Practice News

We are delighted to announce that Hughes Jenkins have once again been awarded the Conveyancing Quality Mark following a rigorous assessment process by the Law Society. This means that Hughes Jenkins are able to act on behalf of all major mortgage lenders and the award of the quality mark is a reflection of the quality of service offered to clients.
Becoming Dementia Friendly Our Emily Clarke is already a Dementia Friend but we, Hughes Jenkins, are delighted to announce that we are, as a firm, working to becoming Dementia Friendly.

Hughes Jenkins attend Carer's Day 2018 at Caerphilly Castle!

Members of the HJ team attended the annual Carer's Day 2018 at Caerphilly Castle on the 20th September 2018.

The event was organised by CCBC and involved several local charities/businesses attending to advise and support people with dementia!

HJ were on hand to provide expert legal advice on Wills and Probate and the importance of making a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney is!

Our Director and Head of Wills and Probate - Emily Clarke said "We attend this event annually and it is extremely rewarding. Often we get asked about how a person would go about making a Lasting Power of Attorney for someone with Dementia and it is really good to be able to provide them with some advice as to where to begin!" The event is always a huge success and we would like to thank the organisers for inviting us again!

See you next year!


13 September 2018

Hughes Jenkins Appoint New Head of Conveyancing!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new Head of Conveyancing Rachel Coles

Rachel, a Licenced Conveyancer from Gwent, joins us from another well known Gwent Law firm and brings a wealth of experience to our property department.

She has specialised in advising clients in house sales and purchases for many years!

We would like to wish Rachel all the very best as she begins her new role and are delighted to have her on board!

Don't forget.... if you would like to obtain a no obligation quote then you can use the quote calculator on our website or alternatively you can call us on 01495 233010 and speak with a member of our property team who will be happy to help!

7 September 2018

Founding Partner Appointed as Coroner

We are delighted to announce that Graeme Hughes has been appointed as the Area Coroner for South Wales Central.

As a result he will be retiring from Hughes Jenkins with immediate effect.

Commenting on the appointment director Nigel Jenkins said “we are all delighted at Hughes Jenkins with Graeme’s appointment as a full time Coroner. The appointment is a reflection, both of Graeme’s quality as a lawyer, which he has demonstrated throughout his 16 years at Hughes Jenkins, and also the quality of the firm. We all wish him well with his future career”.

Good Luck Graeme!!!!!

6 June 2018

Email Update

We are please to confirm that the issues with our emails have now been resolved and normal service has resumed!

Thank you for your patience.

4 June 2018

Urgent Update

Due to issues beyond our control with BT, we have been unable to access any emails at either of our offices since Friday 1st June 2018.

We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience that this has caused and are working with BT to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Please keep checking our social media feeds for updated information.

If you need to speak with anyone at our offices then please do not hesitate to contact our reception desk and a member of staff will be happy to help.

Aberdare - 01685 886611 Blackwood - 01495 233010

Thank you for your patience.

21 May 2018

Dementia Awareness Week 2018

Today marks the start of Dementia Action Week 2018!

In order to support this worthwhile cause Hughes Jenkins have decided to host a Cake Sale on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May 2018!

There will be a cake stand at both our Aberdare and Blackwood Offices so please feel free to pop in and say hello, make a donation and enjoy one or two (or twelve!) of our cakes - baked by our very own members of staff!

All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Society!

10 May 2018


We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Jay-Z and Beyoncé On the Run 2 world tour at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 6th June 2018!

All you need to do to enter is visit our Facebook page, find the competition post, LIKE OUR PAGE and SHARE THE POST!

It's that simple!

The lucky winner will be announced on the 25th May 2018!

Good luck everyone!

3 May 2018


It has been brought to our attention that there is a Company in Kensington claiming to be Hughes Jenkins and Co who are contacting members of the general public confirming they are lottery winners and to contact them immediately.


Should you receive any correspondence in relation to the same then please let us know urgently. We have notified the SRA (Solicitors Regulations Authority) and they will now look into the matter

Please note, Hughes Jenkins Limited will never contact you with marketing information as set out in our privacy policy which you can access on this website.

