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Our Solicitor's Office | History

There has been a solicitor’s office on Piccadilly Square for decades. Although few people around today can say if there was a legal practice here when the original gaslights, which are still on site, were actually in use. 5, Piccadilly Square was for some time the office of a sole practitioner Mr Gwyn Day.

In the early 1980’s his practice was incorporated as part of the larger firm of Emmanuel, Marks & Cocker. This firm had a strong presence in the valleys with offices in Ystrad Mynach as well as Caerphilly.

It was at this time that Geoff Evans started practicing in Caerphilly initially as an assistant solicitor and thereafter as a partner in Emmanuel Marks and Cocker. In the mid 1980’s he was joined by Chris Greaves initially as a trainee and then as an assistant solicitor.

At this time Julie Davies started working for the firm as a legal executive. Subsequently in 1994 when the partners in Emmanuel Marks and Coker decided to go their separate ways Geoff and Chris bought out the firm’s Caerphilly office and established Evans & Greaves as a new firm based at 5, Piccadilly Square.

Leanne Evans then joined the firm in 1995 initially as a trainee but thereafter as an assistant solicitor.
Very soon after qualifying Leanne became the third partner in the firm.

As well as practicing as a solicitor Geoff Evans has gone on to sit as a chair of Tribunals in respect of appeals against decisions of the Department of Works and Pensions. From the 1st of September 2010, Geoff retired from his role as Partner in the firm but continues to work with us in a consultancy role.

Chris Greaves has for some time been a member of the Law Society’s Children panel which is a specialist panel for solicitors conducting children cases including child care.

Claire Dodgeson joined the practice in July 2012 as an Accredited Police Station Representative within our busy Criminal Department Claire has practised for a number of years in the Bleanau and Merthyr area.

Having a long established practice in Caerphilly has meant that the firm has been able to adapt so as to best meet the legal needs of the local community. With the majority of our staff living locally we also like to see ourselves as part of the wider community of the Caerphilly area.