her approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carl Harrison - 30 Park Place ChambersHe has a good eye for detail and gets on well with the other prosecutors in the case.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks: Child Law (Public and Private)

Jane Crowley QC - 30 Park Place ChambersShe is very personable and develops a good rapport with clients and professionals alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ruth Henke QC - 30 Park Place ChambersCalm, diligent and completely unflappable in the face of whatever unpredictable circumstances are thrown at her during a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Tillyard QC - 30 Park Place ChambersA powerful advocate who has an experts grasp of the subject matter.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Silks: Divorce and Financial Remedy

James Tillyard QC - 30 Park Place ChambersA powerful advocate who has an experts grasp of the subject matter.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Rhys Evans - 30 Park Place ChambersThorough, committed and knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catherine Heyworth - 30 Park Place ChambersAn incredibly accomplished advocate with the gift of the common touch.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rhian Jones - 30 Park Place ChambersShe is a formidable advocate who always is in full control of proceedings.
Ranked: Tier 1
Catrin John - 30 Park Place ChambersA good advocate with a focus on children matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Williams - 30 Park Place ChambersCases are always well prepared and she is a strong advocate who is well respected by her peers and judges alike.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

Rebecca Harrington - 30 Park Place ChambersHer preparation is extremely thorough and she always develops a good rapport with her clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Max Davies -30 Park Place ChambersA financial remedy specialist.

Ranked: Tier 3
Rhys Taylor - 30 Park Place ChambersHe is known throughout the country as being a pension specialist in the field of financial remedies.
Ranked: Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Lloyd Williams QC - 30 Park Place ChambersGood with clients and with a down-to-earth approach.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ben Davies - 30 Park Place ChambersHe has a keen eye for detail and is very thorough in his approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Morse - 30 Park Place ChambersHe has an uncanny ability to connect and relate to claimants of varying backgrounds.
Ranked: Tier 2


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.

Leading Juniors

Chrisian Jowett - 30 Park Place ChambersMeticulous case preparation with excellent attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 1

Inquests and inquiries

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.

Leading Silks

Lloyd Williams QC - 30 Park Place ChambersVery clear and courteous with clients, even in emotional circumstances – a practical lawyer with good tactical skills.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Christian Howells - 30 Park Place ChambersA tenacious advocate with a very sharp intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Cardiff-based 30 Park Place Chambers is a multi-disciplinary set with expertise across the spectrums of crime, civil, public, and family law. In recent news, Ffion Tomos re-joined the set's criminal team, alongside her membership of Linenhall Chambers in Chester. Hannah Ahmadi returned to the family team following a period in-house at Hugh James; Rhodri Jones, previously of 10KBW, also joined the family team. Also of note, Rhys Evans and Gareth Duncan have been appointed Deputy District Judges; David Hughes has been appointed as a Fee Paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal and a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal in Wales.



