A fast-growing law firm is continuing its expansion by announcing the opening of its first branch on Anglesey.
Swayne Johnson, which is also one of Wales’s oldest legal firms, will open its Menai Bridge office in the Old Bank Building, in Uxbridge Square, in January.
Swayne Johnson Solicitors, founded in 1853, has offices employing over 50 staff reaching across North Wales to Cheshire.
The opening of Menai Bridge office gives the firm a high street presence in North West Wales and will be overseen by one of Swayne Johnson’s directors, Head of Residential Conveyancing Michael Tree. Welsh-speakers Sara Lloyd Evans, from Penygroes, Shaun Hughes, from Caernarfon, and trainee solicitor Ceinwen Cet Jones will be based at Menai Bridge.
Sara, who has strong family connection with Anglesey, is an expert on family law and is active with family charities in the area, while Shaun is a private client expert covering wealth management, business succession planning, wills, trusts and probate and is Secretary of the North Wales branch of Solicitors for the Elderly.
“We have been looking for a new office on Anglesey and when we saw how vibrant Menai Bridge’s high street was Shaun and I turned to each other and said ‘This is where we need to be’.
“Menai Bridge is a gateway to the island but still with easy access to Gwynedd and there is so much going on in this area with Wylfa Newydd, the investment in Coleg Menai, Llangefni, tourism and the growing restaurant scene.
“Property here is also doing well with North Wales’s most expensive postcode in Marianglas and other hotspots, and of course it’s a major farming area too and agriculture is an area where we have specialist expertise.”
“This makes our services more accessible and the response from the clients has been very positive.
“We also believe it is important to be able to offer a fully bilingual service, especially in this area and to offer real expertise as well so that clients don’t need to look to firms from outside the area for the legal skills they need.”
Swayne Johnson Managing Director Sarah Noton said:
“We’re delighted to be opening our first office on Anglesey which is part of our continued expansion plans.
“We cover just about every aspect of the law and we have experts in most fields across the group which is very important in these increasingly complex times and in Sara and Shaun we have lawyers who know this area very well.
“The fact we now have offices right across North Wales and in Cheshire means we have strength and depth and a great geographic spread in relation to the area we cover.
“But at the same time a big part of what we do at Swayne Johnson is about relationships. Clients don’t want faceless people, they want someone who can help and reassure them and that’s what Sara and Shaun bring to their roles.
“We believe it is important for our customers to be secure in the knowledge they have expert legal help right on their doorstep without having to go to Liverpool, Manchester or further afield.”