Robert Williams has always been involved in litigation and has appeared in high profile trials. He now concentrates on private divorce work, specialising in high value cases. He regularly deals with other professionals such as accountants, actuaries and planning consultants.
Robert has been recommended as a first class divorce lawyer in the Legal 500 for very many years. Clients describe him as proactive and passionate about his work. He usually does his own advocacy and enjoys working closely with the client and managing their hopes and expectations during what is usually a very traumatic time in their lives.
Neath Grammar School, Neath; Manchester University (LL.B); College of Law, Guildford
Qualified 1972; Partner at R B Hutchinson Morris & Harrett (now Hutchinson Thomas) 1980
Robert has been and is still involved in a number of organisations within the town of Neath including Neath Round Table and Rotary. He has been Chairman of Neath Athletic Rugby Football Club for 20 years and is one of the longest serving church wardens. He is also president of the Friends of the Hospital.
Robert was a highly respected Judicial Officer for rugby both nationally and internationally. He chaired some of the major rugby disciplinary cases including the infamous ‘Bloodgate’ case.
Roger is a partner at Hutchinson Thomas, head of the corporate and commercial team and a Notary Public.
As well as having extensive corporate experience, he also specialises in complex property matters and sports law.
His advice is pragmatic and he is known for his effective problem solving and practical, hands-on approach. He has exceptional depth of expertise in his specialist areas and a strong understanding of the commercial needs of his clients.
Roger’s clients range from sole traders to large companies and property developers across South Wales. He is trusted and respected by clients and other practitioners alike, receiving regular referrals from professionals in other fields, including accountants and financial advisers.
He represents and advises clients in respect of commercial contract negotiations, shareholder and partnership agreements, company sales and purchases, complicated property cases and sport discipline.
His expertise in property issues means he can act for clients across a transaction involving both commercial and property matters, rather than having to refer them to a different lawyer.
Recent property successes include working for a client in the development of a leisure complex for a holiday village involving planning and difficult legal property matters as well as a complicated sale of industrial units with contentious land issues.
Hutchinson Thomas is one of the few firms in South Wales outside Cardiff to offer notarial services. The firm has two Notaries Public available, including Roger, who are qualified to deal with documents in respect of foreign legal matters, confirming the authenticity of business documents for use overseas, dealing with paperwork for land transactions abroad, arranging for documents to be executed at foreign embassies or apostilled at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and drawing up and witnessing powers of attorney for use overseas.
Roger has also developed the commercial aspect of his practice into the field of sports law. As a World Rugby Judicial and Appeal Officer dealing with discipline and misconduct in Rugby Union, he has been assigned to the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cup. He has also acted in cases for RBS Six Nations, European Professional Rugby, Celtic Pro 12, RFU and WRU and is chair of the Guinness Pro 14 Discipline Committee.
He is recognised for his legal expertise in the Legal 500.
Ystalyfera Grammar School, Swansea Valley; Cwmtawe Comprehensive School, Swansea Valley; Emmanuel College, Cambridge MA (Cantab) History, Law
Trained at L C Thomas & Son (now Hutchinson Thomas); qualified 1979; Partner at L C Thomas & Son 1979; Notary Public 1985
Clerk to Neath Port Authority
Roger represents and advises numerous local organisations on a voluntary basis, particularly golf, cricket and rugby clubs.
He is an honorary life member of Neath Cricket Club, a life member of Glamorgan CC and a member of MCC.
He is a former member and chair of Cricket Wales and a golf club trustee.
Partner leading the Property Department
Glanafan Comprehensive School, Port Talbot; Birmingham University (1980 LL.B); College of Law, Guildford
Trained at R B Hutchinson Morris & Harrett; qualified 1983; Partner at R B Hutchinson Morris & Harrett (now Hutchinson Thomas) 1986
Member of the Law Society Property Group; Past President of Neath Port Talbot Law Society
Past Chairman of Neath Amateur Operatic Society; Past Area Chairman of Rotaract District 115; Past Chairman of Neath Round Table; Past President of Neath Round Table
Paul deals with all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence cases but specialises in high value, catastrophic injury and damage claims. He has acted for clients who have suffered birth related injuries resulting in substantial awards for future care and assistance.
