Rhian Thomas

Rhian Thomas

Barrister

Rhian became a tenant at Iscoed Chambers in September 2016 having successfully completed pupillage under the supervision of Ben Blakemore (Civil), Philippa Ashworth (Family) and Robin Rouch (Crime).

Since joining Iscoed Chambers, Rhian has developed a busy Family, Civil and Employment practice. Rhian has been acknowledged for her thorough preparation and for her ability to provide sensible, calm and able representation and advice.

Rhian completed the Bar Professional Training Course at Cardiff University obtaining an Outstanding grade.

Family

Rhian undertakes work across all areas of family law including financial remedy, cohabitation, public law, private children and domestic violence. Prior to commencing pupillage, Rhian worked as paralegal to the family team at Clarke Willmott LLP gaining experience of financial remedy proceedings and TOLATA disputes. She is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

Rhian is regularly instructed in care proceedings and has experience of representing the Local Authority, parents and children at all stages of proceedings. She is often instructed to undertake drafting work including threshold documents. She has experience of cross-examining a range of witnesses including social workers, expert witnesses (paediatricians, psychologists, drug and alcohol scientists) and Guardians. Rhian recently represented a Local Authority in a finding of fact and final hearing involving allegations of physical abuse of children and successfully opposed the parents’ application for discharge of care orders.

Rhian represents parents, grandparents and children in private law matters. She is frequently instructed in proceedings involving child arrangements order applications, prohibited steps order applications and specific issue order applications. She recently represented a client at a finding of fact hearing involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse and has represented clients in hearings where there are allegations of implacable hostility.

Rhian is often instructed in financial remedy proceedings. She has represented clients at all stages including first appointments, directions hearings, MPS hearings, FDR appointments, final hearings, enforcement application hearings and at permission to appeal hearings. Prior to any hearing, she will prepare relevant documentation including a case summary and schedule of assets. Rhian recently represented a respondent at multiple hearings successfully opposing the applicant’s assertions in respect of ‘conduct’.

Civil

Rhian has experience across a broad range of civil litigation including personal injury, chancery and commercial, regulatory and costs. She acts for both Claimants and Defendants and regularly appears in hearings on the small claims track, fast track and multi-track. She is happy to accept instructions for written opinions on liability and quantum and for drafting pleadings and is willing to accept suitable instructions on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis.

Rhian is frequently instructed in personal injury cases including workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, tripping/slipping and industrial disease (NIHL, HAVS, occupational asthma, occupational dermatitis). She is a member of the Personal Injury Bar Association.

Rhian’s practice includes regular instructions to advise, draft documents and represent clients across a wide range of commercial and chancery matters including those involving contractual disputes (unpaid contracts, breach of contract, unfair contract terms), credit hire, wills and probate, possession actions, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims.

Rhian has a particular interest in regulatory work and accepts instructions to represent clients at tribunals including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Medical Council and the like. She recently successfully represented a registrant during a two-week Fitness to Practise hearing before the NMC securing a No Case to Answer outcome in respect of all charges of misconduct.

Rhian accepts instructions to represent interested persons at inquests. She has been involved in both coroner-only and coroner-and-jury inquests including recent involvement in an Article 2 jury inquest involving police failings.

Employment

Rhian accepts instructions in all areas of employment law including unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE transfers, breach of contract and wrongful dismissal. She is happy to provide written opinions and to accept instructions for drafting pleadings in addition to providing representation at tribunal.

Rhian obtained an Outstanding grade in the Employment Law module of the Bar Professional Training Course.