Thank you for your time.

2 May 2018

Hughes Jenkins Fundraising Update 2018

Hughes Jenkins would like to thank all Client’s and Staff who have made contributions to our Charity Boxes on the reception area of both Aberdare and Blackwood Offices over the last financial year!

We have raised a total of £450.00 from the boxes alone!

We have also managed to raise a further £100.00 as a result of running the Swansea Bay 10km Race in September 2017 (we have also entered a team for this year’s race!).

Our very own Tracy, who completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon in March also raised an incredible £520.00!

That means the Grand Total of money raised for this financial year is an incredible £1070.00. All of the funds have been donated to our sponsored Charity – The Alzheimer’s Society who do amazing work in the fight against Dementia!

9 April 2018

Hughes Jenkins advise Welsh Charity on new premises

Specialist property lawyers from Hughes Jenkins have advised Welsh charity Greyhound Rescue Wales on their acquisition of new premises in Merthyr Tydfil. This transaction represents the first which we have carried out on behalf of the charity, which is headquartered in Wales.

Lindsay Jackson Chair of the Trustees of the charity commented “Thank you, we would never have got to this point without your help and advice.”

Hughes Jenkins Director Nigel Jenkins said “we are absolutely delighted to be acting on behalf of Greyhound Rescue Wales which does fantastic work rehoming former racing Greyhounds throughout Wales”.

If you would like to benefit from the advice and knowledge of our speciality property lawyers then contact us today on 01495 233010 or 01685 886611!!

6 April 2018

Hughes Jenkins Family Team Reaccredited by Resolution

Once again Hughes Jenkins Solicitors have been reaccredited by Resolution as a Family Law practice.

Commenting on this achievement Nigel Jenkins, Hughes Jenkins Director and Head of Family Law said “I’m delighted that we have once again this year been recognised by Resolution for the consistent high quality of our Family work.”

The Resolution mark is awarded annually following a strenuous application and audit process.

For more information on our Family services call now on 01685 886611/01495 233010

3 April 2018

Hughes Jenkins Sponsor Event to support Velindre Cancer Care

We are delighted to sponsor the Valleys Got Talent event, in association with Velindre Cancer Care and Rhymney Valley Athletics Club at the Bryn Meadows Golf Club on 6th April 2018.

Hughes Jenkins have had a long association with the Rhymney Valley Athletics Club and we are very glad to be helping support this very worthwhile cause.

All money raised will be donated to Velindre Cancer Care

31 March 2018

Mother's Day Giveaway 2018

The lucky winner of our Mother's Day Giveaway this year was Rhian Morgan!

Rhian from Caerphilly has two children and therefore decided to treat herself and her husband at the Village Hotel and Spa in Cardiff!

The prize included the use of the facilities for the day, along with treatments.

Rhian said she thoroughly enjoyed the prize and was feeling extremely relaxed after it!

Congratulations again Rhian!

For the latest news and giveaway information make sure you check out our Facebook page!

14 March 2018

Six Nations Giveaway 2018

The lucky winner of our Six Nations Giveaway 2018 was Sally-Anne Kirton from Pontllanfraith.

The prize included entry to both Women’s and Men’s games at the Principality Stadium on 10th March 2018. Sally watched as Wales Women lost 22-15 to their Italian counterparts. Then she saw the Men run in five tries as they beat Italy 38-14 ensuring that they consolidated their position in second place in the table going into the final weekend of matches.

Sally attended the game with her Husband; Baz, and managed to squeeze in some retail therapy before the games kicked off.

Wales play France at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 5:00pm in their final game of this year’s competition.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the chance to win our monthly giveaway!

08 March 2018

Hughes Jenkins Reach 2,000 Followers on Facebook!!

We are absolutely ecstatic to reveal that we have recently reached 2,000 followers on our Facebook page!

This is in no small part due to our hard working staff in all areas of our practice and the exceptional levels of service they deliver at very competitive prices.

We would like to thank all of our followers both old and new for helping establish Hughes Jenkins Solicitors as a local legal practice with a nationally renowned reputation.