He has also handled a number of traumatic brain injury cases which have been life changing for the client and which have required significant consideration of the future needs of the client who is no longer able to work and who requires long term care and financial security.
Paul particularly enjoys working with external specialist agencies and experts to provide practical and professional help to address the injured client’s needs so as to bring a holistic approach to the individual client’s case.
Paul is the Assistant Coroner for Swansea & Neath Port Talbot and Assistant Coroner for Pembrokeshire & Carmarthenshire
Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School, Neath; Dwr-y-Felin Sixth Form College, Neath; University of Wales College, Cardiff (1984 LL.B); College of Law, Guildford
Trained at G Huw Lewis and James Neath; qualified in 1987; Partner Hutchinson Morris & Harrett (now Hutchinson Thomas) 1991.
Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Member of Law Society Personal Injury Panel
Paul is an active member of the Church in Wales at local and provincial level.
He served as an elected member of the Governing Body of the Church (‘GB’) for 15 years and was an appointed legal assessor for its bi-annual meetings. He currently serves on the Provincial Panel of Bishops’ Advisers on Remarriage, Divorce and Ordination.
He was appointed as one of three new Lay Canons of Llandaff Cathedral Chapter in June 2019 following revision of its governance and is a member of the Llandaff Diocese’s Churches and Pastoral Committee.
On a local level he is Church Warden in the Rectorial Benefice of Neath and is currently Treasurer of Saint David’s Church where he has been a chorister for the last 50 years.
He has previously served as the Area Chairman of the Royal School of Church Music’s Committee which exemplifies his passion for choral singing.
He is also a co-founder and active member of the Neath Polyphonic Choir, a community choir that was established in 2010 which affords the opportunity for people of mixed ability to sing a wide range of music.
Apart from music in all its various forms, Paul enjoys foreign travel and is passionate about Britain’s heritage, particularly its historic buildings and railways.
Peter specialises in dispute resolution, dealing mainly with commercial and property disputes.
His practical and common-sense approach to negotiating means that cases are resolved efficiently and cost-effectively. He is commercially-focused and works with clients to understand their legal and business needs so that the right solution is found.
He works across a range of commercial areas including franchising and franchise disputes, property disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract claims, landlord and tenant disputes and building and construction disputes.
In his property practice Peter regularly represents clients in boundary disputes and disputes relating to rights of way , other easements and covenants.
By assessing the important issues and looking at the bigger picture he finds pragmatic and effective solutions for both business and private clients.
He is an expert negotiator, conducting the dispute resolution process with a minimum of confrontation. His approach minimises damage to commercial relationships and ensures that no unnecessary costs are incurred.
With an excellent track record of success in negotiating satisfactory outcomes without recourse to court, he has an in-depth understanding of dispute resolution. In the event that litigation is necessary, he provides robust representation and has successfully defended claims amounting to several hundred thousand pounds.
Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, Neath; University of Wales, Swansea (1996 LL.B); University of Wales, Cardiff (Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice).
Trained at Hutchinson Morris & Harrett (now Hutchinson Thomas) qualified in 2000; Partner 2006. In 2009 Peter became managing partner.
Peter enjoys tennis, squash, golf and football, although nowadays more watching and taking his children than participating himself.
Partner specialising in employment law and contentious trusts and probate.
Simon is regularly involved in disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, particularly in the health care and education sectors (GMC, NMC, GPhC, CCIW)
His published cases include Saunders -v- Garrett  WTLR 749, R v Davies  EWCA Crim 2949 and R v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Davies  The Independent (London), Nov 23, 2000. Khan & Anor v Landsker Child Care Ltd UKEAT/0036/12/DM
He is one of only six Welsh solicitors to have been appointed members of the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). He is also a member of the Employment Law Association and the Association of Disciplinary and Regulatory Lawyers.
