Doug Hughes, a solicitor with one of Wiltshire’s oldest law firm Bevirs, is retiring after working in the county for 40 years.
During his retirement he plans to fulfill an ambition to visit every abbey and cathedral in England and Wales.
Doug, aged 65, trained in Newbury, Berkshire in the late 1960s under Peter Faulks, the father of famous author Sebastian Faulks. He qualified in 1972 and came to Wiltshire three years later to join H Bevir & Son, as the company was then called.
His wife Mary and their son Ben soon followed, as the family made Royal Wootton Bassett their home. They were joined by a new daughter Rebecca.
In 1983, Doug struck out on his own and became a sole practitioner over many years in both Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett, although he did work for a short period for another law firm.
However the burdens of paperwork and formalities placed upon a sole practitioner meant that in 2012, Doug took the opportunity to return to Bevirs as a consultant where he’s worked as a valued team member ever since.
Sonyia Woolnough, partner at Bevirs’ Royal Wootton Bassett office, said: “Doug was a solicitor here when I started as a trainee solicitor in 1982 and was as lovely to work with then as he has been on his return 30 years later. Although we’ll be sad to see him leave us, we know he has exciting plans for this next phase in his life.
“We have enjoyed welcoming him and his clients to Bevirs and we look forward to continuing to serving them with the same care and attention Doug did.”
In his retirement, Doug, who now lives with Mary in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, is looking forward to spending more time with his grandsons Charlie and Samuel. He also wants to enjoy more chamber and choral music which have always been important in his life.
When the family lived in Royal Wootton Bassett, Doug and Mary were founder members of the Wootton Bassett Choral Society. Their son Ben was in the local church choir but was spotted as an emerging talent and became a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Today Ben is Principal Cello in the BBC Concert Orchestra.