We are excited at what the next 12 months will bring and to see whether we can break the 3,000 follower’s barrier!

Once again we would like to thank our Client, Followers and all of our staff for supporting us over the last few years.

For advice on any of the services we offer please do not hesitate to contact us at:- Aberdare Office – 01685 886611 or Blackwood Office – 01495 233010

14 February 2018

Valentine’s Day Giveaway 2018!

Congratulations to Alison Coleman who was the lucky winner of our Valentine’s Day Giveaway 2018!

Alison entered our competition on Facebook and managed to bag herself the prize of a £50.00 voucher to spend in local Aberdare Florist Flowers by Joy!

Alison, from Merthyr, has been lucky with winning prizes on Facebook, having previously won an overnight stay on another page!

Alison says “I am absolutely delighted to have won the prize! My birthday is at the end of the month so I am planning on treating myself to a Valentine’s/Birthday gift of flowers very soon!”

Alison’s husband is taking her out for a meal to celebrate tonight and is making sure that she has three courses to celebrate the day and the win!

Congratulations once again to Alison for winning this fabulous prize from everyone at Hughes Jenkins!!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for future monthly giveaways! The March prize is already LIVE and it is a pair of tickets to see Wales play Italy in the Six Nations in March!!

To enter any of our competition posts all you need to do is LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and SHARE THE COMPETITION POST!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our Clients, Followers and Staff! We hope that you’ve all been super spoilt by your significant other or secret admirer!

13 February 2018

Congratulations to Lloyd Brown!

We would like to say a massive congratulations to Lloyd Brown who has been selected in the East Wales Squad for the upcoming UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships which will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018!

Lloyd runs for the Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club who are coached by Bleddyn Jones.

Lloyd's Mum Kelly works in our Blackwood office and is thrilled that he has been chosen to represent East Wales!

Congratulations Lloyd from everyone at Hughes Jenkins!

1 February 2018

Congratulations to Tracy on completing the Lliswerry 8

We would like to say a massive congratulations to our very own Tracy Haddock in finishing the Lliswerry 8 Race on 28th January 2018.

Running in far from ideal weather conditions Tracy valiantly completed this notoriously tough race as part of her preparation for running in the London Landmarks ½ Marathon in March, where Tracy plans to raise funds for one of our nominated charities Alzheimer’s Research.

To help Tracy reach her fundraising goal of £350.00 all donations to Alzheimer's Society are welcome no matter how big or small!!! Just clink the following link!!

Well done Tracy!

29 January 2018

Hughes Jenkins Appoint New Director

Hughes Jenkins have today announced the appointment of Emily Clarke as a new director. Emily will take up her role on 1st March 2018.

Emily joined Hughes Jenkins in 2014 as Head of the firm’s Wills and Probate Department. Since that time Emily has been pivotal in the growth of the department acting for clients both locally and further afield.

Speaking about the appointment director Nigel Jenkins said “we are delighted to welcome Emily to the directorship. In the time that she has worked at Hughes Jenkins she has driven the growth in our Wills and Probate Department. We very much look forward to working with Emily at board level for many years to come.”

For more information about our Wills & Probate services please do not hesitate to contact us via Telephone/Facebook/Email

Aberdare - 01685 886611 Blackwood - 01495 233010

16 January 2018

Hughes Jenkins Launch January/February Giveaway

Hughes Jenkins launched the latest in a long line of giveaways on Monday in an effort to beat the 'January Blues'!

We are offering a pair of tickets to the Wales v Italy Six Nations Match on Sunday 11th March 2018! The tickets will not only allow entry to the Men's match (KO 3pm) but also into the Women's match (KO 1145am) at no extra cost!

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is visit our page on Facebook and look out for the Giveaway post!

Winners will be announced on Friday 2nd March 2018!

9th January 2018

Hughes Jenkins go “dog friendly”.

Hughes Jenkins have today announced their support for client and Welsh Charity Greyhound Rescue Wales (GRW).

