Who We Are

Collaborative Law Wales is an organisation of specialist family lawyers who share a commitment to resolving the issues following relationship breakdown in a constructive and amicable way.  We are all members of Resolution and all trained Collaborative lawyers.  Some of us are also trained mediators, arbitrators or accredited as specialist by The Law Society and/or Resolution.

Choosing a lawyer that is right for you is one of, if not the most important decision you can make.  Take time to explore our members’ profiles and individual firm websites.  Please do also feel free to call us for an informal chat to see whether the Collaborative process is right for you.

Some of the CLW members

Mike Davey

  Mike has over 20 years’ experience as a solicitor in general high street practice, and has been a partner for over 18 years. He brings to the table not only knowledge of the law and an understanding of relationship dynamics, but substantial and wide life experience outside and before entering the law. He now practices in Llanelli and Swansea, and is also a Consultant with Scott-Moncrieff and Associates in London.  Mike is committed to resolving difficult situations in as sensitive and dignified a way as may be achievable.

Melanie Edwards

Melanie Edwards is a family lawyer with over 25 years experience in all aspects of family law and is a Partner in the firm of  JCP Solicitors. She is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer, with particular expertise in children law and in advanced financial matters arising from family breakdown. She is frequently involved in cases involving substantial assets. Melanie is based in West Wales but receives instructions from a wide geographical area. She has a constructive, pragmatic and conciliatory approach and an interest in alternatives to the Court process in trying to resolve family disputes. Melanie is a trained and practising collaborative lawyer committed to working with clients in the collaborative process in a way that achieves the best possible outcomes for families going through family breakdown, divorce or separation. Melanie is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Grant Stephens

  Based in Cardiff, Grant Stephens is head of Grant Stephens Family Law specialising in all aspects of family law. He is passionate about family law and has achieved a great number of successful outcomes on a wide variety of cases including millionaire lottery wins, issues surrounding inherited wealth, protracted contact disputes and complex business interests to name but a few. He has close links with a number of outside agencies both local and national and works closely with a network of professionals including pension experts and forensic accountants. Grant Stephens is accredited by the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel. He has a sterling reputation as a skilled negotiator, is renowned for his ability to put clients at ease and strives to find an early resolution in each and every case. He firmly believes that the court process should be viewed as a last resort and promotes Collaborative Law wherever possible. Grant Stephens Family Law offer a first half hour free appointment with no obligation. Please call 02920 329 129 or email grant@grantstephensfamilylaw.co.uk

Christine Ann Dyer

Christine has thirty four years’ experience in Family Law and qualified as a Mediator with the Solicitors Family Law Association (Resolution) in 1996.  Her keen interest in working with separating couples and individuals to find solutions together led her to train as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2006.  Aware of the emotional and financial consequences for the family going through a family breakdown she recognises the importance of finding the right process for clients.  Christine is an accredited specialist of Resolution and a practitioner member of the Law Society Mediation Panel.

Sally Matthews

Sally joined the firm in 1996 and qualified as a solicitor in 1999 becoming a partner in 2002.

Sally trained to be a Collaborative Lawyer in 2010.

  Sally has many years experience in dealing with divorce/civil partnerships, high value and complex cases, cohabitation disputes, pre-nuptial agreements, private Children Act cases and domestic violence issues.

  Sally is an accredited specialist member of Resolution in ancillary relief and domestic violence. 

Sally is a trustee for a local Women’s Aid and governor of a junior school.