Simon sits as a Judicial Officer for the WRU, Guinness Pro 12, EPRC and World Rugby. He was appointed as a Judicial Officer in the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School, Neath College, University of Wales, Cardiff (1991 LL.B); College of Law (Guildford); Universite de la Sorbonne, Paris
Trained at Hutchinson Morris & Harrett; qualified 1995; Partner at Hutchinson Morris & Harrett (now Hutchinson Thomas) 1998
Outside his busy family life, Simon’s interests revolve largely around sport and rugby in particular. He regularly sits as a Judicial Officer in top flight rugby and was one of ten Judicial Officers appointed to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
He has always been actively involved in the community and is a past Chairman and President of Neath Round Table where he was a member for over twenty years.
Partner and head of Probate, Wills and Trusts department.
Louise has particular expertise in advising on and drafting wills, powers of attorney, personal injury trusts, administration of estates and inheritance tax planning. She is regularly asked to act as a professional attorney, executor and trustee.
Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, Neath (Head Girl 1991); Neath College, Neath; Somerville College, Oxford (1996 MA Jurisprudence); Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Wales, Cardiff; Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne, Paris
Trained at Hutchinson Morris & Harrett (now Hutchinson Thomas) qualified in 2000; Partner 2006
Full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; Member of Law Society Private Client department
Partner dealing with Wills, Probate, Trusts & Tax and Company / Commercial matters.
Rhian qualified as a Notary Public in 2009 and was elected to the Council of the Notaries Society in 2015
Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, Neath; Neath College; University of Oxford (Master of Arts in Jurisprudence); Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (distinction) at the College of Law (London); Post Graduate Diploma of Notarial Practice, University of Cambridge
Trained at Hutchinson Thomas; qualified 2004; partner 2010. Qualified as Notary Public in 2009.
Full member of Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP), Solicitors for the Elderly and the Law Society Private Client Section. She regularly gives talks to groups about wills, powers of attorney and long term care.
Rhian sits as a judicial officer appointed to hear rugby disciplinary cases arising from matches under the jurisdiction of Six Nations, Pro 12, WRU and RFU. She was appointed to the EPCR Discipline Panel for the 2015/16 season.
Partner in the Property department
Adrian specialises in residential conveyancing including new builds, help to buy, shared ownership, lease extensions, stair casing of shared ownership leases and purchase of freehold reversion of leasehold houses.
Cefn Saeson Comprehensive; Neath Tertiary College; University of Kent at Canterbury; Guildford Law College
Trained at Gordon Williams Solicitors, Cardiff 1989-1992; Partner at Sheehans Solicitors 1992-2004; Partner at Morleys Solicitors 2004-2005; Partner at Howells Solicitors 2005-2007; joined Hutchinson Thomas 2007; partner 2013
Adrian is deputy Vice President of Swansea and District Law Society
Member of Neath Golf Club and social member of Neath Cricket Club. Adrian enjoys watching football, rugby and bowls and is an avid reader.
Darren is a partner specialising in commercial and company law, in particular franchise matters and intellectual property.
With a strong commercial understanding, he is able to assess clients’ businesses as a whole and find innovative solutions to difficult issues. By considering the options available and talking them through with his clients, Darren is known for both problem solving and his ability to move cases forward.
He also has expertise in commercial dispute resolution, working to resolve disagreements in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.
Under Darren’s leadership of the Franchise Team, Hutchinson Thomas has membership of the accredited British Franchise Association, the main regulator for the UK franchise industry. The Association sets high standards, requiring accreditation for all members, and is known for championing excellence in ethical British franchising.
Darren is recognised by the British Franchise Association as a QFP (Qualified Franchise Professional), having completed the specialist qualification.
Darren has worked with businesses to turn their enterprises into franchises that have been offered across the UK.
He also specialises in intellectual property matters, in particular trademark applications.
When working with clients, he is a hands-on lawyer, providing a personal service and ensuring he is available whenever needed. He builds long-term relationships with his clients, providing stability of service and meaning that he has an in-depth understanding of their businesses and legal needs.
Cwmtawe Comprehensive School, University of Wales, Swansea (LLB); University of the West of England, Bristol (Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice).
Joined Hutchinson Thomas in 2006, became a partner in 2015. Now head of the Franchise Team & Criminal Team.
Hutchinson Thomas is heavily linked with the children’s hospice Tŷ Hfan, with Darren representing the firm and organising fund-raising events, to include business lunches, golf days and croquet events. With the aim of raising £10,000 per year for the charity, £50,000 has been raised over the past five years. Hutchinson Thomas is a corporate partner of the hospice.
