Lux is a private client offering created by Charlotte Leyshon. It is an exceptional family law service for the most discerning of clients. Charlotte is committed to providing an innovative, exclusive and personalised family law service.

Charlotte has specialised in private family law since 2003. Charlotte practised family law at the highest level in London until returning to South Wales in 2013 where she quickly became recognised as a market leader.

Since its inception in 2018 Lux Family Law has already become one of the market leaders in family law in South Wales dealing with cases at the highest of levels. Charlotte and the team recently acted for the Husband in the reported financial remedy case Traharne v Limb [2022] EWFC27.

Testimonials within the Legal 500 2022 describe Lux as “a boutique family law practice which exclusively comprises women lawyers, but likely to appeal to male and female clients alike. It pitches itself at the higher end of the Cardiff and South Wales divorce market and attracts a lot of high-net-worth clients”.  

Lux has taken the South Wales family law market by storm. It has positioned itself as the front-runner in high-net-worth and complex private children work. Notwithstanding its size and relative youth it has made the established firms sit up and take notice.’

Charlotte worked at media law firm Davenport Lyons in Mayfair where she first acted for high profile media figures, celebrities, sports persons or their spouses.

Charlotte later joined Family Law in Partnership, a Covent Garden based niche firm, widely regarded as forward thinking and innovative in the London market. There, Charlotte acted for celebrities, entrepreneurs, business men and women and City professionals. It was in this role that Charlotte forged relationships with some of the UK’s leading sets of family Chambers, individual barristers and other family law practitioners. Charlotte dealt with cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the House of Lords, now the Supreme Court.

Charlotte was involved in the following high profile/reported cases:-

  • Miller v Miller; McFarlane v McFarlane [2006] 1 FLR 1186 (House of Lords)
  • Re G (Children) [2006] 2 FLR 629 
  • L v (1) L (2) H (a firm) [2007] EWHC 140 (QB) 

In the summer of 2013 Charlotte returned to South Wales and began working as an Associate in the family department at top 100 law firm Hugh James. With her London network Charlotte was able to practise in both the Cardiff and London offices. Charlotte was quickly promoted to Senior Associate before taking over as Head of the Family Department.

Charlotte quickly built a reputation as one of the leading family lawyers in Cardiff. This is reinforced by what the legal directories say about her:

Charlotte Leyshon‘s expertise lies in prenuptial agreements, and she is also well versed in high-value financial cases and Children Act matters. She is highlighted by interviewees for having an “empathetic but realistic manner with her clients,” who are said to have “deep trust in her judgement and advice.” Chambers and Partners 2017

Assertive and dynamic’ senior associate Charlotte Leyshon handles a range of issues including more niche matters such as dissolution of civil partnerships and pre-nuptial agreements, where she is known for her ‘empathetic approach’ and her ‘complete focus on achieving the best outcomes for her clients. Legal 500 2017

Chambers and Partners 2016 described Charlotte as “well versed in high-value financial cases and children act matters” and that her clients have “deep trust” in her “judgment and advice”.

“Charlotte Leyshon is the go to family lawyer in South Wales. With a practice and reputation stretching across Wales and England she has redefined the South Wales family law offering proving that you do not need to travel to London for top tier representation in complex family matters.” Legal 500

“A phenomenal lawyer who is very knowledgeable and experienced. She can be  tough with the other side but is also kind and compassionate – the perfect combination.” Chambers and Partners

Charlotte was appointed to the Board of Cardiff Business Club in 2016.

Charlotte is a committed member of Resolution.

Charlotte is the co-founder of the Wales Legal Awards

Lucy is a Director at Lux Family Law having joined the team in December 2019 as a senior associate. She advises on all aspects of family law matters arising from the breakdown of a relationship between married couples, civil partners and unmarried couples, including divorce, separation, financial and children issues. Lucy also advises on relationship agreements including prenuptial and cohabitation agreements.

Lucy’s focus is on providing clear, pragmatic advice whilst maintaining an empathetic approach, taking all available opportunities to minimise conflict where possible.

Lucy’s cases have involved a wide range of issues, including advising individuals with assets within complex business structures, and high or complicated income streams. Lucy also has experience of advising on a wide range of private children law matters, including applications for leave to remove children from the jurisdiction.

