GHP Legal has been providing a full range of legal services to the residents of Llangollen and the wider area since 1991 when, under its former name of Gwilym Hughes & Partners, the firm acquired the long-established Llangollen legal practice of Charles Richards & Sons whose association with the town spanned more than one hundred years. Originally sited at The Old Bank in Berwyn Street, GHP Legal later moved to the Malthouse Business Centre for a time before returning to The Old Bank Chambers, Llangollen, where it remains today.
LEGAL SERVICES WE PROVIDE
Llangollen is a small town with a close-knit community in Denbighshire, Wales. Situated on the River Dee at the edge of the Berwyn range of mountains and the Dee Valley Way, the town is home to some 3,000 people. Steeped in myth and legend, Llangollen is probably best known for hosting the now world-famous Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which attracts around 120,000 visitors each July and transforms the town into a vibrant global stage. The town has existed since the 7th century AD when the monk, St Collen, from whom it got its name, rode out on horseback to find a valley where he could mark out a parish and build his walled hermitage. Until the 19th century Llangollen was located south-east of the bridge, around Bridge Street and Church Street. Almost all of that densely populated area subsequently disappeared with the building of the railway and Llangollen Station. The town can attribute its importance to its prominent position on the main London to Holyhead coaching road which was improved by Thomas Telford between 1815 and 1840, and the Llangollen Canal which was built around the same time to bring immigrants into Llangollen.
HOW TO GET TO US
You will find the Llangollen branch of GHP Legal at The Old Bank, a brick building with an elegant curved front, constructed in 1855 on the corner of Berwyn Street (A5) with Chapel Street. A Royal Mail post box stands on the pavement outside.
The offices are accessed directly off the street via a small step suitable for a wheelchair. There is no parking on site, but Hall Street Carpark is within easy walking distance on the opposite side of the A5, with 20 long stay public spaces.
If you are travelling into Llangollen by bus, you will find the bus station situated by The War Memorial. Buses run mainly from Wrexham and Ruabon. Whilst there is still a train station in Llangollen, it is a steam hauled heritage railway. The nearest mainline station to Llangollen is at Ruabon.
MORE ABOUT US
When GHP Legal acquired Charles Richards and Sons in 1991, the Llangollen branch of the firm was headed by local lawyer, Gethin Davies, a resident of the town. During his lifetime Gethin had a 64-year association with the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, becoming its only two-time chairman. His wife, Eulanwy, also served for a time as Musical Director of the Eisteddfod which began back in 1947. As a result of Gethin’s involvement with the Eisteddfod, GHP Legal later became one of the event’s main sponsors.
Many of our current clients in Llangollen have been with us since we first moved to the town. Subsequent generations of the same families now retain our services. Gaining the trust of our clients and explaining legal issues to them in plain language has, we believe, played a significant role in earning us the respect we have in the local community.
Llangollen and its people are hugely important to us as a firm. Through our association with the Eisteddfod and the many different kinds of work we do in the area we have also gained an insight into an incredible amount of local history. We even get local historians popping into our offices for a chat from time to time, as our doors are always open. But perhaps one of the most bizarre things that happened was when a couple of American tourists called in and quizzed one of our solicitor-advocates who specialises in complex professional negligence, construction disputes, property disputes and contentious probate matters, about the legal system and constitution of the UK!
Being available and ‘here to help’ is high on our list of priorities, which has certainly served to strengthen our relationships with clients in Llangollen. Despite our Llangollen office being relatively small in the whole scheme of our practice, from property to family matters, from civil litigation to company and commercial law, we have the resources and expertise within five offices to call upon. We may be among the top 500 law firms in England and Wales and the largest independent law firm in the region, but we have firmly retained the very personal attitude towards our clients that we had at the outset. Our solicitors make home visits if a client cannot get to them through ill-health, and we have several fluent Welsh speakers on our team. We are a truly local, family and commercial law firm.
For the past few years, we have provided a regular Legal Q&A column to several media publications, copies of which can be found here.