Greyhound Rescue Wales began in 1993 with a small group of people trying to rescue greyhounds and lurches in the Swansea area. Over the next few years the organisation grew quickly and attracted support from many parts of Wales. Greyhound Rescue Wales became a registered charity in 1996 when it became able to cover the whole of Wales.

During the course of 2018 Hughes Jenkins will be helping to support and raise money for this worthwhile cause by offering a “Free Will” service where the firm will agree to donate time for free to members of the public in return for which they will be asked to make a donation to the charity, and also in providing legal advice to GRW.

Commenting on this exciting initiative director Nigel Jenkins said “we are delighted to support this local charity which has a high street presence in our local town of Blackwood. For a number of years we have at Hughes Jenkins run a “dog friendly” office with directors and staff encouraged to bring their own dogs into the office. The feedback from clients on this initiative has been hugely positive and supportive”.

20th December 2017

Hughes Jenkins expand Blackwood Office

Due to an increasing demand for our services in Blackwood we are delighted to announce that we have increased our office space to accommodate an additional interview and conference suite.

Commenting on the expansion Nigel Jenkins director at the Blackwood Office said "Over the course of the last 12 months it has become clear to us that our existing office space is insufficient to meet the growing needs of our clients, and the business. Following discussions with our landlords we have been able to secure and adapt additional facilities which we are developing into new state of the art interview space which will be available for clients to use from early 2018".

If you require a quote or have any queries regarding our services please do not hesitate to contact us our Aberdare (01685 886611) or Blackwood (01495 225236) offices!

19th December 2017

Dare Valley Country Park Santa Run 2017

Our very own office Santa Claus/Director Graeme ran the 5km race on Sunday with his step-daughter Olivia!
Olivia came THIRD Overall which is a fantastic achievement! Graeme finished the race which is also quite an achievement in itself!

Well done both!

19th December 2017

Christmas Jumper Day 2017

Here's a selection of snaps from our annual 'Save The Children' Xmas Jumper Day!


15th December 2017

November 2017 Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Natasha Williams who was the lucky winner of our November Prize Giveaway!

Natasha is from Fleur de Lys and works as a Contract Analyst. She has never won any sort of prize before and hopes this will be the first of many!

Natasha says " I plan on taking my Partner and Daughter with me to Bryn Meadows as a treat! I am heavily pregnant at the moment and so food is my absolute favourite thing! I can't wait to have dinner cooked for me and on the plus side there'll be no dishes!!!"

So its a double celebration for Natasha who is expecting her baby in January! Busy times indeed!

We would like to congratulate Natasha once again on winning the prize and would like to wish her the very best for her upcoming pregnancy!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more information on our next giveaway! Trust us, this is one you won't want to miss!!!!

8th December 2017

Hughes Jenkins at the Carers Education Course

Our Head of Wills & Probate, Emily Clarke, attended Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr recently to give a talk at the Carers Education Course.

Emily has attended these events on a few occasions and as a Dementia Friend is happy to offer any advice to the Carers. Which allows them to assist the men and women who attend The Memory Clinic at the hospital.

We recommend planning for your future in the event you are unable to deal with your affairs. There are measures you can which will assist you and your family at what may be a very difficult and stressful time.

If you have any queries about any of our services such as Lasting Powers of Attorney or our Wills and Probate services then please get in touch on 01685 886611/01495 225236

7th December 2017

Hughes Jenkins Sponsor Athletics Club

Continuing their commitment to local sports, and athletics in particular, Hughes Jenkins are delighted to announce their support and sponsorship for the Rhymney Valley Athletics Club.

Commenting on the arrangement ,which has included providing running kit to members of the U 11 team, Hughes Jenkins Legal Assistant Tracy Haddock said "we are very pleased to sponsor this successful and growing Athletics Club. Our sponsorship, together with our sponsorship of other local junior athletes, shows our commitment at Hughes Jenkins both to the sport of athletics and to the local community in Gwent."

27 November 2017

Hughes Jenkins Attend Carers’ Rights Day 2017 at Caerphilly Castle

Following on from a number of previous successful attendances at Carers’ Rights Days over the past couple of years, we attended this year’s event on Friday 24th November 2017 which took place at Caerphilly Castle.

