About Us

Gwynne Hughes Solicitors was founded in 1943 by the late John Gwynne Hughes, Solicitor. At that time, the firm occupied premises jointly with the Aberaeron Rural District Council at 1 North Road, Aberaeron. The present premises were purchased in 1952.
J. Denys Gwynne Hughes joined the Practice as an articled clerk in September 1959 and took over the running of the Practice in February 1969 on the retirement of his late father. The late John Gwynne Hughes had been clerk to the Aberaeron Urban District Council until 1969. On Local Government reorganisation in 1974, J. Denys Gwynne Hughes was appointed Clerk to Aberaeron Town Council.

Since taking over the Practice, J. Denys Gwynne Hughes continued in the tradition of growth and success. In September 1996, his son, John David Gwynne Hughes joined the Practice, taking the business into the third generation, bringing further stability and a fresh outlook for the future. John became a Partner in the firm in April 2000. 

In 2005, Barry Gawthorpe joined the practice as an Assistant Solicitor. Barry is a very experienced solicitor with many years of legal experience in respect of contentious matters, including expertise in Employment law issues, Licensing Matrimonial and Criminal Law 
On 1st October 2006, the firm expanded by merging with the firm of Mary R Rishko, a sole practitioner of over 30 years legal experience.
Several were changes made to the structure of the firm in 2015. J. Denys Gwynne Hughes semi-retired and continued to practice as a consultant solicitor at this firm on a two day week basis, with his son and business Partner, John Gwynne Hughes, now taking over the practice as Senior Partner. Barry Gawthorpe joined as a Partner and Liam Davies-Jones joined the practice as an Assistant Solicitor.
This is a Private rural legal Practice with a wide geographical catchment area, stretching from Cardigan in the South to Aberystwyth in the North and inland to Newcastle Emlyn, Llandysul, Lampeter and Tregaron. A number of elderly clients are happier to discuss their problems in their native tongue - Welsh and we are able to provide this service. With the reduction in public transport, some people have great difficulty in attending our office and we are, therefore, happy to arrange home visits.
There are recognisable areas of specialisation available within the Practice, involving fee earners and support staff, which are continually being built upon.
This Practice is Lexcel Accredited. Lexcel is the Law Society's legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care. It provides a flexible, supportive management framework to help practices develop consistent operational efficiencies and client services, manage risk effectively, reduce costs and promote profitability.
Although the legal sector is continuously changing, we at Gwynne Hughes Solicitors believe that we can adapt to meet our clients needs and have the resources and necessary skills to meet future challenges.

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