Specialist family solicitors delivering expert family law legal advice, sensitively and in a professional manner.

A family breakdown can be one of the most difficult and emotional periods that you will experience. Our team of family law solicitors work closely with other professional advisors to achieve the best results for you. We look at the bigger picture and try to deal with matters in a sensitive, practical and non-confrontational manner, but will adopt a tough approach when required to get the right result.


Malcolm Stevens is a highly respected family law solicitor with vast experience advising high net worth individuals on complex and high value family law matters. The Hugh James team is renowned for its professional and sensitive handling of sensitive situations including:

  • adoption;
  • civil partnership agreements;
  • divorce and separation;
  • high net worth asset financial division;
  • maintenance agreements;
  • pre-nuptial agreements; and
  • public law cases relating to children’s care.

Hugh James’s family law team of solicitors are also able to offer a specialist advocate conciliatory approach. Malcolm Stevens is also now a collaborative lawyer.

Our clients come from a range of backgrounds. They come to us because they know that our highly experienced family law solicitors can resolve complex issues with speed and discretion.

Charlotte Leyshon qualified in 2003 and joined the Hugh James team from a London boutique family law practice. Experienced in dealing with high net worth clients going through divorce or separation, Charlotte also frequently deals with children related matters and pre-nuptial agreements. The legal directories commend her for being “commercially astute”, “confident” and a “rising star”. Charlotte is regularly interviewed in the national press, contributes to the firm’s blog and has a strong social media presence.


Hugh James provides an ‘assured’ and ‘quality’ service. The ‘pre-eminent practice’ is headed by Malcolm Stevens who has ‘bags of experience’ in Children Act matters. Associate Charlotte Leyshon has expertise in prenuptial agreements and high-net-worth divorce and separation cases.
The Legal 500 2015

Charlotte Leyshon joined the firm from a niche family law practice in London. Sources say: “She is commercially astute and doesn’t need to be aggressive because she knows how to get her point across calmly, clearly and is confident in what she is putting forward.”
Chambers UK

Mr Malcolm Stevens represented me with my divorce case. He was recommended to me by a close friend of mine who works at Hugh James and I have since recommended him to several work colleagues. He was courteous and professional at all times and made me feel completely re-assured through what turned out to be a pro-longed case.
Paula Hassett

Hugh James has been ranked as the top rated family solicitors in Wales according to established legal directory guides Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

In both directories the family law team, and in particular Malcolm Stevens, was commended for his client care service with the Legal 500 saying Malcolm “has an excellent, client-focused attitude, and is commercial: a very safe pair of hands”. The Chambers Guide praised Malcolm for his ability to be versatile and work with every type of client and described his as an “utter gentleman who fights fair, but fights for his clients.”

The team has considerable experience in both children and financial matters, as well as notable skill in dealing with complex international cases. They serve a client base which encompasses a number of high-profile, high net worth individuals.

The “calm and authoritative” Malcolm Stevens is noted for his specialism in financial disputes, although he also regularly handles children matters. One source notes that “clients seek out his approachable but sound advice in difficult times and he guides them through with considerable aplomb.”

Mark Powell QC is noted for his children law specialism and advocacy skills, and sources particularly admire his work on care proceedings.
Chambers UK

Malcolm Stevens at Hugh James is very highly regarded for family law matters involving high-value assets. Solicitor Alun Thomas ‘outshines many a senior solicitor’, and is recommended for abduction cases. The firm has a strong childcare team, acting for individuals and local authorities.
The Legal 500 

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