Staff Profiles - Passmores Solicitors Barry

Meet Our Friendly And Efficient Team

Catherine Roblin

Catherine Roblin has been a practising solicitor for over 30 years and is highly regarded amongst her peers and her clients. Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and became a director in 1990.

Catherine is a specialist in International matters involving children and in particular has a vast experience of representing clients in cross border disputes; for instance where parental child abduction has  occurred or where a parent is looking to prevent a removal. Catherine is aware of the need to move quickly and effectively in such matters and  has strong links with highly experienced international lawyers,  interpreters and the border agencies. Catherine was the first solicitor in Wales to become an accredited member of the International Child  Abduction Panel representing parents in Hague Convention and Wardship proceedings.

Catherine specialises in cases where a parent seeks to relocate to  another country with their children, as well as in cases where a parent  is trying to stop the proposed move to another Country, whether it be  within the United Kingdom or outside the UK for instance to Europe,  Asia, Australia, United States, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq (and all other locations).

Catherine is an accredited member of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel, the Children Panel and is a Resolution Panel Specialist.  In addition, she is a solicitor advocate who has higher rights of audience in the civil court and also sits as a part time Tribunal Judge. Catherine deals with issues in a professional and effective way arising from relationship breakdown, including divorce and financial ancillary relief proceedings, civil partnerships, cohabitee disputes, domestic violence, pre-nuptial agreements and all issues relating to children including care proceedings instigated by local authorities. Catherine is a specialist in dealing with complex care proceedings cases, including cases involving serious injuries, infant mortality and cases comprising cultural/religious factors.

Catherine is a qualified mediator and Arbitrator and mediates on all types of private disputes including divorce, separation and children issues.

Catherine takes extreme pride in her work and is an experienced and effective lawyer.

Sally Matthews

Sally is an expert in dealing with the financial issues that arise upon separation or divorce and in particular high net value cases. Sally has considerable experience having been practising in such matters for over 20 years. Sally is a director at the firm and joined in 1996.

Sally has a wealth of knowledge in relation to the benefits of entering into a pre-nuptial/post nuptial or cohabitation agreement.

Sally is an expert in children proceedings including applications for child arrangements orders (contact and residence).

Sally is highly regarded by her peers and clients, and has been described as “knowledgeable, professional, helpful and never flustered.” She is also a “well regarded specialist in domestic violence issues”.

Sally is an accredited specialist member of Resolution in financial relief and domestic violence and has been a collaborative lawyer since 2010. She is a member of the South Wales Pod Group. Sally is committed to working collaboratively. Sally is also a Governor of a junior school.

Carli Evans

With experience in providing wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney and court of protection work, Carli has an interest in helping elderly clients.

A fluent Welsh speaker, Carli is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly. In 2013, she became a full member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

She has conducted talks for the Alzheimer’s Society, local women’s guilds meetings, and Age Concern.

Carli also has an interest in conveyancing.

She graduated from Cardiff University in 2003, and completed the Legal Practice Course also at Cardiff University in 2004.

Carli qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and joined Passmores as a private client solicitor. She became a director in 2011.


Claire Grace

Claire joined the firm in January 2016 as a solicitor in our property department and became a director in 2021.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2004 Claire has specialised in residential and commercial property transactions as well as private client work.

Claire regularly advises clients in all aspects of residential conveyancing matters, including Sales and Purchases, Transfers of Equity, Lease Extensions, Re-mortgages, and Equity Release.

She is also able to advise on commercial property transactions

Prior to joining the firm Claire worked at a national conveyancing firm managing a team of property lawyers.

Elin Jones

Elin joined Passmores Solicitors Ltd in 2022 and is a Trainee Solicitor working in both the Private Client and Conveyancing departments.

Elin is a fluent Welsh speaker who, having completed her undergraduate degree in 2022 at Cardiff University, went on to study the Legal Practice Course also at Cardiff University, which she completed in the summer of 2023. During this time she also worked part time at Passmores Solicitors Ltd.

Elin works alongside Carli Evans and Selina White in the private client department. Elin has experience in will drafting which includes the creation of new wills, making amendments to existing wills and will signing. Elin also assists Carli on a number of matters including Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and Probate and is involved in the monthly free advice clinic for Age Connect in the town centre and fundraising for this worthy cause.

Elin assists Claire Grace with residential conveyancing which includes drafting and issuing contracts for both the purchase and selling of properties, use of the Land Registry and communicating with clients, their solicitors and estate agents.

For the next two years Elin will be completing her Training Contract and will work alongside solicitors in the practice.

In her free time Elin enjoys walking, running, going to the gym, reading, spending time with friends and family, and travelling.

Emily Gammon

Emily Gammon is a Trainee Solicitor based in our Family Law department. Emily started her Training Contract with us in August 2023.

Emily graduated with a first class Law degree from De Montfort University in Leicester in 2021. Emily then went on to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Cardiff Univeristy on a part- time basis from 2021 – 2023. Emily also worked part- time for a start- up Intellectual Property consultancy firm whilst studying the LPC. From this role, Emily gained a wealth of experience and knowledge of trade mark protection, enforcement and litigation.

At Passmores, Emily assists Catherine Roblin and Sally Matthews to deliver outstanding advice and support to their existing clients. Emily has also started to take on her own cases, which cover various areas of Family Law, including domestic violence cases, care proceedings and private law children matters.

Emily also helps out with our monthly free advice clinic for Rise Cymru and Women’s Aid. Emily is also solely responsible for managing the firm’s social media content and activity.

Outside of work, Emily is a keen horse rider and competed in BUCS dressage and show- jumping competitions for De Montfort University throughout 2018- 2021. Emily is a huge animal lover and enjoys going out on long walks with her dogs in her free time.

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Passmores Solicitors is the trading name of Passmores Solicitors Limited, registered in England and Wales under Company Number 7284638.
The Registered Office is 21 Tynewydd Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 8HB. The directors are Catherine Roblin, Sally Matthews, Carli Evans and Claire Grace.
Passmores Solicitors Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, number 571519.

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