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Hefin Archer-Williams

Partner (FCILEx), Head of Cardiff Office Dispute Resolution

About me

Having had a broad training, I quickly found my passion was dealing with disputes. With every matter I strive to acquire an in-depth insight into a company or individual’s world by listening carefully to their personal and commercial objectives, before explaining the legal and practical steps they can take to resolve their issue.

This is personally rewarding, whilst also protecting clients at times of distress and uncertainty and therefore allowing a collaborative approach to managing their risk and avoiding litigation wherever possible.

With this approach I strive to provide the highest quality service and build strong relationships with my clients. I often act on contract negotiations, commercial disputes – on energy related issues – and disputes over wills and legacies. I also work with individuals, such as solicitors and accountants, facing disciplinary hearings relating to their professional bodies.

Born and brought up in Wales, my first language was Welsh. I am, like many Welshmen passionate about sport and have been fortunate to be able to use my skills to assist professional sports players in contract negotiations and disputes, as well as sitting on the boards/committees of groups such as Disability Sport Wales, Welsh Badminton, Welsh Basketball, various charities relating to sport and being the honorary lawyer to Team Wales (Melbourne Commonwealth Games).  I recently represented Great Britain (with a Welsh flag) as a player in the 2019 World Touch Rugby tournament in Malaysia.

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Speak to your lawyer before it becomes a dispute – it’s much harder to back down once you get to that point.

Take stock of the situation and see if there is a commercially or mutually acceptable solution.

Make sure your paperwork, records or recollection of important facts are in order.

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How much will it cost?

At the outset, there are usually too many unknown factors to give anything but an indication of the final costs, but I will give a budget for the initial steps and stick to it.

Can this be settled without going to court?

As a firm, we prefer not to take things to court if we can help it – it’s costly, stressful and time consuming. Instead, we can look at either a formal or informal mediation.

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