The event was organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council and was an excellent opportunity for members of the public to come and speak to organisations and local charities about what help and support is available to them.

Richard and Tracy from our Wills & Probate department attended the day and found that it was an excellent opportunity to offer some information on our services. It was also an opportunity to test drive our new ‘goodie bags’!

The event was made all the more entertaining by Springfield Drama Group, who performed a number of songs and mimes from their collection.

We can’t wait for the next one!

23 November 2017

Relief for first-time home buyers.

The Treasury estimates that today's announcement, which was widely expected, will help over one million first-time buyers get onto the housing ladder over the next five years.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, told MPs yesterday that he had received representations for a stamp duty 'holiday' for first-time buyers. However, 'this would only help those ready to purchase now. It would offer nothing for the many who will need to save for many years', he said.

An HM Treasury briefing document published after Hammond's speech states that first-time buyers 'are more cash-constrained than other buyers' and that stamp duty 'can represent an upfront cash burden on top of a deposit and conveyancing fees'.

The Treasury says today's changes means that the stamp duty bill for the average first-time buyer in London will nearly halve, from £10,500 to £5,500. Nearly all first-time buyers who pay stamp duty will benefit, including almost 80% in London.

To take advantage of this news speak to Jemma Collins on 01685 886611 or 01495 225236 today about your house buying or selling needs.

22 November 2017

Hughes Jenkins Awarded Conveyancing Quality Mark

Once again Hughes Jenkins Solicitors have been awarded the coveted Conveyancing Quality Mark by the Law Society.

Commenting on this achievement Jemma Collins, Hughes Jenkins Head of Property said “I’m delighted that we have once again this year been recognised by the Law Society for the consistent high quality of our property work.”

The CQS mark is awarded annually following a strenuous application and audit process.

For more information on our property services or for a quick quote call 01685 886611!

21 November 2017

The benefits of using a local solicitor when buying or selling your house

Buying or selling a property can often be a stressful time. The rise in, out of town/country so called ‘Conveyancing Factories’ where junior fee earners are often tasked with handling high volume, complex property matters, from a distance, can often give rise to misunderstandings & mistakes.
Here are huge benefits in using a local specialist solicitor:-

1. Personal Approach – you get to deal with your lawyer on a face to face basis and build a relationship. There is a personal investment from the solicitor ensuring that each client receives an individual tailored approach. Our reputation is important to us for doing a good job, attracts more clients. Can the same be said of a junior fee earner in a far flung office? Do they deliver the same level of service & professionalism?

2. Local means Local – By using a local solicitor they will have knowledge of the local area and be affected by many of the same issues that you are. This leads to an understanding and trust between client and solicitor.

3. Qualified and Experienced - By choosing a local solicitor, you can be sure that the solicitor is qualified and experienced to undertake your work.

Why take the risk when you are looking to buy or sell your home! It will be one of the biggest decisions you make. Not all solicitors are the same!

Drop into one of Hughes Jenkins offices in Aberdare or Blackwood, visit our website at or telephone 01685 886611/01495 225236 for a quote!

21 November 2017

Hughes Jenkins advise on acquisition of KwikStitch Embroidery

“We are delighted to congratulate our clients Clare and Ross Porter on their acquisition of KwikStitch Embroidery of Ystrad Mynach.

Hughes Jenkins Director Nigel Jenkins said “We send Ross and Claire our very best wishes with this new business venture. We always enjoy working alongside Clare and Ross and look forward to working with them again in the future”.

If you wish to discuss this article please contact us on 01685 886611

20 November 2017

CAFCASS get tough on Parental Alienation

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation.

Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious split.

The issue has been present in between 11 and 15 per cent of divorces involving children, according to official estimates. However, Cafcass believes this number could be on the rise.

Offending parents will first be given the opportunity to change their behaviour with the help of intense therapy. If they are not receptive to this, the parent could have their children taken away from them. In extreme cases, they could even face the prospect of a permanent ban from any form of contact with their children.

Starting in the spring of 2018, Cafcass workers will be given a new set of guidelines which will set out what steps they need to take if they suspect alienation is taking place in their cases. This “high conflict pathway” will also state when exactly it is appropriate to remove children from the care of offending parents.

