Rhian Kirby > Chambers of Ruth Henke QC > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

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


Rhian is a leading junior barrister in the field of childcare law, and her practice area covers the whole of South Wales.

She is considered a team player when instructed in a case, and welcomes a dialogue with solicitors during the pre-proceedings process to assist in the early preparation of the case. 

Whilst being a hard working individual with attention to detail, Rhian is renown for quickly building a rapport with the client as her entry in Chambers UK 2016 illustrates. She is recognised as being approachable to professional and lay clients alike, and empathetic in dealing with the sensitive matters raised within family and care proceedings. Going hand in hand with this approach is her ability to communicate advice clearly and concisely to the solicitor and client, tailoring the manner in which such advice is conveyed to ensure clarity and understanding. 

Rhian is a fluent Welsh speaker capable of conducting both conferences and hearings through the medium of Welsh. 

For many years, Rhian has provided CPD training to solicitors and counsel alike as to recent developments in case law and legislation. This of course necessitates a clear understanding and capacity to analyse the subject matter.  She has experience of lecturing university students and has undertaken the same through the medium of Welsh.

Rhian has developed a thriving practice within the field of care proceedings. She has a varied practice, representing local authorities, parents and guardians alike, and cases have included representing Local Authorities in cases of complex historical non-accidental injury spanning many years and often involving sibling groups, representing parents and grandparents facing allegations of sexual abuse and / or physical abuse, representing Guardians and children who are competent to give instructions. Rhian is also regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent adults with cognitive difficulities.


Call: 2000; Lincoln’s Inn




Family Law Bar Association


  • 1999-2000: BVC Inns of Court School of Law London (Very Competent grade) 
  • 1996-1999: LL.B (Hons) Cardiff University 
  • 1989-1996: Secondary Education at Queen Elizabeth Maridunum School, Carmarthen

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

30 Park Place Chambers is ‘a good set’, with ‘strength in depth in personal injury law’, the position according to some as ‘the market lead for Court of Protection Practice in Wales’ and a ‘very strong criminal team’ plus strong public law and family offerings. In recent chambers news, Adem Muzaffer has been appointed a district judge; Dafydd Enoch QC has joined the criminal team as a working door tenant; while Angharad Davies and Rhian Kirby joined 9 Park Place; Andrew Taylor, Marian Lewis, and Lowri Wynn Morgan joined Apex Chambers. Senior clerk Phillip Griffiths is ‘very approachable, and keen to help when needed’, with specific team leaders including the ‘excellent’ Tony Naylon, who leads the criminal clerking team, and public law team head Kayleigh Jefferies, who ‘goes above and beyond’. Offices in: Cardiff

9 Park Place is a common law set with expertise across a range of areas, including Chancery, crime, employment, family and children, immigration, professional discipline, and property, amongst others. In recent news, Angharad Davies and Rhian Kirby have joined from 330 Park Place Chambers. Senior clerk Michael Lieberman is ‘the most flexible, helpful clerk a solicitor could ever wish to deal with’ and criminal clerk Nigel East is another notable name in the team. Offices in: Cardiff