RDP’s Head of Family, Matthew Wells is in the spotlight
We shine the spotlight on RDP Family solicitor Matt, who talks about lobbying parliament, running in the mountains and Alun Wyn Jones...
Q2. Job title
Partner and Head of Family
Q3. How would you describe your role at RDP in two sentences?
I provide specialist family law services tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients, including wealth protection, divorce / separation, complex financial remedy cases (the financial aspects of divorce proceedings) often involving family businesses, corporate assets, high net worth assets, private children law matters and much more.
As a member of Resolution – First for Family law, I am committed to the constructive and non-confrontational resolution of family disputes and view Court proceedings as the option of last resort.
Q4. If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be called?
“Wellsie” (the nickname I was called at school, on the sports pitches and still get called by my running club mates).
Q5. If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
To play the electric guitar as good as Jimi Hendrix did.
Q6. Who is your idol and why?
Alun Wyn Jones – because of his leadership, gladiatorial performances on the rugby pitch and the fact that he seems to be just a thoroughly decent chap.
Q7. What moment in your career are you most proud of?
Lobbying Parliament with Resolution -First for Family Law to bring about an end to the “blame game” and seek the introduction of “no-fault” divorce. I believe that in my small way I contributed to a change in attitudes so that “no-fault” divorce has a realistic prospect of being implemented by Parliament in the not so distant future (provided the quagmire of Brexit does not continue to dominate Parliamentary time forever and a day!).
Q8. What’s your favourite film?
A Coen brothers’ film such as The Big Lebowski or Fargo.
Q9. What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I won the inaugural Swansea half marathon in 2014.
Q10. What is your favourite food?
Steak (medium rare), triple-cooked chips with onion rings from a country pub nestled in the Welsh countryside.
Q11. What’s the best thing about your job?
Getting the best possible outcome for my clients and supporting them through some of the most stressful events in their life so that they can hopefully look forward to a more positive future.
Q12. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Beer – classic real ale or a nice wheat beer from say the Austrian Alps.
Q13. How do you define success?
Having a loving family and being able to provide my children with a wonderfully happy and carefree childhood.
Q14. What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
1. Every day you learn something new
2. Every member of an organisation has an important and valued role to play
3.To keep developing new skills and embracing new technological advances so that I can keep ahead of the evolving nature of family law work.
Q15. Chocolate or cheese?
Q16. What do you like to do in your spare time?
You will find me running in the Welsh countryside, mountains and along the coast.
Q17. What is your greatest fear?
I always get a bit fearful on cable cars.
Q18. Where is the best place you visited?
Tobago (in the Caribbean)
Q19. What advice would you give your eighteen-year-old self?
I would tell myself that I was on the right track but should not worry so much about exams and life in general!
Q20. What should we expect next from the Family team?
Expect to see us forge a reputation for providing excellent family law services tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients and expect to see us grow into a market-leading Family team in South Wales and beyond.