If you wish to discuss this article please contact us on 01685 886611.

27 October 2017

Hughes Jenkins Congratulate Clearsky Recruitment Limited For Awards Success

Hughes Jenkins Solicitors are delighted to acknowledge the success of their client Clearsky Recruitment Limited in the Fast Grown 50 awards.

The Fast Grow 50 is a unique initiative which is firmly established as the list of business success that entrepreneurs across Wales aspire to. Every year, it is a constant reminder of the vast entrepreneurial potential that exists within the Welsh business sector, with growth performance by businesses that is as good as any to be found across the regions of the UK.

Clearsky director Jessica Nichols said “it’s fantastic to have been ranked as the 4th fastest growing business in Wales. We have all worked hard and we continue to do so, to ensure that we provide our clients and candidates with the very best service and support. As a business, we are looking forward to an exciting 2018 as we plan to increase our team and push forward once again”.

Hughes Jenkins directors Graeme Hughes and Nigel Jenkins said “we at delighted to hear of the success of our client Clearsky Recruitment Limited with whom we have a long association. We wish Ross and his team well in their future growth plans.”

24 September 2017

Staff Run Swansea Bay 10k Race For Charity

After taking part in 2016, our staff once again took on the challenge of the Swansea Bay 10k. The wet conditions could not dampen a great atmosphere and it was a great event.

Our runners raised money for the Alzheimers Society and did a marvellous job, along with the many others raising money for worthy causes.

Following the race, staff and their families enjoyed a meal together and conversation quickly turned to the next event we can participate in.

We'd like to thank everyone who volunteered and look forward to returning next year.

14 June 17

Firm Attend Second Carer's Rights Day

Following the success of the Carer's Rights Day we attended back in November 2016, we were keen to be present at the next event which took place yesterday at Shapelles in Ystrad Mynach.

These events are a great opportunity for members of the public to come and speak to organisations and charities in their local area, ask questions and get information relevant to their circumstances.

Emily and Tracy from our Wills & Probate department found the first event extremely vibrant and positive and so they attended again, offering legal advice and answering the queries of those in attendance.

This event is an excellent way for people to know what is going on in their local area and if you are able to attend the next event then we are sure you will find it useful.

13 June 17

Hughes Jenkins Solicitors Support Budding Local Athlete

We are pleased to announce our support of local junior athlete and middle distance runner, Lloyd Sheppard, of Blackwood. Lloyd, aged 14, currently holds the South East Wales 3,000m record for his age group and is also a member of the Wales Under 15 Cross Country team.

Gwent based director Nigel Jenkins commented that "we at Hughes Jenkins Solicitors believe that Lloyd is an athlete to watch for the future and we are delighted to support him. As a local business with a thriving office in Gwent, we pride ourselves on our support of local sporting talent both at a youth and senior level."

24 May 17

Hughes Jenkins Solicitors support Royal Gwent Hospital Cardiology Fund

We are delighted to announce that we will once again lend our support to the Royal Gwent Hospital Cardiology Fund with an entry in the 10k run at Tredegar House on 11th June.

Speaking about the event Director Nigel Jenkins said “I am delighted to once more be running to support this very worthwhile cause. This is the 3rd time that Hughes Jenkins Solicitors have entered a team in the run which is held annually at Tredegar House. This year’s run will be a particularly poignant one since the death in 2016 of Dr John Davies who was instrumental in establishing the Cardiology Service at the Royal Gwent Hospital and was a great supporter of this event."

16 May 2017

Gwent Under 18 Girls Win Welsh Hockey Championships!!!

Following a nail biting match held at Swansea University,the Gwent U18 Girls beat Swansea U18's.

At full time the teams were tied 1-1 and following penalties the Gwent team were victorious and carried off the trophy.

At Hughes Jenkins we have had a long association with Gwent Hockey both in terms of sponsorship and in supporting the coaching team at the club and we are all delighted at this year's success.


13 April 2017

What happens to inherited wealth on divorce?

