Paul Hopkins QC to lead 9 Park Place Chambers

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Paul Hopkins QC has been elected to succeed Gregg Taylor QC as Head of 9 Park Place Chambers at the end of Mr Taylor’s five year term in office. Mr Taylor will continue to practise from chambers.

One of the largest sets of barristers’ chambers in Wales with some 60 members, 9 Park Place Chambers is a leading multi-disciplinary set with practice teams covering family law, civil and chancery, criminal & regulatory and employment law.

Paul Hopkins comments: “Gregg is an exceptionally capable and well respected QC who has demonstrated great commitment to Chambers. Our progress in the last year has been most encouraging with investment in both people and infrastructure.”

“This is a very exciting time as we prepare ourselves to take advantage of the changing legal landscape. Having successfully integrated the sixteen new members we attracted between April and September, we have also recently welcomed John Vater QC, a family silk, as an associate member and the return of Elizabeth Pearson and Suzanne Thomas from maternity leave. We have an extensive team of members specialising in all aspects of crime, family, civil and employment. This team, together with a strong clerking function, enables us to offer the highest quality legal advice and advocacy. I am honoured and delighted to be chosen to head of Chambers.”

Paul Hopkins QC, who is originally from Maesteg, was called to the Bar in 1989 and was appointed to silk in 2009. He has been a specialist family law practitioner since relocating to Cardiff in 1997 from chambers in London. He handles all aspects of public and private law child work as well as financial and ancillary relief matters. Recent public law cases have included sibling fatalities, serious non accidental head injuries and serious sexual abuse. Recent ancillary relief work has included substantial inheritances, family trusts, farming interests and lottery winnings. He has sat as a Recorder since 2006.