Member of Neath Round Table and Vice Chairman of the Area of Round Tables; Area 43 Chairman as of April 2021.
A Governor of Rhos Primary School.
Past Director of Neath AFC; Management Committee member of Neath Cricket Club.
In any spare time, Darren enjoys spending time with his young family, running and playing golf.
Partner dealing with Family and Criminal matters with a special interest in Child care and public law (care proceedings)
Meriel is a keen advocate in the Criminal Court who undertakes cases from initial hearing through to trial.
She has been involved in several high profile cases including allegations of the death of an infant by a parent administering adult medication, and cases involving significant injury to children including an allegation of branding. She has also been involved in serious sex abuse cases.
Meriel has been involved in cases at the High Court of Justice including a case in relation to reporting restrictions in a matter involving the death of a baby, and the request by a 14 year old to give evidence in a case involving allegations of sexual abuse against her parents.
Pontrhydyfen Welsh School; Emmanuel Preparatory and Grammar School, Swansea; Swansea Institute of Higher Education; University of the West of England
Trainee Legal Executive at G Huw Lewis and James 1987-97; L C Thomas & Son 1997-2000; qualified as a Solicitor in 2000; Howe & Spender 2000-02; Goldstones 2002-05; Hutchinson Thomas 2005; partner 2015
Member of the Law Society Children panel, and Criminal Duty Solicitor
In her free time Meriel enjoys spending time with her children and helping on the family farm. She is also an enthusiastic martial artist and practices ju jutsu and judo being an assistant coach at a local club and the YMCA. Meriel is also is a keen motorcyclist.
Partner heading the childcare department.
University of Central England Law Society (1984 BA Law); College of Law (Guildford)
Qualified 1994; Hugh James 1985-1999; Devonalds 1999-2002; Hutchinson Thomas 2002, partner 2010
Member of the Law Society Children Panel. An approachable advocate with over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession. Has expertise in handling divorce and high value financial cases with an active interest in domestic abuse cases. She is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and is committed on a daily basis to child law work. Deals with all aspects of child law and has experience in complex cases including fabricated illness syndrome, sudden infant death syndrome, non-accidental injury and neglect. Has a particular interest in the representation of parents with learning difficulties.
Rachel has specialised in the area of family law since qualifying in 2001. She deals predominantly with children cases and is a member of the Law Society Children Panel which recognises solicitors with particular expertise in this complex field. Rachel acts for parents, grandparents, and children’s guardians and usually undertaking her own advocacy. Such cases are often complex and involve difficult issues of harm to children, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse and physical injuries.
Rachel deals with cases against the Local Authority social services department including applications for care orders and adoptions. She has represented clients with learning difficulties and those who are victims of domestic abuse. She always strives to get the best outcome possible for her clients.Rachel also acts in private law cases, representing parents seeking contact with their children or seeking orders that their child should live with them.
Dwr y Felin Comprehensive School, Neath; Neath College; University of Reading (LLB Hons); University of Bristol (Diploma in Legal Practice)
Trained at Avery Naylor Solicitors Swansea; joined Hutchinson Thomas 2011; partner 2015
Outside the law, Rachel is devoted to enjoying family time with her children and keeping fit.
Solicitor specialising in Residential Conveyancing both Freehold and Leasehold
Jemma works within the Conveyancing team and deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing from Freehold to Leasehold properties from beginning to end dealing with each stage of the transaction including complex matters.
Jemma qualified as a Solicitor in January 2009 and has 10 years post qualified experience in the Conveyancing field, Jemma has been working in the Conveyancing sector since 2006 and has conducted Conveyancing for properties all over Wales and England.
Jemma prides herself on working closely with her clients to develop a good working relationship which is both friendly and efficient, Jemma is always striving to ensure client satisfaction. Jemma states; “Continuity and client satisfaction is extremely important to me, I always strive to ensure the clients are happy with the legal service they have received and the outcome of their matter. As a high street solicitor I believe that a good reputation is extremely important for repeat business, and there is no better compliment to receive than a repeat client, or a client recommendation/ referral”.
