In January 2013, Graeme John Limited was awarded the highly prestigious Lexcel accreditation. We were one of the first firms in the Valleys to achieve this. Lexcel is an award of excellence from the Law Society for outstanding legal services.
In April 2013, Graeme John Limited received recognition from the Law Society for legal expertise in buying and selling property by being awarded the CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) accreditation. This endorsement demonstrates the high level of knowledge, skills, expertise and practice we provide and the quality mark is trusted by some of the UK's biggest mortgage lenders.
In November 2014, Lesley Pearce qualified as a Notary Public. To obtain the prestigious qualification, she took a course run by the University College London - the second-highest ranked university in Great Britain. There are very few notaries in Wales, so Lesley is one of a select group and was awarded her own personal Faculty and official Seal. She holds a public office and can act as a certifying officer in relation to documents that will be used in jurisdictions abroad.
In 2008 the Tonypandy Branch received two letters of commendation for client excellence; one from the Law Society and the other from the prestigious periodical Legal Week which recognised that the branch went beyond that which would normally be required to assist clients.
The Firm has strong local business, commercial and sporting connections and we are Solicitors to many local Rugby and Athletic Clubs.
We aim to provide our clients with a friendly, efficient and speedy service. We are all approachable, friendly and dedicated to providing our clients with the best, competitive service that we can. We have a very wide range of services on offer. We pride ourselves in servicing our existing large client base and reward loyal clients with fair and often reduced pricing.
Graeme John Limited has its main branch in Aberdare and is the oldest practice within the Aberdare Valley. The Firm was originally founded by Thomas Philips in 1871. He was the first ever Clerk to the Aberdare Urban District Council and he was followed into his practice by his son William David Philips who was himself succeeded by his son Lieutenant Colonel T Martin Philips. William Graeme John eventually became a partner and the Firm name was changed in 1965 as a result. Philip M. Walters the former H. M. Coroner for the district of Bridgend and the North Glamorgan Valleys became a partner in 1965 having qualified as a Solicitor in 1964.
We currently occupy number 1 Victoria square, Aberdare which is one of the oldest buildings in Aberdare Town Centre. We acquired the practices of Berwyn Davies (Aberdare) and Michael Henderson & Co (Tonypandy) in 2000 and 2001 as part of our expansion programme. This continued with a merger with A. F. Brooks & Co (Aberdare) in 2007 and the opening of another branch office in Mountain ash in 2015.
Under the Provision of Services Regulations 2009, we must provide you with details of our current provider of the above insurance which is as follows: QIC Europe Ltd.
The territorial coverage of our insurance is as follows: As per the policy England & Wales.
Under Regulation 9 we are duty bound to provide you with information regarding the professional rules applicable to our Firm and how to access them, and to provide you with details of any codes of conduct to which this Firm is subject and the address at which these codes may be consulted by electronic means. These details are as follows: Solicitors Code of Conduct 2011. (You can access the code via the Solicitors Regulation Authority website. This code is available in the English Language.)