Year of call: 2008
Clerks: James Watson / Lee Fifield
Gareth is a specialist family law barrister providing advice and representation in all aspects of children law and family finance matters. He has been appointed to the A Panel of the Welsh Government Panel of Approved Counsel. His appointment runs for five years from 1st March 2021.
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2023 rank Gareth as Band 1 counsel in Family: Children, and comments that Gareth is an experienced barrister undertaking a full spectrum of family law cases, including private and public law children matters. He regularly deals with the most serious of allegations, including sexual abuse. Strengths: "His legal knowledge is formidable and he is always abreast of upcoming changes in family law." "David Gareth's technical skills and ability to give good commercial advice is fantastic. He has a lovely manner, every client he has feels so calm, safe and protected.""Mr Evans is an excellent advocate and clients have every confidence in him and his abilities; he is meticulous in his approach."
In previous editions Chambers UK notes, "he is exceptionally good with clients and very thorough." They have reported that he is "a talented junior barrister who focuses on family law. Has a diverse practice incorporating public and private law care work as well as divorce and financial disputes. "He is very, very professional, measured, pragmatic and thorough." "He is so responsive and the clients love him. He does a really fantastic job."
Gareth is listed by The Legal 500 2023 as a "Leading Junior" in Child Law (Public and Private), "A junior who is always prepared, and has a fiercely bright but pragmatic approach" and Divorce and Financial Remedy, "His calm, compassionate manner coupled with his razor-sharp legal and technical skills makes him a must to instruct.".
In October 2020 he was appointed a Recorder of the Family Court. He sits in the various court centres of South Wales. Gareth is authorised to sit in both private and public children matters.
Gareth has a wide experience of family practice and routinely deals with complex and/or acrimonious private law children applications, including cases involving allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence. Gareth has also represented clients in a number of international and internal relocation cases.
Gareth has an established practice in public law applications and regularly represents parents and local authorities in the Family and High Court in respect of complex care and placement order applications.
Gareth handles all aspects of divorce and Financial Remedy proceedings. Gareth has represented a broad spectrum of clients, bringing the same professional approach to clients with a high level of assets, as to those with more modest means. Gareth has successfully represented clients in arguments of jurisdiction before the High Court.
Gareth has handled a broad range of civil work encompassing written advice, the settling of pleadings and the representation of parties at court, and in the civil law context, now focuses on cohabitation disputes between unmarried couples pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Gareth is also able to advise in respect of claims brought under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989.