J W Hughes & Co was founded in 1903 by John William Hughes who practised alone until his daughter Agnes Twiston Hughes joined him in 1923 after becoming the first female solicitor to qualify in Wales!
Records show J W Hughes & Co became the location of a tragic incident that occurred one Saturday in the early 1940’s. In a written memoir, Police Constable R Williams recollects a telephone call made by Mr J W Hughes to Conwy Police Station after having heard the sound of a gunshot at his office, (which was then based on the High Street in Conwy). PC Williams recalls that on arriving at the scene there was a strong smell of Cordite, confirming that a firearm had been discharged. A man had fired a shot and as a result had died on the first floor landing. It transpired that a lady and gentleman had been in to see Mr Hughes on a prearranged consultation. The man had left the room whilst a conference with the lady was in progress, and after a short lapse of time, had returned to the room holding a pistol. The unnamed woman ran past him on to the landing, and a shot was fired towards her. The official conclusion at the time was that the shot had ricocheted from the wall and had hit the man in his left temple - causing his death. It was described as a “one chance in a million” occurrence.
In 1949 Agnes Twiston Hughes became the sole principal of J W Hughes & Co, but was later joined by Barry Clive Kentish. Agnes Hughes, was well known and respected in the local community, and practised until 1961 when she retired. In 1976, the practice moved to new premises at Bank House, Lancaster Square, Conwy and 164 Conway Rd, Llandudno Junction, and Barry Kentish was joined as a partner by Peter Gerrard Shields.
Following Barry Kentish’s retirement, Peter Shields was joined in Partnership by Donald Roberts. Thereafter Alun Thomas joined the practice. For a brief period of some 8 years, the firm also had an office in Penmaenmawr. In 1991, J W Hughes & Co took over the Llandudno firm of Cooper Cummings, and Cathy Cooper became a partner. The firm moved to its present offices at 27 Augusta Street, Llandudno in 1992.
Sadly, in 1993 Peter died at the young age of 43, but left a lasting legacy of care and commitment to clients, which endures to the present day. Cathy Cooper has since retired.
Graham Parry, Philip Kentish (the son of the Barry Kentish), Nicholas Passey and Phillip Watters all became partners in the firm. Phillip Watters left the practice in 2015.
Donald Roberts, Alun Thomas, Graham Parry, Philip Kentish and Nicholas Passey all remain partners of the firm to this day.
With offices in both Conwy & Llandudno and employing over 30 members of staff, J W Hughes & Co represents a legal legacy that we are sure John William Hughes would be proud of!