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Rhys is a specialist matrimonial finance lawyer whose practice encompasses both financial remedy applications following divorce and also a significant amount of civil law disputes between co-owners of land and business assets in the family context. Rhys has a particular interest in farms and estates.

Rhys has been listed in Band 1 of the Chambers UK guide for some time and is variously described therein as “extremely conscientious, and very good on financial related matters,” “incredibly academic and studious” and “really pleasant, thorough and efficient, particularly noted for his expertise in ancillary relief proceedings and TOLATA applications.”

Rhys was called to the Bar in 1996 and is based at 36 Bedford Row and Thirty Park Place, Cardiff.

Rhys was one of the first practitioners to qualify as a family arbitrator and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was voted (jointly, with Sir Peter Singer and Gavin Smith) Jordans “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” 2012, for his work in setting up and co-editing the www.FamilyArbitrator.com website. Rhys was also the joint lead author of IFLA’s submission to the Law Commission for its Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements report.

Rhys is also a collaborative lawyer and is able to act as a neutral impasse breaker for parties involved in the collaborative process. Rhys is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

Away from his usual practice, since 2008, Rhys has sat in a judicial capacity as a part-time legal chairman of the Residential Property Tribunal (Wales) which determines long leasehold disputes, including collective enfranchisement claims, lease extensions and service charge disputes. The tribunal is frequently called upon to determine complicated and lengthy disputes in a low key and informal matter.

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