Rhys Taylor

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Rhys Taylor

Practice Overview

Rhys’ practice focuses on matrimonial finance, cohabitee and inheritance disputes. His financial remedy practice frequently involves consideration of complex business and trust assets. He has a particular interest and specialism in dealing with disputes concerning the ownership of farms and estates. Rhys is an arbitrator, appointed under the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators' scheme.

Providing a genuine expertise in both matrimonial and civil law proceedings, Rhys can offer composite advice and strategy for problems which do not fit neatly into either the 'family' or 'civil' law boxes.

Rhys has lectured extensively and published numerous scholarly articles and blogs, which address the interaction between family and civil law issues in the family property context. His contribution in this field has been noted, as he received the Jordans Family Law Awards 2015, 'Family Law Commentator of the Year' award. Rhys was jointly awarded the Jordans 'Most Innovative Family Lawyer of the Year' in 2012 for his work relating to family arbitration.

Notable and Reported cases

  • Most of Rhys’s cases are conducted 'in chambers' and are therefore not publicly reported. However, the following provides a flavour of some of the matters which Rhys has been involved in recently.
    • Financial remedy dispute where the parties were held to the terms of their pre-nuptial agreement, resulting in a very favourable result for Rhys’s client.
    • Financial remedy dispute where numerous allegations of financial misconduct made against Rhys’s client were comprehensively rejected by the court.
    • Financial remedy dispute involving consideration of wife’s completing claims against the Crown for assets which were the subject of a proceeds of crime order. Rhys’s client was successful in being awarded the assets subject to the POCA order.
    • Financial remedy dispute where assets held by a company were found to be the beneficially owned by the husband so that they were available for distribution by the court.
    • Succession dispute concerning an argument for beneficial ownership of assets which would otherwise fall to be distributed according to terms of an unfavourable will. Matter concluded in accordance with advice.
    • Dispute over beneficial ownership of farm estate. Judgment given in line with Rhys’s advice.
    • Financial remedy dispute concerning farm estate held by discretionary family trusts. Matter resolved.

    Have provided 'neutral third party' advice for parties resolving dispute via collaborative law process.

  • Cohabitee & Matrimonial Finance

    Rhys has extensive experience in all aspects of matrimonial finance and family property disputes. In the field of financial remedy work Rhys deals with complex assets, often held by third parties, discretionary family trusts or companies. Rhys has a particular interest in disputes concerning the beneficial ownership of farms and estates in the family property context. Rhys is an expert in pensions on divorce and has delivered a paper to the Family Law Bar Assocation’s National Conference on pensions on divorce in November 2015.

  • Family Dispute Resolution

    Rhys is an arbitrator, appointed under the Institute for Family Arbitrator’s scheme and also a collaborative lawyer. Rhys is also able to provide Early Neutral Evaluation in TOLATA and Inheritance Act disputes.

  • Recommendations
    • 'One of my favourite barristers. He really has developed huge expertise, particularly on pensions. He does a great job, he's very knowledgeable and he argues well.' (Chambers UK, 2018)

    • 'Well known as a pension specialist in the field of financial remedies'. (Legal 500, 2017).

    • A well-respected barrister, known for his financial family practice with significant expertise in trusts of land and Inheritance Act cases. He is regularly instructed in disputes involving agricultural and farming elements. Strengths: "The leading junior for money and TOLATA cases." "Very good on trusts of land cases, and very much has his finger on the pulse." (Chambers UK 2017)

    • An extremely thorough advocate, who is a first choice for complex cases.’ (Legal 500 2016)

    • ‘One of the leading family finance specialists, if not the leading one, in South Wales’ (Legal 500, 2015)
    • 'Focuses his practice on financial family matters, particularly medium to high-value ancillary relief cases. He specialises in TOLATA matters, and takes on a number of co-owner land and property disputes. He is extremely conscientious, and very good on financial-related matters.' (Chambers UK 2015, Band 1)
    • ‘He is incredibly academic and studious; one of the most enthusiastic counsel you will meet.' (Chambers UK 2014. Band 1)
    • 'Leading junior for finance and TOLATA cases’ with ‘very considerate’ approach. (Chambers UK 2013)
    • 'Really pleasant, thorough and efficient, particularly noted for his expertise in ancillary relief proceedings and TOLATA applications'. (Chambers UK 2012)
    • 'Highly regarded for ancillary relief'. (Chambers UK 2011)
    • 'Strong on the ancillary relief front'. (Legal 500 2011)
  • Awards
    • Winner: 'Most Innovative Family Lawyer of the Year, Jordans Family Law Awards 2012
    • Winner: 'Family Law Commentator of the Year', Jordans Family Law Awards 2015
  • Appointments

    Rhys is a part-time legal chairman of the Residential Property Tribunal (Wales) 

  • Education

    Reading University LLB (Hons) 1995

  • Related Publications
  • Memberships
    • Family Law Bar Association
    • Bar Council ADR Panel
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Affiliate member of Resolution
  • Mediation

    Rhys is a Civil Mediation Council registered Civil and Commercial mediator.

Rhys Taylor
‘An extremely thorough advocate, who is a first choice for complex cases.'Legal 500, 2016