I moved here to work with specialist barristers’ chambers in Cardiff and continued to edit national business of law magazines before founding Legal News Wales in 2020. In November 2025, I’ll become the first ‘non-lawyer’ President of Cardiff & District Law Society – the largest and oldest regional law society in Wales. All this has given me a bird’s eye view of the Welsh legal sector, how it works, competes and the challenges it faces.

The legal sector in Wales is worth over £420 million per year and Cardiff – as a Capital city of a devolved nation – is inevitably the epicentre of legal activity and transformation in the profession.

I’m passionate about identifying the challenges that are often unique to the Welsh legal sector – and there are many. Through CDLS and Legal News Wales, I share best practices and collaborative opportunities to help address them, create a platform to unite the sector here and showcase the incredible work of Welsh lawyers and legal teams. Why? Because of the difference it makes to Welsh businesses and communities when we have sustainable, robust, diverse and accessible legal advice on our doorsteps. Without nerding out, justice is essential to maintain an equitable and fair society and it’s important that outstanding advice can be accessed locally.

The legal profession in Cardiff is as diverse as its communities, featuring ‘Top 50’ and ‘Top 100’ law firms that work internationally, to multi-office high street firms as well as specialist practices and sole practitioners. The bulk of the legal profession in England and Wales sits within the SME bracket and this is especially true in Cardiff.

Being smaller, nimble and hungry for work means firms can be quick to meet the changing needs of businesses and society, adopt new solutions to do this and collaborate. Cardiff’s professional services collaborate actively and productively and we should all be proud of this. I’ve witnessed the support offered to start-up law firms and existing practitioners through referrals of work and the benefits of sharing ideas, contacts and innovations. There’s a mature awareness that the diversity on offer ensures there’s enough space for everyone – and plenty of choice for clients.

As a member of the Pro Bono Wales Committee, I’m also able to witness the incredible amount of voluntary support offered by legal professionals in Cardiff to those who can’t otherwise access legal advice. While no replacement for a fully funded legal aid system, pro bono work (voluntary representation) is an essential part of maintaining a fair society. The widespread pro bono activity delivered by Cardiff lawyers says something important about their values and ambitions for the local community. It’s something else to be proud of in our thriving city.

If you haven’t yet attended a CDLS or Legal News Wales event, please join us – they’re often free and are the perfect place to be seen and make valuable connections – and if you’d like to share your voice through Legal News Wales, let me know.

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