The South Wales legal community has been hard hit by the passing of one the region’s best known family lawyers, Wendy Hopkins.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Wendy acquired an enviable reputation in the family law field and in 1996 she established the first law firm to solely focus on family law in South Wales.
As the most prolific and renowned practitioner in family law, she attracted clients from London and the M4 corridor, acting on behalf of many high-profile, high net worth cases, often with an international element. Clients ranged from well-known names in the world of sport, entertainment, and also senior business leaders and surgeons.
Wendy joined Cardiff firm Robertsons Solicitors in 2019, and was joined by her protégé and colleague of six years, Hannah Magee, who is also recognised in Chambers and Partners.
In statement, the Directors and Staff at Robertsons solicitors released a statement saying they were deeply saddened to learn of her passing, adding:
“There is no doubt that Wendy was a force to be reckoned with. It was undoubtedly her no-nonsense approach, together with her magnificent negotiation skills and her positive attitude towards her clients that attracted such a prestigious list. She would instantly inspire confidence and build a strong rapport with her clients through her warm personality.
“Wendy was consistently ranked as Senior Statesperson for family/matrimonial law in Wales and was described as ‘formidable, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of family law’. Wendy was a much-revered figurehead within the legal community. She will be greatly missed.”