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9 Park Place Chambers has announced the appointment of David Elias KC as head of chambers, upon Paul Hopkins KC stepping down from the role that he held for a decade.

David Elias KC is head of the Criminal Team at Cardiff-based 9 Park Place, and former Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit. He has been instructed in many of the most high-profile criminal cases in Wales and is consistently recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guides as a leading silk.

Speaking of his appointment, David said:

“I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as Head of Chambers, and hope to follow Paul’s example in leading our set through the ever-changing legal landscape.

“I have no doubt that there will be interesting and exciting times ahead for all of us at 9 Park Place and I look forward to Chambers reaching new heights.”

Chambers members and staff thanked Paul Hopkins KC for his dedication and commitment during his tenure as Head of Chambers. A representative said:

“Paul’s drive and tenacity ensured that our set has continued to thrive, particularly during the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Paul will continue to practice from 9 Park Place.