One of the region’s leading law firms has announced the appointment of a new solicitor at its Llangollen office based in the town’s Old Bank Chambers. The appointment comes at the end of a challenging year that has seen GHP Legal having to adopt new work practices to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions in both England and Wales.
With offices in Wrexham, Llangollen, Chirk and Oswestry, the Legal 500 firm has not only had to face different COVID rules for the two countries, imposed at different times, but has also had to work around staff who live in one country but work in another.
Beti-Wyn Evans has joined the firm’s residential property team. An outstanding student who won the Hillyer McKeown award for best “Law in Action: individuals” portfolio, she qualified as a solicitor in 2018, working for a law firm in Shrewsbury before joining GHP Legal. As well as handling residential conveyancing, she will be assisting clients in Llangollen with Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Welsh speaker Beti-Wyn, who lives on the family farm near Ruthin, says she is thrilled to be working in a region she knows well. A lover of both the outdoors and indoors, she is a keen walker and mountaineer as well as having an avid interest in property and interior design.
Welcoming Beti-Wyn to GHP Legal, Senior Partner, Richard Lloyd, said: “The past year has been challenging for all businesses, in many different ways. As solicitors we have been as busy as ever and the challenge has been to continue providing the high level of service our clients expect, whilst dealing with furlough situations and staff working from home.
“It has been particularly challenging for our conveyancing departments who have had the added problems of a surge in property transactions following the various stamp duty suspensions, and delays with searches due to Land Registry staff also being furloughed or home working. We are however fortunate to have a strong team who can be relied upon to pull together in a crisis, and they have certainly done so recently.
“Beti-Wyn’s appointment comes at exactly the right time and we are delighted to welcome her onto the team. Rural conveyancing can sometimes be more complex than that in more urban areas and we deal with large volumes of completions and cases for both registered and unregistered freehold and leasehold property every month.
“In addition, our private client team have been handling higher than usual volumes of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney cases, as well as dealing with Grants of probate, the administration of estates, deeds of variation and deputyship. These are unprecedented times, but it is good that clients are preparing for every eventuality.”