Paul is head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution team in Cardiff and has particular expertise in handling high value, large and complex cases.

Paul graduated from University College, Oxford in 1984. He trained with Slaughter and May in the City of London where he qualified as a solicitor in 1987. He joined Geldards in 1988 and became a partner in 1992.

He is an accredited CEDR mediator and is also the firm’s International Services Partner.

Paul is a Member of the Institute of Directors and the International Bar Association. He is also Junior Vice President of Cardiff and District Law Society and a director of Go Debt Limited, Engagesport LLP and Wales International Business Council. He also sits on the legal committee for the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.

Paul lives in Radyr, near Cardiff with his wife Gill and daughter Seren. He is a massive rugby, football and ice hockey fan. He is also a keen golfer and skier and is into classic and progressive rock music.


"Paul Hopkins is ‘very down-to-earth and always goes the extra mile to help resolve an issue’. Praised for his ‘tremendous judgement’"
Legal 500, 2018

"Paul Hopkins leads the practice and is hailed as a "first-class" practitioner with extensive expertise in assisting with complex commercial disputes. "He has excellent knowledge and good client relationships," remarks one observer, who adds: "He is very experienced, commercially aware and gets to the point quickly!""
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2019

"Paul Hopkins is widely praised for his expert handling of breach of contract, professional negligence and shareholder disputes. "He is also thorough, always to the point and easy to work with," highlights one commentator, while another adds: "He is amiable, down-to-earth and an excellent project manager." "
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

"Department head Paul Hopkins is experienced in a range of complex litigation and is described by interviewees as 'very logical and business-minded'."
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2016

"Peers describe him as a 'good-quality litigator' and rate him for his 'legal nous'.  
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2015

"Department head Paul Hopkins,.is described by sources as 'extremely bright'."
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2014