Mountain Ash Comprehensive School 1999; University of Glamorgan (HND Law), 2003 (LLB hons) 2005, (Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) 2006.
Joined Hutchinson Thomas in September 2018. Completed training contract at Richards Thomas Solicitors in 2009.
In her spare time Jemma enjoys spending time at her caravan in West Wales with her family and friends.
Assistant solicitor in the Property department specialising in residential conveyancing
Olchfa Comprehensive School, Exeter University, Ebenhards-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen Germany, Swansea University (LL B)
Joined Hutchinson Thomas in 2013, qualified 2015
Rachel’s interests revolve largely around the sea. She is an active member and current captain of Mumbles Sea Rowing Club. She is also a volunteer crew member and the only female helm at Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station.
Assistant solicitor working in the Wills, Probate and Trusts Department
Bishopston Comprehensive School; Gorseinon College; Swansea University (2012 LLB Hons); Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (distinction)
Joined Hutchinson Thomas in 2013, qualified 2015
Member of Law Society Private Client Section
Foreign travel, reading and spending time with family and friends
Solicitor in the Wills Trusts & Probate Department.
Dyffryn Comprehensive School, Neath Port Talbot College, University of Wales Swansea (Ll B), University of South Wales Pontypridd (LPC)
Joined Hutchinson Thomas in 2013
Interested in fitness classes, reading and travelling
Senior Chartered Legal Executive in Probate, Wills & Trusts department.
Sandra’s specialist areas include complex probate matters, including taxable and insolvent estates, Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney.
Bournemouth Dorset, Portsmouth Polytechnic (B.Sc in Zoology)
Trained at Collins Woods & Vaughan Jones 1982 – 1989, qualified as Fellow of Institute of Legal Executives 1992; Morgan Cole 1989 – 2001; Hutchinson Thomas 2001
Full Member of Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners; Member of Law Society Private Client Section
Chartered Legal Executive in Property department. Ros deals with domestic / residential sales and purchases.
Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School, Swansea; Swansea College.
Legal Secretary 1989-2001; qualified as Member of the Institute of Legal Executives 2008
Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives specialising in Residential Conveyancing both Freehold and Leasehold.
Jacqui is a Residential Property Lawyer working within the Conveyancing team and deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing including Freehold, Leasehold, Help to Buy England and Wales, Help to Buy ISA’s, Probate Sales, New Build, Shared Ownership and Right to Buy amongst other areas.
Jacqui qualified as a Legal Executive in October 2008 and now has 10 years post qualified experience. Jacqui has been working in the Conveyancing sector since 2014. Prior to that has specialised both in Civil Litigation and Commercial Conveyancing.
Jacqui is always keen to build a rapport with her clients both via the telephone and in person. ‘For me, and more importantly for each and every one of my clients, communication is the key to continuity and swift progression of the transaction. With a clear objective for each individual case, I always seek to ensure that clients are completely satisfied with the service they receive and that I personally have done everything possible to expedite the matter and provide clear timescales, communicating as efficiently as possible.
Chancellors Secondary School Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire; University of the West of England (BA Honours Law and History) – 2002; Chartered Institute of Legal Executives – 2008.
Joined Hutchinson Thomas in November 2018. Previously has worked for Griffiths Ings Property Lawyers in Barry and Insight Law in Cardiff. Prior to that Lyons Davidson and Clarke Willmott Solicitors both in Bristol.
In her spare time Jacqui enjoys spending time with her family and hiking in West Wales, where she now lives.
Helen deals with a wide range of commercial property and planning matters including sales and purchases, leases, licences, infrastructure agreement, section 106 agreements, development agreements and acting on SIPP and SAAS pension matters.
Helen is dual qualified as a Solicitor and Chartered Town Planner and has experience in both the private and public sector.
Helen works for a variety of clients including developers, pension funds, leisure organisations, manufacturers and retailers. She also acts for a number of charities.
Cardiff University- Town Planning Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in town Planning
University of London-LLB
University of Glamorgan-Diploma in Legal Practice
Helen has experience of working in a number of large commercial legal firms as well as experience in local authorities
Helen is also the Company Secretary of the National Waterfront Museum Swansea and Wales national Pool Swansea