TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'true gent' who helped build up a now-successful law firm.

Gwilym Caesar Hughes, originally from Llangollen, died aged 93 at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Friday, October 6, following a short illness.

He was one of the founding members of GHP Legal, which nowadays has a team of solicitors across Wrexham, Oswestry and Llangollen, and employs around 100 people.

The story began though in April 1970 when Mr Hughes, along with Gethin Davies and Clive Jones, all of whom were Partners in the Wrexham & Shotton Practice of Cyril Jones & Co, joined forces to establish Gwilym Hughes & Partners.

Mr Hughes was also a director of the New Glyn Valley Tramway and Industrial Heritage Trust since 2009.

He was also known for having run Caesar's restaurant in Llangollen during the 1980s and was once a president of the Wrexham Rotary Club.

Posting the announcement of his death on the Wrexham Town Matters group, Mr Hughes' niece Claire Quant said: "On behalf of his wife Pat, sons Ben, and Christian and their families, and sister Mavis, we are saddened to tell you that Gwilym passed away in the early hours of this morning after a short illness at Wrexham Maelor Hospital aged 93.

"He built up a successful legal practice turning Gwilym Hughes & Partners into one of the most successful in North Wales and the North West.

"Gwilym was a familiar face around the area and up until recently split his time between Chester and Harlech."

Mr Hughes also had a late son, Geraint, who passed away two years ago.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be determined, Claire added.

The post on the group was met with several words of tribute to Mr Hughes.

Mike and Jane Shelley wrote: "Condolences to the family such a true gent. Mike and Jane Shelley."

Ginny Weston added: "Condolences to the family, a charming gentleman! RIP. Gwilym."

Rob Gabriel wrote: "Condolences, what a lovely guy."