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Chambers of Ruth Henke QC

30 PARK PLACE, CARDIFF, CF10 3BS, WALES
Tel:
Work 029 2039 8421
Fax:
Fax 029 2039 8725
DX:
50756 CARDIFF- 2
Email:
Web:
www.30parkplace.co.uk

Regional Bar: Wales and Chester Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

30 Park Place Chambers is home to members with particular specialisms in intellectual property, libel law, and public procurement, and is praised by clients for its 'excellent service' and 'good availability of counsel'. Angharad Davies departed the set in 2019 for 9 Park Place.

Leading Juniors

David Hughes - 30 Park Place ChambersPrepares well and is very good with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

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Court of Protection and community care

30 Park Place Chambers is home to one of the largest teams of Court of Protection teams in the region, with members acting for all parties in a wide range of cases including deprivations of liberty, medical treatment and mental capacity decisions.

Leading Juniors

Nia Gowman - 30 Park Place ChambersA rising star in Court of Protection work.

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Harrington - 30 Park Place ChambersGood with difficult clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Rhian Jones - 30 Park Place ChambersA formidable advocate who is always in full control of proceedings.

Ranked: tier 1

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Crime

30 Park Place Chambers is one of the premier sets for criminal work in South Wales, with particular specialisms in serious sexual offences, drug-related and violent crimes. Sexual offences specialist Caroline Rees QC recently led for the prosecution of married couple Peter and Avril Griffiths, dubbed the "Fred and Rosemary West of Barry" by the media, who were convicted of the rape and grooming of teenage girls over three decades.

Leading Silks

Caroline Rees QC - 30 Park Place ChambersShe has the perfect personality for an advocate: pleasant and direct to deal with, but a tough opponent in court.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Andrew Jones - 30 Park Place ChambersCombines thorough and analytical preparation with presence and confidence in court.

Ranked: tier 1

Julia Cox - 30 Park Place ChambersExtremely competent, professional and impressive in her advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Fryer - 30 Park Place ChambersA very capable and charming advocate with a good manner and tone to his cross examination.

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Pitckthall - 30 Park Place ChambersExcellent with clients and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Christian Jowett - 30 Park Place ChambersMeticulously prepared with particular understanding of complex NHS fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Family and children law

30 Park Place Chambers remains 'a go-to set' in Wales for complex family work, with members involved in some of the leading cases in Wales and beyond. The set features expertise in both public and private child law, as well as matrimonial finance matters. Adem Muzaffer departed for the district bench in January 2019.

Leading Silks

Jane Crowley QC - 30 Park Place ChambersParticularly adept with complex medical evidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Ruth Henke QC - 30 Park Place ChambersA ferociously clever lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of statute and case law.

Ranked: tier 1

James Tillyard QC - 30 Park Place ChambersRecommended for high-value finance cases.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Catherine Heyworth - 30 Park Place ChambersSpecialises in care proceedings involving abuse allegations.

Ranked: tier 1

Rhys Evans - 30 Park Place ChambersThorough, committed and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 1

Rhian Jones - 30 Park Place ChambersProduces detailed written work and takes charge in the court room.

Ranked: tier 1

Catrin John - 30 Park Place ChambersInstructed in both public and private children matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Williams - 30 Park Place ChambersParticularly adept in complex care proceedings.

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Harrington - 30 Park Place ChambersA very safe pair of hands in financial remedy cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Max Davies - 30 Park Place ChambersA financial remedy specialist.

Ranked: tier 3

Rhys Taylor - 30 Park Place ChambersParticularly notable for agriculture-related financial remedy work.

Ranked: tier 3

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Immigration

Christian Jowett at 30 Park Place Chambers is particularly experienced in asylum matters and is instructed both for claimants and the Home Office in such cases, as well as providing written advice to the government.

Leading Juniors

Christian Jowett - 30 Park Place ChambersInstructed by clients on both sides of immigration proceedings.

Ranked: tier 1

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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 Haemophilia Wales and over 200 affected individuals in the tainted blood inquiry.

Leading Silks

Lloyd Williams QC - 30 Park Place ChambersGood with clients, he knows how to handle coroners.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Christian Howells - 30 Park Place ChambersHis practice includes representation of families at inquests as well as authority work.

Ranked: tier 1

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

30 Park Place Chambers

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Personal injury

30 Park Place Chambers' personal injury team is instructed on a wide spectrum of cases for both claimants and defendants, including catastrophic injury, public liability, employers liability, and high-value road traffic accidents. Notable recent cases include Andrew Morse acting for the claimant in a £4.5m paraplegia case stemming from a road traffic accident and  Lloyd Williams QC representing the Welsh Ministers as a part 20 defendant in Sumner v Colborne, a Court of Appeal case concerning the local government's duty of care to trim vegetation that obstructs motorists' views of junctions.

Leading Silks

Lloyd WIlliams QC - 30 Park Place ChambersExcellent with both professional and lay clients.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Ben Davies - 30 Park Place ChambersKnowledgeable, thorough and good with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Morse - 30 Park Place ChambersParticularly recommended for cases with complex causation issues.

Ranked: tier 2

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Public law

30 Park Place Chambers is one of the leading chambers in Wales for public law matters. Members act on a wide range of judicial review cases, as well as undertaking advisory work for public bodies. Notable recent cases included one in which David Hughes represented the owner more than 50 sheep which were seized and sold by Forest of Dean Council, which unsuccessfully sought to rely on sections of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, which allow sheep found "at large in any street" to suffer that fate.

Leading Silks

Rhodri Williams QC - 30 Park Place ChambersHe has fantastic knowledge of Welsh law matters.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Christian Howells - 30 Park Place ChambersActs for all parties in judicial review cases.

Ranked: tier 1

David Hughes - 30 Park Place ChambersParticularly recommended for judicial reviews concerning sentencing and parole.

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Harrington - 30 Park Place ChambersSpecialises in advisory work for public bodies

Ranked: tier 1

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