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’ dual expertise in both family and civil proceedings can be of particular value in a dispute engaging both jurisdictions.
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 Thirty Park Place Chambers and at 36 Bedford Row. As a practising barrister, in addition to his role as an arbitrator, Rhys is able to act as an advocate in and advise upon the conduct of IFLA arbitrations.
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 Peter Singer and Gavin Smith) Jordans “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” 2012, for his work in setting up and co-editing the FamilyArbitrator website. Rhys was also the joint lead author of IFLA’s submission to the Law Commission for its Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements report. The submission can be read here.
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.
Rhys has lectured and written extensively on areas within his specialism, see:-
- Arbitration for “DR Dummies”: An Overview – Jordans Online (2014)
- A proposed TOLATA draft final order – Jordans Online (2014)
- Arbitration of TOLATA disputes: why would anyone now choose to litigate? – Jordans Online (2014)
- Nuptial Agreements: Limiting the Family Lawyers’ Exposure to Negligence Claims – Family Law Week 2014 (co-authored with Andrzej Bojarski)
- TOLATA procedural table and leading cases – @eGlance (guest contributor) (2014)
- Developments in sole name TOLATA cases – Law Society (2014)
- Legal Services Order applications under ss. 22ZA and 22ZB MCA 1973 – Family Law Week (2013)
- Family Arbitration; a soft launch or a hard landing? Family Law Week (2012)
- The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in Financial Remedy Proceedings Part 1 and Part 2 – Family Law Week (2011) (co-author with Christian Jowett)
- Equitable Accounting for Family Lawyers Equitable Accounting for Family Lawyers – Family Law Week (2006)