In January 2013 Graeme John were awarded the highly prestigious Lexcel accreditation.
This award of excellence by the Law Society recognises outstanding input on our part in relation to the provision of
legal services to clients. (Certificates available here)
We are one of only a select number of firms in the whole of the country to achieve this prized form of certification.
In April 2013 Graeme John received recognition from the Law Society for legal expertise in buying and selling property and were awarded the CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) accreditation.
(Certificate available here)
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 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
She holds a public office and can act as a certifying officer in relation to documents that will be used in jurisdictions abroad.
(Click here to find out more)
In June 2014 Leah Thomas became a member of Resolution.
The cornerstone of membership is adherence to the Code of Practice, which sets out the principles of a non-confrontational
approach to family law matters.
The code principles require lawyers to deal with each other in a civilised way and to encourage their clients to put their
differences aside and reach fair agreements.
(Click here to find out more)
History & Heritage
Graeme John Limited has its main branch in Aberdare and is the oldest practice within the Cynon 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
This continued with a merger with A F Brooks & Co (Aberdare) in 2007 and the opening of a new branch office in Mountain ash in 2015.
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.
In fact Phillip Walters was formerly the Chairman of the International Snooker and Billiards Federation for some years.
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 and extensive band of services on offer and if we cannot provide any specialist type of advice we will
always aim to refer our clients to another third party or organisation that can assist.
We pride ourselves in servicing our existing large client base and the fact that our clients return to us time and time again proves
that we are accomplishing our aims and objectives.
In order to provide our clients with a one stop property service we recently acquired an Estate Agency Practice in Aberdare - Durbins Legal Estates
This is a joint venture with another established firm of Solicitors in Aberdare, Marchant Harries & Co and there is a link from this
website to Durbins Legal Estates
if you wish to take advantage of this additional service.
We can offer a very competitive one stop package to include the Estate Agent´s fees, our fees and all disbursements.