Lucy was named as a Rising Star by The Legal 500 UK 2020 and recommended for family law with the editorial noting that Lucy is known for adopting a “compassionate approach”. In The Legal 500 UK 2019 Lucy was also noted to provide “clear, structured and well-informed advice”.

Lucy trained and qualified as a solicitor at Hugh James before moving to Lux Family Law in December 2019.

She studied Law and Criminology at Cardiff University where she achieved an upper second class honours. Lucy also completed the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University.

Lucy is a member of Resolution.

Emily qualified as a solicitor at Lux Family Law following the completion of her training contract in January 2023. She advises and assists on cases dealing with a wide range of issues arising out of family or relationship breakdown.

Emily joined the team as a paralegal in March 2019. Emily studied Law at the University of Warwick and graduated in 2018 with an upper second-class honours. Emily then went on to complete the part-time Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bristol and achieved a High Distinction. She commenced her training contract with Lux Family Law in July 2021. Emily is an integral part of the Lux Family Law team assisting both Charlotte Leyshon and Lucy Morris on complex matters. Emily played an integral role in the Husband’s legal team on reported case Traharne v Limb [2022] EWFC27.

During her undergraduate studies Emily held an elected committee position for the University of Warwick Dancesport Team.

Emily was selected for the Sutton Trust US Programme in 2014 after achieving 10 A*s and 1 A at GCSE. Emily spent the summer in Yale University, Harvard University and other prestigious US colleges.

Emily has prior legal experience, having worked within a niche legal insurance department running her own caseload of files.

Emily strives to provide the best client care and support, whilst ensuring clients are happy and at ease with the legal process.

Outside of work, Emily takes part in Latin American formation dancing.

Emily is a member of Young Resolution.

Olivia is a trainee solicitor at Lux Family Law. Olivia started at Lux Family Law in May 2022 as a part-time paralegal. She studied Law at Aberystwyth University and graduated in 2021 with a first-class honours degree. Olivia was awarded The Sir Samuel Evans Prize for obtaining the best honours mark at a Welsh law school in 2021. Olivia was also honoured to receive several academic awards from Aberystwyth University at her graduation ceremony. Olivia then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course (“LPC”) at Cardiff University.

Throughout her undergraduate degree, Olivia volunteered at Aberystwyth’s Family Legal Clinic, supporting the solicitor in advising members of the public. Throughout her LPC studies, Olivia volunteered with Both Parents Matter Cymru as an outbound caller/ case advisor and provided emotional support to service users.

Prior to joining Lux Family Law, Olivia also spent nine months as a paralegal at a family law practice based in Carmarthenshire.

During university, Olivia was a member of Aberystwyth University’s netball team and enjoyed competing in the Ceredigion league.

Outside of work, Olivia enjoys walking her golden retriever, George.

Olivia Rookes

Siobhan joined Lux Family Law as a paralegal in April 2023 and began her training contract with Lux in January 2024. Siobhan completed her undergraduate law degree at the University of Liverpool and graduated in June 2021 with a first-class honours degree. After graduating, Siobhan worked as a family paralegal for a firm in Lancaster for 18 months. During her time in Lancaster, Siobhan assisted with matters relating to divorce and financial issues, alongside private children matters. Siobhan is looking forward to broadening her knowledge whilst at Lux. Having grown up in mid-Wales, Siobhan is also excited to be back living and working in her hometown.

During university, Siobhan studied a wide range of modules and family law greatly piqued her interest due to the feel of making a difference and helping people during often difficult points of their lives.

In January 2022, after working as a paralegal for 5 months, Siobhan began her studies for the Legal Practice Course (“LPC”) with the University of Law. Siobhan completed her LPC studies in November 2023, which she undertook part-time whilst working as a paralegal at Lux. Siobhan achieved a distinction in her LPC LLM.

Throughout university, Siobhan played netball for the University of Liverpool’s law netball team and continued to play whilst working in Lancaster. In her spare time, Siobhan enjoys running and partaking in local running races. Siobhan is due to take part in Cardiff half-marathon in October 2023. Siobhan also enjoys spending time with her friends and family and walking her springer spaniel, Fenn.

Contact

Lux Family Law
Third Floor
Building 4
Castlebridge
5-19 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff
CF11 9AB

hello@luxfamilylaw.co.uk
029 2019 7203