Director Nigel Jenkins looks at how inheritance is taken into account in relation to matrimonial finances.

We are often asked to advise clients in relation to their financial situation where a substantial sum has been inherited from a relative. Should this inherited wealth be considered a “matrimonial asset” or should it be “ring-fenced”?

The answer to this question depends very much upon the parties financial circumstances. Essentially we must look at the provisions of section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 as this imposes a duty on the court to “have regard to all the circumstances” of the case.

The statute lists a number of factors which must be taken into account to determine the financial settlement of the parties. The first consideration is always the welfare of any dependent child. The other factors, such as the financial resources of each of the parties and the weight to be placed upon them will vary depending upon the individual case. The court has a discretion as to how to apply the criteria with the overall aim of achieving a just and fair outcome for the parties.

Accordingly any inherited wealth must be taken into account, but the fact that it is inherited will mean that it is treated differently. For example the nature and origin of the asset may be a reason for treating it differently.

Timing is also a critical factor, that is when the inheritance was received by the party, the longer it has been utilised within the marriage then the less likely that it will be excluded. The court would also look at how the inherited wealth been used within the marriage. The term “intermingling” is often used to describe how the inheritance has been used.

Judges are asked to be “cautious” before bringing inherited wealth into the pot but in some cases there are insufficient assets to be able to exclude it and therefore the parties “needs” mean that some account must be taken of the inheritance. Overall the court must carry out a balancing exercise so as to achieve overall fairness.

If you have any queries regarding matrimonial finances or any aspect of family law, please contact us andwe'll be happy to help.

7 April 2017

Wife refused divorce in unusual case

In a highly unusual case, a wife has been refused a divorce and is now “locked in” her marriage to her husband.

In a recent ruling, a family court judge refused to grant the wife’s unreasonable behavior divorce petition, describing the allegations against her husband as exaggerated and the kind of altercations expected in a marriage.

In the event the ruling is appealed and she is not successful, the wife will need to remain married to her husband until they have been separated for five years, or in the unlikely event her husband will give his consent to a divorce, she will be able to petition after they have been separated for two years.

As little as 1% of divorces in the UK are contested as doing so is a very costly exercise. It is also extremely rare for a judge to refuse a divorce. This highlights the need for reform to UK divorce law. If a separated couple want to divorce, unless they have been separate for two years and both agree to divorce, the one party must be blamed for the breakdown of the marriage.

There have been calls from legal experts, including leading family law group Resolution, of which Director Nigel Jenkins is an accredited family law specialist, for a no fault divorce law. A no fault divorce law would allow separated couples to divorce without one party having to be blamed, reflecting a more modern society in which we now live.

29 March 2017

Find out more about the winner of our February 2017 Social Media Giveaway

We gave away a voucher to be redeemed at Flowers by Joy in Aberdare. Find out who won by clicking here.

20 February 2017

Find out more about the winner of our October 2016 Social Media Giveaway

We gave away a meal for four at Llechwen Hall Hotel & Restaurant. Find out who won by clicking here.

20 February 2017

Hughes Jenkins Solicitors to Participate in Charity Free Wills Month

We are delighted to confirm we are taking part in a charity wills month run by Tenovus Cancer Care. Throughout March, qualifying individuals will be able to instruct the firm to draft a will and it will be completely free.

The scheme applies to both wills made by individuals, known as single wills, and wills made by couples, known as mirror wills. The only requirement is that the client, or one of the clients if a mirror will is being drafted, is over 50 years of age.

The scheme is offered at both our Aberdare and Blackwood branches and if you would like any more information please contact us.

30 January 2017

Find out more about the winner of our December 2016 Social Media Giveaway

We gave away a relaxing massage at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa. Find out who won by clicking here.

11 January 2017

Family Law Accreditation for Director

Director Nigel Jenkins is now an accredited member of leading family law organisation Resolution. To attain the accreditation, known as a Resolution Specialist, Nigel has had to demonstrate his expertise and experience and joins a thriving community of over 6,500 members who look to provide a modern, constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Click here for more.

5 January 2017

Conveyancing Fee 13.08.2018