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 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mark Allen  photo Mark Allen Mark is highly experienced in difficult high profile and high value cases as…
 Malcolm Bishop photo Malcolm Bishop Malcolm Bishop QC, sometime Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder of the Crown…
 Byron Broadstock  photo Byron Broadstock Formerly a solicitor with one of Greater Manchester’s leading law firms, Byron…
 Ben Davies  photo Ben Davies Ben specialises exclusively in personal injury work, representing both claimants and defendants.…
 Max Davies  photo Max Davies Max is a member of the Family and Civil practice groups in…
 Meirion Davies  photo Meirion Davies Meirion Davies was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in July…
 Hoa Dieu  photo Hoa Dieu Hoa draws upon his experience from previous years of practice in the…
 Peter Donnison  photo Peter Donnison
 Colin Douglas  photo Colin Douglas Colin is a popular and experienced family practitioner, specialising in proceedings concerning…
 Gareth Duncan  photo Gareth Duncan Gareth is a member of our Civil@30, Family@30 and Public@30 teams.  Chancery…
 Harriet Edmondson  photo Harriet Edmondson Harriet represents Local Authorities, parents, children and Children’s Guardians at all levels…
 Eugene Egan  photo Eugene Egan Eugene specialises in criminal work. He prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases…
 Huw Evans  photo Huw Evans Huw Evans originates from Carmarthen, was called to the Bar in 1985…
 Rhys Evans  photo Rhys Evans Rhys joined Chambers in September 2011 following the successful completion of his…
 Jane Foulser McFarlane  photo Jane Foulser McFarlane Initially having a mixed practice of Family and common law Civil, Jane’s…
 Nigel Fryer  photo Nigel Fryer Nigel is an experienced advocate who has a mixed criminal and regulatory…
 Luke Garrett  photo Luke Garrett Luke Garrett is a civil practitioner specialising in commercial, employment, and personal…
 Juliet Gibbon  photo Juliet Gibbon Juliet is a senior member of our Family@30 team, accepting instructions in all…
 Nia Gowman   photo Nia Gowman 
 Rebecca Harrington  photo Rebecca Harrington Rebecca has a practice split between family finance and civil, encompassing Chancery,…
 Carl Harrison  photo Carl Harrison Carl is a member of our Public Law, Civil and Crime teams. …
 Paul Hartley-Davies  photo Paul Hartley-Davies Paul is a member of the Family@30 team. He has been a member…
 Ruth Henke photo Ruth Henke Ruth is an experienced silk specialising in the protection of and provision…
 Catherine Heyworth  photo Catherine Heyworth The majority of Catherine’s work now spanning across a 25 year period involves…
 Christian J Howells  photo Christian J Howells Christian J Howells is a public law specialist.  He is on the…
 David Hughes  photo David Hughes David joined chambers in 2007, prior to which he had been in…
 Catrin John  photo Catrin John Catrin practises primarily in the area of family law and is a…
 Gareth Jonathan-Jones  photo Gareth Jonathan-Jones Gareth was called to the Bar in 1991 and has formidable experience in all…
 Jeffrey Jones  photo Jeffrey Jones Jeffrey is a member of our Crime@30 team. He has a thorough approach…
 Nathan Jones  photo Nathan Jones Nathan is a highly experienced practitioner who prides himself on leaving no…
 Rhian Jones  photo Rhian Jones Rhian’s central practice area is Family Law focusing on both Private and…
 Andrew Jones  photo Andrew Jones With his renowned approach for thoroughness and attention to detail, Andrew has…
 Andrew Joseph  photo Andrew Joseph Andrew’s regularly appears in Immigration and Asylum Chamber including the Upper Tribunal on…
 Christian Jowett  photo Christian Jowett Christian’s core specialisms lie in fraud, environmental and regulatory law (and the…
 Elizabeth McGahey  photo Elizabeth McGahey Elizabeth has considerable experience of care work on behalf of Local Authorities…
 Katy Morgan  photo Katy Morgan Katy is a member of our Family@30 team and has excellent working…
 Andrew Morse  photo Andrew Morse Andrew is predominantly a civil practitioner with a varied practice encompassing all…
 Charles Parsley  photo Charles Parsley Whilst Charles’ practice encompasses the broad spectrum of Chancery work, and, notably, Probate,…
 Claire Pickthall  photo Claire Pickthall Claire is a member of the Criminal Team, having specialised in Criminal…
 Mikhael Puar  photo Mikhael Puar Mikhael is a member of the Civil@30 and Public@30 teams. He joined…
 Caroline Rees photo Caroline Rees Caroline is a member of our Crime@30 team and one of the ‘go…
 Rhys Taylor  photo Rhys Taylor Rhys’ practice focuses on matrimonial finance, cohabitee and inheritance disputes. His financial remedy…
 Stephen Thomas  photo Stephen Thomas Stephen Thomas specialises in Criminal Law and is a member of our…
 James Tillyard photo James Tillyard James Tillyard has been in silk since 2002. James is Head of…
 Lloyd Williams photo Lloyd Williams Lloyd is an exceptionally experienced Silk in matters primarily regarding high end brain…
 Rhodri Williams photo Rhodri Williams Rhodri Williams QC is Head of the Public@30 Team.  Rhodri has developed…
 Claire Williams  photo Claire Williams Claire is an experienced family law practitioner and is a member of the Family@30…
 Michelle Withers  photo Michelle Withers Barrister.Michelle joined 30 Park Place in April 2009 and is a senior member…
Phillip Griffiths : Senior Clerk
Kayleigh Jefferies : Lead Civil & Public Law Clerk
Tony Naylon : Lead Criminal Clerk
James Dowse : Lead Family Clerk